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Transferring / Re: Questions for People Who Have Transferred.
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:46:55 PM »
nate,

I don't see how I couldn't at least consider transfering. I couldn't happier with my professors, the administration, etc.  On the other hand, my wife is attending graduate school too; her program is unranked and doesn't even offer her desired concentration.  Unlike me, she got into top 10 schools, so I have felt guilty for subjecting her to a sub-par acedemic experience.

I will have to weigh all the options and make the final decision after next semester.

well you definitely should consider transferring. i understand the situation you're in with your girlfriend is difficult. my own girlfriend will be in a semi-similar situation next year. do you happen to know if it's possible for grad students to transfer?

but i was just going to say, there are "early action" opportunities that you can take advantage of having only this semester's grades.

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Transferring / Re: Questions for People Who Have Transferred.
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:08:12 PM »
snough,

are you considering transferring?

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Current Law Students / Re: The truth so quit whining
« on: January 19, 2006, 09:38:32 PM »
don't be apologetic. that was a good "rant", if you could even call it that. you make good points.

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Current Law Students / Re: Anon LS Dean here taking questions...
« on: January 19, 2006, 09:34:11 PM »
i guess what i want to know is, why do schools continue to place such a strong emphasis on socratic method? why don't schools get more creative and pressure their professors to give their students periodic tests throughout the semester, or write papers for grades during 1L classes?


That is the way it has always been and always will be.  Remember, this method teaches one to think.

You answered your own question as far as the "lowered-tier" comment.

I am old and "suredly" was what I grew up with.


I'm going to have to disagree. Granted I'm only a 1L, but I've already noticed a HUGE difference between last semester and this one. Last semester we were called on radomly- were expected to know all of the facts, the legal rule, all of the legal reasoning, the holding, etc, on the spot. It put so much pressure on us that we almost couldn't learn.

This semester, however, most professors have switched over to calling on people in alphabetical order. Obviously, it's more relaxed. However, those who are truly concerned with learning are able to read cases in order to learn, rather than read cases in order to get called on. Now our conversations in regards to the law, in my experience anyways, are much more lively and engaging before and after class. We're actually dedicated to what we learn, rather than being nervous about being put on the spot.

The socratic method is the way it's been, not always, but for a long while. And yes, being put on the spot teaches one to think, in some regards. But being put in a positive and cooperative environment also teaches one to think; often in a more efficient manner. In fact, I'd be willing to say that most people in my school would say that the Socratic method is more of a hinderance to learning than other alternative methods. What that's worth, I honestly don't know.

Is there no possible compromise or balance among such competing views? Must it always be purely socratic?

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Current Law Students / Re: Anon LS Dean here taking questions...
« on: January 19, 2006, 07:56:05 PM »
many have criticized the "elitist institution" of legal academia. they have claimed that professors continue the (arguably) inefficient and negative teaching-model that is the socratic method, purely because it's how they succeeded in law school, and thus feel all that are going to succeed should do so through the same system that they do.

i am sympathetic to this argument, though i will admit, if it doesn't change i can deal with that just fine too.

i guess what i want to know is, why do schools continue to place such a strong emphasis on socratic method? why don't schools get more creative and pressure their professors to give their students periodic tests throughout the semester, or write papers for grades during 1L classes?

from what you say about people "joking" about your school, i'm assuming it's a lower-tier school, so that raises another question. why don't lower tiered schools get more creative with this stuff? is it an over-arching desire to be as much like the higher ranked schoools, as possible?

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the school might not find out, but the bar association will. i hear they've got quite the background-check/research abilities. whether it's true or not, i don't know, but i wouldn't  be messing around. why go through law school just to find out that you can't become a certified lawyer?

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Current Law Students / Re: do lawyers get secretaries...
« on: January 19, 2006, 12:07:01 AM »
Yes this is pretty routine for big law firms.  Especially if you've made it past the grunt work and training of a new hire.

so not right when you start, then?

and any idea about "midlaw"?

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Current Law Students / do lawyers get secretaries...
« on: January 18, 2006, 11:28:09 PM »
in "biglaw" and "midlaw"? honestly, i'm not too concerned about this kind of "prestige" thing (if you can even call concern over having a secretary that), but my friend today was telling me that lawyers in most firms get them.

maybe it's a stupid question, but is this true? if so, i suppose i've just never thought about it. and also if so, at a firm with 50-100 lawyers, why is it necessary?

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Transferring / Re: Transferring from Catholic to another DC area school
« on: January 18, 2006, 02:56:40 PM »
Hi,
I just got my first semester grades.  I don't know my ranking yet, but my gpa is a 2.96.  Does anybody know whether or not it would likely be fruitful to apply to transfer to American or UMD?  I'd also like to try for GULC, GW and GMU, but I doubt I would have a chance there.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

i think you really need to know your rank. can't a 2.96 mean two very different things at two different schools?

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Current Law Students / Re: LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 18, 2006, 12:06:20 AM »
well, i don't know if this is your case, but quite a few people tend to confuse those northern midwest states with one another. when i tell anyone in DC i'm from michigan i swear they think i lived in an igloo or something.

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