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1L job search / Re: Summer Work and Vacations
« on: June 28, 2006, 01:57:23 PM »
Depends on your job. Usually you can negotiate when you will start and thus include some time for vacation. My job is unusual because I work for the school's clinic and can vacation whenever/as much as I want.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Grades????
« on: December 23, 2005, 06:00:31 PM »
That's so crappy. What if you got all C's and decide to drop out? Well, too late you've already paid for Spring semester and you're a month into it. Not that I think that will happen, but still.

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General Board / Re: F Grades....Please help freaking out!
« on: December 12, 2005, 09:51:52 PM »
If you're in a T4, all bets are off. They weed people out after they let them in (usually). Above that hopefully they weeded out in the admissions process. T1-2 you're pretty much fine and shouldn't worry at all.

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General Board / Re: INSTITUTIONAL DENIAL ABOUT THE DARK SIDE OF LAW SCHOOL
« on: November 27, 2005, 11:05:53 AM »
I'm fine so far. No worries. Maybe the people having problems aren't able to adapt to having to work hard for perhaps the first time in their lives.

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General Board / Re: "We've already got your money!"
« on: October 07, 2005, 08:57:57 PM »
It is carved in stone above the admissions office at every T4. The other 50$ end up as bartenders or librarians at law libraries.

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General Board / Re: Studying Time and how to spend it
« on: October 07, 2005, 08:56:12 PM »
I guess it would depend on what type of law you're practicing as well. Your school must be one of the rare few, as most of the tier-1s have 80-100% passsage rates, with almost every T4 below 80%. The top 14 are all around 90%+ Studying merely to pass the bar seems like a straight memorization game instead of truly learning and understanding the law. I'm still a 1L though so I can't say whether or not that affects you down the road in terms of the way you think about the law in different situations.  http://www.geocities.com/newzraider04/ for usnews rank info.

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General Board / Re: Studying Time and how to spend it
« on: October 07, 2005, 06:21:38 PM »
Hmmm. Maybe I'm thinking of the wrong thing. Perhaps it's that the law is more practical and less theoretical at lower tiered schools. It's in "Law School Confidential" but I don't have it with me at the moment. Plus I know from some other posts that people mentioned a lack of theoretical discussion at their t3-4, which I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Surely you teach just a little differently to people at harvard and people at "insert tier-4 here". Let's not be totally defensive and ignore the 500lb gorilla. :)

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General Board / Re: Studying Time and how to spend it
« on: October 06, 2005, 01:13:28 PM »
I had heard a difference between Tier 1 and much lower ranked schools was that the Tier 3-4 taught the state law of the state they're located in and Tier 1 did not. The rationale is supposedly that Tier-1 schools send their graduates to places around the country, while Tier 3-4 stays in-state.

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General Board / Re: LAW SCHOOL, YUCK!
« on: October 02, 2005, 08:59:21 PM »
I have no real answer to your problems, but I just wanted to say that working while in school must suck. I'm paying for everything with loans and I know I couldn't learn as much as I am without being able to focus 100% on law school. I book brief, read treatises, and use the commercial outlines to help understand everything more fully. I look at it as if I was hiring a lawyer-- would I want someone that did the bare minimum in school, or someone that really knows what they're talking about.

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General Board / Re: "We've already got your money!"
« on: October 02, 2005, 08:44:06 PM »
Umm...context?

"I want to kill you!" - with a knife in your hand and bulging eyes.
or
"I want to kill you!" - playing mario kart and losing to your sibling.

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