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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Studying
« on: February 23, 2009, 11:39:04 PM »
First semester, I probably studied about 5-6 hours a day, a bit less on Sundays. Second semester not as much. After transferring for my second year, I lived about 3 hours from my wife (then girlfriend). We made seeing each other a priority, and one of us made the trip almost every weekend. I can't be positive how it would have been had we lived apart first year; honestly, it would have been difficult. For me, it was harder to deal with the stress than the time commitment, and that stress definitely affected our relationship.

My one piece of advice would be to make sure expectations are laid on the table before you start law school.

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Detroit Mercy / Re: Chat about Detroit Mercy
« on: August 07, 2008, 02:48:59 PM »
Notre Dame. 2/163.

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Detroit Mercy / Re: Chat about Detroit Mercy
« on: August 07, 2008, 11:16:44 AM »
Now that you finished your first year do you plan to stay or transfer out? And when you say network with the dean....do you mean just walking into his office and making your presence known?

I did transfer after my first year, but my class ranking was very high. Regarding the dean, you should make sure he knows who you are and what you want to do with your law degree. If you want to work at a firm, getting in good with the dean will help you (of course, you need the grades too). He has an advisory board made up of partners from law firms from all over the place--contacts like that are important, especially at a 4th tier like UDM.

What professors do you have?

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General Board / Re: Post bar exam doldrums
« on: August 05, 2008, 02:18:38 PM »
Moving to Chicago this week, getting married on Saturday, leaving for Greece a few days later. Don't have to start work until the end of September!

Still stressing a bit about passing!

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Detroit Mercy / Re: Chat about Detroit Mercy
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:15:09 PM »
I did my first year at UDM. I think you'll like the professors and Dean Gordon. Get the grades (I know, easier said than done) and network with the dean and you'll be fine. Good luck to those of you with Mazurak for Contracts. Prepare to be terrified.

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Transferring / Re: Odds of a T4 to a T1
« on: August 05, 2008, 01:03:07 PM »
I transferred from UDM to Notre Dame. Others in my first year class transferred to Loyola Chicago, University of Michigan, Depaul, SUNY Buffalo, one of the Utah schools.

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General Board / Re: Why is Cooley Law so despised?
« on: August 03, 2008, 11:59:29 AM »
138 is likely her IQ. The 155 was probably the raw score she received on the first practice MBE she took, before law school.

First, don't think I'm not catching your sarcasm smart ass. Second, you've proved your ignorance once again. There's no way she took a practice MBE--that would be a waste of time. Geniuses from Cooley don't even have to take the bar, they just go right from graduation to the swearing in ceremony. Idiot.

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General Board / Re: Why is Cooley Law so despised?
« on: August 03, 2008, 11:51:32 AM »
Oh, and to the above poster who pointed out the discrepancy between the IQ scores, maybe you should pay attention to the dates. CLEARLY the extra semester at Cooley was enough to bump her IQ score 17 points. By the time she graduates and faces you in the court room, her IQ should be at least 390--then you'll be sorry for implying that Cooley isn't an awesome school. Cooley grads are known to get their revenge in the court room, where they excel far beyong the grads of any other school, not on some stupid website.

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General Board / Re: Why is Cooley Law so despised?
« on: August 03, 2008, 11:45:45 AM »


You all can disrespect Cooley all you want but here in Michigan, Cooley grads are a force to be reckoned with. Recent bar passage scores were damn close to University of Michigan's and Cooley grads are known throughout the state to be fierce inside and outside the courtroom. If you are going to make it here, you better be tough and be passionate about the law.....you won't surive otherwise.


University of Michigan doesn't even hold a candle to Cooley. I don't even know why you would compare the two. We have a Cooley grad at out firm and he's worth at least 20 lawyers. He's already arguing appeals in the Sixth Circuit, and he's only been at the firm for a month. Most of the time he just walks into the court room, announces that he's from Cooley, and the opposing counsel bows out.

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General Board / NCBEX Bar Passage Rates
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:47:23 PM »
Hi all, probably old news for most of you, but I found these passage rates on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' web page, and the passage rates are much higher than I expected. My state, for instance, consistently passes about 85-90% of first time takers in July.

Anyway, it made me feel a little bit better. Good luck everyone.

http://www.ncbex.org/bar-admissions/stats/
 

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