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Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Write-on how hard?
« on: May 23, 2008, 10:35:27 AM »
As far as I know, very few don't make the cut writing wise. 

Frankly, I am shocked I made ours, as I didn't spend nearly the time I should have, but I also did a perfect job on citation (we had to cite in our note, and in a separate citation exercise), which I am sure helped.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Write-on how hard?
« on: May 23, 2008, 10:15:15 AM »
Ours works a bit differently.  We give the top 10 people (not top 10%) a boost for their write on portion, whereby their packets only need to be in the top 2/3 of all of them, and they get on.  The Sr. Board said that outside of those 10 people and another 10 who wrote really good notes, the other 20 spots were decided by hundreths of a point. There were also about 50 people who took packets but didn't complete them. At my school, 180 turned in packets, and only 40 people got on. (out of a class of 280)

We don't allow just "grade on"

Current Law Students / Re: Career Prospects without Internships?
« on: May 23, 2008, 10:09:50 AM »
It depends...what are you doing right now?  Were you able to participate in any "legal skills" classes (like oral advocacy, advanced legal drafting, etc) that could "substitute" for real experience? Are you working as a paralegal right now?  You need to be able to convince employers that hiring you won't be the equivalent of hiring someone for their 1L summer.  (Ie: they may worry you are clueless about how to actually work in the field)

Current Law Students / Re: 1L gpa..
« on: May 23, 2008, 10:07:56 AM »
My school has ranking info on its website, and here, a 3.0 is about the middle.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: wisconsin or tulane?
« on: May 19, 2008, 07:23:24 AM »
Tulane is in Orleans Parish.  (They don't have counties in Louisiana)


Just chiming in because NOLA is one of my favorite places on the planet

I would look into what the LRAPs are at both schools.  That can really make a huge difference.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rejected by Case Western!
« on: May 10, 2008, 09:35:59 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Off WL at UIUC
« on: May 10, 2008, 09:35:36 PM »
I have nothing to contribute, but wanted to respond and say "Congrats!"

It might be hard to get need based aid this late in the season.  Call the school and ask.

Funny, people keep describing Wisconsin as regional, but most of the people I know there are summering in Chicago and New York.  Hmmm...either I only know top students, or that degree is more portable than you might think.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Wisconsin vs. Lewis & Clark
« on: May 05, 2008, 05:37:44 PM »
Oh, and before I forget: Wisconsin does have a lot of criminal law based clinics, but there are also a lot of people (myself included) who participate in the civil clinics. There are 5 of them in total: Family Law, Health Law, Consumer Law, Neighborhood Law and the Community Supervison clinic that helps those on probation/parole with civil issues.  Right now, that accounts for about 50 second year students. 

Many of those who do the criminal clinics aren't interested in criminal law, just in getting experience.  Since the clinics are so well-respected, you will find that a clinical experience at Wisconsin really helps your resume.

Before you commit to a school based on clinics, make sure you ask what the criteria are for being admitted to the clinics.  Some schools have really competitive clinics, and others don't. 

Also, to the poster who commented on the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege: the courses we have to take aren't that different from anyone elses:
2 Con Law Classes
Civ Pro
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Legal Process (can be legal history, jurisprudence,comparative law)
Trusts and Estates
Legal Writing and Research

There are 60 credits of required courses, and 30 of electives you can take.  It's slightly less flexibility than most schools, but many of the classes are those you would take anyway.


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