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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law school debt
« on: February 20, 2008, 11:41:17 AM »
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act can help those of you with high debt who plan on going into government or public interest (non-profit) jobs after law school. 

Check out and Equal Justice Works for repayment calculators and further info.

For anyone pursuing biglaw, $200K in debt is nothing. 

If you can get into a great school that you are proud and excited to attend, you can make it work.

can you all please check the definition of the word "flame" and quit using it to refer to a false post?  That just isn't the correct usage.  Personal pet peeve!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: concerns about UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
« on: February 20, 2008, 11:31:00 AM »

I'm expecting to do well in law school, but I'm afraid that I'll be at or under the median in the class at Chicago even if I work my hardest. Eventually, I want to teach, but it'll probably be at a lower tier 1 or tier 2 school in the South. In that case, does Chicago's rep. of busting out graduates who go into academia even matter?

hardest decision ever.

On the bright side, I'm booked for Berk's ASW. See you all there!

Um, eveyone expects to do "well" in law school, but only 1/4 end up in the top 25%.  :)  Don't be too confident.

So here's a change of subject:
When I visited I sat in on a 1L Con Law class taught by a nice-enough fellow with no ass.
He talked and talked and when he would ask questions, no one answered. Even when he called on a specific person they would look at him blankly and one said, "I... don't know. Can you repeat the question?"

I was a little surprised by this Socratic failure - what gives? Bad prof? Dumb students? Boring material (yes)? Many students were clacking away at their laptops IMing and emailing.

I sat in on a class at another school and that guy had the students attention the whole time. They had to stand to answer and only were allowed to sit back down when he had his way with them and said Thank You. They seemed to like him a lot, despite the toughness.

Lots of things could explain it.  Maybe the reading assignment was crazy long and most students didn't make it all the way through.  Maybe the students just recently had an LRW assignment due and hadn't had time to read for class.  etc

No matter what law school you attend, there will be classes where everyone is zoned out and just trying to make it through.  Doesn't matter if you are in Yale or Cooley - some classes will be interesting, chatty, and fun - and others will be dull, boring, and forgettable.

The problem is that students usually don't participate unless participation is part of their grade, or the professor requires it.  Otherwise, there is no incentive to speak up.  There is actually a slight disincentive in that fellow classmates might call you a "gunner" if you give an answer.  I think this is riduclous, but that is the culture at many schools today.

Law School Admissions / Re: Someone is impersonating me on LSN!
« on: February 18, 2008, 03:08:00 PM »
Bummer.  Sometimes people are so immature.  It is ridiculous!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Columbia VASTLY Improves LRAP Program
« on: February 18, 2008, 03:07:01 PM »
This is amazing.  For those of you who aren't going to Columbia, check out for information on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which will benefit all of us public interest people.

Law School Admissions / Re: Pregnant in Law School?
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:55:20 PM »
I know three people who have had babies during law school.  While they don't recommend it, it is not impossible.  It just depends on how good your baby is, and how easily you adapt to parenthood.  If you can defer, you might want to do so. However, don't give up on your dream!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Turn Down Harvard?
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:51:11 PM »
My relationship really suffered 1L year.  (We live together and he knew no one here)

I often wish we would have just broken up or that he hadn't moved with me.  I think my grades are worse due to relationship turmoil last year.  Seriously.  That's my 2 cents.

Law School Admissions / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:48:02 PM »
Advice to those who haven't purchased yet (especially women): Pay extra for an ultra light.  That 5.7 pound laptop will kill you on days when you are carting 3 textbooks home.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Need a description of OCI process
« on: January 05, 2008, 09:05:23 PM »
It's sometimes on campus.

Gee, thanks.  My post was a serious one.  I don't need snarkiness right now.

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