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General Board / Re: Worst time to be a lawyer?
« on: February 22, 2008, 10:16:54 PM »
i agree w/ the no debt rationale.... butt, you don't wana be a 30 year old intern answering to whiny ada's..     law school sucks, if you're gona do it, get it over w/ young IF YOU CAN...


also, being an associate billing 2000 plus hours seems alot more doable younger than older if you do the private big law route..
::) Gimme a break.  I'm over 30.  We old folks manage just fine. 


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General Board / Re: Grade Concerns
« on: January 26, 2008, 02:07:42 PM »
OP, I wouldn't freak out just yet.  If your plan is to go biglaw, you will definitely still be fine - particularly if you're shooting for NY.  My experience is that NYC biglaw took everything with a pulse from my school.  Other markets are obviously more selective, but your chances for gainful employment are most certainly not over. 

My 1st semester grades were patently heinous, and 2nd semester was all over the map (3 good grades and one low.)  We don't know our ranking or anything, but I'm pretty confident that I was in the bottom third headed into OCI.  I still got a bunch of callbacks and am headed to my first-choice firm.  (And fwiw, I did really well third semester, so there's still hope for redemption!) 

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General Board / Re: The Most Ridiculous Grade In My Academic Career....
« on: January 19, 2008, 03:32:50 PM »
I'm afraid I don't understand the kerfluffle over this either.  Fine, so there's no mandatory curve.  I know of a class where there's regularly an 8-pt spread between the highest grade and the lowest grade - grading clusters are not at all uncommon in classes where the raw material isn't that difficult and the main distinction between exams is how sophisticated the arguments are.  (That, incidentally, is the whole point of the curve - to translate a grading clusterf**ck into an intelligible, if totally subjective and somewhat meaningless distribution.)  And this isn't middle school, where 85% is automatically going to be tied to a B+.  Dunno, just seems like a lot of indignation over something that's unfortunate, but not necessarily unfair. 

Did you get a low pass?

Umm, I don't go to his school.

Ok then, so I'm pretty sure if you did get a horrible grade, and you weren't sure why you got it, you'd probably be a little upset and want to talk to the professor, no?

I never indicated that I wouldn't be upset or that I wouldn't want to discuss a disappointing grade with a prof.  Understandable.  But I certainly wouldn't go in looking for it to be changed, nor would I suggest that it was unfair merely because it was low. 

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General Board / Re: The Most Ridiculous Grade In My Academic Career....
« on: January 19, 2008, 03:16:51 PM »
I'm afraid I don't understand the kerfluffle over this either.  Fine, so there's no mandatory curve.  I know of a class where there's regularly an 8-pt spread between the highest grade and the lowest grade - grading clusters are not at all uncommon in classes where the raw material isn't that difficult and the main distinction between exams is how sophisticated the arguments are.  (That, incidentally, is the whole point of the curve - to translate a grading clusterf**ck into an intelligible, if totally subjective and somewhat meaningless distribution.)  And this isn't middle school, where 85% is automatically going to be tied to a B+.  Dunno, just seems like a lot of indignation over something that's unfortunate, but not necessarily unfair. 

Did you get a low pass?

Umm, I don't go to his school.

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General Board / Re: The Most Ridiculous Grade In My Academic Career....
« on: January 19, 2008, 11:21:53 AM »
I'm afraid I don't understand the kerfluffle over this either.  Fine, so there's no mandatory curve.  I know of a class where there's regularly an 8-pt spread between the highest grade and the lowest grade - grading clusters are not at all uncommon in classes where the raw material isn't that difficult and the main distinction between exams is how sophisticated the arguments are.  (That, incidentally, is the whole point of the curve - to translate a grading clusterfuck into an intelligible, if totally subjective and somewhat meaningless distribution.)  And this isn't middle school, where 85% is automatically going to be tied to a B+.  Dunno, just seems like a lot of indignation over something that's unfortunate, but not necessarily unfair. 

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General Board / Re: Thinking of quitting law school...
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:20:49 AM »
I agree with the advice about distinguishing a string of bad-mood days from a real, general dislike for law school.  If the former, we all know what that's like!  If the latter, then maybe it is worth leaving now. 

I waited until I was nearly 30 to start law school, and even now that I'm halfway through I haven't regretted being here for a moment (even tho it sometimes makes me want to set myself on fire.)  But two of my dearest friends went to law school straight out of college, reacted much the way you are, and ended up dropping out during the second semester.  One of them was doing really well (#7 in her class) but was miserable, the other was not doing so well and was miserable.  Anyway, they're both leading perfectly happy and productive lives now and have never regretted their decisions to leave.  And having to pay off that chunk of debt blew, but it was a lot less distasteful than continuing with something that made them unhappy. 

Now's the time to do it if leaving is the right decision for you.  Don't let yourself feel trapped if it's truly not right.  Of course, we can't make that determination for you.  Good luck!

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Macintosh note-taking/outlining software.
« on: December 04, 2007, 10:52:18 PM »
OmniOutliner Pro.  It's amazing. 

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The time pressure on law school exams is MUCH worse than the LSAT.  IMO, anyway. 

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I'm also old and mature.  And had a really low LSAC gpa (2.6.)  I did well on the LSAT and got into some wonderful schools.  I know we're starting to sound like a Greek chorus here, but it really will all come down to the LSAT for you - go forth and study! 

You'll also have to make sure that the rest of your application is impeccable. 

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Transferring / Re: Can't decide....stay at Tier 4 or go to T14?
« on: July 18, 2007, 10:03:44 AM »
Welcome to Michigan!

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