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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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Current Law Students / Re: Thinking of quitting law school...
« on: January 12, 2008, 07:20:49 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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Current Law Students / Re: Macintosh note-taking/outlining software.
« on: December 04, 2007, 08:52:18 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, 08:03:44 AM »
Welcome to Michigan!

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Current Law Students / Re: Mac users - what software do you use?
« on: July 17, 2007, 06:09:35 PM »
Actually, I used Omni Graffle to diagram during 1L - esp. in Property and Contracts.  But I'm a very visual person. 

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Current Law Students / Re: Mac users - what software do you use?
« on: July 16, 2007, 08:17:42 PM »
I'm a diehard OmniOutliner user (and yes, you can correct all of the things that you don't like about it, yvyty.)  Anyway, I use OOPro for notes and outlines, Scrivener for organizing my legal writing, OmniDazzle to keep me entertained in class, and OmniFocus to keep me organized.  If you just spend some time with the software before school starts you'll learn everything you need - OmniGroup's stuff is all pretty simple and intuitive. 

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Job Search / Re: Incoming 1L Job FAQ's
« on: July 16, 2007, 02:07:12 PM »
What do applications for biglaw firms say?  I mean, on Dec. 1st no one has their grades or has even taken finals.  Do you just use your college resume and hope your school's name has enough pull?

This is when it pays to be a non-trad. ;)

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Current Law Students / Re: Most Hated 1L Class
« on: July 13, 2007, 04:28:23 AM »
Hmm, Con Law was far and away my favorite (and strongest) class this year.  Different strokes, I suppose...

Property was the worst by a mile.  But that was because our Prof. was a giant neon technicolor nightmare who has no business being in the classroom.  I was shocked during finals to discover that the actual subject of Property is so interesting, because the whole semester had been akin to waterboarding. 

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