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I do laptop for notes in class and outlining and handwrite my exams.

I would never transcribe notes to computer if I took them in class; I'm simply too lazy.  And anyhoo, comp allows me to dump notes I got from a fellow student into the right spot in my doc, when I miss a class...or space out.  Comp helps with outlining too, cuz one can just chop down class notes and chuck them in an outline.  Just don't take TOO many notes if you take them by computer, and if you brief, don't make your briefs too long.

I take exams by hand, though.  This is where I revert to my true old-school nature. I do this because

1) The room I take the exam in is always smaller, like a normal classroom, and I just feel more comfortable. This is also better because I do break for smokes and the bathroom during exams, so I don't feel like I'm bothering as many people.
2) I cannot stand the clickety-clack of keyboards and wouldn't be able to think straight. I know, I could wear earplugs, but then I'd hear my own heartbeat.
3) I suspect that profs are easier on handwritten exams than typed.
4) I fear technology.

Current Law Students / Re: How many As.
« on: June 14, 2007, 01:32:00 PM »
Unless the school has specific guidelines for each grade, professors can do what they'd like to arrive at the suggested mean.  My school has a suggested mean (closely followed) of 2.85, with a second suggestion that not more that 50% of the grades fall between B- and B+.

Well, that mean can be achieved by giving only As and Cs and NO Bs.  I think most profs at my school only give 2 to 4 As for a full secxtion (60 student) class.

Current Law Students / Re: Rank Question - No Guessing Required
« on: June 12, 2007, 08:15:14 PM »
Why not put "27/260" on your resume?

Current Law Students / Re: Waiting for grades....
« on: June 06, 2007, 05:42:47 AM »
Temple holds all submitted grades for 1Ls until the last due date (30 days from last exam) and releases them in one big dump.  It's good and bad...prevents constant checking, avoids people freaking out about a single grade with little to put it in perspective...  It seems perhaps paternalistic, though.  I do know it's not related to workload; the things are submitted on scantron sheets!  Needless to say, most 1Ls at Temple have no grades yet. It's frustrating, but, "what you gonna do?"

Current Law Students / Re: Am I Screwed?
« on: January 22, 2007, 07:14:16 PM »
I'd be careful assuming that a 2.67 on a 2.5 curve places one in the top half of the class.  My school has a 2.85 curve, but the top half begins at 3.01.

The curve is usually the mean GPA; percentile, of course, is based on the median. 

Current Law Students / Re: Constitutional Law and Property study Guides?
« on: January 22, 2007, 07:10:24 PM »
I liked Emanuel's for Dukeminier.

I just got Chemerinsky today and its good so far, very in depth analysis, I barely got through standing.

Chemerinksy is a-okay

Current Law Students / Re: Do Grade Mistakes Happen?
« on: January 21, 2007, 09:01:50 PM »
Wow - one would think that with so much on the line, that grades would be checked and re-checked....especially since they take so long to come out!

one would bloody well think.  i may finally get mine on tuesday.   :P

I thought we were the only folks waiting until Tuesday!  What a pain!

Current Law Students / Re: living with 3 other people 1L?
« on: April 06, 2006, 08:34:08 AM »
I think leaf is likely right.  I'm considering whether to keep the 4-bed house I'm renting (in the Philly burbs).  I have roommates leaving in the summer and may want to fill the empty beds with law / non-law roomies.  Just haven't made a decision yet.

Thanks for the input!!
I had a 162 LSAT and 3.4 GPA. I also applied to Loyola and Santa Clara and haven't heard back yet but deposits are due in two weeks. I had my application finished at the end of January, but took the February LSAT so it wasn't complete until the middle of March and I heard a week later from both of them. What were yours? Good Luck!

I'm visiting both schools in two weeks. Hopefully I'll get a magical sign from one of them. 

I'm usually the guy telling folks to go to the cheaper option, but 1/2 schol at Pep seems a nice deal.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Seton Hall vs. Rutgers - Newark
« on: March 30, 2008, 06:51:43 AM »
Hey everyone,

I was wondering if y'all could comment on this for me.

I've been offered 20,000 a year renewable (based on a continued 3.2 gpa) at Seton Hall law school which has jumped in the new ratings this year to 66.

I've been offered no money at Rutgers Newark but have heard from many different people that rutgers students place better than seton hall students.  Is there any merit to this claim?

Which would you go to if you were given the above choices?

If you're instate in NJ, the decision seems easy to me.  These schools have very different atmospheres, though.  Have you visited each?  Also 3.2 seems a very high LS GPA, unless SH has serious grade inflation like many of the T14s.

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