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Current Law Students / Re: Open Book Exams
« on: June 29, 2005, 01:43:50 PM »
i agree with the above poster. i treated all my open book exams differently, and did far better than on the closed book exams. why spend time memorizing the elements of adverse possession when i can look on my table of contents, find the page, flip to the page, and have the elements in front of me in less than 5 seconds? if you think you can't spare 5 seconds in an exam, you're an idiot. much better than trying to cram all that information in your head...

here's the most recent critical theories rankings:

Current Law Students / Re: Cardozo
« on: March 12, 2004, 02:46:28 PM »
maharishi, you've got one too many 5s in the address. it's 55 5th avenue, at 12th street. 555 is a $$$$ jewelry store in midtown.

also, in the latest bar exam results, cardozo beat out fordham for first time test takers. in ny state, only columbia, nyu, and cornell had higher pass rates than cardozo.

Law School Admissions / Re: Vanderbilt Law
« on: July 26, 2005, 10:14:15 AM »
look at the methodology - it's quite flawed, as has been pointed out extensively on xo. it may be an improvement on leiter's study, but that doesn't mean much. in fact, it means nothing at all, because i don't recall leiter ranking regional placement into large law firms.

i mean, come on, those results don't even pass the smell test. emory placing above gw and gtown, let alone fordham? hastings placing better than duke? that's clearly inaccurate. if you can't see that, well, you just don't know much about the legal market.

Law School Admissions / Re: Vanderbilt Law
« on: July 26, 2005, 09:35:46 AM »
clearly that study is a crock of *&^% if case western is said to place better in nyc than fordham.

[x-posted from books section, since i know everyone tagged this thread]

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: William and Mary and Fordham
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:37:58 AM »
last year, i heard on april 23rd, via email.

edit - fordham, not w&m

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cardozo $$$, Wash U or Fordham?
« on: April 22, 2005, 10:38:07 AM »
am i the government? no. is this board run by the government? no.
then what does this have to do with free speech?

the point is, if you start with a big firm, you can do anything you want in your career. you can stay there, you can move in-house, you can go to gov't, you can go to public interest. you can take your clients and open your own firm.

but if you start at a midsize firm doing insurance or products liability defense, you'll likely be pigeonholed there for the rest of your career. you won't be able to move to a larger firm (unless you're a rainmaker), and you won't be competitive for the better gov't jobs or for larger in-house counsel jobs, because there'll be enough candidates from larger, more prestigious firms who will get the interviews simply because of the firm name on their resume.

you also hit on an important point - there are many fewer people who have gone to cardozo, so they have a much smaller alumni network. fordham has one of the largest, most active alumni networks in the country, and if you think networking doesn't matter in law, then you simply don't understand the industry. let me put it this way - cardozo (as of a year ago) has ONE alum who's an article III judge. fordham has alums who are judges all over the country, including several in SDNY and EDNY.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cardozo $$$, Wash U or Fordham?
« on: April 20, 2005, 08:50:52 AM »
if you believe a school's published employment stats, i have a nice bridge to sell you.

from what i hear through the law school grapevine, it's top 10-15% to get a real biglaw job (with a remotely prestigious firm) out of cardozo. the others might have good salaries, but it's in midsize firms where your opportunities for advancement in the field are severely limited. plus, cardozo is skewed a bit with their IP focus - they put a lot of people into patent boutique firms that pay a lot, but those jobs are only available for people with the requisite science background. so it's great if that's what you're into, but if you're just looking at salary info, it's misleading for joe-average poli-sci/history major.

it is the least diverse of any new york city area law school. at least, according to numbers that *they* gave out a year ago.

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