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Curriculum, Rankings, and Difficulty of Classes?

Curriculum, Rankings, and Difficulty of Classes?
« on: June 20, 2006, 04:36:53 PM »
Trust me, I'm not trying to find the easy way out by any means, but I'm curious if a school's ranking roughly coincides with the difficulty/work load of that school?

For example, is it safe to say that the curriculum at say...Texas...will be more difficult and rigourous than a 50-100 school?  Are there any top 100 schools that are notoriously easier than others?  I guess it's impossible to tell, but I figured since there are rankings for everything now, we might as well try to come up with one for EASIEST LAW SCHOOLS.  Thanks.

Re: Curriculum, Rankings, and Difficulty of Classes?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2006, 05:08:26 PM »
The curriculum is roughly the same at every ABA school. Hence it comes down to professors attitudes and students... if a prof. wants to bomb everyone with a ton of reading, then it's going to be a bad semester. Also, if you choose a school with students known for being hyper-competitive, it's going to make things difficult.

I do not think ranking would indicate difficulty as much as the reputation of the student body, imo.


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Re: Curriculum, Rankings, and Difficulty of Classes?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2006, 06:25:12 PM »
Isn't difficulty relative?  I would think it would be more difficult to attend a "reach" school than one that gave you a full ride. 

Previous poster is correct.  All curricula are the same pretty much, especially in first year requirements.  However, a friend of ours transferred from a fourth tier to a first tier and noted that the first tier got more in depth instruction and debated more theoretical issues, whereas the fourth tier stuck to mastering the basics.  (I'm not ragging on anything here - just sharing his observations)  So, if you are a concrete thinker, maybe top schools would be more difficult, and vice versa.