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Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?

Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« on: August 04, 2009, 12:51:04 AM »
Among the TOP-30 law schools, which are recognized as ones with the least adversarial environment?

Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 12:29:21 PM »
All law schools are somewhat competitive because class ranking and grades mean a lot for jobs. Law students are also type A personalities who are accustomed to being overachievers. Also don't forget that in law school, everything hinges on one exam for each class. Schools also grade on a curve (whether they say they do or not). It's not like college.

I've found this to be true at two different law schools I've gone too, one tier 2/3 and one t14. Even if people are not "in your face" competitive, there is always an underlying sense of competition because of the system.

The least competitive schools are probably going to be schools that have non-traditional grading systems such as Yale or Berkeley. I think Stanford might have also switched to non-trad grading system.

In general, the most competitive schools are going to be those that are in cities/regions where they live in the shadow of a much higher ranked school or school(s).

Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 06:47:33 PM »
For a start, avoid any school in Boston, NYC, and DC.

Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 05:48:39 PM »
From what I've seen the T3 are all very chill and things heat up as you move down - I suspect that its largely a factor of what % of the class can expect good jobs and such.  I've not found HLS remotely hostile or unpleasant.  Everyone works hard, but we work hard together, have study groups, share notes and are generally quite nice to eachother.  There's not any real sense of competing with eachother for opportunities. 

Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2009, 11:42:09 AM »
Since when is HLS in the top 3?

EricN

Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 06:27:15 PM »
1. Yale
2. Harvard (HLS)
3. Stanford

It's been that way for a while...

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Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 08:20:25 AM »
I haven't Northwestern competitive at all.  For the most part, everyone is very helpful and encouraging.  I mean the curve is there, so everyone wants to do good, but it's not a pressure cooker.

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Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2009, 02:40:07 PM »
Law school is as peaceful as you make it.



Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009, 10:52:24 PM »
Since when is HLS in the top 3?

Since when have you stepped into this world? 

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Re: Any suggestions on peaceful law schools ?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2009, 04:28:36 PM »
Perhaps I'm biased, but I believe Notre Dame has to be one of the least adversarial schools in the Top-30. Notre Dame does not publish class ranks, and its emphasis on community has impressed me greatly in the time that I've been here. Add to this the fact that ND's alumni network is world-renowned, and you have a recipe for a pretty peaceful school.

ND football isn't exactly a detriment, either :P