"Easiest" Top Law School

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"Easiest" Law School

Yale
81
46%
Stanford
19
11%
Harvard
9
5%
Columbia
2
1%
Chicago
1
1%
NYU
5
3%
Berkeley
19
11%
Penn
4
2%
Virginia
23
13%
Michigan
13
7%
 
Total votes: 176

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"Easiest" Top Law School

Postby katielee3 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:46 pm

Hey guys, I'm not trying to come off as a complete slacker here but quality of life during law school is really important to me. Which of the top 14 law schools have a reputation for having a more relaxed academic atmosphere (read: least amount of time spent studying) and friendlier/more social students?

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby dissonance1848 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:53 pm

Yale. First semester, P/F, then second semester, somewhat arbitrary distribution of H/P.

Close second is Stanford.

What matters here is class size, prestige of school, and grading system.

Yale nails all three, Stanford is only a bit below Yale.

Other schools should not even be in contention.

Edit: I see that OP cares about student life, not actual quality of life. Whatever.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby 005618502 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:54 pm

P/F grades for all first semester classes. Yale wins and its not even close

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby twenty » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:10 pm

Y > S > H > B > ungraded legal writing > graded legal writing > Chicago just because they love law school-style S&M.

Also, Y has no legal writing class. ftw.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby DorianGray89 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:31 pm

Top 14 means 14 schools - there are some missing from that list...

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby katielee3 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:12 pm

DorianGray89 wrote:Top 14 means 14 schools - there are some missing from that list...


Poll would only let me list 10 options, but I'm interested in hearing about Duke, NW, GULC, and Cornell too.

Looks like the consensus is that Yale wins by far. What about within the CCN and other groupings?

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby ajcollege » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:43 pm

TCR is "None of the Above."

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby Borg » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:50 pm

I've heard Columbia and Chicago are easy.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby twenty » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:56 pm

ajcollege wrote:TCR is "None of the Above."


I hear at GULC they give you uncurved letter grades for attending Jesuit chapel service.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby 071816 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:56 pm

ajcollege wrote:TCR is "None of the Above."

No, it's Yale.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby aca0260 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:21 pm

Do you know what the grade inflation is like at NU? It's absurd. A graduating 3.9 is like top 15%. I'm sure some NU people can chime in on it. This probably won't help you at OCI but it will definitely make you stand out when talking to out of town firms or mailing.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby jump_man » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:24 pm

Just go to Golden Gate and pwn the competition. Slam dunk win fo sho!

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby HeavenWood » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:00 pm

YHS > CCN > MVPBDN > C > G

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby bk1 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:10 pm

aca0260 wrote:Do you know what the grade inflation is like at NU? It's absurd. A graduating 3.9 is like top 15%. I'm sure some NU people can chime in on it. This probably won't help you at OCI but it will definitely make you stand out when talking to out of town firms or mailing.


From what I've seen, the more selective firms that care about really high grades are already wise to this trick and the less selective firms don't really care as much since it's more about fit.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby Mr Madison » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:21 am

A school is only as hard as it's curve, correct? Wouldn't TCR be the school in which you could do the worst on the curve and still be fine? i.e. YHS

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby 09042014 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:35 am

aca0260 wrote:Do you know what the grade inflation is like at NU? It's absurd. A graduating 3.9 is like top 15%. I'm sure some NU people can chime in on it. This probably won't help you at OCI but it will definitely make you stand out when talking to out of town firms or mailing.


NU does give a lot of A+'s but median is still probably 3.4 for 1L. It's 2-3L where it gets absurd. Median at gradation is around 3.65.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby JamMasterJ » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:39 am

Yale also has a sick LRAP, so even if you flame out miserably, it's cool

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby Tom Joad » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:41 am

Every time I read this thread I get sad that I don't go to rare based Yale.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby indigomachine » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:49 am

Cooley.

Prestige of #1 with the student quality of #200. Why is this even a debate?

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby lovejopd » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:34 pm

twentypercentmore wrote:Y > S > H > B > ungraded legal writing > graded legal writing > Chicago just because they love law school-style S&M.

Also, Y has no legal writing class. ftw.


+1

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby IAFG » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:40 pm

aca0260 wrote:Do you know what the grade inflation is like at NU? It's absurd. A graduating 3.9 is like top 15%. I'm sure some NU people can chime in on it. This probably won't help you at OCI but it will definitely make you stand out when talking to out of town firms or mailing.

Didn't Cornell just raise their median to 3.5 or something?

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby IAFG » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:41 pm

If quality of life is really important to you and stuff, maybe you shouldn't go to law school.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby dresden doll » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:42 pm

Tom Joad wrote:Every time I read this thread I get sad that I don't go to rare based Yale.

This.

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby lawschoolROCKS22 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:59 pm

Yale, then Harvard or Stanford. You've basically already made it if you get into one of those three schools (even if you somehow get shut out of BigLaw, you're still pretty much guaranteed to get at least some full-time non-temporary job that actually requires a JD).

Maybe I'm biased, but wouldn't Columbia or Chicago be the hardest? After all, you have the smartest/hardest-working law school students who necessarily didn't get into HYS (unless they decided to go to CCN because they got a full ride there but not at HYS). Moreover, HYS are prestigious enough that they can get away with using fail/pass/high-pass grading. At CCN, you're graded on a forced curve, and even if schools like Columbia try to claim that they don't provide GPAs, it takes an employer like 2 minutes to turn the grades on your transcript into a GPA. Once that GPA is determined, it's pretty easy to determine where a student falls within the class (i.e. top 10%, top 1/3, etc...). Word on the street is that NYU's workload is a little lighter, but a lot of the stuff stated above would still apply

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Re: "Easiest" Top Law School

Postby IAFG » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:03 pm

Harvard's grading system seems more likely to engender gunning than Y or S. Besides that, it's a massive class, so there aren't enough clerkships/prestigious jobs to go around.




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