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TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby TLS_user » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:08 pm

Abbreviations (and jargon) on TLS:

With respect to students:
  • 0L - Law school applicant or prospective applicant
  • 1L - First-year law student
  • 2L - Second-year law student
  • 3L - Third-year law student
  • 4L - Fourth-year law student (part-time evening JD programs only)
  • AA - African-American
  • FGP - First-generation professional - a member of the first generation in the family to attend college or graduate school
  • Reverse splitter - A law school applicant (or prospective applicant) with a low LSAT but a high GPA
  • Splitter - A law school applicant (or prospective applicant) with a high LSAT but a low GPA (sometimes "reverse splitters" are referred to as "splitters")
  • URM - Underrepresented minority (law school admissions purposes only)
With respect to the LSAT:
  • Bibles/PS - PowerScore (LSAT prep)
  • BP - BluePrint (LSAT prep)
  • LG/AR - Logic Games/Analytical Reasoning (LSAT section)
  • LR - Logical Reasoning (LSAT section)
  • PT - Practice test/practice test score
  • RC - Reading Comprehension (LSAT section)
  • Retake - Common advice on TLS to retake the LSAT to obtain a higher score
  • TM - TestMasters (LSAT prep)
  • WS - Writing Sample (LSAT section)
With respect to law schools & law school applications:
  • 1L elective - One or more optional classes that 1Ls can choose to take (at almost all law schools, 1Ls are generally assigned to most of their classes)
  • 1L summer - Summer between the first and second years of law school (i.e., summer after 1L)
  • 2L summer - Summer between the second and third years of law school (i.e., summer after 2L)
  • 25%/50%/75% - The 25%/50%/75% undergraduate GPA or LSAT score of a law school's admitted students
  • AA - Affirmative action
  • ACS - American Constitution Society - a liberal advocacy organization
  • Adcom/Adcomm - Law school admissions committee/admissions committee member
  • Admin - Administrative law (a required class at many law schools)
  • APALSA - Asian/Pacific-American Law Student Association
  • ASD/ASW - Admitted Students' Day/Weekend
  • ASU - Arizona State Law
  • BC - Boston College Law
  • BLS - Brooklyn Law
  • BLSA - Black Law Student Association
  • Booked - Obtained the highest score in a law school course (not all law schools award book awards)
  • BU - Boston University Law
  • BYU - Brigham Young Law
  • CALI/Book award - Highest score in a law school course (not all law schools award CALIs/book awards)
  • CCN - Chicago Law, Columbia Law, NYU Law (referred to as a group)
  • Chi/UofC - Chicago Law
  • Civ pro - Civil procedure (a required 1L class at all law schools)
  • CLS - Columbia Law
  • Con law - Constitutional law (a required 1L class at almost all law schools)
  • Crim - Criminal law (a required 1L class at all law schools)
  • Crim pro - Criminal procedure (a required class at many law schools)
  • Curve - The permitted range of each letter grade at a law school - unlike at most colleges, law school grades are generally based on a student's relative performance as compared to his/her classmates; a student's absolute performance relative to an objective standard is often irrelevant
  • CWRU - Case Western Reserve Law
  • Ding - Rejected
  • Dozo - Cardozo Law
  • DS - Diversity statement
  • EA - Early Action - a non-binding application option. Apply early, and get a decision by a specified date
  • ED - Early Decision - a binding application option. "If accepted to school X, I will attend."
  • EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation - a liberal advocacy organization
  • FedSoc - Federalist Society - a conservative advocacy organization
  • FSU - Florida State Law
  • GMU - George Mason Law
  • GULC/Gtown - Georgetown Law
  • GWU - George Washington Law
  • HLS - Harvard Law
  • HYS/YSH/YHS - Yale Law, Stanford Law, Harvard Law (referred to as a group)
  • IU/IUB - Indiana Law
  • LALSA - Latin-American Law Student Association
  • Leg reg - Legislation & regulation (a required class at many law schools)
  • LOCI - Letter of continued interest
  • LOR - Letter of recommendation
  • LR - Law Review (a law school's flagship journal)/member of Law Review board
  • LW - Legal writing (a required 1L class at almost all law schools)
  • MC - Moot court (a required 1L activity at almost all law schools; sometimes included as part of a LW course)
  • MELSA - Middle Eastern Law Student Association
  • Mich/UM - Michigan Law
  • MVP - Michigan Law, Virginia Law, Penn Law (referred to as a group)
  • MVPB - Michigan Law, Virginia Law, Penn Law, Berkeley Law (referred to as a group)
  • NALSA - Native American Law Student Association
  • NLG - National Lawyers' Guild - a liberal advocacy group
  • NW - Northwestern Law
  • NYLS - New York Law School (distinct from NYU Law)
  • PR - Professional responsibility (a required class at all law schools)
  • PS - Personal statement
  • PSU - Penn State Law
  • RA - Research assistant
  • SALSA - South Asian Law Student Association
  • SHU - Seton Hall Law
  • SJU - St. John's Law
  • SMU - Southern Methodist Law
  • Softs - All parts of a law school application aside from an applicant's UGPA & LSAT score; includes LORs, PS, DS (if applicable), extracurricular activities, WE (if any), etc.
  • SLS - Stanford Law
  • T1 - Tier 1 schools according to USNWR (1-50)
  • T2 - Tier 2 (50-104)
  • T3 - Tier 3 (105-139) or (less commonly) HYS
  • T4 - Tier 4 (the rest)
  • T6/Upper T14 - Top 6 schools according to USNWR (1-6)
  • T13/T14 - Top 13/14 schools (1-13/14)
  • T20 - Top 20 schools (1-20)
  • T&E - Trusts & estates (a required class at many law schools)
  • TA - Teaching assistant
  • TAMU/A&M - Texas A&M Law
  • TTT - Third-tier toilet - a derogatory reference to T3/T4 schools
  • UCD - University of California, Davis Law
  • UCI - University of California, Irvine Law
  • UGA - Georgia Law
  • uGPA/UGPA - Undergraduate GPA
  • UNC - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Law
  • UNH - New Hampshire Law
  • URM boost - The increase in chances of admissions for a URM applicant vis-a-vis a non-URM applicant with the same UGPA & LSAT score
  • URM status - Whether an applicant is a URM for law school admissions purposes
  • USC - University of Southern California Law
  • USD - University of San Diego Law
  • USNWR - US News and World Report's law school rankings
  • UH - University of Houston Law
  • UT - Texas Law
  • UVA - Virginia Law
  • Vandy - Vanderbilt Law
  • W&L - Washington and Lee Law
  • W&M - William and Mary Law
  • WE - Work experience
  • WFU - Wake Forest Law
  • WL - Waitlist/Waitlisted
  • WUSTL - Washington University in St. Louis Law
  • YP - Yield protection - when a law school waitlists or rejects an "overly qualified" candidate (generally based on the candidate's UGPA and LSAT score) in order to protect its yield
  • YLS - Yale Law
With respect to law firms:
  • A&B - Alston & Bird
  • A&O/AO - Allen & Overy
  • A&P/APKS - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
  • AmLaw 100/200 - The largest 100/200 BigLaw firms by revenue, as ranked by American Lawyer
  • BB - Baker Botts
  • BL - BigLaw - generally denoting a firm that pays associates at the top of the market; the firm or office may or may not actually be "big" in raw head count, e.g., BigLaw generally includes well-paying boutiques which may have relatively few associates
  • BSF - Boies, Schiller & Flexner
  • Cov/C&B - Covington & Burling
  • CSM - Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • CWT - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  • Deb - Debevoise & Plimpton
  • DPW/DP - Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • F&R/FR - Fish & Richardson
  • GD/GDC - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • GT - Greenberg Traurig
  • H&B/HB - Haynes & Boone
  • HH - Hughes Hubbard & Reed
  • H&K/HK - Holland & Knight
  • HL - Hogan Lovells
  • JD - Jones Day
  • K&E/KE - Kirkland & Ellis
  • K&S/KS - King & Spalding
  • L&W/LW - Latham & Watkins
  • ML/MLB - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • MoFo - Morrison & Foerster
  • MTO - Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • NR/NRF - Norton Rose Fulbright
  • NYC market/Cravath scale - The lockstep associate salary scale established by CSM - often used to refer to firms that pay associates using the same or a substantially similar salary scale
  • OM/OMM - O'Melveny & Myers
  • PH - Paul Hastings
  • PW - Paul, Weiss
  • QE - Quinn Emanuel
  • S&C/SullCrom - Sullivan & Cromwell
  • S&G/SG - Selendy & Gay
  • SA/Summer - Summer associate/summer associate position (generally at a BigLaw firm)
  • SRZ - Schulte Roth & Zabel
  • STB - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • V&E/VE - Vinson & Elkins
  • V10/V20/V50/V100 - The top n BigLaw firms, as ranked by Vault
  • W&C/WC - Williams & Connolly or White & Case
  • Wilmer/WH - WilmerHale
  • WLRK - Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • WSGR - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
General abbreviations:
  • Appellate - Appellate litigation
  • ATL - Above The Law (legal news & gossip)
  • BLL - Black-letter law/black-letter law course
  • C&F/CF - Character & fitness (law school or bar admissions purposes)
  • CoA - U.S. Court of Appeals
  • D.Ct. - U.S. District Court
  • DoJ/DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice
  • E&E - Examples & Explanations - a series of primers covering various legal subjects (also used as a generic term encompassing similar primers and other ancillary law school study materials)
  • FC - Federal court clerkship
  • Fed - Federal government legal position or Federal Reserve
  • Flame - A fake profile, persona, or hypothetical situation designed to mislead, antagonize, or annoy
  • FTW - For the win
  • FWIW - For what it's worth
  • HTH - Hope this helps
  • HYP - Harvard College, Yale College, Princeton University (undergrad) (referred to as a group)
  • IIRC - If I recall correctly
  • IME - In my experience
  • IMHO - In my humble/honest opinion
  • IMO - In my opinion
  • IP - Intellectual property
  • IRL - In real life
  • ITT - In this thread
  • Lit - Litigation
  • LSN - LawSchoolNumbers
  • LST - Law School Transparency (employment data & more)
  • MJ - U.S. magistrate judge
  • OCI - On-campus interviews, generally conducted at the end of 1L summer for 2L summer SA positions
  • OP - Original poster in the thread
  • OTOH - On the other hand
  • Patent pros - Patent prosecution (the legal work of applying for a patent)
  • PD - Public defender
  • PI - Public interest
  • PM - Private message
  • PTO/USPTO - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • SLIP - DOJ Summer Law Intern Program
  • SSC - State Supreme Court (the highest court of a state)
  • TL;DR - Too long, didn't read
  • TITCR - This is the credited/correct response
  • Troll - Someone whose sole intent is to irritate/annoy
  • UCB - University of California, Berkeley (undergrad)
  • UG - Undergrad


I figured I'd create a list so newcomers know what we're talking about and a whole thread isn't created for each abbreviation question someone has.

Updated by QContinuum 10/21/18

Important Note: The above is only a list of commonly-used abbreviations and jargon on TLS. It is not, and is not intended to be, a comprehensive or "best of" list of the items in each category.
For example, the law school list doesn't include Cornell, because there's no commonly used abbreviation for Cornell Law. The list doesn't include Jewish, IP, Palestinian, sports, or women's groups, because the names and abbreviations of such groups varies between different law schools. Likewise, the law firm list doesn't include firms like Skadden, Weil, Sidley, Cleary, or Ropes & Gray that aren't associated with commonly used acronyms.

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Postby awesomepossum » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:59 pm

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Postby in my eyes » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:59 pm

Zeezoo..

As far as law school discussion and information on firms (bonuses,events,billables) etc XOXO is right up there with JDUnderground

You just need to sift through the crap to find info

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Postby M20009 » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:37 pm

Who's with me?


I'm not.

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Postby blhblahblah » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:42 pm

Robin Singh - LSAT Nazi

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Last edited by sockpuppet on Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby the5man » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:44 pm

I'm not.


Well, the question was "Who's with me?"--not "Who's not with me?" or "What do you say, M20009?".

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Postby blhblahblah » Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:46 pm

How dare you address someone with 3000+ posts in such a manner? Shame on you, sir.

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Postby rrandyy » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:16 pm

Anyone have a link regarding duke hacking scandal? Havent heard of it....

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Postby blhblahblah » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:53 pm

IIRC - If I recall correctly

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Postby StinkHorn » Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:38 pm

IIRC - If I recall correctly


Added.

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Postby ihatestudying » Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:47 pm

yah, UC is not Univ. of Chicago.

UC is a Univ of Cal school, e.g. UC Davis, UC Berkeley, etc etc.

U OF C is Univ of Chicago.

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Postby blhblahblah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:34 am

I frequently see this one in convo:

CGWBT - Could get worse before tomorrow or Cheery girl with big tits (particularly, CGWBT's in law school)

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Postby prettypithy » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:00 am

What's QTF?

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Postby blhblahblah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:04 am

quit the faggotry?

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Postby blhblahblah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:23 am

YGWYB - Yale girls with Yale boys

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Postby the5man » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:52 am

HYP - Harvard, Yale, Princeton

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Postby blhblahblah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:21 pm

Why do you insist on lowering the IQ of this thread? Princeton is NOT a law school, and therefore is NOT related. You're NOT cool.

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Postby lizzy1280 » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:22 pm

what?? people use HYP when describing what undergrad they're coming from... chill.

edit: just realized you may have been sarcastic. my apologies if this was the case.

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Postby Haribo » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:23 pm

I've seen HYP referenced a number of times on this forum, as in:

"Your undergrad tends not to have a big influence, unless you went to HYP."

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Postby blhblahblah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:02 pm

Thanks for the input. I'm happy Liz caught on.

"Your undergrad tends not to have a big influence, unless you went to HYP."


Whoever says that has no idea what they're talking about. There are dozens of UG's ranked higher than HY. The fact that you went there has no impact on your admission, unless you're applying there for LS. Even then, the impact is marginal.

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Postby prettypithy » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:05 pm

quit the faggotry?


You're joking, right? Anyone else on QTF? :oops:

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Postby the rza » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:13 pm

do you mean QFT? It means quoted for truth.

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Postby blhblahblah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:15 pm

isn't that the same as [sic] or 'spelling is correct'

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Postby prettypithy » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:17 pm

Ahhh, thanks.



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