TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

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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
  • MA - Mexican-American
  • PR - Puerto Rican
  • 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
  • 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)
  • SEO - Pre-1L summer internship position (generally at a BigLaw firm; students of color only)
  • 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:
  • AFAIK - As far as I know
  • 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
  • FFS - Expression of annoyed disbelief
  • 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
  • QFT - Quoted for truth
  • SLIP - U.S. Department of Justice's Summer Law Intern Program
  • SSC - State Supreme Court (the highest court of a state, which may not necessarily be called a "Supreme Court" - see, e.g., NY Court of Appeals)
  • TL;DR - Too long, didn't read
  • TITCR/TCR - 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.

Last updated by QContinuum 10/22/18

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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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby GHH923 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:57 pm

awesomerossum wrote:
BBQTITS


Ouch.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby lawbutterfly11 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:16 pm

Some people are into that kinda thing!

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Merrill » Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:41 pm

It would be very helpful if this thread were stickied.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Ben Matlock » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:57 pm

Another bump, and another request for a sticky.

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Re:

Postby Stanford4Me » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:17 am

blhblahblah wrote: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)



I spent about 15 seconds laughing at that one, until I felt my IQ drop a few points; then I forced myself to stop.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Ben Matlock » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:10 pm

Bump!!!!
Please, Ken, make this a sticky!

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby blhblahblah » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:20 pm

bump for sticky

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby themillsman22 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:20 pm

Useful thread although seems like it hasn't been updated in a while (but I see few recent contributions so maybe I'm wrong)

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Ben Matlock » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:35 pm

Sticky! Except we just further immortalized Stinkhorn (if that was possible) and no one can update the list now.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby themillsman22 » Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:19 am

The mods can't have someone take over the thread? I don't know how that works, but people took over some of Sock's old threads.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby bruinbear » Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:58 pm

haha. first time reading this thread and seriously laughed (out loud even!) at some of these... anyway good job! i was chatting with a friend online today about law schools and he had no idea what i was trying to say because according to him i was using "retarded acronyms".

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby muddywaters » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:48 am

what does "ROFL" mean?

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Ben Matlock » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:22 am

muddywaters wrote:what does "ROFL" mean?


LMAO. GTFO!

Dude, Google it. It's not a law-school related acronym (or a remotely new one).

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby bruinbear » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:56 am

okay i get ROFL and LMAO... whats GTFO? Get Tea For Organs?

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Ben Matlock » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:21 am

awaitingmailman wrote:okay i get ROFL and LMAO... whats GTFO? Get Tea For Organs?


STFU! :)

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby bruinbear » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:17 pm

i think i get the FU part... explain ST please!

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby Kompressor » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:25 pm

I need one for "Biglaw," Hawkeye!

:x

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby blhblahblah » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:30 pm

GTFO = get the fuck out

AGWBARH = annoying girl with braces and red hair (in context: I want to strangle that AGWBARH sitting behind me)

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby breanne2011 » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:59 am

^^ Nah, no need to explain that one. AGWBARH is a well-known and cherished part of the American lexicon.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby conch republic » Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:53 am

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Last edited by conch republic on Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby wuhoo » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:50 am

SOL? I've seen it around a couple times, I'm guessing "Sorry Outta Luck"?

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby LoseItToMe » Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:04 pm

conch republic wrote:What does ITT stand for?

in this thread



wuhoo wrote:SOL? I've seen it around a couple times, I'm guessing "Sorry Outta Luck"?

shit out of luck



I personally have no idea what JFGI means!!!!!

just fu**ing google it

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

Postby publicservant101 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:40 pm

goosed! -rejection!

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Re: TLS: Abbreviations and Jargon

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conch republic wrote:
What does ITT stand for?

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wuhoo wrote:
SOL? I've seen it around a couple times, I'm guessing "Sorry Outta Luck"?

shit out of luck



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I personally have no idea what JFGI means!!!!!

just fu**ing google it


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did these people just discover the internet last week? where the fuck have they been for the last 10 years?



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