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patrickd139
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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby patrickd139 » Thu May 05, 2011 11:21 pm

keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Chill and have confidence guys/gals. My GPA and class rank even dropped, and I was still accepted.


I pretty much have no margin for error, though. A .1 drop pretty much knocks me out of this forum, let alone the worst case scenarios, which seem likely right now.

Eh. If you went to a school that you'd be happy graduating from, this is nothing to lose sleep over. :)

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby keg411 » Thu May 05, 2011 11:32 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Chill and have confidence guys/gals. My GPA and class rank even dropped, and I was still accepted.


I pretty much have no margin for error, though. A .1 drop pretty much knocks me out of this forum, let alone the worst case scenarios, which seem likely right now.

Eh. If you went to a school that you'd be happy graduating from, this is nothing to lose sleep over. :)


I did, so that's not a worry :). I guess I just kind of liked the idea of going to a real top school after my first semester grades and it will be a disappointment when/if that possibility is gone.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby patrickd139 » Thu May 05, 2011 11:37 pm

keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:
keg411 wrote:
patrickd139 wrote:Chill and have confidence guys/gals. My GPA and class rank even dropped, and I was still accepted.


I pretty much have no margin for error, though. A .1 drop pretty much knocks me out of this forum, let alone the worst case scenarios, which seem likely right now.

Eh. If you went to a school that you'd be happy graduating from, this is nothing to lose sleep over. :)


I did, so that's not a worry :). I guess I just kind of liked the idea of going to a real top school after my first semester grades and it will be a disappointment when/if that possibility is gone.

haha...I totally get where you're coming from. Harness the motivation and I'm sure you'll be fine. Law students rarely sniff the GPA cutoff for transferring without figuring out how to take a law school exam. From that point on, it's just a matter of doing your thing to sustain your success. GL with finals, and get off TLS!

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby missinglink » Fri May 06, 2011 1:59 am

Kilpatrick wrote:After the torts exam I had today I feel the same way. I think multiple choice is a terrible way to test in law school

I have a 65% multiple choice / the rest essay exam tomorrow! In Constitutional Law!

I either fail it or ace it. There is no middle ground.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby quiver » Fri May 06, 2011 3:07 am

missinglink wrote:I have a 65% multiple choice / the rest essay exam tomorrow! In Constitutional Law!
Multiple choice in con law?!?! How the F would that work?

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Postby Ty Webb » Fri May 06, 2011 3:14 am

It's a weird phenomenon for me.

Even though I know I've outworked a large majority of my class. Even though I know that my LSAT is in the top 10% of my class. Even though I know that I outpaced most of my class last semester. Even though I know that I out-type the majority of my class.

Still, when I walk out of an exam, each member of my class has miraculously transformed into the love-child of O'Connor and Learned Hand.

Same thing happened last semester, too.

But this semester is different. Each exam last semester had something that mitigated my biggest advantage (typing speed). One test was one where the professor graded with a "sniff" test. Another had word limits. Another had an entire portion of the exam that was contract drafting. This semester's exams have no such impediment. But I don't know the information as well as I did last semester. Maybe these two things will even out? Time will tell. 8)

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby missinglink » Fri May 06, 2011 3:15 am

quiver wrote:
missinglink wrote:I have a 65% multiple choice / the rest essay exam tomorrow! In Constitutional Law!
Multiple choice in con law?!?! How the F would that work?

I'll let you know after the exam tomorrow/this morning. :lol:

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby VinceIrons » Fri May 06, 2011 11:41 am

I've learned feeling you did like shit on an exam really is no indication of how you'll actually do. I remember walking out of my Contracts exam last semester absolutely positive I bombed a whole section. Got the second highest grade in my class, and only missed the top spot by one point. And what dinged me wasn't that section I thought I failed, it was forgetting to say "Goods are anything movable at the time of sale." /facepalm Since we're graded on a curve, and if you're up there in your class rank there's a good reason for it, if you forgot something I'd imagine there's a good chance a lot of other people did too.

That said, I definitely feel the same way as most people. Getting a lower GPA this semester will be utterly unacceptable. Hell, I'll be mildly disappointed if I get anything less than a 4.0. Which means I should probably get off TLS and back to studying...

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby missinglink » Fri May 06, 2011 7:44 pm

Con law went pretty well. The last time I felt that comfortable during an exam, I got the highest grade.

Most of the multiple choice questions consisted of a half page to a page long fact pattern, with 5 possible answers. Usually 2 could be eliminated outright, as not even on point. 1 answer would be a little closer, then there would be 2 that were nearly indistinguishable, differing only by degree. And then there were a few where the right answer was "none of the above," or "both A and C are correct" - at least I hope so. :lol:

Pretty frustrating since if you're off by just a little, there's no partial credit for being mostly right or overlooking one critical word in the fact pattern.

That said, I think I did well. Now that I'm halfway through with finals, I'm starting to feel a little less pressured and stressed.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby quiver » Fri May 06, 2011 7:50 pm

missinglink wrote:Most of the multiple choice questions consisted of a half page to a page long fact pattern, with 5 possible answers.
I guess that works. Seems like it could have easily been made into a normal issue spotter with fact patterns like that though. Lazy prof?

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby missinglink » Fri May 06, 2011 8:18 pm

quiver wrote:
missinglink wrote:Most of the multiple choice questions consisted of a half page to a page long fact pattern, with 5 possible answers.
I guess that works. Seems like it could have easily been made into a normal issue spotter with fact patterns like that though. Lazy prof?


Lazy, I don't know, but perhaps frustrated. Some of his old memos that are attached to old exams bemoan errors in grammar, time spent discussing issues not at issue, and people who just write a treatise on the law. About 3-4 years ago he switched things up. If I had to guess, he just got tired of reading bad essays. And maybe he came to the conclusion he could still differentiate the class without going through the hassle of reading long answers.

There is still an essay format, but with a very low word count, to prevent people from doing a memory dump.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby out17 » Fri May 06, 2011 10:57 pm

I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way. I feel so much pressure this semester. My profs have all been very weird and different than last semester. Non-traditional exams. I feel sick about my performance on all of my exams. Some I know I missed issues on, others I'm not sure how I did but I don't feel great.

Like the poster who said the same thing earlier...I feel like anything less than what I got last semester will be a failure. And based on my feeling about these exams, I won't do anywhere near as well as I did...

I know worrying like this is pointless, but it's nice to vent a little.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby quiver » Fri May 06, 2011 11:32 pm

out17 wrote:I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling this way. I feel so much pressure this semester. My profs have all been very weird and different than last semester. Non-traditional exams. I feel sick about my performance on all of my exams. Some I know I missed issues on, others I'm not sure how I did but I don't feel great.

Like the poster who said the same thing earlier...I feel like anything less than what I got last semester will be a failure. And based on my feeling about these exams, I won't do anywhere near as well as I did...

I know worrying like this is pointless, but it's nice to vent a little.
I agree with every word in this post. My professors this semester gave non-traditional exams too and I know I missed a few issues on my last exam. Horrible feeling.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby VinceIrons » Mon May 09, 2011 1:25 pm

How's this for "non-traditional?"

25% of my CivPro exam was "analyze/advocate" for the following anaology:

Twombly and Iqbal are to pleadings as Celotex was to ____________

Yeah. Completely forgot what Celotex was about... Though I did make a very well educated guess and got it right (Summary Judgment), but couldn't really write a good essay on a guess. Thankfully, it's only a 2 credit course so as long as I did well on the rest (pretty sure I did) and get some partial credit, it shouldn't screw me over too much.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby NarwhalPunter » Mon May 09, 2011 3:49 pm

My aspirations for transferring to HCCN this summer are quickly morphing into praying that I can stay in the top 10% and get a good job in the Fall at my current school.

Exams. Total mindfuck.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby uzpakalis » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:15 pm

uzpakalis wrote:...in freaking out about their class rank plummeting, and foreclosing any possibility of transferring?



Well, the verdict is in. I did not do as bad as I thought, but not good enough for t14. Sigh...

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby Kilpatrick » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:24 pm

:( That's a bummer. What happened, was it one outlier bad grade or just a slip overall? It seems like a lot of people didn't do as well second semester.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby uzpakalis » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:58 pm

Kilpatrick wrote::( That's a bummer. What happened, was it one outlier bad grade or just a slip overall? It seems like a lot of people didn't do as well second semester.


slight overall slip...
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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby Kilpatrick » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:08 pm

Sorry to hear it, I'm sure you'll still be able to transfer somewhere good

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby SpencerPratt » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:04 pm

Trying to make a lateral move back home, so hopefully I have some room for error, but I've started thinking the worst of things now that grades should be out very soon.

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Postby Kilpatrick » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:03 am

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby stylishlaw » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:12 am

Kilpatrick wrote:Turns out my freakout was semi-warranted. Will one bad grade (B) keep me from transferring if I'm still in the top 10% overall at a T25? Was looking at HYS, maybe CCN


LOL, no a B won't prevent you from transferring. Top 10% will get you CCN.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby SmittenMitten » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:25 am

Ugh. I'm so petrified of K's and Property (all MC for prop.)

After K's I actually went home and thought about looking up when K's is offered again in case I failed and have to re-take to graduate. That's how awful I think I did.

the nightmares are getting worse.

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby Kilpatrick » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:29 am

SmittenMitten wrote:Ugh. I'm so petrified of K's and Property (all MC for prop.)

After K's I actually went home and thought about looking up when K's is offered again in case I failed and have to re-take to graduate. That's how awful I think I did.

the nightmares are getting worse.


Your property exam was 100% multiple choice? That's sick

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Re: Anyone care to join me...

Postby Citizenlawyer » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:31 am

Does anyone know what is the required GPA/class rank for transfer to UVA from W&M/W&L? I heard that being a state resident, which I am, is the most important thing, but my GPA has also dropped this semester...




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