AVBucks4239 wrote:Plenty of students at T14's, despite their intelligence, don't know what they're doing on a law school exam. Those at the top 10% of a TTT do, and I'd bet they'd finish comfortably above median. To do that well shows you have an aptitude for taking law school exams, which isn't necessarily guaranteed by a good LSAT score.
Furthermore, most TTT/TTTT schools have all closed book exams (mine does minus CivPro), so these students are trained to not rely on outlines. I think that gives them a nice boost when transferring.
This quite falsely assumes all law exams test and reward the same things. My friend at Catholic's exams look NOTHING like mine. And UChi exams also appear to be a world apart from mine.
Of course exams vary from school to school. But I use T14 exam banks all the time (they actually have model answers, where the ones posted at my school just have the questions), and I can say that they are strikingly similar.
Really, though, exams don't change that much. For torts, you might have a professor who just wants you to drill on one issue and analyze it thoroughly. Another torts professor at the same school might write a race exam where you basically just have to vomit the semester back at him.
Also, a person who finishes high up in the class can type quickly and write well on the fly. This is a skill that transfers from Chicago to Cooley.
Point is, people who know what they're doing look at the professor's past exams, know what the professor wants (thorough issue analysis/vomit all over the page/somewhere in between, look issues they will likely cover, whether there's a word limit, etc.), and that is a skill that transfers from school to school.