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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby skers » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:10 pm

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby c0llegeStUd3nt » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:50 pm

This is probably real late in the year to be asking this, but I still do not understand the grading scale at all. I get that a 177 is median, but around what percentile is top 30%? 20%? 10%? Basically, I do not understand any grade that is not a 177 lol

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby WheninLaw » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:48 pm

c0llegeStUd3nt wrote:This is probably real late in the year to be asking this, but I still do not understand the grading scale at all. I get that a 177 is median, but around what percentile is top 30%? 20%? 10%? Basically, I do not understand any grade that is not a 177 lol


We generally don't know either.

At graduation, historically: 182+ is top .5% of the class, 180.5 is top 7.3% (I think), and 179 is like top 30% or something. I'm too lazy to check my transcripts. The curve gets easier as an upperclassmen because the median for seminars can be 179.

For 1Ls, ~180 is about the top 10% cutoff, whereas ~180.5 is top 5%.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Mal Reynolds » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:03 pm

177.3/4/5 is likely median after 1L year. I would also venture to say that below 179 is top 30% but I'm not sure exactly what it would be. 179 at graduation has to be a little inflated since people can take higher median classes after 1L.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby elterrible78 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:16 pm

WheninLaw wrote:
For 1Ls, ~180 is about the top 10% cutoff, whereas ~180.5 is top 5%.


I think there's probably quite a bit of variation on this. I know that last year, top 5% was at least a tad higher than 180.8.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby haplotype » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:46 pm

Iamdman92 wrote:Hello! I'm a February admit that will 90% be attending.

1) What are all your thoughts on double depositing? Is this an expected part of the process? I'm conflicted. To me, it seems unethical and a poor way to start a relationship with a degree-granting institution. On the other hand, it would be really nice if UChi played ball and handed over some extra aid...


Chicago's Commitment Response Form page expressly discourages it:

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby JDeezy » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:12 pm

Since it is almost certainly true that more than 50% get a 177 or better in any given class (median can be 177 but 60%+ could still get a 177), isn't it true that a 177.0 for the 1L year would be below median?

Median would be 177.something (or theoretically even higher.) Tell me what I'm missing.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Mal Reynolds » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:26 pm

JDeezy wrote:Since it is almost certainly true that more than 50% get a 177 or better in any given class (median can be 177 but 60%+ could still get a 177), isn't it true that a 177.0 for the 1L year would be below median?

Median would be 177.something (or theoretically even higher.) Tell me what I'm missing.


This is correct.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby skers » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:27 am

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For 1Ls, ~180 is about the top 10% cutoff, whereas ~180.5 is top 5%.


I think there's probably quite a bit of variation on this. I know that last year, top 5% was at least a tad higher than 180.8.


I can't think of anything more important than nailing down the exact decimal points for top 5%.

The good thing is there is a bit of hide the ball going on w/ grades. My impression is something like 70% of the class is clustered roughly between 176.5 and 178.5 or so. To the extent you love commas, italicizing, and hating yourself, LR cut-off my year was a bit higher than 179.5, but no idea what it was last year. Yeah, firms have some idea of where people are at and some will go through the effort of throwing people's grades into excel spreadsheets, but generally speaking they're going to see the name of your transcript and assume you're smart. Seeing 180s or just above 177s on the transcript are just going to be general proxies for doing well.

The best advice I heard in LS was just focus on being average. Being in that general median range can get you to all but a handful of firms. Keep that in mind, especially going into the hell that is spring q.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby PariSiamo » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:14 pm

I love how wacky the grading scale is because presumably it will confuse the hell out of a lot of employers and bring greater focus to other aspects of your resume, making the grades rat race a bit more forgiving. From my understanding, anyway.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby 2014 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:32 pm

Absolutely true, unfortunately when you are in that rat race it's difficult for some to not overanalyze the difference between a 178 and 177 and to feel like a success or failure based on what amounts to probably random error in either direction.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Robb » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:49 pm

It can also create some interesting interview situations. When I was interviewing in a tertiary market that doesn't get many UChicago applicants, one of my interviewers said something about room numbers while looking at my transcript - she thought our grades were room numbers, and the number of credit hours (1, 2, or 3) were grades. A similar thing happened in one other interview, but in a primary market.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Mal Reynolds » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:56 pm

I'm pretty sure the big NYC/Chicago/DC firms know the grading scale well, and you still have to be cognizant of what markets you bid based on your gpa. But yeah, 176.5-178.5 is a LOT of the class and there are only a few firms where you'll be automatically shut out based on your transcript alone.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Mal Reynolds » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:45 pm

Couple days before the first day of school.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Crowing » Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:50 pm

Emma. wrote:
lawschool2014hopeful wrote:I hope we get someone like Schill again - a professional dean/rainmaker.



Yeah. As weird/awkward as Schill is, he sure knows how to get folks to show him the money.


Heh this is pretty much exactly what I think about him. He is like the most socially effective awkward person I have ever met.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby WheninLaw » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:41 pm

elterrible78 wrote:
WheninLaw wrote:
For 1Ls, ~180 is about the top 10% cutoff, whereas ~180.5 is top 5%.


I think there's probably quite a bit of variation on this. I know that last year, top 5% was at least a tad higher than 180.8.


Yeah, your class is an anomaly. The top rises above the rest of you scrubs.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby orbotop » Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:37 pm

relatedly whats typical coif cutoff at graduation ??

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby 2014 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:03 pm

Do we even do coif? There are just highest honors, K&E, high honors, and honors afaik but I could be wrong.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby Emma. » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:24 pm

2014 wrote:Do we even do coif? There are just highest honors, K&E, high honors, and honors afaik but I could be wrong.


Yeah, there's Coif too. In recent years it seems like it has been pretty close to coterminous with High Honors. So maybe 180.3?

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby sheishkabob » Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:46 pm

For CA Big Law, do you guys think that Chicago would offer any advantages over Berkeley (if they are at near equal cost)?

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby 2014 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:02 am

sheishkabob wrote:For CA Big Law, do you guys think that Chicago would offer any advantages over Berkeley (if they are at near equal cost)?

We probably hold a per capita placement advantage at many/most firms in that you aren't competing with 60% of your peers you are competing with 10% and firms probably don't prefer to hire 6x UCB grads than UChi ones. There will be a few firms that do OCI at Boalt that don't come here though so that has to be weighed. If you are hell bent on California and cost is equal (or UCB is cheaper) then there's probably no reason to deal with the shitty weather and potential extra cost here.

If you are at all likely to consider a non-Cali market either by choice or by risk-aversion, it will start to push dramatically toward UChi though as our placement advantage in Chi, NY, and DC is substantial (unless someone wants to convince me otherwise).

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby leslieknope » Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:12 am

Anyone familiar with Chicago's LRAP around? Do you know if you get any benefits if you exceed the 80k income cap prior to the 5 year negative amortization payout? I'm thinking of a situation like the GS DC payscale, where you start out at like 60k but exceed that within less than 3 years.

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby sheishkabob » Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:43 pm

2014 wrote:
sheishkabob wrote:For CA Big Law, do you guys think that Chicago would offer any advantages over Berkeley (if they are at near equal cost)?

We probably hold a per capita placement advantage at many/most firms in that you aren't competing with 60% of your peers you are competing with 10% and firms probably don't prefer to hire 6x UCB grads than UChi ones. There will be a few firms that do OCI at Boalt that don't come here though so that has to be weighed. If you are hell bent on California and cost is equal (or UCB is cheaper) then there's probably no reason to deal with the shitty weather and potential extra cost here.

If you are at all likely to consider a non-Cali market either by choice or by risk-aversion, it will start to push dramatically toward UChi though as our placement advantage in Chi, NY, and DC is substantial (unless someone wants to convince me otherwise).


So with Chicago, the security lies in being able to get to other markets more easily than Berk if I strike out at CA, but there's not really any added security for CA? Do you think there's any more security in terms of the grades I would have to get at Chicago or Berkeley to get CA big law? Or would they be the same

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Re: UChi Current Students Taking Questions

Postby WheninLaw » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:24 pm

sheishkabob wrote:
2014 wrote:
sheishkabob wrote:For CA Big Law, do you guys think that Chicago would offer any advantages over Berkeley (if they are at near equal cost)?

We probably hold a per capita placement advantage at many/most firms in that you aren't competing with 60% of your peers you are competing with 10% and firms probably don't prefer to hire 6x UCB grads than UChi ones. There will be a few firms that do OCI at Boalt that don't come here though so that has to be weighed. If you are hell bent on California and cost is equal (or UCB is cheaper) then there's probably no reason to deal with the shitty weather and potential extra cost here.

If you are at all likely to consider a non-Cali market either by choice or by risk-aversion, it will start to push dramatically toward UChi though as our placement advantage in Chi, NY, and DC is substantial (unless someone wants to convince me otherwise).


So with Chicago, the security lies in being able to get to other markets more easily than Berk if I strike out at CA, but there's not really any added security for CA? Do you think there's any more security in terms of the grades I would have to get at Chicago or Berkeley to get CA big law? Or would they be the same


I think Berkeley probably gives you an advantage for NorCal Biglaw, but the advantage is moot (possibly a little UoC) in SoCal. Chicago also has a slight advantage at preftige firms (we do better at Irell, Munger, etc.), but that shouldn't be much of a concern. Ultimately, I'd call them peer schools as far as CA goes, and would err Berkeley assuming near equal costs (DAT WEATHER).

I bid 100% CA, so feel free to PM with specific questions.




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