I was told about this thread by another UMN student. While there are certainly some valid complaints about the physical facilities at UMN, I think anyone would be unwise to base their entire assessment of the school on the rantings of one clearly embittered 2L who, according to his own GPA report, isn't very good at law school in the first place. For example, I would also not recommend assessing the Minnesota Vikings by asking Dante Culpepper's opinion.
Boy, you UMN apologists need to come up with some new material. First of all, I think it's a pretty cheap shot to attempt to impugn me for my honesty about what happened to me during my 1L Fall semester exams. Second of all, I think that your statement, that I'm not "very good at law school in the first place," is an extremely stupid mischaracterization of what actually happened.
I was forced to write my exams by hand, while the majority of my colleagues were allowed to use their computers to type, due to the bizarre and idiosyncratic exam policies of the school (policies which no
other law school has). I think it's clear that I was at a pretty enormous disadvantage -- particular for the issue spammy exams, where word count mattered as much (if not more) than content. Furthermore, the fact that I got an A- in the one exam that was word-limited further speaks to the fact that it was the mode of test-taking rather than my knowledge/ability-as-a-test-taker, which was at issue.
Of course, if there were still room for doubt, I did have another semester, during which I got a Legal Writing award, a "Book" award, and a 3.8 GPA. And of course, this is a part of the narrative, and it gives context and meaning to the 2.7 I received Fall semester. This is the whole reason why
I gave that information in the first place. I could just as easily have kept mum about it, but I thought it would be helpful information, and so I shared it. However, the whole picture, which I honestly proffered in the interest of helping 0Ls get a better picture of the school, is here distorted and used as "ammunition" to attack my character. Classy.
If you want to talk about what happened to me, then let's talk. Just be sure you include all the info:
Fall: 2.7 (exams hand written)
Spring: 3.8 (exams taken normally)
This, of course, begs the question: how many other 3.8 law students are "not very good at law school"? Or do you think that that
was the fluke?
P.S. Anyone who posts "I pity your future clients. Keep being crazy, I guess...?" has forfeited any right to complain about incoming personal attacks. Just sayin'.
crazy. She thinks that wearing a white suit (which I didn't do!) entails untrustworthiness. Or... I don't know what. And I'm not complaining about the personal attacks, per se. I could care less about the personal attacks qua
personal attacks. I'm merely pointing out that the small handful of people who have elected to speak in UMN's favor have chosen to do so by attacking me rather than
actually offering positive information about UMN. My objection here is not that they're being "mean." I couldn't care less about what they think of me. My objection is that this is a deliberate attempt to distract from the point by attacking the messenger rather than the message -- which, I point out, you are doing as well, with your selectively edited information about my grades.
Of course, you're not entirely sane yourself, with your unhealthy fixation on the chains. There are a million criticisms of the school in this thread -- many of them about the actual curriculum and substance of the education. You choose to ignore those, and pretend as though the only criticism that I've leveled, and to which people here have been been receptive is the chains. That's a particularly nice visual, and it's a very concrete example of the environment that UMN's idiot administrators have created, but it's hardly the only
criticism that's been leveled at the school here. Indeed, nor the main
reason -- nor is it even a significant
reason not to go there. Just an emblematic one. The main reason not to go there is because they treat students like an inconvenience rather than their raison d'etre. And that
is the seed from which a crappy educational institution blossoms.
Finally, I think that you people are doing a very serious disservice to 0Ls who are looking at UMN. If you enjoyed your experience at UMN, then that's great. Truly. So much the better for you. Write about that. But trying to "silence" anyone who has a different perspective -- how does that
help anyone? You know what pisses me off most of all about my situation? If someone had told me what I'm writing here, way back when I was a 0L, I wouldn't have come here. And now that I'm providing information that might prove useful to some -- maybe not all, but some
-- 0Ls who are seriously considering wasting their time and money coming to this joke-of-a-school, you dozen-or-so die-hard UMN fanatics come crawling out from under your rocks in a bizarre attempt to "silence" me.
I think the weirdest thing about these criticisms of my criticism has been the apparent obliviousness to the fact that I've actually been pretty honest about the few areas where I think UMN is actually good. I've agreed that the students are generally friendly and reasonable (present company notwithstanding), and that the faculty is generally excellent. I find it bizarre, given those two positions I've taken, that you and your buddies have tried to cast me as "ranting" when I've actually presented a pretty balanced view, which leads to the conclusion that UMN is overall
pretty damn crappy. And I don't see why it's so hard for you to accept that this is the honest and fair assessment of many reasonable people. Do you consider it metaphysically impossible that UMN is anything less glorious than Plato's Academy? Psychopath.