theventriloquist wrote:If you don't mind me asking, how competitive is the atmosphere at duke law?
If by competitive you mean cut-throat, then I would say not at all. Everyone is extremely collegial and very friendly. If by competitive you simply mean the curve then I would say everyone here is smart and works hard, so nothing is guaranteed.
theventriloquist wrote:They grade on a curve, so how hard is to get top of class? I have a LSAT of 177; I have read that LSAT correlates with grades.
If by top of the class you mean top 25%, then I would say you have a 1 in 4 chance. If you mean top 10%, then I'd adjust that to 1 in 10.
Whatever you read is misguided. The conventional wisdom around here is that lsat does not correlate with 1L grades very well, if at all. This is true for a few reasons reasons. For one, plenty of people who are capable of 177's get 170s to pair with their 3.9x and never feel the need to retake nor do they necessarily wish they had ground out a few more weeks of prep, as that score combo is well over a half ride at Duke. Further, logic games etc. are not a very good proxy for a law school exam.
theventriloquist wrote:I want to get into biglaw so i have to graduate at top of class.
This is wrong. Duke places very well into big law. From Duke you can get big law no problem with a 3.2 and up (median is 3.3). If you want W&C DC then maybe yes you need to be towards the top. But big law generally, no. Even for V10 or V20, top half or top third will get you there.