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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby FlanAl » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:57 am

thanks for the breakdown! i'm horrible at math

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby mths » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:18 am

Arbiter213 wrote:
FlanAl wrote:I hate that I can't figure out how bad I actually did haha


I mean, half the class is still waiting on a quarter of it's GPA. Assuming you're NOT in that group:

<3.35, bad
3.35-3.48, median-ish, but below 3.42 is likely actually below
3.48-3.61, above median, below top 3rd
3.61-3.81, 30%-11%
>3.81, top 10%

4.0, transfer to yale

fortunately firms have yet to catch on to this

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby justhoping » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:07 am

mths wrote:fortunately firms have yet to catch on to this


how could firms not catch on to this? Does Cornell tell them "approximates 3.35" instead of 3.42?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:35 pm

justhoping wrote:
mths wrote:fortunately firms have yet to catch on to this


how could firms not catch on to this? Does Cornell tell them "approximates 3.35" instead of 3.42?


Yes. God bless.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby mths » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:13 pm

Arbiter213 wrote:
justhoping wrote:
mths wrote:fortunately firms have yet to catch on to this


how could firms not catch on to this? Does Cornell tell them "approximates 3.35" instead of 3.42?


Yes. God bless.

Cornell pretty much says approximately 3.5, yeah.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:56 pm

mths wrote:
Arbiter213 wrote:
justhoping wrote:
mths wrote:fortunately firms have yet to catch on to this


how could firms not catch on to this? Does Cornell tell them "approximates 3.35" instead of 3.42?


Yes. God bless.

Cornell pretty much says approximately 3.5, yeah.

?

You mean 3.35?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby mths » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:59 pm

Arbiter213 wrote:You mean 3.35?

yeah that

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:12 pm

mths wrote:
Arbiter213 wrote:You mean 3.35?

yeah that


<3

I want a scotch but want to read the briefs the judge I'm shadowing gave me.

For those that are interested, alumni judges are super nice.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby mths » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:07 pm

Arbiter213 wrote:
mths wrote:
Arbiter213 wrote:You mean 3.35?

yeah that


<3

I want a scotch but want to read the briefs the judge I'm shadowing gave me.

For those that are interested, alumni judges are super nice.

http://www.boozingear.com/blog/2012/01/ ... cotch-can/

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:29 pm

mths wrote:
Arbiter213 wrote:
mths wrote:
Arbiter213 wrote:You mean 3.35?

yeah that


<3

I want a scotch but want to read the briefs the judge I'm shadowing gave me.

For those that are interested, alumni judges are super nice.

http://www.boozingear.com/blog/2012/01/ ... cotch-can/


Saw it earlier. Can't say I'm not morbidly curious.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby FlanAl » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:32 am

only $5 throw that shit in a paper bag and have a fantastic afternoon!

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby horrorbusiness » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:52 am

can anyone attest to the veracity of certain recent claims regarding ithaca's resemblance to northern california?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:59 am

horrorbusiness wrote:can anyone attest to the veracity of certain recent claims regarding ithaca's resemblance to northern california?


Which claims? I mean, it's got similar hills and weather to Berkeley and San Fran. It also is about 30 degrees colder than the Bay Area, year round.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby FlanAl » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:05 am

it also has a fair amount of hippies. I've never been to a small scenic east coast town other than ithaca so I don't know what the rest of them are like but Ithaca reminds me of the smaller towns I've been to in Nor Cal.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:22 am

FlanAl wrote:it also has a fair amount of hippies. I've never been to a small scenic east coast town other than ithaca so I don't know what the rest of them are like but Ithaca reminds me of the smaller towns I've been to in Nor Cal.


It's an upstate NY thing. The rest of the rural NE is a pit.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby horrorbusiness » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:33 am

FlanAl wrote:it also has a fair amount of hippies. I've never been to a small scenic east coast town other than ithaca so I don't know what the rest of them are like but Ithaca reminds me of the smaller towns I've been to in Nor Cal.


thanks guys. this is basically what i was getting at.

i'd heard it has hippie/liberal feel that you'd find in.. say, santa cruz, california.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby FlanAl » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:43 am

horrorbusiness wrote:
FlanAl wrote:it also has a fair amount of hippies. I've never been to a small scenic east coast town other than ithaca so I don't know what the rest of them are like but Ithaca reminds me of the smaller towns I've been to in Nor Cal.


thanks guys. this is basically what i was getting at.

i'd heard it has hippie/liberal feel that you'd find in.. say, santa cruz, california.


the town itself yeah but the law school definitely possesses the uptightness you'd expect from the east coast. I'm not a huge hippy but for me having that surrounding atmosphere provides a nice balance even if I'm not occupying ithaca.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby msblaw89 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:55 pm

Hey all... I am a recent Cornell admit and I was wondering if any of the current students could talk about the academic culture (collegial vs. competitive), quality of life, and difficulty of courses. Thanks!

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby PinkCow » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:15 am

msblaw89 wrote:Hey all... I am a recent Cornell admit and I was wondering if any of the current students could talk about the academic culture (collegial vs. competitive), quality of life, and difficulty of courses. Thanks!


Congrats on the admit.

1. Not sure what the difference between collegial and competitive is. But Cornell seems to fit both of those descriptions. Not as many overtly competitive people as you might think, but what they lack in number they make up for in volume.

2. Q.O.L. - Well, it's finally snowing, so there's that. Might I recommend buying some earmuffs. Also, you may be shocked at the cost of living around here. The closer you get to the LS, the more the homes become downright hovels, and the more the prices reflect NYC, not middle-of-nowhere.

3. It doesn't really matter how difficult the courses are, only how difficult they are for you in reference to the rest of the class. Civil procedure is, for most, a *difficult* course, but the grade distribution is roughly the same as an "easier" class like Torts. Class-wise, courses really only become difficult if you start to fall behind. Stay on top of your assignments...chip chop chip.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Mr. Somebody » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:35 pm

Any recommendations for a hotel to stay in for ASW?

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby johansantana21 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:04 pm

Arbiter213 wrote:
FlanAl wrote:I hate that I can't figure out how bad I actually did haha


I mean, half the class is still waiting on a quarter of it's GPA. Assuming you're NOT in that group:

<3.35, bad
3.35-3.48, median-ish, but below 3.42 is likely actually below
3.48-3.61, above median, below top 3rd
3.61-3.81, 30%-11%
>3.81, top 10%

4.0, transfer to yale


Sounds rather optimistic. I would have expected median to be around a 3.45 at minimum.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby PinkCow » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:38 pm

Mr. Somebody wrote:Any recommendations for a hotel to stay in for ASW?


Nearly everybody I know stayed at the Statler, which is right on campus and about 5 minute walk away from the LS. However, it's kind of a rip-off. If you're willing to drive a bit or catch the bus, the super 8 motel (much nicer than it sounds) is maybe 1/3 to 1/2 the price and only like a mile away. Plus, it's nextdoor to Wegman's - the world's greatest grocery store.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Ostrizr316 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:54 pm

Mr. Somebody wrote:Any recommendations for a hotel to stay in for ASW?


There's also a Courtyard Marriott near the Airport that is cheaper than the Statler and closer to campus than the Super 8.

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:04 am

johansantana21 wrote:
Arbiter213 wrote:
FlanAl wrote:I hate that I can't figure out how bad I actually did haha


I mean, half the class is still waiting on a quarter of it's GPA. Assuming you're NOT in that group:

<3.35, bad
3.35-3.48, median-ish, but below 3.42 is likely actually below
3.48-3.61, above median, below top 3rd
3.61-3.81, 30%-11%
>3.81, top 10%

4.0, transfer to yale


Sounds rather optimistic. I would have expected median to be around a 3.45 at minimum.


It's actually a 3.46

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Re: Cornell 1L taking questions

Postby Arbiter213 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:06 am

Ostrizr316 wrote:
Mr. Somebody wrote:Any recommendations for a hotel to stay in for ASW?


There's also a Courtyard Marriott near the Airport that is cheaper than the Statler and closer to campus than the Super 8.


The Hilton in Downtown Ithaca is really nice too, and you can at least walk from there to the Law School.




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