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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby plum » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:46 am

Cavalier wrote:
berkeleykel06 wrote:The only info on grade distributions I've been able to find (other than median and top 25%) was from the UVA Law Blog:

Top 10%: 3.65
Top 25%: 3.48
Top 33%: 3.42
Median: 3.3
Bottom 33%: 3.18
Bottom 25%: 3.12
Bottom 10%: 2.95

Does this seem fairly accurate for 1Ls?

Statistically speaking, that's how the distribution should look.


can we get more specific? what's top 15% or top 20%... i suck at math

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:30 am

It varies slightly from year to year a little bit, you can't lock it down exactly, but that's generally correct. Each year there could be more people at the top and bottom and fewer at the middle, or things like that, which slightly alter the actual results of the curve, but that's a valid general predictive model. It's hard to say what specifics like top 15% or top 20% would be, because of those small variations. Also, the grade-on line for LR (top 25 students) is somewhere in the 3.7x range traditionally from what I understand.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby Wahoo1L » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:12 pm

plum wrote:how are short courses graded? is there a curve? do we actually get a letter grade for a 1 credit course? does that grade come out when the SC is over, or at the end of the semester along with all the rest? thanks.


Short courses are graded the same as regular courses. There is still a requirement of a 3.3 curve. You will likely receive the grade before the end of the semester.

Also, the top 7% cutoff is usually around a 3.71. The past two years it has been a 3.70 and a 3.71 I believe.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby Doritos » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:14 pm

Barristers Ball...discuss

also, bunch of evals up.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby YCrevolution » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:30 pm

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby TigerBeer » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:50 pm

finally, my last professor's eval is up. this means i'll likely know my full gpa by tonight, right? that just totally threw me off when i was doing such a good job of focusing on my reading.

is anyone still missing an eval?

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby Kohinoor » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:59 pm

TigerBeer wrote:finally, my last professor's eval is up. this means i'll likely know my full gpa by tonight, right?

Your optimism this late in the game is endearing.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby TigerBeer » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:02 pm

Kohinoor wrote:
TigerBeer wrote:finally, my last professor's eval is up. this means i'll likely know my full gpa by tonight, right?

Your optimism this late in the game is endearing.


that's why i threw the "likely" in there. unless you're saying that SIS doesn't deserve even that, which is a position i can't really be too strongly against

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby Kohinoor » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:12 pm

TigerBeer wrote:
Kohinoor wrote:
TigerBeer wrote:finally, my last professor's eval is up. this means i'll likely know my full gpa by tonight, right?

Your optimism this late in the game is endearing.


that's why i threw the "likely" in there. unless you're saying that SIS doesn't deserve even that, which is a position i can't really be too strongly against

Some of my evals went up last Tuesday/Wednesday and I didn't get the grades till like Saturday/Sunday. The grades could come out today but I usually err on the side of expecting unexplained, unreasonable delays.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby Cavalier » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:32 pm

New grades are up!

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby Doritos » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:12 pm

FINALLY

all grades = in

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby vamedic03 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:43 pm

What's with the new lawweb? It frightens me because it looks new and well-organized.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby thesealocust » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:57 pm

vamedic03 wrote:What's with the new lawweb? It frightens me because it looks new and well-organized.


:shock:

That's terrifying. Where is my randomly clustered list of every link I might ever want to click on?!

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby billyez » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:20 pm

soullesswonder wrote:
YCrevolution wrote:
ZiggyPink wrote:How important is facebook for 1L? I have never been a social networking type person and don't want to start now, but then again I don't want to put myself at a disadvantage. Am I doomed to be a social outcast without it? Is it commonly used for academic stuff like organizing study groups, exchanging notes, etc..?

Thanks

Your ~30-person section will have an e-mail list. There's also an SBA e-mail that goes out twice-a-week for the bigger law school events. Facebook would still be useful for keeping track of some of the social events, but you could definitely get by without it.


gchat wouldn't hurt, either will help

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby dailygrind » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:06 am

thesealocust wrote:
vamedic03 wrote:What's with the new lawweb? It frightens me because it looks new and well-organized.


:shock:

That's terrifying. Where is my randomly clustered list of every link I might ever want to click on?!


i'm so confused. i need an adult.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby socraticmethodman » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:14 am

Are the Barracks West Apartments really that bad? I read some reviews, and they made it seem like it was the ghetto of all ghettos.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby BlakcMajikc » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:36 am

On that same note, what are the nicest apartments near (about less than a mile from) the Law School?

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby vamedic03 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:36 pm

Anyone who's bored should read the course eval's for Kordana's Corporations from Fall 2010. There are some classics - between the Rainman comparisons and the person who decided that a course eval was an appropriate place to bitch about law school grades being on a curve.

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby uvauvauva » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:01 pm

vamedic03 wrote:Anyone who's bored should read the course eval's for Kordana's Corporations from Fall 2010. There are some classics - between the Rainman comparisons and the person who decided that a course eval was an appropriate place to bitch about law school grades being on a curve.


lol @ kordana... he is a really interesting guy

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby vissidarte27 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:36 pm

Hi guys.

I'll be in C-ville visiting my girlfriend for V-Day (she's a 4th year undergrad) and I plan on bumming around the law school while she's doing the whole school thing. Ideally, I'd like to sit in on a couple of classes, and I was hoping you guys might be able to help me decide which ones.

My options are:
Property with Julia Mahoney, Richard Schragger, or Alex Johnson
Con Law with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Kim Ford-Mazrui, Risa Golubuff, Saikrishna Prakash, or Chris Springman

I'll be there for several days, so I could probably sit in and observe several profs, FWIW.

Is there anything else that you guys would recommend for someone visiting UVA for the first time? (I'm applying next cycle, if it matters, and UVA is my top choice.)

Thanks!
Vissi

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby vamedic03 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:57 pm

vissidarte27 wrote:Hi guys.

I'll be in C-ville visiting my girlfriend for V-Day (she's a 4th year undergrad) and I plan on bumming around the law school while she's doing the whole school thing. Ideally, I'd like to sit in on a couple of classes, and I was hoping you guys might be able to help me decide which ones.

My options are:
Property with Julia Mahoney, Richard Schragger, or Alex Johnson
Con Law with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Kim Ford-Mazrui, Risa Golubuff, Saikrishna Prakash, or Chris Springman

I'll be there for several days, so I could probably sit in and observe several profs, FWIW.

Is there anything else that you guys would recommend for someone visiting UVA for the first time? (I'm applying next cycle, if it matters, and UVA is my top choice.)

Thanks!
Vissi


I'd probably sit in on Sai's or Sprigman's con law. I have no insight into those property profs. Other professors worth sitting in on (although not all are 1L classes and I have no idea if it would be allowed):

Nelson's Legislation
Collins' Fed Courts
Mitchell's Evidence
Schauer's Con Law

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Re: UVA 2L taking questions

Postby dailygrind » Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:06 pm

vissidarte27 wrote:Hi guys.

I'll be in C-ville visiting my girlfriend for V-Day (she's a 4th year undergrad) and I plan on bumming around the law school while she's doing the whole school thing. Ideally, I'd like to sit in on a couple of classes, and I was hoping you guys might be able to help me decide which ones.

My options are:
Property with Julia Mahoney, Richard Schragger, or Alex Johnson
Con Law with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Kim Ford-Mazrui, Risa Golubuff, Saikrishna Prakash, or Chris Springman

I'll be there for several days, so I could probably sit in and observe several profs, FWIW.

Is there anything else that you guys would recommend for someone visiting UVA for the first time? (I'm applying next cycle, if it matters, and UVA is my top choice.)

Thanks!
Vissi


there's that friday Q&A session with the office of admissions. when i went i was the only person there, so i basically had a long one on one conversation with a member of the admissions committee. pretty awesome thing to have on your file.




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