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  1. What area do you practice? Pretty much all the people who came to my school to speak (including government lawyers) have mentioned that all areas require long hours, dispelling the idea that government work somehow has more work life balance like many students seem to think.
  2. Good point! How much more work is it compared to other areas of law?
  3. I hear from so many that it is full of extreme competition, stress, little work life balance and more. Is it that much different from any other practice of law? I came to school under the assumption that practice would be a lot of work anyways. What are the benefits of big law outside of the money? How well do things like performance on law school exams and assignments translate to performance and success in the Big Law setting, or any other legal area?
  4. Is there any merit to argument that there is abuse of academic accommodations, or is it just talk from people who are mad that some people get "more time" on assignments and exams? At my school, you typically need actual doctor's notes or other proof to even have a chance of accommodations.
  5. Sorry to hijack, but just curious about why things get easier after 1L? I was expecting about the same level of work required and even more challenging/advanced courses (just finished 1L).
  6. At my school, all your "answers" would come from the textbooks you bought and the lectures you went to. No professor has ever expected us (and in fact, all have explicitly told us not) to get answers from library books that weren't the already assigned course textbook. Most other resources are available digitally anyways. Law students are generally very kind and supportive of one another, but there are always a few ultra competitive students that can rub you the wrong way (but in my experience, they are the minority). Pandemic actually revealed a lot about individual personalities and which students were self-serving compared to those who genuinely wanted to lend a helping hand to their peers.
  7. It's not as bad as people make it out to be, but it is a lot of work. If you are willing to put in the work, you will be fine. The content itself can of course be challenging, but it is all completely doable if you were successful in undergrad. Most people do not "flunk" out of law school unless for personal reasons, or because they genuinely do not care for what they are learning, in which case they shouldn't be in law school in the first place because why pursue something you aren't interested in?
  8. Don't ever feel guilty for getting accommodations. They are there for a reason, and if your school didn't believe you needed them you wouldn't have been granted them. Think of it this way: you were put in a situation where you were disadvantaged in relation to your classmates based on whatever mental health, physical health, or personal issue was happening to you. If you didn't receive accommodations for this, then everyone else would be benefitting from your own struggles (that have nothing to do with your academic ability). Accommodations level the playing field. People who claim that those receiving accommodations are unfairly advantaged in any way have likely never been in a position where accommodations would be needed, or they're not doing as well as they would like and are looking for something external to blame.
  9. You're asking the real questions! I wonder this myself. 1L was such a weird time and it felt like there was so much going on that trying to build a relationship with a professor outside of class was definitely on the back burner. Sorry I don't have any advice, but would like to tag along on this post. 😁 I don't think it would be too random to just email a prof who taught in an area you're interested in about... something?
  10. What I've gathered from reading this forum is that taking a pass/credit comes with the assumption that you did not do that well, otherwise why take the pass? Inferences can be made about what your hidden grades are based on what the lowest grade was that you chose to show (how much lower depends on the person looking at your application). I personally would not pass/credit a grade unless it was significantly lower than average, because I would rather the employer know I got a 73, than think I got a 60. I also don't think it would be unreasonable for someone to look at that and wonder if the reason you received the B+s in some classes was because you completely neglected another because you knew you could just take a pass. In short, I think you'd be better off keeping the grades, especially given your ECs and work experience, though maybe wait and see what others think too.
  11. Did you do any ECs throughout the year that could bump up your resume? Which markets are you interested in?
  12. Laptop is definitely a must unless you're part of the minority that prefers handwriting and is really fast at it. Also a planner definitely helps because there are a lot of readings. And DEFINITELY back up your notes, either on a cloud service or external HD. You don't want to be that person that loses all their CANs a few days before exams start. Double check to make sure the exam software of your school works with the laptop you get!
  13. What about a case where two students are as follows: Student A: B+, B+, B+, B, B --> No P/F Student B: B+, B+, B, B-, C+ --> P/Fs the B- and C+, ending up with B+ B+ B P P Depending on the exact percentages, couldn't student B potentially end up with a higher percentage average over student A, despite having a much lower one without the P/Fs? Maybe the sample grades aren't the best to illustrate my question
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