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Congratulations 雅雅 and the Class of 2010!! :D

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on May 15, 2010 in NotFail

Only a brief post today folks. Spent the day down in Raleigh watching commencement events for my alma mater N.C. State University — 雅雅 is now a Wolfpack alumna! :D

This was my first commencement as an alum, and dozens of friends from Student Government and elsewhere crossed the stage today. The Legal Eagles of the NC Central University School of Law also graduated earlier this morning too :D

I’m über-proud of all of you! :D Congratulations to the Class of 2010!! :D

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The wait continues…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on May 8, 2010 in NotFail

No one’s really sure when the final grades will be posted for 1Ls at the N.C. Central University School of Law. Some 2Ls have told us not to expect anything until June at the earliest, while the professors point us toward the school’s academic calendar requiring grades to be in by May 11 — Tuesday.

Regardless of when those grades come out, I figure I’ll keep up the tradition of post-exam handicapping by giving y’all a rundown of how I think things went :) I’ve also included the final grade I’m hoping for in the course.

  • Civil Procedure II: This was our last final exam and I choked. Or “royally FUBAR’d” to borrow the phrase-ology of a colleague. I felt comfortable about the multiple choice questions, but inexplicably stopped paying attention to the clock and ran out of time before touching 60%ish of the essay… which itself was worth 60%ish of the final exam grade :beatup: My only hope is that there’s a sizable curve on the exam, because otherwise I may come perilously close to having to retake the course. Hoping for: C+.
  • Contracts II: Out of the 18 exams we’ve taken during the 1L year, I’ve never left an exam feeling intellectually drained except with this one. Not to anthropomorphize much, but I felt like I got physically beat by this exam. Summed up my thoughts on it here. I’ll genuinely be content if I just pass. Hoping for: C-.
  • Criminal Law I: This was our first exam, and even though we were given 3 hours I had wrapped up after just 1. Not sure if that meant I knew things really well or really didn’t know things at all, but since the midterm turned out well I’m hoping I replicated that performance on the final. Hoping for: A-.
  • Legal Research & Persuasion: Not sure what to think here. I had a solid A going into the final memo, which was worth 40% of the final grade. But then this happened. So that memo will likely be a lead weight on my final grade. We’ll see what happens… Hoping for: C.
  • Property II: Don’t have a sense for how this exam turned out. It focused on concurrent estates, landlord/tenant items, and easements & covenants. I wasn’t terribly comfortable with the material, but also didn’t feel terribly uncomfortable after the exam. So maybe that’s a good thing. Hoping for: B+.
  • Torts II: In talking with my classmates, there seems to be a consensus that the Torts exam wasn’t as difficult as it could have been. I felt the same way. Downside is that means there’s likely not much curve and it’ll be minor nit-picky things that separate the A’s from the B’s from the C’s. But hopefully I’ll be high enough that this class will be a GPA boost. Hoping for: A-.

So it’s looking like I’ll end my Spring semester with a 2.583 GPA… even lower than the 2.618 from last semester :beatup:

I’m kicking myself particularly because those CivPro and LRP grades were totally avoidable self-inflicted injuries. But at this point what can you do other than pray?

If you’re still taking final exams this coming week, GOOD LUCK!! :D And I hope all of you have a good night :)

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Past grade entries:

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Spring ’10 Midterm Grades (or, “@#$% Ks”)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 23, 2010 in NotFail

I promised y’all yesterday to post a review of midterms “some time this week,” so I’m getting it knocked out now — with the March UNCASG meeting this Friday-Sunday, I don’t want to risk getting caught up with something and then find people telling me I can’t keep my promises :P

Given my uninspiring performance last semester — seriously botching the final exam in Ks and doing poorly on the finals in both CivPro and Property after acing their respective midterms — I changed my study habits going into the midterm exams this semester.

Gone were the hours and hours and hours of studying with outlines as long as Congressional bills.  Instead I’d study for no more than 1-2 hours the night before, first skimming through the textbook pages we covered on the syllabus and then my class notes; after that, anything I read that was suitable for flash cards got written down and gone over on the drive to class (or in between exams).

As absolutely bass-ackwards as it probably sounds, that process appears to have been far more effective for me learning the material despite spending less time studying :beatup: Not sure if it’s a fluke or not; we’ll see in about a month.

Here’s the class-by-class rundown, alphabetically by subject…

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CIVIL PROCEDURE II
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Last semester in CivPro was focused predominantly on jurisdiction, notice, etc and this semester is covering the Erie Doctrine and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Most of the class (myself included) seemed to be of the opinion that the midterm could have been much harder… but even so, it was sufficiently difficult that the raw class average was 9 of 20 (e.g. a 45/F).

I missed 1 of the multiple choice questions because I apparently misread one of the cases in the textbook1 but I got the rest, and did fairly well on the essay despite running out of time on part of my Erie analysis.

Expected midterm grade: A-
Actual midterm grade: D+ (raw) / A- (curved)

Synopsis: Can’t complain about the grade, but now there’s so much material to be covered on the final that wasn’t on the midterm that I’m a little worried. We’ll see how it turns out…

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CONTRACTS II
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This was the last grade to get returned to us, we got it late on Friday afternoon, and there was no feedback written anywhere on it — just the essay score on the essay, and our overall score on an index card.

And I did the exact same @#$%ing thing I did on the finals last semester :cry:

After freaking out all weekend over my worst grade to-date in this class, I met with Professor Ks on Monday to go over it. Turns out I only missed 3 multiples (safely above the class average)… the real torpedo to my grade was the essay.

The subject was a breach of contract relating to express and constructive conditions, substantial performance, damages, etc. I hand my essay to Professor Ks to review, and he barely gets past the first paragraph when he goes “I remember this essay, I don’t even have to read the rest. You did a phenomenal job on everything you wrote — you just didn’t talk about constructive conditions at all!”

I take my essay back, certain I had talked about constructive conditions somewhere, and sure enough… nothing. I don’t know if I was just in a zone or what, because unlike last time I even looked back through my essay before turning it in. Constructive conditions were nowhere to be found.

Expected midterm grade: B+
Actual midterm grade: D (raw) / C- (curved)

Synopsis: ::headdesk:: x2

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CRIMINAL LAW
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The key issue I knew I missed on the essay cost me half a letter grade, but surprisingly I got all the multiples right. w00t.

Someone in the section also got a near-perfect score, so there was essentially no curve to the grades using Professor CrimLaw’s formula.

Expected midterm grade: B
Actual midterm grade: A- (raw) / A- (curved)

Synopsis: Nothing to really say here. Bring on the final exam :)

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LEGAL RESEARCH & PERSUASION
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This class replaced Legal Reasoning & Analysis from last semester, and just like LRA the grade is made up from a bunch of assignments throughout the semester (culminating in a legal memo) instead of just a midterm and a final.

Everything has been straightforward so far… it just also hasn’t counted for much of anything :beatup:

Expected grade to-date: A
Actual grades to-date: A (exercises), A (BlueBook quiz #1), A- (BlueBook quiz #2)

Synopsis: Still have ~70% of this class to go… ::sigh::

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PROPERTY II
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Property II midterm raw grade distribution

This was our first exam, and honestly I can’t remember what was on it :beatup: Apparently no one else in the class did either because the grades were pretty bad. I put together a chart of raw scores at the right.

The Traveling Professor historically never curves, but I know at least 1 classmate who also got a grade in the A/A- range so my guess is grades were so bad she had to curve at least a little bit.

Expected midterm grade: A-
Actual midterm grade: A- (curved?)

Synopsis: Love the professor. Love the TAs. Hate the material :beatup:

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TORTS II
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Torts is proof that lucky guessing can pay off :spin:

I knew I got at least 1 multiple wrong right after I turned in the exam, but amazingly I didn’t miss much beyond that. The class average was 7 out of 15 — we had 6 A’s after the curve, 6 B’s, 24 C’s, and 18 in the D/F range. Somehow by the grace of God I had the top score and got to ride the curve.

Expected midterm grade: B-
Actual midterm grade: B- (raw) / A (curved)

Synopsis: This exam was intense. Hopefully the final will be at least somewhat easier.

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FINAL SCORE: SPRING 2010 MIDTERMS
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Expected Semester GPA to-date: 3.311
Actual Semester GPA to-date: 3.511 (Law school median: 2.000)

*****

So that’s the rundown through the first half of 1L Spring :) Need to avoid a repeat of last semester — doing well midway through and screwing up at the end — but so far I’m feeling pretty good :D

Heading back to the law school to give a speech for my SBA Treasurer candidacy, then to the gym for a 1L/3L basketball game! :) Forgot to mention that yesterday — the 1Ls beat the 2Ls in the annual 1L/2L game, on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Wish us luck, and have a great night!! :D

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From the archives:

  1. Relating to pay discrimination against women and what minimum contents were needed in the complaint to survive a Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss — apparently I read a dissent thinking it was the Court’s opinion instead :beatup: []

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A Temporary Reprieve

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 6, 2010 in NotFail

Spring Break has officially started for those of us at NCCU Law, meaning a solid week of desperately needed relaxation, a judicious helping of ACC basketball, and a decent night’s sleep uninterrupted by crazy Property+CivPro dreams :D

Last set of exams wrapped up yesterday with Contracts and CrimLaw. We won’t get grades back until after Spring Break, but here’s a rundown on how things went:

  • Property II: This was our first midterm, and the only test we had on Wednesday so folks prepped pretty extensively for it. Essay was similar to a practice essay we had done the previous week, so my grade will hinge largely on the multiple choice questions.  Hoping for: A-.
  • Civil Procedure II: Our second test held @ 9am Thursday.  I think everyone in the class expected this to be a lot harder than it was, with no questions at all on FRCP Rules 18-24.  The essay caught some folks by surprise with an Erie/Byrd/Hanna analysis of FRCP Rule 9 and NCRCP Rule 9(j), which I noticed had a “particularly” written next to it by MDG on the syllabus a few weeks ago. Praying I accurately remembered its contents :beatup: Hoping for: A-.
  • Torts II: Professor Torts has been disappointed with the class’s performance on multiple choice questions (we have these remote clicker things that we use for questions she occasionally gives us before class) so the midterm was essay-free with 15 multiples instead. I already know I got at least one wrong, which I realized moments after turning in my exam — and which makes me think I missed more. At 6.67pts apiece, I’m not optimistic.  Hoping for: B-.
  • Contracts II: I’d like to reserve an obscene hand gesture for this exam, but since we try to keep things family-friendly here at law:/dev/null I’ll restrain myself ;) This was my worst class last semester and it hasn’t really “clicked” this semester either, but either by sheer luck or divine intervention the stuff I studied most the night before was the same stuff on the exam. Trying not to get too optimistic, but feeling pretty good :)  Hoping for:  B+.
  • Criminal Law I: The multiples on this one were harder than I expected. For several questions I’d narrow the answer options down to 2, just to find myself unable to pick which of the last two was the better answer. Missed a key issue on the essay (standard of evidentiary review on appeal) but beyond that think I did OK. Just have no clue about those multiples… :( Hoping for: B.

So in a best case scenario I’ll escape midterms with a 3.28 semester GPA going into finals. I need a 3.36 at the end of this semester to have a B average at the end of 1L year. It’s an uphill battle but I’ll keep my fingers crossed :)

Good luck to everyone still taking midterms, and HAVE FUN to everyone on Spring Break! :D

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Past grade entries:

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Weekend Update

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 1, 2010 in NotFail

Hey y’all! :D

Sorry for missing my self-imposed weekend deadline for writing. My monthly UNCASG meeting was Friday-Sunday on the NC A&T State and UNC Greensboro campuses, so the evenings when I usually write were instead spent enjoying the company of some folks I hadn’t seen in awhile. Hopefully y’all will forgive me :)

Here’s a quick 5-point update on the past few days:

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MBP BRAIN TRANSPLANT SUCCESSFUL
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Last Monday my 4-year-old MacBook Pro got shipped off to Texas for a new logic board, and wasn’t slated to be back in my hands until tomorrow.

Apple somehow got everything repaired and sent back to the Southpoint Apple Store by Friday — I got a text on my phone from FedEx around 10am when it was dropped off, and promptly skipped out of class to go pick it up :beatup:

I’m pleased to report the surgery was a success! :D In addition to the logic board it needed, the folks replaced the RAM chips, the fan assembly, the SuperDrive, and cleaned both the keyboard and the screen… all for the same price :surprised:

I already officially :heart:’d Apple. But all that made me :heart: them even more.1 :lovestruck:

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WHITE GUY WINS BLSA TRIVIA CHALLENGE
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No one was surprised last semester when I joined the NCCU Law chapter of the Black Law Students Association. I was active in the black community at my alma mater, had 3 roommates for years who were even more active than I was, etc.

And even if I wasn’t active, Delta the 2L was going to shake me down for dues anyhow :beatup:

So when BLSA had a trivia contest for Black History Month,2 I sent in an answer on a whim.  Turns out I was the first one to reply with the correct answer on that particular day, which prompted a pair of challenges: a nice “Now you know I expect you to win this right?” from Delta, and a snarky “What do you think you know about black history?” from a colleague I’ll leave nameless.

I don’t know much, but I do know I got declared the winner on Friday ;)

Here’s how the final scorecard turned out:

  1. T. Greg Doucette @ 7 points
  2. Melanie Bates @ 3 points
  3. Whitney Frye @ 2 points
  4. LaKeeshia Austin @ 1 point (tie)
    Lori Hale @ 1 point (tie)
    Stephanie Locke @ 1 point (tie)
    Alyssa Moore @ 1 point (tie)
    Ashleigh Parker @ 1 point (tie)
    Demetria Watkins @ 1 point (tie)
    Oluseun Williams @ 1 point (tie)

The contest had a $25 gift card as a prize, but I’m getting more joy out of proving a point :angel:

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UNCASG COLLECTS 22,000+ SIGNATURES
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That meeting I mentioned was one of our busier ones of the year as I try to wrap up everything I want done before my term ends April 30th. 3

The Tuition Petition stack... and this is without a handful of universities!

One of the highlights has been the UNCASG Tuition Petition campaign, where we’ve been getting students across the state to petition the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal a mandatory 8% tuition increase (with $$ going to the state’s budget deficit) and replace it with lower rates set by the UNC Board of Governors (with $$ staying on each campus).

We gathered up the petitions from most of the universities this weekend, and it looks like we’ve gathered over 22,000 signatures — well over our goal of 21,500 :D

Now comes the “fun” part: verifying names, erasing contact information, duplicating petitions, getting them bound into volumes, then distributing them to key legislators.

I think I’m gonna delegate that part to someone else ;)

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MIDTERM PANIC SETS IN
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Midterms start on Wednesday with Property II. CivPro II and Torts II are next on Thursday, then we wrap up on Friday with Ks II and CrimLaw I.

Thought I was freaking out before finals? Imagine what I’m like after not having my outlines for a week :beatup:

If my posts over the next few days sound more and more like the rantings of a delusional mind, I’ve probably gone crazy :crack:

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AND MORE @#$%ING SNOW…
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Oh and it’s scheduled to snow again starting tomorrow. This will be the 2nd time in less than a week, and at least the 5th time in 5 weeks.

Last I checked North Carolina is still firmly part of the South and Durham is still part of the generally snow-free Research Triangle. I love snow — once or twice a year. This is getting a bit excessive… :mad:

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That’s the past week of my life in a nutshell :) Hope all of you are doing well, and enjoy the rest of the week! :D

  1. On an unrelated side note, I see why so may Mac users dislike Windows and vice versa. It’s incredibly un-intuitive going from one OS to the other. My efficiency on the PC laptop I was using in the interim was less than a third than on the Mac, at best. []
  2. Each day featured a trivia question relating to someone famous from the black community, and the first person to provide the correct answer got a point. Most points at the end of the month wins. []
  3. I can already tell letting go is going to be a challenge… :cry: []

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Fall ’09 Grades: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugh-ly

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 26, 2010 in NotFail

An anthropomorphic analysis of 1L Fall

::headdesk::

If I had to pick 1 word to describe my 1L Fall semester, that’d be the one :beatup:

Even though NCCU Law takes pride in sticking with its strict-C curve, I figured things couldn’t get that bad.  Between midterms going well and studying my socks off for finals, surely the 3.0 GPA I want wasn’t unrealistic, right?

::headdesk::

So with several of my law school colleagues last week posting their own tales of joy, not-quite-joy, and not-quite-anything-yet, here’s my own report card for the 1L fall semester.

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LEGAL REASONING & ANALYSIS
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My grades were erratic, my distaste emphatic, and my mood post-completion? Ecstatic.

The only positive thing I can say about this class is that it’s over.

Grade at midterm: C+
Expected grade pre-memo: C
Actual grade post-memo: C

Synopsis: No surprises here. I hated this class and thought the material we were taught was completely useless… a point publicly echoed by at least one of the other professors. Hopefully Legal Research & Persuasion will be better.

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CIVIL PROCEDURE I
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This was hands-down my best class of the semester, and the grade still hurt.

After thinking I nearly failed the final, the curve boosted my exam grade by 22 points. Combining that with the midterm grade I ended up with a B+ overall… an unfortunate (and painful) 0.5 points away from an A- :mad:

I jokingly emailed MDG asking if I could successfully argue for that half-point. His 2-word response: “LOL. no.”

Midterm exam: A
Final exam: B
Expected grade pre-final: A
Actual grade post-final: B+ (0.5 points away from an A- :beatup: )

Synopsis: Still kicking myself a month later for being so close and blowing it. This is still my favorite class, and I’m determined to do better this semester.

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CONTRACTS I
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Ever heard the phrase “like an albatross around your neck”? Instead of thinking about the Mariner and an actual albatross, think more like my GPA and good ol’ Contracts :beatup:

I got the grade for this class a few days before the final exams were returned, and even though I figured I got thoroughly mauled minutes after finishing… I didn’t think it would turn out as bad as it did. I went to talk with the Professor about the exam, and the conversation went something like this:

TDot: Professor Ks, I was wondering if I could talk with you about my exam.
Prof. Ks: Sure TDot. What’s your exam number?
TDot: [####]
Prof. Ks: ::flipping through Scantron report:: Hmmm. You did better than the class average on the multiples, so that must mean your essay…
TDot: (in unison) …must have been really bad…
Prof. Ks: (in unison) …must have been really bad.

At this point Prof. Ks starts flipping through a stack of essays.

He goes through the 70s… and keeps going.

Goes through 60s… and keeps going.

Goes through 50s… and keeps going.

Finally he pulls one from a stack of 40s, flips through it, pulls up his Excel gradesheet, and goes “Ohhhhh yeah I remember this one”… not a good sign

Prof. Ks: So this spreadsheet is my rubric where I break everything down, so we’re going to go through it section by section and hopefully you’ll see what you missed.
TDot: OK.
Prof. Ks: ::points at essay:: You mention here that you’re going to talk about promissory estoppel. Show me where you actually talked about promissory estoppel.
TDot: ::flips pages::   ::blank stare::
Prof. Ks: Exactly. OK so here ::points:: you mention that you’re going to talk about fraud in the inducement of the contract. Show me where you actually talked about fraud in the inducement.
TDot: ::flips pages::  ::blank stare::
Prof. Ks: Yep. And then ::points:: here you mention needing to analyze which meaning of [term in contract] should apply. Show me where…
TDot: [expletive]

The conversation shifted to ways I could improve this upcoming semester, but basically I totally FUBAR’d the essay by not re-reading my material closer before turning it in. Maybe it’s time I start overanalyzing after all…

Midterm exam: B
Final exam: D+
Expected grade pre-final: B
Actual grade post-final: C-

Synopsis: ::headdesk::

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TORTS I
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Nothing much to say here. I came in needing a strong final exam to counteract a disastrous midterm and I got it.

Torts Final Exam Scores

Just like the Contracts final though, there were some really obvious blunders that I should have noticed — for example, detailing the differences between the local, same-or-similar, and national standards of care without ever discussing which standard would apply in the jurisdiction contained in the hypo :beatup:

But after coming off that C+ on the midterm, I’m more than happy with what I got.

On an unrelated note, one of the cool things about Professor Torts is that she provides statistics for her exam scores. Her essays are “auto-curved” (she picks the best one and grades all the others against that top essay) but the multiples are raw, so graphing the final scores you can tell by the trendline that folks really stepped up their studying between midterms and finals — compare the chart at the right to the graph from midterms.

Midterm exam: C+
Final exam: B+
Expected grade pre-final: B
Actual grade post-final: B

Synopsis: Recovered nicely from the midterm, now getting ready to (hopefully) breeze through Round 2.

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PROPERTY I
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Basically the same thing that happened with Civil Procedure happened with Property.

Same issues on the essay too, e.g. detailing the factors affecting a Statute of Limitations calculation without actually analyzing what the SOL would ultimately be for that particular segment of the hypo.

So after nailing the midterm, I ended up with a mid-range B on the final — and keeping the A’s out of reach as a final grade.

Midterm exam: A (and in Top 3)
Final exam: B
Expected grade pre-final: A-
Actual grade post-final: B+

Synopsis: This one hurt, though not as bad as CivPro. I’m already lost in Property II with all the concurrent estates discussion but hopefully I’ll be back on track by midterms.

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FINAL SCORE: FALL 2009
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Expected Fall GPA: 3.071
Actual Fall GPA: 2.619
T1-inflation-adjusted Fall GPA1: 3.833

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So that’s the rundown :beatup:

I know it could be much worse and I’m not in a position to complain — after all, I already know at least 1 classmate who’s dropped out as a result of their midterm grades, and another 3 who are on their way out at the end of the year without a miraculous turnaround.

But even with my good fortune, it’s frustrating having to explain to Nan that even though my undergraduate and professional GPAs are only a few hundredths of a point apart, the former meant I was in the bottom third of my class while the latter means I’m safely in the top third.

And it’s almost equally difficult to accept that I can’t really freak out about my grades and overhaul my study habits, because I objectively learned+recalled the material. Yet at the same time I can’t not freak out about them, because had I done comparably sloppy work in actual practice I’d likely be facing a malpractice claim and a grievance filed with my former employer.

Sooooo… yeah.

::headdesk::

Here’s hoping 1L Spring brings some improvement… along with warmer weather ;)

Off to bed so I can be up for Ks on time in the morning. Have a great night folks! :D

  1. JUST KIDDING! I don’t seriously inflation-adjust my grades, and I know the academic environment is different, “the students here are better” (allegedly), blah blah blah — I just put this in to antagonize my friends at UNCCH Law :* []

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NCCU Law 1Ls take Silver in K-S competition

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 17, 2010 in NotFail

The unexpected miracle run had to end eventually, and today was the day :cry:

But after a hard-fought trial in a rematch against Duke Law, the NCCU Law 1L Trial Team — the Legal Eagles — still finished in 2nd place in the 2010 Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Mock Trial Competition :D

I’ll confess there were some aspects of the final that had me in a certifiably frosty mood when I left the UNCCH Law building earlier this afternoon, but the particulars aren’t the type of thing worth detailing in a family-friendly forum like law:/dev/null ;) I will say our entire team turned in an excellent performance, and it’s been an honor to serve as their captain :)

Top 4 teams in the 2010 Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Mock Trial Competition

Something that was worth pointing out (at least IMO) is this chart I put together of the final 4 teams.

Now I know several of my Duke Law friends will argue with this chart — as some already have :beatup: — claiming that the difference in cost of attendance is irrelevant, since their salaries at summer associateships and after graduation will more than make up for the extra law school expense.

And they’re certainly right… to an extent.

But given my aspirations to spend my career in public service, on top of my acquired distaste for BigLaw, I’d be lucky to pull down in a year what the Duke grads will make in a month. Keeping that in mind, and considering both of us made it to the finals in this particular competition, as of now I’d say we’ve got the better Return-On-Investment :)

The folks over at Fight the Hypo wrote this entry on the topic of ROI a few weeks ago.

Aside from the clichéd “bang for your buck,” this is also one of those cases where I really can’t consider a loss as a loss: when the judges announced the results this afternoon and handed me a certificate for our team’s performance, the crowd was told “If this were a real trial, the verdict would be to acquit.”

So we lost the competition… but won our case. As much as I love being #1, it’s gratifying to know a client paying us would have gotten their money’s worth ;)

Here’s how the final competition turned out for us over 4 days:

  • Round 1A:  UNCCH 1 vs. NCCU (W)
  • Round 1B:  NCCU vs. Campbell 3 (W)
  • Round 2:  NCCU vs. Campbell 1 (W)
  • Round 3:  UNCCH 7 vs. NCCU (W)
  • Round 4:  NCCU vs. Duke 1 (W)
  • Round 5:  Duke 1 vs. NCCU (L)

I’d be ecstatic if my Wolfpack could keep an 83% win-loss ratio in football (or basketball, or hell any sport for that matter :beatup: ) — so I’m pretty doggone happy+proud of us :D

And now I can finally go back to reading the cases I’m paying that $8K in tuition+fees to study ;)

Many thanks to all of you who commented and emailed and FB’d me to send your support, it meant a lot! I’m hoping I’ll be able to repay the gesture at some point over the next 2 years :)

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SUCCESS!!!!

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 16, 2010 in NotFail

Y’all…

O.

M.

G.

For serious. The final round of the Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Mock Trial competition is tomorrow. And the NCCU Legal Eagles are in it! :D

The 2009-2010 NCCU 1L Trial Team -- the Legal Eagles :)

We had 3 rounds today, with our prosecution beating a 2nd Campbell team this morning, our defense knocking out a 2nd UNCCH team this afternoon, and the prosecution defeating a team from Duke this evening.

Since the finalists are based on scores, we’re actually having a rematch against Duke tomorrow — this time it’ll be our defense squad (including me) up against their prosecution.

32 teams started. 2 are left.

Wake Forest sent their best… and lost. Elon sent their best… and lost.  Campbell sent their best… and lost. UNC Chapel Hill sent their best… and lost.

I’m hoping in tomorrow’s entry I’ll be able to tack Duke onto that list ;)

Plus our 2L trial team just found out about an hour ago that they’re going to Nationals for TYLA or NOLA or something — I’ve been so wrapped up in my own stuff I don’t even know :beatup: But I know it’s a good day to be an NCCU Eagle :)

I’m heading to bed so I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for tomorrow’s marathon. Good night y’all! :D

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Success!! (Redux)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 15, 2010 in NotFail

So last night our defense team beat UNCCH.  Tonight the prosecution team competed… and beat a squad from Campbell :D

The NCCU 1L Trial Team (aka the Legal Eagles): 2

Our competitors: 0

Waiting on the schedule for tomorrow before heading to bed, but we’re definitely competing in the next round at this point at either 8am or 10am :) I’ll let y’all know how it turns out.  Until then have a great night :D

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Success

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 14, 2010 in NotFail

The defense team (my side) of the NCCU Legal Eagles competed in the Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Trial Team competition tonight… and we won :D

We successfully beat a team from UNCCH Law, and now we wait until Friday night to figure out if our score was high enough to get us into the next round on Saturday morning.

Now I’ve gotta rush and study for class tomorrow :beatup: Good night folks!

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