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Law School Is Hell

Posted in Law, Law School, University of San Francisco on April 25, 2012 by George


USF Law School: July 2011 California Bar Results

Posted in BarBri, Law, Law School, University of San Francisco on January 9, 2012 by George

The students of graduating class of 2011 from the University of San Francisco Law School recently got their bar results back for the July 2011 California Bar Exam and I am happy to report that 74% of first time students who sat for the examination passed!

Below is a historical perspective of how USF Law Students have fared on the California Bar Exam since 2008:

February 2011
FIRST-TIMERS                    REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
18          9            50                        40       24           60

July 2010
FIRST-TIMERS                     REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
146      111          76                       25          8         32

February 2010
FIRST-TIMERS                     REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
23        13           57                         39       20          51

July 2009
FIRST-TIMERS                     REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
165      134         81                          31       10         32

February 2009
FIRST-TIMERS                     REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
15          7             47                       34         17         50

July 2008
FIRST-TIMERS                     REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
199      174        87                          32       14          44

February 2008
FIRST-TIMERS                     REPEATERS
Took   Pass     %Pass                   Took   Pass     %Pass
14           10          71                        38       19           50

*All statistical data derived from Cal Bar Website

10 Things Shorter than Waiting for CA Bar Results

Posted in BarBri, Law, Law School, University of San Francisco on November 4, 2011 by George

Kim Kardashian’s recent  72 day marriage and the subsequent popular twitter hashtag #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage, lead me to think about the relationship between time and bar results, and how absurdly long California law student have to wait. This year, it will take 113 days for someone who took the July 2010 exam to get their results on November 18th! That’s almost 4 months! Thus, without further ado here’s my top 10 #ThingsShorterThanCABarResults.

10. 2011 NBA playoffs – 57 Days.

The playoffs lasted almost half of the time that a law school student waits for their bar results. Interesting to know that the California bar exam results takes twice as long for NBA to determine a league Champion. Now that’s Endurance!

9. The Falklands War – 42 Days.

The Falklands war was fought in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the disputed Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The Falkland Islands consist of two large and many small islands in the South Atlantic Ocean east of Argentina, and their name and ownership have long been disputed. The war was triggered by the occupation of South Georgia by Argentina on 19 March 1982 followed by the occupation of the Falklands, and ended when Argentina surrendered on 14 June 1982.

8. President William Henry Harrison’s Term in Office – 32 Days.

He only served one month, from March 4 until April 4, 1841. He was the first president to die in office and he would not have gotten his bar results during his time as U.S. president either.

7. Circumnavigating  the Globe – 50 Days.

Bruno Peyron of France circumnavigated the globe from January to March 2005, for a total of  50 days 16 hours 20 minutes 4 seconds. That means he could have circled the globe TWICE in this boat and still not have gotten his results. Absurd.

6. Walking Across the United States – 81 Days.

Mark Baumer was 26 years old when he walked from Tybee Island, GA to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, CA, going through GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, and CA. He left on May 10, 2010 and finished eighty-one days later on July 29, 2010.  That would be quite the post bar vacation!

5. Flying to the Moon and Back to Earth – 5 Days.

The Apollo 13 astronauts were launched April 11th 1970 at 2:13 pm from the Kennedy Space Centre. They flew around the Moon and landed in the Pacific Ocean April 17th 1:07:41 pm. It took them 5 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes to fly to the Moon and back to the Earth. That means someone could theoretically travel to the moon and back over 17 times while they wait for their bar results.

4. Time to Build a Rolls Royce – 105 Days.

Rolls Royce Motor Cars are manufactured via a “bespoke” process on a mechanized and computerized assembly line, but most of this process of putting the components together are done by hand. A RR engine is put together usually by one person and by hand. It takes approximately three and a half months from order and deposit to delivery depending on production priorities.

3. Time it took Google+ to Reach 20 Million Users – 24 Days.

Whilst there’s little doubt that Google+’s growth is impressive, it’s probably also worth noting that it did have a considerable head-start on both Twitter and Facebook, which were both starting from scratch. Also, imagine how many users it will gain while someone will wait for their bar results in 113 days!

2. The Number of  Days in the Movie Groundhog Day – 42 Days.

I love the film Groundhog Day and there are widely conflicting reports of how long Phil Conners was trapped in the time loop. However, in the film there are 42 accountable days in the film. I guess if you were stuck in that time warp, you still wouldn’t know whether you passed the California bar.

1. Kim Kardashian’s Marriage to Kris Humphries – 72 Days.

The marriage that inspired this post also is no. 1 on this list. Who knew you could get married and divorce all while you wait for your bar exam results to come back!

10 Reasons Why Waiting for Bar Results is like a Bad Blind Date

Posted in Law, Law School, University of San Francisco on November 2, 2011 by George

  1. Regardless of whether you pass or fail, you are guaranteed to get drunk afterwards.
  2. You blacked out and have no idea what you wrote or said during the experience.
  3. You prepared so long for it, only to be dismissive of it after occurs.
  4. You regret what you wore during both experiences.
  5. You are often reminded of what you should have done or said.
  6. The thought of thinking about it gives you an ulcer.
  7. The other person\bar committee takes too long to get back to you.
  8. You spent way too much money on it in retrospect.
  9. Afterwards, everyone says it will be great and you are going to do fine
  10. You never want to do it again.

Law School Gchat Status Dilemma

Posted in Law, Law School, University of San Francisco on November 1, 2011 by George

In this contemporary world of isolation, individuality, and corporate firewalls, there probably isn’t a service so revered and cherished in the law school community as Gmail.  While our forefathers, as well as many of us, were forced to deal with the AOL, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail struggles, we have been fortunate enough to be liberated from their Tyrannical rule and obnoxious vocal greetings the minute we log on.  Years later, we’ve seen this mail client bear the delicious fruit of  Gchat.  But lately, I’ve noticed a growing trend that is jeopardizing peace and happiness for all of us in the bright green Gmail pastures.

So what is this threat I am are referring to exactly?  You might want to sit down for this one…

As you read this, there are “friends” who are slithering through your Gchat contact list like cat burglars, ready to pop up out of nowhere and ask you what your plans for the weekend are.  You’ve seen them, we’ve seen them (or rather, don’t see them, which is precisely the problem).  But now it’s time to come together as one as take a stand against them, because we all have a right to know who is around to suck away our productivity at the law library.

Just think: what if people were to try that same sort of behavior in real life?  It would have real life consequences, wouldn’t it?  Just imagine someone weaseling their way  into your apartment in Kevin-Bacon-in-Hollow-Man-esque fashion, sitting on your couch next to you and then striking up a conversation??  Nah, it would be curtains for them.  Sure, we would look like one of those fools playing Street Fighter on Nintendo Wii as we beat the dog crap out of whatever invisible “friend” creeped up on me, but that’s the nature of the situation folks!

But since when was chillin’ on Gchat in your invisibility cloak cool anyway?  Was I too busy protecting my tweets and retiring my Facebook walls to miss this hot trend?  I’ve thought about this a fair amount and we’ve come to a few possible explanations for the spike in invisible activities:

  1. Law students may be slightly embarrassed at the amount of time they spend on Gmail, so they’ve retreated to the darkest shadows of Gchat in order to remain present while cloaking their shame.
  2. Law students are, well…actually trying to get some school work done and need access to their e-mail in order to do that without being harassed by the Gchat peanut gallery.

Now, in theory there is nothing wrong with reason #2…except for the fact that most of us law students know damn well that you aren’t doing any real work.  Because if you were, then we wouldn’t constantly be knocked into shell shock whenever you rise out of the Gchat abyss like the Undertaker, and that’s where the problem lays: what should be a temporary state of existence in that chat box on the left side has become an alternative lifestyle of deception that too many have embraced.  You know those people who call you on a whim, but whenever you call them back their phone somehow always goes straight to voicemail?  Well, unfortunately these folks and Gchat shadow-lurkers are cut from the same cloth and should be avoided at all costs.

Look, at the end of the day, all I’m asking for is honesty!  No one is saying your status needs to be green, but if you’re struggling with Gchat identity and feeling like you need to keep you status invisible, then we’ve all failed as a Gmail community.  No matter where you work, chat lists are always better when there is a beautiful mix of green, red, and orange dots.

Three Ridiculous Statistics about USF Law

Posted in Law, Law School, University of San Francisco on October 28, 2011 by George

1. The current tuition for USF Law is about $40,464, excluding living expenses, making it one of the more expensive law schools in the country, despite the fact that it is ranked by US News in bottom 100 of all accredited law schools.

2. According to US News, USF Law students graduate on average with a whopping $124,982 in loans, placing them in the top 10th percentile of indebtedness among all law school graduates.

3. For the fiscal 2009 year, the school paid its dean Jeffrey Brand $329,340 in total compensation, while also paying in total compensation Professors Jack Garvey, Ronald Micon, Julie Nice and Steven Shatz between $254,015 and $277,108.

Fucking Joke.

2011 USF Law T-Shirt Contest Review

Posted in Law, Law School, Pictures, University of San Francisco on October 12, 2011 by George

Below are a few submissions for the upcoming USF Law T-Shirt contest. While some are interesting, others are extremely boring. Check them out below.

No. 1 Why is the U bigger? SF isn’t Miami. Or better yet,  what’s with the new diamond thingy T-Shirt

No. 2 The T-shirt that if made, will make ZERO profit

No. 3 The Guaranteed Never to Win a Contest Ever T-shirt

No. 4 The Definition of Boring T-Shirt. The SF skyline is the best you could do?

No. 5 Intriguing, but It looks like tire treads attached to a gavel T-shirt.

No. 6 The Jersey Shore T-Shirt. Absolutely Ridiculous

No. 7 The Truly Uncreative I ♥ ___ Shirt

No. 8 The I’m going to write USF Law in Two Fonts T-shirt

No. 9 The Connect Four T-shirt

Click HERE for the full contest. Vote by Friday, October 14!