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A quick definition of primogeniture:

Primogeniture is a way of passing down property when someone dies. It means that the firstborn child gets everything. In the past, this usually meant that the oldest son would inherit everything, even if he had sisters. But now, things are different. People usually write a will to say who gets what when they die. And if they don't write a will, their property is divided equally among their children. Primogeniture used to be common in monarchies, where the oldest son would become the king or queen. But now, most countries have changed this rule so that the oldest child, whether a boy or a girl, can inherit the throne.

A more thorough explanation:

Primogeniture is a way of passing down property or a title to the firstborn legitimate child of a person upon their death. This means that the eldest living son would inherit everything, and a daughter could only inherit if she had no living brothers or the descendants of deceased brothers. This system was historically favored towards male heirs, but today it has largely been abandoned.

  • In a monarchy that follows male-preference primogeniture, the eldest living son would inherit the throne before any daughter.
  • Under absolute primogeniture, the firstborn child regardless of gender would inherit.
  • In modern times, a person's property is usually dispersed through a will or through the laws of intestate succession, where all children inherit equally unless otherwise specified by the decedent.

These examples illustrate how primogeniture has been used in different contexts throughout history and how it has evolved over time. While it was once a common method of determining succession in hereditary monarchies, it has largely been replaced by more egalitarian systems of inheritance.

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I'm very much not in rhythm now. lol. But I've 3-ish months.
@Silver: Cost of attendance is what matters. $37K in-state tuition = $47K sticker price with a $10K scholarship elsewhere, $70K sticker with a $40K scholarship is better than either, $40K sticker with a $0 scholarship worse than both.
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Question for the chat about judicial internships (not externships). My understanding is that judicial internships (as opposed to externships) during the summer are unpaid. How, then, do people who get them pay living expenses during the summer? Do they just make loans stretch for 12 months when they're only meant for 9? I heard that some people supplement the internship with, e.g., a research assistant position with a law professor. But would such a person both do the internship and the RA position at the same time? And if so, is that too much work or feasible?
I don't know what the workload is really like for judicial internships and RA positions.
Also curious what other things people might do to supplement an unpaid judicial internship over the summer with something paid.
@BankruptcyAndRestructuringLawIsCool: Many schools will provide some type of stipend for unpaid summer roles with a public interest employer (defined broadly, often includes any gov or judicial job)
Right, I thought so. At BU, though, it appears that what's called BU's public interest project grant is not available to supplement judicial internships. And I think its public service summer funding is also limited. Oh well.
@BankruptcyAndRestructuringLawIsCool: FWIW they allude to some type of funding ("BU Law has implemented separate funding sources for judicial interns") in this packet https://www.bu.edu/law/files/2023/11/Public-Service-Summer-Funding-Applicant-Packet-2024.pdf
Although they don't give details, and as you note they don't guarantee funding to everyone (which is in line with other $ they offer, e.g. the LRAP)
Anyone know how hard it is to do pro bono work as a 1L for judges or fed gov in general in the D.C. market
Idk much about pro bono opportunities period but thinking I wanna try to get some work experience as soon as humanly possible
When I begin law school I mean
Lines up with BU's limited endowment: $81K per student a few years ago, i.e., enough to support a payout of about $3,250 per student per year at a 4% payout rate https://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2022/05/per-student-value-of-law-school-endowments-2021.html
Seems like they're trying to compete with other schools on program headlines (we fund X, Y, and Z and we have an LRAP) but the endowment can't really support that, so they have all these programs but don't guarantee funding. Would not rely on that if you have alternatives.
Thanks for those links. I'll give the public service summer funding information packet, in particular, a careful read. But yeah, your takeaway seems right.
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Where I can find the definition of the false-endowment?
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