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Current Law Students / Re: Has anyone used the online bluebook?
« on: August 10, 2008, 07:32:45 AM »
Although they are not official, there are several free Bluebook web sites out there. For example, Cornell has this one posted and its keyed to the most recent edition of the Bluebook as well as ALWD:

BU also has this one (Though I haven't found it as helpful as COrnell)

Current Law Students / Re: Best note taking software for L1??
« on: August 10, 2008, 07:24:06 AM »
I got OneNote a few weeks before I started my 1L, thinking I would use the time to get used to it. But it was a complete waste of time. It is very similar to Word and if you have any capabilities when it comes to computers, you'll learn it in no time. It will be second nature. A few of the features might take a little while to get accustomed to, but not that long. You'll be fine if you get it right before class. In fact, it might be beneficial. I was able to get it thru my school very cheap, so check into student discounts instead of buying the Student version of Office for a couple hundred.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ABA Law School Division
« on: August 08, 2008, 05:53:34 PM »
The ABA Law Student Division is definitely worth its $25 membership fee. Its a great source for networking, you get access to ABA conferences/meetings, etc. Also, if you don't have health insurance or can't afford whatever plan your school offers, the ABA offers a discounted rate thru it. Plus you can join some of the other sections and get access to info specific to the area of law you are interested in.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: commercial outlines - WHICH ONE?!
« on: August 06, 2008, 04:50:34 PM »
I'll throw Glannon's E&E for Civ Pro into the mix, as well as the Crunchtime Series in every class. Also Chirelstein for Contracts and Understanding Property Law by Sprankling for Property. Finally, I liked the Law in a Flash cards, bbut mostly just for the practice hypos. Really, use what works best for you though. The first semester is trial and error when it comes to study guides.

Current Law Students / Re: commercial outlines - WHICH ONE?!
« on: August 06, 2008, 06:42:34 AM »
You can use commercial outlines such as Emmanuels or Gilberts or Crunchtime or whatever, to supplement your outline, but nothing takes the place of doing your own. There are so many study aids out there, you really need to find what works best for you. I used a mixture depending on the class. The only steady one I found that I liked was the Crunchtime series, but by no means is it exhaustive. I found it to be a great and quick review tool. The others you mentioned are more extensive, but you might not need that much.
The Understanding Series and other treatises and hornbooks I found to be more helpful during the semester when I was struggling with a concept. I wouldn't recommend using them as a review tool.
The key is to find what works best for you. Besides your own outline, the next best thing is one from an upperclassmen who had the same prof.

Current Law Students / Re: Do I need a laptop for law school?
« on: August 04, 2008, 05:35:59 AM »
I agree with Jacy. If you absolutely cannot afford one, don't sweat it. Plenty of my classmates handwrote their notes and exams and did fine. I know some did it simply because they knew they would be distracted more by the laptop. But if you are already going in debt, it might be a good investment to go in debt a little more. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, and you should be able to get one that serves its purpose for a half decent price. But if it is less about the money and more about you not feeling comfortable taking notes/using a laptop in class, then maybe wait until the semester is underway and see how you're doing.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Question about used study guide books
« on: August 02, 2008, 12:30:07 PM »
In those particular classes, it shouldn't be a problem. The black letter law has changed little, if at all, in that amount of time. However, in Con Law, you definitely will want the most up-to-date edition.

Con law is definitely a class you'll want to cough up the money for and get the latest editions. As for torts, contracts, property it's not so much an issue. For Civ Pro, there are some changes (such as the FRCPs were amended in 2007) but otherwise I used older versions and was fine plus I saved some dough.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Outlining Software For Windows
« on: July 29, 2008, 02:39:51 PM »
OneNote is nice because you don't have to be hassled by the automatic formatting. Plus it is nice to be able to arrange things in one "notebook" with different sections, and it is really easy to search multiple notebooks if you are looking for something in a hurry. I got it about a week before I started my 1L year and that was plenty of time for me to figure out how to use it and get accustomed to it. I'm still discovering great things about it.

Current Law Students / Re: E&Es, hornbooks, etc.
« on: July 26, 2008, 08:01:08 AM »
I had some profs that shunned them and some that endoresed them. My civ pro prof recommended Glannon's E&E, property prof recommended Sprankling's Understanding Property. I found the Law in a Flash cards helpful for reviewing right before I went to bed more for the hypos than for the black letter law. I fell in love with CrunchTime. Otherwise, my preference really varied by class.

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