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Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 19, 2004, 08:48:55 PM »
Worrying about money is the one thing that has ever made me wish I didn't go to law school.  Do what you can to make sure you don't have to worry about it too much because it is important not to have any major distractions while you're in school; especially during exams. 
It totally sucks that Duquesne doesn't allow for computer purchases. Maybe with enough complaints they'll change that.

I am in the Big Brother/Sister program. I have three littles, but two of them haven't returned my initial phone call.  :( I'm also in SBA (the Student Bar Association) so I usually help out during Orientation. Usually I help out at the picnic, but I'm putting my birthday celebration and time with my family ahead of Law School this year and staying east until Sunday.
At this point I can't really say I'm from Eastern PA because I've lived all over. 12 years in lower Bucks County, 6 years in Erie, 3 years in Indiana, Pa, 3 years in Pittsburgh, and I'm looking to move to State College after this year. My parents have moved back east after living in Erie for 12 years. They live in Douglassville now, near Reading and Pottstown, and I'm visiting them.  I can't tell you how relaxing it is to get so far away from Duquesne after the last 2 years, even if it is temporary.  :D

Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 19, 2004, 03:56:26 PM »
Hey joshdelight,
I'm a girl.  I don't know of any male "Jackies" at school, but I do know a "Jack." Maybe the speaker didn't know I was a girl?

I could answer a few of your otherquestions. A condensed Black's dictionary is acceptable. The library has huge unabridged ones you can use if the Black's fails you.

A lot of people have laptops, but less than 50% use them in class. And this is good because when everyone is typing at the same time it makes a lot of noise.
I've only seen a handful of Palm Pilots. One girl uses one in class with her keyboard. The first time a professor noticed he stopped class so he could get a closer look at it.
The rest of us use our laptops in the library, or don't bring them to school at all.

Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 17, 2004, 09:17:23 PM »
Interesting to have another property class cancelled. I was orginally in proprty C, then moved to B. Now B has only 2 classes. Will having only 2 property classes effect anything?
Could you word your question differently? I don't understand what you mean.
All I can tell you is that Professor Spyke probably has to be out of town, so she and Barker have made an arrangment. For this date only, you'll go to Legal Process during the time you normally have Property, and sometime during this semester you'll go to Property one time instead of going to Legal Process. You'll end up having the same number of classes of Property and Legal Process for the semester as you would without this change. Does that answer your questions?

Sorry joshdelight, can't join your soiree. I'm on the other side of the state for a week. Hope everyone has fun.

Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 16, 2004, 09:52:03 PM »
Section B Class change:

(This is from the bulletin board)


In case you haven't seen it already, class announcements are generally at this website:

Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 15, 2004, 06:59:36 PM »
Hirsch is so boring, I'm sorry to hear you have him. About Spyke: I think the guest poster said she's demanding and that is very true. And maybe it is just because she's female but when you are not as prepared as she wants you to be, it feels like you have just disappointed your mother. But she is great.
Unlike your other professors, Murray doesn't keep track of who he has called on, so you could get called on five times in a row. It is nice to know in Property or Torts that if you were just called on in the last couple weeks, you don't have to be 100% prepared everyday. Not so in Contracts. You could get called on at any moment with Murray. But that is the only downside to his class.
I did better in Crim Process and Legal Process than I did in Contracts or Property, (I think I've just had more background in those subjects,) but because of that, I don't think Barker and Hirsch are the harsh graders most other students think they are.
I had Gilliland for writing too. I think he gives out pretty good grades. There are some really tough writing profs out there so you're probably lucky with him.
Oh, and Taylor-he spends a lot of time talking about his views in Civil Procedure. He doesn't cover as much substantive material as I would have liked, but he's not a bad guy or mean or anything. His bluntness can border on brutal honestly.

Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 11, 2004, 09:15:51 PM »
The picnic begins at 12 and goes to 3 pm, but you can come and go whenever you want. It is pretty casual. Most of the student organizations will be there, but they will also be at the law school on Monday, the 23rd, for your registration and orientation.
You probably don't have to do a sign :-) I think everyone wears name tags so maybe that will help you meet other posters.
I am a section B student myself. Do you still have Murray for Contracts and Barker for Process?
Who do you have for Torts? If you don't have McClendon, then the worst part of your schedule will be Barker for Legal Process. Boy, is he tough to first years.

Make sure you enjoy the next week and a half!

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Question...
« on: August 06, 2004, 11:18:42 AM »
At my school they automatically take the same percentage from each division, part time-day, part-time evening and day.

Duquesne U / Re: How much to budget for books?
« on: August 04, 2004, 07:31:21 PM »
I believe you're are one of my "littles." Fortunately, I see that you have had a lot of your questions answered. But my contact information should have arrived in a letter to you by now, should you want to talk or meet.
We can also communicate via this forum, email or IM if you prefer.
I hope you are having a nice summer!


Duquesne U / Re: going to Duquesne
« on: August 02, 2004, 10:48:36 PM »
As for jobs after your first year:
The best option, if you can afford it, is to work for a judge. This doesn't pay, but there are about 3 jobs in Pittsburgh for 1L's that pay.
After my first year I went back to the law firm I worked at before I started school, so I was lucky to get paid. But I didn't get as much experience as I would have liked.
Jobs can be pretty sparse after your 2nd year too. As far as I can tell, only the top 25% got paying jobs ($10/hr or above) for this summer. One exception to this are students who obtained a job and worked during their second year. It is hard to do this though because of the demands of school work.  Writing cover letters, going to interviews and writing thank you letters can take a lot of time.
But it has been a pretty hard summer for law students, one of the worst I think.

So do what you can during the school year (either save or get a small loan to pay your rent for the summer, or live with mom and dad) in case you have to work for free. But you can't be distracted by this during the year. Get your resume ready now or do it over winter break, and have a basic cover letter ready to send out quickly. One key to getting a job is applying as soon as you can.

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