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Widener U School of Law / Re: How are rankings calculated?
« on: September 23, 2006, 09:40:45 AM »
Regular and extended divisions are ranked separately.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Class of 2009
« on: July 28, 2006, 11:05:23 AM »
For printing and copying, you get a $40 allowance on your ID card, after which it's $0.10/page.  However, you can also print cases and other materials off the Westlaw and Lexis machines for free.  You'll burn through a lot of your allowance in Legal Methods I (because you are going to the books and photocopying the sources for your open memo), but it's possible to get through the year on it if you're careful.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Class of 2009
« on: June 09, 2006, 07:58:34 PM »
Don't let One L freak you out!  It's worth reading for quasi-fun, but just know that law school isn't a protracted nervous breakdown unless you're someone really insistent on turning it into a protracted nervous breakdown.

And this is just my $0.02, but I would recommend not getting hung up on reading supplements before school starts.  I'm all about E&Es -- I think they're great for many classes, and where I've used an outside aid, they're the only series I've turned to.  But you won't understand how to use them or what parts to cover until you're in the thick of first semester.  Plus, your professor may cover as little as half of what's in an E&E or may cover topics differently.  At the best, you've lost some summer hours reading material you won't be using and/or won't retain until December, and at the worst, you might get overloaded and confused in a way which persists into the semester. 

That's strictly my opinion, and I know the anticipation is *crazy* and everybody has to decide their study methods for themselves.  But I can promise that it's very possible to start Orientation week with very little knowledge of law school, let alone "the law," and still do well.  If you've got free time available 0L summer, something more relaxing may actually be a better investment in your future.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Class of 2009
« on: June 04, 2006, 07:26:43 AM »
Hey everyone - unless they changed it *back*, you will only have 4 classes first semester FT (Civ Pro, Property I, Torts, and Legal Methods I) and 5 classes second semester (Crim Law, Property II, Contracts, Con Law I, and Legal Methods II).  It used to be that you also had Admin Law first year, but they changed this for reasons of cruelty and I doubt they reversed.  I think the website just may not have been updated to reflect the new scheme.

You will be very grateful for not having that extra class in your first semester.  It makes it much easier to get into the swing of things -- just don't be fooled into complacency by that first semester pace, because it means that second semester feels tons more busy and stressful.

I will PM people about professors I know -- I have only positive things to say, I just feel more comfortable keeping comments about named people off the public board.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Class of 2009
« on: May 02, 2006, 09:05:38 AM »
Welcome, Class of '09ers, from an '08!  I think we are all pretty busy with finals right now, but I just want to say hello and welcome!

Widener U School of Law / Re: Widener DE-Fall 2006
« on: January 02, 2006, 08:35:51 PM »
I'm also a 1L, and very, very happy.  I would second the comments above.  I was really surprised comparing my experience first semester with that of friends starting at other schools -- *aside from the curve* (which is a big aside, admittedly), I think Widener does a lot to make the first semester as low-stress as possible.  Having one less doctrinal class than most 1Ls have to start out with is a *huge* help.

All of my professors were great last semester -- incredibly available and willing to help outside of class, and not one abuser of the Socratic method among them -- but I do know that I may just have gotten lucky on the professor lottery.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: September 02, 2005, 07:22:43 PM »
I have no idea about this, except that I think they're on their own curve.  I just wanted to point out that you *outlined your greivances*.   ;)

Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 17, 2005, 02:58:06 PM »
Twarga and Doc, I had a wonderful time as well.  I loved meeting (or in one case, re-meeting) you and your respective spouses, and it was a great way to kick off the week. 

Seconding YK's comment, I think the one study aid I have heard mentioned over and over by students and profs this week is the Civ Pro E&E.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 13, 2005, 06:40:28 AM »
Doc, that sounds great!

Widener U School of Law / Re: Anyone going to Widener DE fall 2005?
« on: August 12, 2005, 09:34:45 PM »
YK, the digest still won't come up for me.  We'll get the hard copy on Monday, I'm sure.  And I'm betting it won't be too very different from the orientation edition of last year.

Twarga, I'm sorry about your room!  I wish you good accessorizing mojo in your quest to make the place habitable.

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