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Current Law Students / Re: DRIVING WITH MONEY IS A CRIME
« on: September 19, 2006, 01:56:26 PM »
Basically all cash has come in contact with drugs at some point while in circulation.  It's not the least bit surprising that a drug dog alerted to it.  I don't find the fact that the drug dog alerted to it to be the least bit convincing as evidence that the guy was involved in drugs.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Writing Sucks
« on: April 10, 2006, 02:40:04 PM »
My LRW experience definitely sucked.  If I could have taken it with a different professor, I might have actually learned something.  My professor spent more time going over how many/where the federal districts are in my state than she spent teaching us how to write a good brief.  I wish I could have had a nickel for every time she said "when you're working in a firm this summer they will be SO impressed that you know where the districts are".  Personally, I think they would be more impressed by good memo-writing and legal researching skills.  Her idea of teaching us legal research was to dump us in the library for a class period while she hung out in her office.  Also, she accused one of my classmates of plagiarizing from the sample memo in the back of our book because the student used ONE WORD (and not an uncommon word at that) that was in the sample memo.  Needless to say, she didn't bother making formal charges against the guy - she just wrote at the end of his paper that he had plagiarized because he had used this one word that was in the sample memo, and she didn't think he was capable of coming up with that word on his own.  She wrote on the back of several students' papers that they would never become lawyers.  Fortunately I was lucky enough to avoid this criticism, and most of the students she did say it to have proven her wrong - they are doing quite well and are nearing graduation. 

For our ethics writing assignment, she had been telling us for weeks that she was working on writing the assignment.  When we finally got it, it was an exercise in writing point headers that she had copied out of a book.  Some ethics assignment...  not to mention that for our first brief her assignment had us representing both the debtor on a loan and the guarantor of the loan - people with obviously conflicting interests.  Oh, and she wanted us to argue that service of process was improper on a 17-year-old straight-A student who was about to go to college (the daughter of the guarantor) when we were finding case law that said service of process was proper on a young child (7 or 8 I think) and on someone who barely spoke English.  Can you say frivolous argument?  On top of that, she told us to completely ignore part of the relevant legal standard for the issue involved.

Don't even get me started on oral arguments - her idea of teaching us that was to e-mail us a link to what she considered to be a bad oral argument.  Then, when she graded our oral arguments, she gave a higher grade to a guy who muttered "Oh s***" while at the podium than to students (myself included) who remained calm and composed during argument.  Since this was one of the few assignments that was not blind-graded, and this guy was one of her pet students, I think this is a prime example of her playing favorites.

I feel like I got cheated out of 5 credit hours worth of tuition...

Oklahoma City U / Re: The long wait is over...
« on: January 25, 2006, 04:50:14 PM »
It all depends on how the 1L class did as a whole - I think class ranks are supposed to come out end of this week or first of next week.  I had a 7.33 my first semester, which put me in the top 25%.  I'm anxious to get my class rank too - I did better this semester than any of my other semesters, and I want to see how much it affected my rank.  Let me know if you have any more questions  :)

Oklahoma City U / The long wait is over...
« on: January 19, 2006, 10:41:37 PM »
... most OCU grades are out - the rest are supposed to be out by tomorrow evening.  I've gotten four out of my five grades, and overall I'm pretty happy.  Good luck to any other OCU students here!  :)

Oklahoma City U / Re: Any OCU students out there?
« on: December 18, 2005, 08:01:43 PM »
For the most part, I've been happy at OCU.  It's a pretty relaxed atmosphere, but there is still some competitiveness.  How much seems to vary with each incoming class.  Most of the professors are good (if you do attend I can give you the scoop on any that I've had), but I did have one that about drove me up a wall, to put it nicely.

Sounds like you're in a similar situation to me - I had to stay in the OKC area to go to law school because of my husband's job.  I got in to both OCU and OU, and chose OCU in part because I didn't want to drive from Edmond to Norman every day, and in part because OCU offered me more scholarship $$.  Two of my professors from undergrad went to OCU law, and they also influenced my decision to attend here.

I'm not exactly sure what the grading curve is, but it's somewhere in the C range.  Some professors are easier than others, of course.  I have basically a B- average and am in the lower part of the top 25%.  When I get a chance I'll post the grade distributions from my classes last spring so you can get an idea.

If you have more specific questions let me know!  Also, Trouble (the one who originally started this thread) is a 1L, I believe, so she may be able to help too.

Oklahoma City U / Re: Any OCU students out there?
« on: December 17, 2005, 05:50:55 PM »
Congrats on getting accepted!  You mentioned that you were considering attending - what other schools are on your list?  I'm a 2L at OCU, so feel free to ask me questions about what it's like here...

Current Law Students / Done!
« on: December 16, 2005, 08:15:04 AM »
I just finished editing my take home professional responsibility exam.  Once I turn it in I'm done for the semester.  Oh, and I am now officially halfway through law school!!!

So good luck to everyone that still has finals, but if you're done you can express your joy/tiredness/excitement/plans for forgetting the torture of the past few weeks here!   ;D

My friends and I are going to meet for lunch at a sushi bar, then I'm gonna go home and sleep for about a week...

Current Law Students / Re: Evidence final
« on: December 09, 2005, 08:04:13 AM »
I've never had an open book exam - closest thing to it is that my Civ Pro professor let us bring a short outline and the FRCP.  I think the majority of exams should be open book - I think I would be less stressed if they were...

Current Law Students / Re: How 'bout a study break?
« on: December 09, 2005, 08:00:52 AM »
Yeah, there are two professors with the last name Johnson.  I had Danne Johnson for Civ Pro, and Barry Johnson for Torts.  I don't know what he's like for crim law, but I liked his torts class and did pretty well in it.  I had LeFrancois for crim law, and now for crim procedure.  He has a very sarcastic, dry sense of humor - keeps things interesting...   I'm taking my evidence final today at 2 pm - not sure that I'm ready for it... there's too much to remember and my professor suddenly decided to not let us have the Fed Rules of Evidence with us on the final, after saying all semester that it would be provided...

Current Law Students / Re: How 'bout a study break?
« on: December 08, 2005, 10:58:34 PM »
Study break sounds good - but I have so much more to study for my final tomorrow afternoon.

Trouble - I go to your school - who do you have for Civ Pro?  I had Prof. Johnson, but I don't think she's teaching it this year...

Good luck on finals, everybody... it will be Christmas break before we know it  :)

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