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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Commuting..
« on: April 21, 2009, 06:24:25 AM »
It's more productive to listen to music than lectures..

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota: Polar Law 2012!
« on: April 21, 2009, 06:22:15 AM »
Oh good. Now we can stop saying that we go to a "top 22 school."

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone Else Worried about OCI?
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:50:45 AM »

Only time will tell whether . . . time will tell.  But this looks like some serious pwnage, considering the never-ending stream of bad news on ATL.

Anyone have good back-up plans?

Haha, at our school they basically said, "OCI is going to be a disaster for 75% of you."

Look at this way, most law students do not find jobs through OCI. Do your best, be human, and realize its not your only (and definitely not your best) option.

Current Law Students / Re: Usefulness of print legal dictionaries?
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:49:01 AM »
I've never had one. It might be useful if you don't get westlaw/lexis access right away or if you study away from a computer.

True. But if you DO have lexis/westlaw access (or just internet access) then a legal dictionary isn't worth it. If you really really want to carry one around then just get a small paperback one. Blacks.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best law school tote?
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:46:30 AM »
For the love of god, no duffle bags or rolling backpacks. You are going to law school, not the airport.

Eh. Some of us have back problems. I don't really understand the antipathy towards wheelie bags, besides the fact that they're kind of dorky. I mean, it really is just a style thing.

Yes. And there's also the girl who walks around the law school BAREFOOT due to a "medical problem..."

Doesn't mean she isn't shunned accordingly.

Some my classmates had this discussion yesterday:

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best law school tote?
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:45:50 AM »
One thing I did, which I think is handy no matter how you carry your stuff, is I went to Kinko's and had them saw the spines off all my books and 3-hole punch them.  The books go into a large binder, and whatever pages I need that day I move to a smaller binder which I take to class.

Be careful though, some professors who allow you to bring your "book" into an exam will not allow a cut-and-bound version.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Legal Writing
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:43:29 AM »
For legal writing my school uses "Successful Legal Analysis And Writing: The Fundamentals" by Clary.

It's very straight forward.

As far as exam writing... Getting to Maybe.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Getting Married while in Law School?
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:42:11 AM »
I'm an engaged 0L. I don't have a wedding date set yet but I wanted to get some insight from current law students on when the best time to have the wedding would be. I am considering my 1L summer because I'm assuming whatever job I have will not be as intense as my 2L summer when I am considered more valuable. Are winter breaks out of the question? I'm guessing 1L winter is definitely out. Should I wait until I graduate? I'm worried I will be too busy studying for the bar/ starting a job in the 1st year out. Does anyone have any experience planning a wedding during law school? My fiancee is flexible too. Thanks guys!

I say either before school or during 1L winter.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota: Polar Law 2012!
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:40:34 AM »
Thanks!  Don't quote me, but I do think we're still pointing our vagabonding troop towards Minneapolis. That may change should a solid financial offer come through from Cornell, but then again, that might just end up being fodder in my quest to up my UofM scholly offer ;).

Is there any truth to the rumor (on TLS) that this fall's class will be significantly smaller than in previous years?

I think, (and don't quote me on this!) my class is 260 or 280...and I think your class is going to be 240. So they basically cut a section.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: PREPPING FOR 1L -- HELP
« on: April 17, 2009, 10:38:35 AM »
I'd disagree with that - our orientation program was about the lamest thing on earth and didn't prepare me squat for law school.  We basically watched "A Civil Action" and discussed it...   

That's unfortunate.

At UMN we had orientation leaders who led us through ice breakers and answered our questions throughout the day. Then we had different speakers come to our room and talk to us about different, student life, briefing, bluebooking, adjusting... etc.

We had a mock class, and large lectures on professional responsibility...and plenty of semi-structured social events. I thought it was useful.

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