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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 30, 2010, 03:19:16 PM »
TITCR.  I think it's just a natural progression- the old heads have outgrown the site's usefulness and have no current connections to the board as well as other ways to stay in contact with one another. 



off to school and then to work.



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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: January 11, 2010, 01:38:12 PM »
 :)

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:59:12 PM »
wowee board is still dead.  :-\

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Black Law Students / Re: How Come...?
« on: October 13, 2009, 07:52:02 PM »
how come what up
how come board is still dead

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Black Law Students / Re: How Come...?
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:51:14 AM »
How come I needed to resurrect this thread for a minute
How come 'cause I couldn't say this on my fb page
How come folks keep asking me "do you remember me" on facebook
how come  if you have to ask...
how come ...chances are I don't. 
how come folks actually get mad when I don't
how come maybe YOU just weren't that memorable.
how come maybe next time you wont put someone on the spot and get your feelings hurt.   :D :P
how come that sounds harsh but it's true.

how come kanye west
how come http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yOOPHe3QHU

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 08, 2009, 04:27:48 PM »
Well, in addition to the search function, I do think it's only natural for some folks to lurk for a bit before they post.  Did I?  Not really, I pretty much just got right in there.  But I could understand the thought behind lurking.

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 07, 2009, 06:26:59 PM »
I think the disappearance of the search function, influx of spammers, and rampant d-dubbing (deleting all one's posts) make the site much less friendly to newcomers.  Some have suggested that cliquishness also plays a role; I'm not so sure.  BLSD and the on-topic areas don't seem too cliquish to me (and if they are, they were much worse back in the day).

ETA2: Also, the facts that the site breaks down and there are lots of database errors (e.g., posts not showing up as new, posts not showing up at all until you are in the "reply" view) don't help.

Agreed. I especially think the loss of the search function is a pretty big factor and it may be daunting to look through a lot of the old stuff.  And no one wants to repeat a topic that has already probably been discussed. But I basically chalk it up to folks being busier than they used to be. 

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: June 25, 2009, 04:28:21 PM »

The La times is reporting that michael Jackson died.

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Black Law Students / Re: Dumb things that we said as 0L's
« on: June 24, 2009, 12:01:47 PM »

I'll buy your book if you help me write mine lol, is that a good deal? lol. Liking the osmosis anaology. On a serious tip, LEEWS sounds very interesting, I wonder why they havent mentioned it at our program yet. We have like 2 to 3 presenters come in every week and try to tell us how their programs are the best thing for law student. There are so many of them out there, I feel like they are not trying to help but just making a business  and taking advantage of naive 0L's anxiety. Im sure a small percentage of them mean well there is way too much solicitaion going on.  I am glad you pointed on "false sense of security" because I can see how we can easily use these suppliments as a shortcut and rely on them. Lets hope I wont be one of I wont end up using work to suppliment the suppliment instead of the other day around. lol

About Online networking, am I networking right now? l And I see you gangin up on me with your peers. TSK TSK..poor 0L ME ~ tear tear~ lol

LOL, deal.   Feel free to use the osmosis analogy.  But it’s already in the book. ;-)

Yes, all of those presenters are absolutely banking on your (the generic “your”, not you specifically) 1L anxiety.  Yep all.  Even the well meaning ones.  Once my book is out, I’ll be doing the exact same thing, only responsibly.  Their advice shouldn’t be discounted but listened to but taken with a grain of salt.  See if what they’re saying makes sense.  Don’t do like a lot of 1Ls do (like I did) and blindly follow someone’s advice just because they went through it before you.  Even my advice, before you follow it, see if it makes sense to you.  Although I cosign everything A and Sands have said, see if their advice makes sense to you before you follow it.  Absolutely everything anyone and everyone says to you -at least silently question it.  Why am I saying this?  Because I blindly followed one 3L for a good portion of my first year.  Everything she said I did.  After all, she was a 3L so she did something right, right?  Wrong!  And it screwed me up royally the first semester.  You gotta at least ask yourself ‘why is this person telling me this?’.  Keep in mind that some upperclassmen are just trying to get you to join their organization or validate their own poor choices they made as a 1L.  Long story short: my pseudo-mentor  did not do well her entire law school career. She was always at the bottom of her class.  She also did not network and is now at the PD’s office.  Nothing wrong with the PD’s office but there is if you don’t want to be there.   

Re: online networking.  Yes, you are networking right now and it could translate to real life.   I once went to an event and someone that I had just met said “good to finally meet you”.   [my LSD name was initially “finally”] Didn’t get it at first until he repeated it.  Dude recognized the picture I had in my avatar. Cool guy though. 

LOL, not “ganging up”.  Dropping knowledge.


P.S on the curve comment, we just had some of writing assignment grades, graded on a curve, back and lets just say some people are not as "friendly" as they were in the beginning lol. I never seen a line form so quick behind a professor as the day we got our grades back lol

Yep, that's bound to happen. Funniest thing to see is that people form new friendships/study groups after the first semester grades come out. 

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Black Law Students / Re: Dumb things that we said as 0L's
« on: June 22, 2009, 07:07:25 PM »

Yea Expert Learning is great in my opinion. Who knew all A students weren't born a genious lol. As far as preping for the summer, I am obviously an 0L and dont have much authority to make statements like this, but when I first started everyone told me there is nothing you can do to prep for school in the summer. But now after going half way through this program, I will have to say I have to disagree. I am only half way done and I am already learning how to brief cases; spot issues; synthesize cases; learning how to utilize lexis and westlaw; writing legal memos; taking hypo exams and evaluating the answers and etc. I just dont know how that can not be considered a MAJOR advantage over some one who did not have some idea of these things on day one. But who knwos maybe this looking back this will be one of my dumb thing I said as an 0L



Classic.  Famous last words, young grasshopper.


When people say that you can't prepare for Law School as a 0L, they mean that you can't do anything during the summer that will give you an advantage over your classmates during the summer.

By the time you get to exams in December, EVERYBODY will know how to brief a case, outline, use lexis/westlaw, spot issues and all that stuff. But everybody won't get an A on the exam because it is one thing to take an exam when you are only being graded objectively, it is completely different when your essay grade depends on how 200+ other eually intelligent students wrote at the same time on the same issues.

I bet a Law School would be a lot different for smart people if there were no curve.



You beat me to it.

I will see this statement, and raise you the most important reason why studying during the summer does no good for 1L exams:

because you haven't met your professor yet.


You can spend the entire summer studying and memorizing that the tort of negligence is (i) duty, (ii) breach, (iii) causation, and (iv) damages and if your professor tells you during 1L that it is (i) bacon, (ii) lettuce, (iii) tomato, and (iv) sandwich, you better be BLT'in it on the final if you want an A.  Not only do you have to cater to your professor's substantive interpretation of the law, but, more importantly, you have to defer to his or her writing format preference.  Some professors want IRAC, some professors want RAC, and some professors want none of the above.  I had a crim professor, (no BS) who gave you X amount of lines for each answer, and your answer had to fit it within those 9 or 10 lines provided on the page because if you went over you were penalized!!!  I wish I was kidding.

So all of that to say, it's great that you're getting exposure to the general process of law school, but

(A) everybody starts from scratch on day 1, and

(B) the only grade that matters is the final


Speaking of which, Tru One brings up an excellent point that also f*cked me up during 1L - THE CURVE!!!  What folks don't understand about the curve is that you can literally score a 95% of an exam and still get a B or B- because that is where the curve is set.  My school had a strong B curve that was mathematically computed so that the majority of the class fell in the 2.95 to 3.05 range.  So that meant in any given class of, say 100, you had somewhere around 80 people who got some form of a B, maybe 10 people who got C's, and only 10 people who got A's, and the deviation between the three groups was LITERALLY just a few points on the exam.

Messed me up first semester, jack!


 



Lawd, they straight speaking the gospel up in here. :)

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