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Incoming 1Ls / Best Course Combination
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:35:08 PM »
Okay my 1st year courses at Tulane are as follows:

1st Semester
Contracts - 3 credits
Civil Procedure - 4 credits
Torts - 4 credits
Criminal Law - 3 credits
Legal Research and Writing - 4 credits (year long)

2nd Semester
Obligations I - 3 credits
Civil Law Property - 4 credits
Constitutional Law - 4 credits
Legal Research and Writing

My question is this: what is the best combination for class scheduling. 3 credit classes meet twice a week/4 credit classes meet three times a week.

Will I be able to schedule 3hr classes with 4hr classes?

Best practice? help?

Incoming 1Ls / Common Law v. Civil Law
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:28:04 PM »
Tulane is awesome in that you can study the civil code which is used in Europe and the Middle East moreso than common law. That said, I will take contracts I...but what's important about Contracts II (because I would prefer to take Obligations I (civil course)).

Also, common law property versus civil law property. I hear property sucks most of all 1L courses so of the two, which is easier/more interesting/more fun?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To Prep or Not To Prep
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:01:26 PM »
What does prepare mean?

Outline the entire course?
Learn to brief a case, spot the issue, use IRAC method?

I'd love to outline the entire course and feel that would be the best course of action because you can adjust it as you progress through the course, but how much detail should be involved in that initial outline.

Does anyone have any 1L Outlines they would like to share?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:58:21 PM »
J Wilder...Georgetown for sure. You want to be in DC....especially if you plan to get involved in government.

Apply to Tulane...its great though ranked 51st in the 2013 US News rankings. #1 for Maritime Law however...

Incoming 1Ls / Best Summer Options
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:35:17 AM »
Okay, so we all know the summer for a law student is extremely valuable and that it lasts about 12 weeks for Tulane. What summer options make you the most competitive and should you do something in your field. From judicial clerking to study abroad to working in the maritime division of a reputable law firm (if you are like me and want to concentrate on maritime law) - what makes you the most competitive for work. What if you want to have multiple specialties?

Can you ever just take the summer off? Can you do two things (judicial clerk/law firm) (summer abroad 6wks/judicial), etc etc during your summer break?

I want the broadest range of experience without sacrificing quality of life or competitiveness in the future.

Any info will help

Incoming 1Ls / Re: military options
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:27:45 AM »
I'm currently an officer recruiter for the navy, so take heed to what I say:

There are two ways to become a JAG (actually 3):
Direct Accession (i.e. you have your J.D. and valuable experience)
JAG Student (you're a law student in good standing, great grades, good LSAT score, great letters of recommendation, and a plump resume)

The other is for active duty officers. It is a funded law program for officers not past their 6th anniversary as an officer. The army and the navy have one. I do not know if the AF offers a funded program for its officers.

With current active duty service, you do not qualify for the LEP (navy) FLEP (army) programs.

Applying for JAG student comes with no commitment...and no are simply chosen early on as a great officer candidate. When you graduate, complete medical/security qualification, you go to OCS in Newport, RI for 13 weeks (officer version of boot camp which is only 8 weeks) then to the Navy Justice School in Newport, RI. I don't know how long that is.

You graduate OCS as a LTJG and promote within 6 months to LT

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:19:51 AM »
Tulane Law....yeah baby!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To Prep or Not To Prep
« on: December 01, 2012, 11:54:54 PM »
I'm a big advocate of having a good outline of a course before you start. Having all of the BASIC legal rules mapped out gives you the ability to read the cases more for nuance than to glean a rule. This allows you to focus on the contours of the rules, which are most likely to be tested on exams, during your basic reading and class prep.

I would not recommend reading cases or treatises prior to law school, though. Get a good commercial outline like Emmanuels or a the Examples & Explanations. Even the Glannon Guide is great. You basically want a broad overview of a subject with some hypos to show you how the material is applied. Make a basic course outline of major themes or rules from this material. This way, you can modify the outline on a weekly basis to incorporate what you actually study in class. The prime advantage of this is that by exam week, you will have memorized your outline from periodic review and the intense review during dead week. I think that is your best prep strategy. By November of your first semester, you want to be working mostly on practice exams. Dead week should be spent almost exclusively on practice exams. If you can do ten practice exams per final, you'll probably get an A or very close. It's just a matter of seeing all the different ways a particular question can be tested and getting practice at analyzing those fact patterns.

Law school exams are alot like fighting: you can know everything there is to know about boxing, but if you don't actually get into the ring and spar, you'll never be a good fighter. Think of class prep as speed bag, heavy bag, or road work. Those things don't make a fighter, but you can't be a fighter without them. They give you the skills necessary to succeed at sparring. Sparring is where you learn to fight. Class prep helps you get the tools to do well on an exam, but class prep alone won't help you on an exam. You'll need to get lots of practice exams in. So, you're prep before a semester should be geared to allowing you to get the most amount of time during the semester to work on practice exams. Having a good outline beforehand will help. Memorizing that outline as you go will help. If you can spend the majority of time in November, outside of what is absolutely necessary for class prep and/or legal writing assignments, on practice exams, you'll be in the best position to succeed on a final exam.

If I have the Law in a flash cards (also Emmanual products) do I need to get the Outline book as well. I feel like the material will be the same.

Incoming 1Ls / Tulane Law 1L Fall 2013
« on: December 01, 2012, 11:26:52 PM »
So I just received my acceptance email (packet soon to come) to Tulane Law. I am really excited because I want to practice Maritime Law and they are one of the best in the world. I've looked into post-grad work and it seems that all the big firms have partners who went to the same undergrad/law school. That said, I am researching maritime law firms in New Orleans.

To be an attractive prospect for them I assume I need the following:
high GPA i.e. top 5-10%
member of law review
member of moot court

I know school will be difficult and I want to focus primarily on grades my first year. Is there anything else that most people regret not doing their first year that precludes their participation in something in year 2 or 3? Like should I join this club/organization in order to become an officer in it by 2L or 3L year? Stuff like that.

Please advise =)

Go Navy! Beat Army!

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