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I just buy and sell all my stuff on half.com; I make a good amount back on my books, and get them pretty cheap.  I usually come close to breaking even most semesters.
Isn't half.com more of an auction type site?  I like how Barrister Books would just give me cash/credit for my books, but do you think an auction site is the better way to go?

I suppose I'll consider it.

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I paid AT LEAST $850 for books this past semester and my school bookstore is offering me a measly $75 for them.  @#!* that.  Is there anywhere online that I can ship the books to for a decent amount of store credit that I can use towards future purchases (as in books for this upcoming semester)?  My assumption is that this store credit system would be more cost-efficient because the book vendor knows that you'll be using that credit at their store and will likely be willing to part with more store-credit than they would actual greenbacks. 

I know Barrister Books does something like this, but is there anything better out there? What have you guys found to be the best rate of return on used books and where can one order law books for cheapest?  :-\

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General Board / How do I get LEEWS on to my MP3 player?
« on: October 18, 2007, 02:47:31 PM »
I have a Zune and I want to know how to get it on there without making the cd unplayable on my pc. Anybody know how to go about this?  :-\

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General Board / Re: How common are not so nice person profs?
« on: October 03, 2007, 09:02:24 PM »

Heh, what a coincidence.  You're the guy he kept calling on after you answered his so-called "$600 question," right?  You really seemed to handle everything he threw at you.  Good job!
thanks! Are you in section B? 
I'm actually in section C.  And, to be honest, I've spoken with two 3L's and a handful of 2L's that say participation didn't count when they had his class.  I don't see why Alf would change it from the last two years.  Also, I don't trust the dean's fellow...he seems as though he enjoys watching us squirm in class.  My guess is that the Dean's fellow is wary of informing us about the participation factor (or lack thereof) because it would really change the dynamic of lecture knowing that it had no affect on final grades.  However, this is all just conjecture on my part because I trust the 2L's and 3L's a lot more than the dean's fellow.

Supposedly, Alfieri is much more lax to the 2L's and 3L's: not making them "stand and deliver," calling students by their first names, and he has even been known to bring lunch for his students from time to time (I assume the upper-level classes are small due to his notoriety).  I'm hoping the stuff I've heard is true and that he's just trying to toughen us up or something.

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General Board / Re: How common are not so nice person profs?
« on: October 03, 2007, 06:15:06 PM »
Who cares if he doesn't leave you alone?  If you don't know everything he wants you to know, it's not the end of the world.  Class does not = your exam grade.


this guy has 30% of your grade as class particpation, otherwise I couldn't care less.
Are you sure about that figure?  Some 2L's I've spoken to have told me that class participation does not influence grading except for if you're at the brink of going up or down a grade.

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General Board / Re: How common are not so nice person profs?
« on: October 03, 2007, 06:12:10 PM »
I'm a 1L that's feeling just a bit overwhelmed with my workload, and it's mainly due to one of my classes.  My civ pro professor assigns me more reading than all of my other classes combined.  To be honest, it's really affecting my performance in all of my classes and I'm pretty sure he realizes that he's burying his students in reading material.  I don't find any of my other courses particularly difficult, but with the workload I'm receiving in civ pro (often over 200 pages a class twice a week), I feel as though I don't have time to do anything else other than study.  I've talked to students in other sections with different professors and they seem to have time to relax and go out a few times a week, whereas I'm locked up in my room reading from the time I wake up until I go to bed.  Did I just get the short end of the stick or are professors like this common? 

All I can do at this point is suck it up and hope I don't burn myself out come finals.  :'(

Haha, it is easy to tell that you go to my law school and you are in my civ pro class from that description because Professor Alfieri is definitely one of a kind. I was actually on call today, I was the guy in the front row w/ the orange shirt. I think I did alright today though.
Heh, what a coincidence.  You're the guy he kept calling on after you answered his so-called "$600 question," right?  You really seemed to handle everything he threw at you.  Good job!

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General Board / Re: How common are not so nice person profs?
« on: October 02, 2007, 10:08:04 PM »
Um... Wow.

I would not read any of the cases.  Seriously.  This prof is just begging you to get canned/Lexis briefs.
The thing is, since a majority of the cases are random online sites, I can't really get canned briefs.  I got high court case summaries for the yeazell book, but we have maybe 1 or 2 cases from there a class.  Also, my school has limited our Lexis/Westlaw access to nothing more than the Shepard's and Keycite features for the first semester.  I've used Lexis before law school, so I can tell that they've locked us out of the area were we can look up cases, and it's also an honor code violation to use features that we're locked out of, so I'm not going to risk that.

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General Board / Re: How common are not so nice person profs?
« on: October 02, 2007, 07:19:39 PM »

How is this possible? How many casebooks do you have? If you are required to read that much, chances are 90% of it isn't important.  Figure out what is, and focus on that, and let the rest of your classmates freak out over the non-important issues.


It's quite possible.  We have one casebook (along with frcp and 4 other misc texts) and most of the readings are opinions linked from www.supremecourtus.gov.  In case you don't believe me, here are the readings for the next class:
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SCY, 212-45 33 pages; FRCP, 538-45 7 pages
   (Grupo Dataflux v. Atlas Global Group L.P., (2004)) 36 page PDF; 28 U.S.C. 1441-1453; G&V, 15-37 22 pages; GLANNON, 115-30 15 pages, 589-98 9 pages; SUPP., Lapides v. Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (2002) webpage; Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. v. Henson (2002)webpage; Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson (2003)webpage; Martin v. Franklin Capital Corp. (2005) 11 page PDF;  Kircher v. Putnam Funds Trust (2006) 20 page PDF; Watson v. Philip Morris Co. (2007) 17 page PDF; Powerex Corp. v. Reliant Energy Services Inc. (2007)28 page PDF.

I've added the # of pages in bold next to each reading. That's 201 pages total, not including 28 U.S.C. 1441-1453 and counting the webpages as only 1pg each.  Also, he follows an extremely Socratic teaching method, sometimes calling on the same students up to 4 times a class and asking very specific questions.

I hope things are easier next semester.  :'(

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General Board / How common are a-hole profs?
« on: October 02, 2007, 01:38:50 PM »
I'm a 1L that's feeling just a bit overwhelmed with my workload, and it's mainly due to one of my classes.  My civ pro professor assigns me more reading than all of my other classes combined.  To be honest, it's really affecting my performance in all of my classes and I'm pretty sure he realizes that he's burying his students in reading material.  I don't find any of my other courses particularly difficult, but with the workload I'm receiving in civ pro (often over 200 pages a class twice a week), I feel as though I don't have time to do anything else other than study.  I've talked to students in other sections with different professors and they seem to have time to relax and go out a few times a week, whereas I'm locked up in my room reading from the time I wake up until I go to bed.  Did I just get the short end of the stick or are professors like this common? 

All I can do at this point is suck it up and hope I don't burn myself out come finals.  :'(

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Lots of great info in here.  Thx.

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