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Current Law Students / Re: Wife of a 1L... I need some perspective
« on: October 21, 2009, 05:18:43 PM »
Not normal...he's probably banging her.

Current Law Students / Re: In a pickle
« on: October 15, 2009, 07:12:03 PM »
Time to start looking into paralegal programs at community colleges.

Current Law Students / Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« on: June 18, 2009, 08:12:50 PM »
If your prof is using Chemerinsky's casebook, you probably don't need the supplement IMO.  Just read all the notes/whatever around the cases in the casebook.  The casebook lays out the BLL pretty well.

Do others agree that TITCR?

I just found out that my professor will indeed be using Chemerinsky's there a sufficient overlap in the explanations in each that the supplement is unnecessary?

Current Law Students / Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« on: June 05, 2009, 09:15:20 AM »
Law in a Flash?

Let's hear 'em.

Current Law Students / Re: Tips for law review write-on?
« on: May 21, 2009, 05:47:27 PM »
When our write-on competition was administered mid-semester (March), I thought I was going to lose it and was wishing it was during the summer, like so many others.  But now I'm loving it.

I'd start with a Black's Law Dictionary.

You want to study that thing like a madman this summer.

Make a series of a couple thousand flash cards if you need to.

Learn as much of it as you can before August.  Especially the complex Latin terms - there's a big push to reintroduce those into common legal parlance, so it'd give you a leg up.

Current Law Students / Re: M-Dash
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:42:58 PM »
insert > symbols > scroll through the list and click once on the various dashes and look in the lower-left corner for which one is called the eM-dash.

Current Law Students / Is it ever too early to start outlining?
« on: March 18, 2009, 02:29:40 PM »
I'm about 6 weeks out of finals...

I found a chunk of time to make some good outlining progress, but last semester I did most of my outlining within about 3 weeks of each exam.

I felt that having the outlining process fresh was good for the exam...and wonder if the value in prepping an outline now will be a bit stale come May?

More classes and more finals this semester is prompting me to get a head start on it though - I'm just hoping I'm not jumping the gun.

Current Law Students / Re: Is OneNote really necessary?
« on: March 16, 2009, 04:00:04 PM »
I'm a big OneNote fan.

I only got it right before the start of my 1L (this) year.  I acquainted myself with it over the week or so prior to classes.

One of the biggest advantages (in my view) is that I can flip between case briefs, notes, outlines, etc... from every class all within one big frame...I don't have to open additional files, navigate folders and wait for word to load up the next file, etc...

That alone makes it worth it for me.

Additionally, I can easily search an entire folder of files.  For instance, I have all my case briefs in one tab.  When my CrimPro prof says "what other case have we discussed that seemed similar - when they discussed the use of a K-9 unit during a traffic stop?" and with one 3-second search, I can have all the tabs highlighted that contain "K-9" or whatever search term I include.

Additionally, I can easily print one page, one tab, an entire folder, etc... with just a couple of clicks.

While the CTRL-F find in word is pretty easy, believe it or not, it is even easier and friendlier in OneNote in my view. 

Current Law Students / Re: Living with other law students during 1L?
« on: March 16, 2009, 03:54:39 PM »
I would strongly favor the living WITHOUT other law students if I was in your position.

Once you begin classes - and I mean right within the first week - you'll be spending so much time with classmates (in class, at lunch, in the law library, in the commons studying, etc...) that you'll have plenty of opportunities to connect and make friends with the law school class.  Plus, there are constantly other events going on - receptions, pub nights, student organization meetings, etc... that give you chances to connect with them.

If you want a healthy life-school balance, I would recommend keeping home somewhat separate - and that means living with someone other than a fellow law student.

I live with my wife who is not in law school and I'm very thankful that I can come home and, while I can vent and share my day with her, I can also do other things and discuss other things going on ... the world keeps going even as we are absorbed in law school...and getting to taste the rest of the world is welcome. 

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