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Studying for the LSAT / Olympic Games thread
« on: August 08, 2008, 11:56:58 AM »
I have yet to see video of the opening ceremony, but I have seen about 50 pictures.  Anyone seen it?  I think it could be the best opening ceremony in Olympics history.  Hell, at least it's better than that *&^% Norway put out in 1998.  Let's discuss themes, pyrotechniques, etc.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: August 01, 2008, 11:03:12 AM »
Personally, I would go with Captain Planet.  It's a conversation piece.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 23, 2008, 12:14:20 AM »
Mine was updated on Monday, right before my GradPlus status changed to accepted.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 22, 2008, 04:08:20 PM »
thanks for the info, clee750..

Philosphia.. I did call the office about that last week and she said that typically law students receive their refunds earlier than other students ( along with book credits) they have not released money yet, but will begin doing so at the end of July..

she also said we should be receiving emails when the money is released.


We got some very different information regarding loan disbursement.  I was told that financial aid comes in on August 18th and would not be disbursed to our accounts until late August.  Given GSU's history, I'm planning on not receiving anuthing (except for book credits) until at least August 25th.  I would suggest everyone plan accordingly.

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Recommendations / Re: LOR from Reverend
« on: July 16, 2008, 10:46:17 AM »
Depends on the school.  Most would probably frown on it.  But I bet Pepperdine, Catholic, Notre Dame, BYU, and Samford (Cumberland) would be okay with it.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 15, 2008, 03:54:16 PM »
I called the financial aid office and got my COA amended to over $25,000 a year to cover the tuition and fee increase.  This COA has appeared on my GoSolar page and they said that they changed my GradPLUS loan request accordingly.  Anyone else see this change yet?

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 15, 2008, 11:12:09 AM »
Best. Schedule. Ever.  I only have one class on Friday.  It's Legal Bibliography, which is only an 8 week class.  After 8 weeks, I'm finished with class for the week on Thursday at 11:45 am.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 11, 2008, 10:18:25 AM »
Found this on google:  http://www.law.uh.edu/lrw/casebrief.pdf

I asked an associate I work for about briefing.  He said that there is no magic to it, it just takes practice.  It will take a while at first, but as you read more and more caselaw, it becomes easier to spot the different sections (i.e. the opinion).  If you are having trouble, get Law School Without Fear and read samples and tips.

Edit:  Also, you may want to pick up a copy of Black's Law Dictionary.  I got a pocket edition for $15 on Amazon.

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Georgia State / Re: Class of 2011
« on: July 10, 2008, 04:14:11 PM »
The summary that I've read for Law School Without Fear says that it introduces the concept of briefing.  I don't think you need to get all crazy and read the whole thing though.  Read some tips and some samples and you should be fine.  I would suggest spending more time with something like Getting to Maybe instead of wasting all of your time on Law School Without Fear.  GTM teaches exam prep and strategies, which I feel are much more useful.  From what I understand, briefing is something you can only learn by doing.  Furthermore, most law students abandon the practice of briefing every case about halfway through 1L.  It is an important skill to develop during this time, but once you have developed this ability, your time is better served elsewhere (i.e. exam prep).  Anyways, I would definitely take a look at the suggested reading, but if you have limited time, spend it on actually briefing the cases and reading the 7 chapters for RWA.  HTH

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General Board / Re: Fischl and Paul's Getting To Maybe
« on: July 08, 2008, 04:56:52 PM »
I've read it and I've recommended it.  I'm just a 0L, so take any of this with a grain of salt.  It is useful for teaching you how to be efficient in your day to day exam preparation.  It is also useful in teaching a test-taking method.  The forks method is more in-depth and easier to apply to all question types than other methods that I've encountered (issue-spotting, IRAC, etc.)  I haven't taken LEEWS yet, so I can't comment on GTM in relation to LEEWS.  I don't see how it could hurt to read it in 2L or 3L.  It really isn't that long.  Hell, I finished it in about 2 days.

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