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Current Law Students / Fleming Exam Prep. Course
« on: September 07, 2005, 12:48:27 PM »
Has anyone taken this course?  Was it worth it??

I am glad you started this thread, Mary.

I also hate speaking in front of crowds, and it only gets worse the older I get.  I was okay with it in undergrad, but now that I have been out of college for 4 yrs., it terrifies me. 

I was surprised when I first learned we would have to get up and argue in front of judges the first year of law school, and it scares me half to death, but I think it will be good in the end because I will have conquered a fear.  I think it is a vast MINORITY of people that are naturally comfortable with public speaking, so we are mostly all in the same boat.  The thing I try to remember is that I always think I sound dumber than everyone else who is listening does. 

Current Law Students / Re: Best Commercial Outlines
« on: June 07, 2005, 10:35:36 AM »
I bought Gilbert's... but I haven't started reading them yet so I don't know if they will be helpful or not.  However, they were the ones that a law student friend of mine suggested.

I have read most of PLSII, but have not bought all of the books and aids he advocates.  The book itself is very lengthy, and most of the time he is going on and on about how law schools don't care about you, and how the professors want to make your life a living hell (without being at all helpful, of course).  He is so cynical it's amazing.  The main reason why I didn't buy the rest of the books is because so many law students have said that you can prep and prep all you want, but it will all go out the window your first week of school.  Also that it can be risky because if you are, in effect, teaching yourself, you may concrete principles in your mind that you actually have quite wrong, or have misunderstood.  Then you have to re-learn, which is always tougher. 

In any case, I take everything AF has with a grain of salt.  I don't plan on going through his VERY comprehensive pre-law schedule, because I don't want to be sick of studying and have a fried brain before my first day even starts.  I like PLSII for the book suggestions (which I'll likely utilize once school has started) and for his advice on briefing cases (ie dont waste all your time briefing, concentrate on understanding the black letter law and doing your outline). 

Incoming 1Ls / Dell Laptops
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:32:19 PM »
Hi everyone, I just bought a Dell 600m from and thought I should pass on the info... they are having a 34% off sale on the 600m through 7/27.  Most schools get even further discounts.  I just bought one that is usually around $2,400 for $1,350. 

Anyone else starting to get really anxious and a little freaked out?  I'm excited to get there, but I keep hearing all of these LS horror stories that are making me crazy. 

How did you go about setting up your USD email account?  Somehow I missed this information...

Hi Everyone,

It's nice to see so many USD people on here.  Does anyone know when we'll be assigned to our sections?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: anyone else super lazy
« on: June 21, 2005, 02:17:10 PM »
I hardly did any homework in high school or UG.  I managed to slip through a very competitive school with decent grades (never below a B) because I can b/s.

I'm worried about the workload too, and finding time for myself... but I look at it as a challenge... trying to get myself that motivated and focused over long periods of time is not going to be easy.  I envy those with good study habits right now!!!

Don't most law schools do blind grading (so it wouldnt matter if you are black, white, male, female, etc.)??  Or even if your prof. hates you in class?  My undergrad blind-graded, and it was a big asset for me since I didn't do a whole lot in class and tended to irritate my profs. with my poor attendance. 

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