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General Board / Re: Working during law school...need advice!
« on: July 28, 2005, 01:15:46 PM »
Well, that's the whole point of the night program isn't it, so that you can have a full time job.
I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be many evening program people on here, and I admit I'm not either, but I'd say that it should be doable.
I'd contact the schools and ask them about the time committment though, thats the surest way.

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General Board / Re: Recording Lectures-Useful for Law School?
« on: July 07, 2005, 12:37:46 PM »
The other thing to remember is that LS classes are rarely, at least as a 1L, a typical lecture... your prof certainly isn't the only one talking. I've never tried using recordings of class personally, but I knew a few students in undergrad who did, and I recall the tapes being somewhat muffled. You might have dificulty later distinguishing between a learned professor and a moronic student who's just wrong, though the prof doesn't say so... not wise.
One of the biggest mistakes I've heard people make is trying to fill up their time with busy work, such as recopying notes or replaying the audio of class... your work should be more constructive, taking what you learned and applying it...

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General Board / Re: When did your financial aid arrive?
« on: June 30, 2005, 12:58:40 PM »
Not all schools are like that. With some, such as mine, you can get remaining funds (after tuition) before classes start, as long as you've signed up for direct deposit. My orientation starts Aug 15, and they said that the funds would be in our accounts on the 8th.

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1L job search / Re: Stupid Question about summer employment
« on: June 23, 2005, 04:00:18 PM »
Check into whether or not your school gives "assistance" in the way of grants or fellowships to 1L's taking non-paying jobs in the summer in the public sector. Without being top 5%, its incredibly dificult to find that job the first summer, but there are opportunities that don't pay, and a lot of times your school will give you some $$$ for that. Call the financial aid office to see what options are out there, and also to see if they have current numbers of what there students do during that summer. Maybe a whole lot of them get those choice jobs, because of a great career services department (call them too, they probably have better statistics than the fin. aid office does). Thats what these offices are there for, and at this point in the summer, they're able to put a litle more time, thought and effort into helping incoming 1Ls. [

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General Board / Re: Government?
« on: June 23, 2005, 03:53:16 PM »
I was a polisci major in undergrad, and I'll tell you, I don't think I've had a class about government since HS. That being said, i think chances are that if you buy a "textbook" you'd have to buy the most remedial crap book ever to get what you're looking. A lot of polisci majors go onto law school, and as one of them, I gotta say, its not because that major prepares you better than another. Its simply because other than graduate school in Political Science, you can't do anything.. umm... except write, and say "would you like fried with that?"
Keep reading the post, and the WSJ, and you should be fine. Maybe a book about the court system, but thats something you'll figure out as you go through law school anyways, well, at least you should.

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General Board / Re: Can someone please help me decide on NYLS??
« on: June 17, 2005, 02:07:45 PM »
Quote: "If you do decide to scrap the law school idea for this year and apply again in the fall, what will you be doing in the meantime to improve your chances of being accepted?  If you don't do anything worthwhile with this year, the same schools that turned you down now will probably still ding you later..."

This is really the key. A lot of people, and books such as LSC, say that if you're going to law school with the goal in mind to get the good firm job, then don't go to the TTT school, even if you don't get into to a ranked school. If you're looking for public sector work, well, it doesn't matter where you go, you're not going to make a lot of money probably anyways, so go to the lesser ranked school and hopefully save some money.
BUT... you have to be proactive if you're going to wait and reapply. Do something to add to your resume. Get a job with a law firm, project assistant, legal courier, anything that will let you get a better feel for the legal professional environment. Take the Kaplans course, take practice LSATs. If you don't work on really making your application look better, not only will you once again not get accepted, but with current trends you'll get less from the schools you already did accept. Nationally, the competition gets tougher every year. So you have to really work at it.
In all, its a tough decision, but one only you can make.

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whoever said that the thinking 5-600 for an apartment in Grundy is ridiculous should really get out of the city a bit more. Apartment costs vary greatly by area. The apartment I currently live in is a spacious two bedroom in a no-where suburb of Akron, and I pay 410 a month, water and trash pickup included. The apartment I've got for law school in Columbus is 520 a month, its only a 1br and is not spacious at all. For a town like Grundy, of which Ghost Town was a very accurate description, 500 is outrageous. You should be able to find something cheaper, and I'd be willing to bet you could rent a house for not much more there. 

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Having read everyone's thoughts on this, three things come to mind.

1. Scanning is one thing, but copying an entire published book? Any 2L's or 3L's want to comment on the the possible copyright issues there?
2. The time factor has got to be important, time management is so important, it seems like a collosal waste of time.
3. How can you not know if there are lockers? Did you not visit the school? I visited 5 schools, had a tour at each one, and was shown lockers on all 5 tours. I can't imagine deciding on a school without even visiting first.

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Socratic Method / Re: Asking questions in class.
« on: June 09, 2005, 09:26:03 AM »
, but notes are necessary to make the outline.  I usually end up using only about 1/2 of my notes in my outline. 
Most people don't get much out of there notes in undergrad because they use them as the end-product in studying, not as a tool like when you outline. If you go into the note-taking process with the knowledge that the notes are not only valuable but essential to creating a workable outline, I would think that your notes would be better, and not just a transcript of everything everyone said. You have to remember, information is given from more than just the professor, other students spout off a lot too, and they're not always correct. Copying down word for word what another student says could get you into trouble later.

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Ohio State U / Re: New OSU Students
« on: June 08, 2005, 07:08:20 PM »
Send an email to MORITZ08-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to subscribe.
The group is set up.. though when I search for it I don't find it. That may just be because its still so new. Will let you know if it changes. Thanks.

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