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Current Law Students / flashlaw software
« on: September 01, 2004, 09:59:34 PM »
long time no talk board.  it's been hectic, and i've been a bit overwhelmed in my first two weeks.  today we got this software called Flashlaw.

it's from Aspen, and these Yale law grads made a program for briefing, note taking, statute writing, outlining, and even self-generated quizes.  i'm not trying to sell it, cuz we got it for free.  but any and all of you should look into it.  the best part is that it sorts everything by legal concept.

no more cut and pasting my briefs to my classnotes to generate my outline.  check it out and good luck to you all!

Current Law Students / can you do it all in law school?
« on: June 21, 2004, 07:39:17 AM »

i'm a soon to be 1L in law school...and i know that it is way too early to be thinking about my second and third years before even finishing 1L.  i was just wondering if any current students know of individuals who have done the following 3 simulatenously things during school:

1.  made Law Review
2.  participated in moot court or inter-mural moot court competition
3.  participated in a legal clinic offered by the school

i only ask because all three interest me to a great degree and i know the criteria for most of them (good grades, etc.).  but from what i can tell, while in school there is absolutely no way that a student can handle all 3 of these things, while maintaining good grades, no matter how good they are at time management.

as for some other advice, besides law review, as a law student, which one would you do if you had to choose between the two:  moot competitions or legal clinics?

thanks in advance for any advice.


Incoming 1Ls / have you told your employer yet?
« on: June 25, 2004, 11:48:59 AM »
for those that are currently working, have you told your employer yet that you're going to law school?

i'm not too happy where i work right now and i'm thinking of resigning in mid-July with two weeks notice.  i dunno if i should even tell them that i'm leaving for school cuz i don't find it to be any of their business.

any advice on how to handle this would be appreciate.  also, for those that have already given notice, how are you being treated by your employer and fellow co-workers now that they know.



Incoming 1Ls / funny lawyer story
« on: June 11, 2004, 10:40:06 AM »
hello.  it's Friday and i thought you all would enjoy a good story about lawyers:

A Charlotte, NC lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against fire, among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued.. and WON! (Stay with me.)

In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer "held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable fire" and
was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires".


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him
arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and
testimony from the  previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent
Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

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