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Incoming 1Ls / Sweet jesus don't highlight
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:00:05 AM »
Highlighting is the biggest waste of time ever.  It doesn't help you process information.  You have no idea, until you've actually read the case and figured everything out, what is important enough to highlight.  So the effect is that students, to be comprehensive, highlight everything in different colors or even one color.  Congratulations, you've decorated your casebook!

But to actually internalize and learn content, you should be engaging with the text - read it, think about it, and put observations and a summary of the point in the sideline or in a word document.  While briefing is cumbersome, it was great practice for my first month for extracting the most out of a case in the least amount of time.  After that, thinking critically and engaging with the text is the key to internalizing what you need to know.

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Hi,
I'm trying to put together a list of schools that give you big $$ grants, but require you to maintain a certain GPA.  Can you PM or reply to me if you know about any schools that offer these?

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Incoming 1Ls / Any Chicago students here?
« on: January 23, 2008, 06:00:02 PM »
I need an outline for a class being tought by an ex-UC professor. PM me?

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Choosing the Right Law School / UCLA 2L taking qs
« on: November 09, 2007, 08:55:35 PM »
Hey,
I have to be up at 5 AM tomorrow, so i'm staying inside. :( I'm happy to answer any questions people have.

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Incoming 1Ls / Getting To Maybe
« on: April 29, 2007, 12:41:04 AM »
I really can't sit still long enough to read this thing, even as I plow through chemerinsky, chirelstein or glannon...Is there anything to take from this book, other than :
1) IRAC is ill-equipped to deal with the tricky stuff law profs use in exams
2) this is because most rules are really factor/element tests, and law school fact patterns are deliberately ambiguous, so
3) being conclusory and saying a factor is met misses the point and instead
4) you should have an extended irac for the rule/analysis part where you point out that facts determine whether or not the rule is applied.

What does the policy stuff talk about?

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At some schools, the rate can be as high as 50%. What do those people do?

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Incoming 1Ls / Anyone in Croatia?
« on: July 14, 2006, 01:32:46 PM »
Hey,
I am going to be going around Croatia a week from Monday. is anyone going to be there? How about Sorrento this week?

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General Off-Topic Board / LALSD Goes to the Opera
« on: June 11, 2006, 11:21:39 PM »
OK. Fine, so I've posted maybe once in the entire LALSD thread. But you know what, i'm from there. So suck it, Trebec.

I encourage anyone who's down here to check out LA Opera's production of Grendel. It sources a book of the same title which looks at the Beowulf saga from a different perspective. From what i've gleamed (haven't read the book), all of it, including the opera, is almost exclusively concerned with Grendel's state of mind and problems before Beowulf arrives, hung on some choice comments from big G from the original work. So it isn't some coy retelling of the same story to get some chuckles out of lit geeks, but instead uses the classic epic to explore different philosophical and dramatic dimensions.

In terms of music, I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that there are amazing contemporary composers out there. The bad news is that i'm talking about John Adams, and not Elliot Goldenthal. He's competent and he keeps things compelling. Good vocal ranges from the artists save it from being a bore.

The problem with the singing though is that the libretto is sparse, overly repetitive and is written to contain almost no human interaction. When there is some between characters, even in choruses, things brighten up immensely. I think it was a conscious choice to present Grendel as an outsider, maybe influenced by Julie Taymor.

And yet it was still fun to watch and I don't want my three hours back. The set was like three million dollars, and it was three million dollars well spent. Puppetry, lavish stages, an amazing setpiece with Denyce Graves as a Dragon with three singers doing coloraturra (sp!) out of her tail, great costumes. This production uses choreography and dancers in the most creative, effective and sensual manner i've ever seen. Instead of essentially being a sort of 'music video' to pre-established music and conventions that older productions have by necessity (the etheral, wispy flower dances of Parsifal or the slapstick of a Verdi, or the incomprehensible postmodern crap the Ring gets half the time), this has been integrated fully into the production, adding percussion to the music and becoming a key dramatic component. It felt a lot like a musical--probably Taymor at work again, since she's the one that made The Lion King a broadway hit. That's good, because it's fun to watch, but i think overall it's more of a musical than an opera; the music is not of sufficient quality to stand on its own.

It is probably still worth a listen if it comes out on RCA or something, and it is DEFINATELY worth getting student rush tickets to see it while its in LA.
     
It is consuming when the piece is considered in context with drawing on Beowulf, its stage production, the amazing talent of a really renowned cast and

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OK. So for some reason, i'm hooked on understanding what makes nazi F*@^heads tick. The thing I consume most greedily upon arrival is the southern poverty law center's intelligence  report.

So I looked on stormfront when I was trying to find evidence of panslavic soccer nationalism (and found some, too--a russian-serbian friendship from extremist footballers), but also saw this thread: http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=145102

Is this secretly U Chicago students undermining northwestern, or is NW really a bastion of good national socialist folk?

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Incoming 1Ls / impending LA books
« on: May 24, 2006, 09:48:17 PM »
So I love reading about where i'm going. I've been eating up all of the Harry Bosch books, along with Boston Teran (MAN does boston write good books. i think he/she is a screenwriter when not using the pen name.) I've been watching Chinatown, LA Confidential as well as Walkout (a great HBO movie about the school walkouts that made latino schools in LA suck less), and met some of the people who the characters are based on and consulted on the movie.

Any other suggestions?

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