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Current Law Students / The whole "forest for the trees" thing...
« on: September 11, 2008, 06:31:40 PM »
This is mainly geared to upper-level peeps, but if you are a "super 1L" who can already confidently (and of course ACCURATELY) answer, then please do....

I am understanding most things in most classes thus far (said with the caveat that I haven't gotten any assessment and won't until I either make or break it on exams).  What I worry about is putting the small pieces into the bigger picture.  Are there any suggestions.  Of course any blatant statements about what the larger picture is for each subject would be nice, too, if that is even possible to do.  ;)

Here are some ideas I have had to bring it together-
1) Of course outlining each course
2) Reading commercial outlines against my own to compare
3) Reading the professors' recommended supplements

Anything else?  Oh, and to be clear- is the "forest" just understanding the framework/outline of each subject, or are we talking more policy oriented ideas?

Thanks for the help.

Current Law Students / book totin' question
« on: July 20, 2008, 03:57:27 PM »
OK, so maybe this is WAY ridiculous to even be thinking about, but I am concerned about lugging around these heavy books...

So, my question is: Assuming I brief each case for class, is it still necessary to bring the casebook? Will I wish I had it for some terrible Socratic Method showdown?!?!   ???

Current Law Students / moms and dads in law school
« on: July 17, 2008, 02:22:11 PM »
Hello all:

I am an entering full-time 1L and have a toddler.  I just wanted to get some feedback from other parents who have either gone through a year or more of l.s., or are starting up like me.

Are you treating school like a full-time job, i.e. 9-5 kinda thing?  Or, are you going part-time?  Do you feel like your family obligations put you at a disadvantage?

For those of you starting, have you taken any precautionary steps before school starts, who is watching your child(ren), etc?

Hope this thread can help others like me who feel a little anxious about juggling two huge responsibilities!


Transferring / Intra-Regional Transfer
« on: June 09, 2008, 06:42:02 PM »
Is it worth transferring to another school if it is in the same market where you currently study?

I haven't even entered 1L yet, but am considering transferring already... the whole "economy/Tier2 school/snowball's chance in hell of being able to pay off your loans" thing has really got me spooked.

Am I experiencing cold feet, or should I start planning for an escape from my "decent" school now?   :-\ :(

Current Law Students / Pulse SmartPen
« on: June 07, 2008, 06:48:04 PM »
So, I may be really late on this one, but what's the deal with the Pulse SmartPen I just stumbled across?!?! Anyone own one or know someone who does? Worth it?  It seems like a great tool to invest in for LS, but I've heard that many profs prohibit the use of recording devices, which this is... any thoughts? 

Current Law Students / CALI Lessons???
« on: May 19, 2008, 08:23:21 PM »
While neurotically surfing my LS's webpage, I found the link to and perused the site.  I got "sucked-in" by the's claims to help 0Ls prepare for LS.  So, anyway, I bought the 30-day $10 subscription only to find that I have no idea what the lessons mean, since I haven't taken one class yet.  Not to mention, I need certain texts to do most of the exercises.

So, once again an unsuspecting 0L gets suckered.  But, does anyone recommend these lessons once I actually start school and can understand them better?!?!

I know all the hype about hornbooks, outlines, etc, etc, but I haven't heard anyone talk about this site before for exam prep.  Is it legit?

Current Law Students / MAC or PC?!?!
« on: May 14, 2008, 09:50:59 AM »
Ok, so I have vowed to myself that I will never buy another PC (for obvious reasons)...but, I know that my LS uses IBM databases, etc.  From what I have gathered from some techie-types, I can install Parallels on a Macbook and use all IBM databases, etc. without worry. (I assume this means even if I use a Mac for a clerkship, job, etc.)

Any thoughts? 

Oh, and I REALLY, REALLY want the Macbook... aside from all the needs for a new laptop.


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