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What do you think about reading cases v. reading case briefs?
After all, isn't doing well on exam all about knowing why a certain case is there and what rule applies to certain facts? I think this could be done just as well by simply reading briefs. I don't necessarily find cases confusing, but I just think it's an awful way of studying and preparing for exams because it has too many extraneous facts that interfere with my attempt to focus on important issue triggering facts. Any thoughts?

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General Board / How do you think like a lawyer?
« on: February 04, 2010, 02:49:12 AM »
 After a semester of being a law student, I'm still very confused about law school classes and what they demand from me. Is reading case after case going to help me think in such way? I understand that on an exam, you need to issue spot and IRAC each issue, but then again, the things we had on our exams were so much different from what we covered in class...How do professor separate students who get A's from others who don't do as well? I wish someone could just teach me what I should do...

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Are most lawyers really eloquent speakers or is this just another myth? I know that most lawyers don't spend all that much time in the courtroom compared to how much time they spend writing/reading/signing documents. (Most people who do not know much about lawyers or law school would still think of trial attorneys when they hear the word 'lawyer' thoguh) I heard that some schools put more emphasis on training law students so that they can present their argument more effectively(verbally that is). Is this true? or is being eloquent speaker pretty much god given gift that can't be achieved with legal education alone? I'm also curious if it is possible for a lawyer to be a very incompetent speaker but still excel at doing stuff with documents.

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General Board / Do these things happen in law school?
« on: June 29, 2009, 04:58:32 PM »
This may just be my personal experience, but I've come across many people like these when I was in college. So I was just wondering if its likely for me to still see these things in law school...

1. 'I-am-too-smart-for-this class/school' kids in class who always interrupts the class by 'participating too much'(often talking nonsense)

2. Drunk people(usually asleep) in class (I once belonged to this category, meh  :P)

3. Macho dudes demonstrating their manliness by engaging in public fist-fighting

4. People wearing pajamas/underwears to class

5.People who literally lives inside of the library and the frustrated librarian lady

6. The ones that never show up in class but still manages to get by

7. Your neighbor who always seems to be high

8. Porn-watchers in the library

just curious  ::)


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Chicago-Kent
U of San Diego
U of Miami
Florida State

Please help me choose the right school.  :'(

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Where should I go next fall? / Miami vs. San Diego
« on: May 27, 2009, 11:09:04 PM »
 I know that this comparison is very random as these schools are located on the opposite sides of the country and have similar rankings. I'm just curious how their graduates do on a national level (That is, outside of their states) I want to hear your opinions about the cities(San Diego vs Miami) and their national reputation (If I was to work, let's say, in NY, after graduation, which place would be better?) etc. I'm also curious if San Diego graduates have as much influence in their states as there are so many other better schools(UC's, Stanford, etc.) whereas Miami graduates at least does a pretty good job in Florida (ok, maybe just in Miami). Thanks in advance!  :)

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Where should I go next fall? / U of Miami
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:17:25 PM »
This sounds like an odd question...but do Miami graduates do well in Miami? How do they do when they are compared with UF and FSU people? It seems like it's ranked a bit lower than both of those schools. Would I have a fairly good chance of getting a big law job after graduating from Miami? Also, is degree from Miami pretty much useless if I wanna work outside of Florida? Any thoughts or opinions on UM would be appreciated!  :)

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Law School Applications / Waitlisted at Iowa
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:20:51 PM »
So I'm waitlisted at Iowa. In the e-mail I recieved, it says "Approximately 50% of all applications for admission are placed in the hold decision category." Do they actually reread more than half of their applications more than once? I find it surprising how schools are so hesitant to either just accept or
reject students. It just seems like awefully lot of work to do.  :(

 


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Law School Applications / some questions
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:39:46 PM »
Hello. I just have some random questions. Someone help me.  :P
1. Why do law schools give fee waiver? If I apply to schools that gave me fee waiver, does that mean I am almost guaranteed to get into that school?

2. I made a really dumb mistake of  putting wrong school's name in one of my statements. (Not the main personal statement, but a short answer statement) Would the school automatically reject me for this reason?

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Where should I go next fall? / What are my chances at these schools?
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:45:59 AM »
Hello~ I am applying to bunch of schools right now. I have 3.6 GPA and 157 LSAT from a big public school. Do I have any chance at these schools?
Emory
Wisconsin
William and Mary
Loyola
Seattle
SUNY-Buffalo
Wake Forest
I am Asian but I came to US when I was about 15. I also have done a lot of extracurricular activities. I'm  wondering if Asians are considered minority by these schools since I heard so many times that there are too many Asians
in law school so we dont have the previliege of URM status. :P Anyways. Thanks in advance.

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