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General Board / Law student journal?
« on: May 17, 2009, 06:54:15 PM »
I've seen this mentioned a few times. What is it? Or rather, how is it different than a journal kept by anyone else?

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General Board / Lunch with an ADA
« on: April 27, 2009, 04:15:53 PM »
During my internship this year with DSS, I had to make a referral the the DA's office. My supervisor introduced me to the ADA who has an office in the county building - this was the day after I got my acceptance letter and my supervisor told her that I was going to law school. She said she graduated from the same school in 2003 and if I need anything to call her and gave me her card.

So...I emailed her...she asked me out to lunch this Thursday so that I can "pick her brain." We're meeting at Chili's - not too upscale - on her lunch hour. What should I wear? What should I ask her about? I'm so nervous. I have heard so much about law school in general, but I want to know about my law school, in particular. What would you talk to her about?

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General Board / "preparing" for law school
« on: April 22, 2009, 04:37:32 PM »
Did you "prepare" for law school?

If so, are you glad you did? Or did you find it was a waste of time? Or do you think it hurt you?

If not, do you wish you had? Or are you glad you didn't?

I bought PLSII and I'm following his "system." Basically, I'm going to read the books he suggested this summer, and a few others. Has anyone else used that system?

Someone will inevitably ask why I'm bothering to spend my summer "studying law before I study law" (and call me a "gunner"). First, I love to read, and I won't get burned out. Second, I've heard time and again that what you learn in class doesn't prepare you for the exam. Third, I don't want to be completely confused my first few weeks (or months).

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General Board / Switching from mac to windows - please help
« on: April 19, 2009, 11:23:34 AM »
I've had my macbook for little over a year. I bought my first mac in 2002. I hate to go back to a windows format, but my school recommends it and I decided that I'd rather just buy a new laptop than fight with mine to get it to work with all their programs and such. That said, I have no clue what to buy. I've never bought a windows based computer. Here is the list of requirements from my school site:

We suggest the following minimum portable system specifications for UB Law students.

    * Processor  (Intel or AMD) 1.66GHz and higher
    * Hard drive: 40 GB and larger
    * Memory: 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
    * Video Memory: 128MB (256 MB recommended)
    * CD-ROM, DVD, CD-RW, or DVD-R as desired
    * Operating system: Windows XP Pro (suggested), Windows XP Home or Media, Windows Vista.
    * Modem: 56 kbps to dial-up UB if needed
    * Sound Cards, speakers, mouse, etc.
    * Ethernet (or Fast Ethernet) - 10/100Base-T Network Interface Card
    * Wireless card for 802.11x standards.

Thank you for any suggestions you have!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Planet Law School II
« on: April 16, 2009, 08:19:45 PM »
Anyone read it? Thoughts?

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Non-Traditional Students / Calling all mommies
« on: April 16, 2009, 07:36:15 AM »
I'm 27, mom to two kiddos, 7 and 4. I'm engaged and my fiance makes good money so I don't work. I'll be starting law school in the fall. I've read so much about huge workloads, spending all night at the library, having no time to do any of the things you enjoy. I'm worried about two things - not having enough quality time with my kids, and not having enough time to study...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / JD/MSW at UB Law
« on: April 15, 2009, 09:59:51 PM »
Hello...I'm starting at UB (Buffalo) in the fall, dual degree in law and social work. There's only 2 to 6 students on avg that do this each year there, so I haven't been able to find anyone else doing this program yet! Anyone out there starting or in a JD/MSW program?

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General Board / JD/MSW
« on: April 15, 2009, 09:56:48 PM »
I am doing a dual degree, law and social work. I got in advanced placement it's still only three years, with one extra summer after my first year. Is/has anyone else doing/done this degree combination?

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General Board / No grades, no rankings
« on: April 15, 2009, 09:37:35 PM »
Sorry to be a post whore. I'm new and this my third one already.

Anyway, my school (University at Buffalo) doesn't keep a cumulative GPA or rank students. They are big on cooperation, no competition. This is a statement from their site:

GPA: VERY IMPORTANT! UB Law DOES NOT use a GPA system! Sometimes, students are tempted to try to calculate their own GPA. DO NOT publish this number on your resume or quote it to an employer, as it will be disavowed by the Law School Records and Registration office! If an employer is interested in your grades, use the estimated class rank formula in the enclosed memo “Grading Explanation” or send a transcript.

CLASS RANK: The information provided for fall recruiting employers includes their hiring criteria, which sometimes includes statements like, “top 10% required.” Employers commonly ask you to explain the ranking system at UB. We give grading policy statements to each interviewer, and we have extras for you if you need them (as proof that we don't rank, etc). However, you still have to answer the question somehow. The best thing you can do is explain that you have no way of knowing your rank and that you are not allowed to guess. However, there are some "guideposts" that can help employers figure it out, at least approximately.


Is this unusual? I'm not sure how I feel about this.

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General Board / Note Taking
« on: April 15, 2009, 04:39:53 PM »
What is/was your method for law school? In undergrad, I never took notes on my laptop. But I'm thinking about using it for law, but I don't know. I've heard of people using 3 different notebooks for each class, different color pens, etc. I don't want to get so caught up in the format that I'm losing out on the content, but I want to think about a method that will work for me before I get there.

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