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Current Law Students / Anybody handy? UCC question
« on: August 30, 2007, 02:36:04 PM »
Hey, would an architect's contract to sell blueprints to a real estate developer be termed "goods" and have UCC apply?

This is a non-graded assignment cuz a prof is out of town, so we are allowed to ask for help.  Thanks in advance!

PS, I think it does qualify under 2-105 because the blueprints themselves are "movable," not a security or service etc. but as an overwhelmed 1L I'm completely prepared to admit I'm unbelievably wrong.  Thanks!

PS More points given for quicker responses... ;D

Current Law Students / How much time required?
« on: July 17, 2006, 12:15:23 PM »
I am a mom to 3 kids who will be 12, 9 and 6 when(if) I start law school next fall.  I would be attending Arizona State (just in case there is someone here from there).  I have an undergrad in English, lots of experience in reading boatloads of material etc, but I have been out of school for 10 years, staying home and taking care of my kids.  DH is a civil engineer, works 7 to 6.  Kids are very active and involved, soccer, ballet etc.  My question is, is it feasible at all for me to go to law school with a busy family like this, or am I just nuts to think that I might be able to do it?  I've looked at ASU's schedule for 1L's and it looks like I could be home from class by 3 which is important to me, I want to be here when they get home from school, help them with schoolwork etc.  How much time would I need to put in either later at night or EARLY in the morning to be successful?  I understand that I might have to let go of some of my type A personality traits about being the best; I just won't be in the position to put in that kind of time.  I have two brothers that are attorneys, one finished #2 and was Law Review editor, one finished top third at a higher ranked law school, and they tell me I will be fine, but they are a little biased.  Blah, blah, blah...sorry I'm rambling.  basically, what's your honest opinion? (And thanks in advance for taking the time to reply.) ???

Law School Admissions / What would you do?
« on: November 15, 2006, 03:23:51 PM »
Okay, I am a mom to 3 and IF I truly decide we can handle this law school thing, it will really only happen at the school close to me so that the whole family doesn't have to be uprooted etc.  (I think.  Gosh, I don't know).  Anyway, (don't you hate it when you interrupt yourself) I have high numbers for this school and have a good chance at a scholarship.  Should I just apply there and call it good, or should I do something sort of dumb, but slightly tempting, and send in an app to just one top school, just to see.  The thing is, even if I got in, I don't think it would be feasible to move the whole family to go, so the only advantage would be to just KNOW that I got in, and that if circumstances were different, maybe I would go, or perhaps to help me out in bargaining for financial aid at my school here.  Any thoughts and/or suggestions?  Weird question I know...

Studying for the LSAT / Has anyone read "One L" by Turow?
« on: October 03, 2006, 03:55:52 PM »
Okay, just realized this is off-topic, but I'm sitting here obsessing about my score still nearly 3 weeks out, and maybe you guys are too, if not, flame away and cuss me out for posting in the wrong spot.

ANYWAY--before I so rudely interrupted myself--If you've read the book, did it scare the CRAP out of you like it just did me??  HELLOO?  Why am I taking the LSAT again?  How in the HECK do I think I'm going to be able to go to law school with 3 kids?

The floor is open for comments and further book review. 


Entertain me.

Studying for the LSAT / Last 2 q's on RC
« on: October 02, 2006, 09:40:55 AM »
Anybody remember what the letter answers were?  This is usually my strongest section, but it was so dang wordy (esp the chaos one) that I was running short on time, did a cursory reading of the answers and ended up just putting "D" for both.  I'm banking on Powerscores assertion of my 21.4% chance of getting it correct, which makes me extremely comfortable-NOT.  Just hoping that maybe I got one, if anyone can remember their choices, thanks.

Well, I was!  (Thanks,btw, to those who responded to my post a few days ago.  I really appreciate you!)  Curl up around the rocking chair, and let auntie tell you a story...

Yesterday, I was walking out of Walmart with my cart full of stuff (when I should have been studying, serves me right, but we had no food).  I cross over the main road to get to the parking lot, but  my truck is parked quite a ways down, so I am walking right along the red curb.  The next thing I know, I am crunched between something mean and my cart.  I realize that I HAVE BEEN HIT BY A VAN for hecks sakes.  I just giggle when I think what was going through my head.  My feelings were so hurt, I was just like a little kid.  "He totally hit me with his van, that is not very nice!!!"  Really, it wasn't as much HIT as it was being bullied by a mean old white van who knocked me around, took my lunch money, and made me cry.  The guy hopped out, (he had been backing up, onto the main roadway WHY?) asked me if I was okay, told me he didn't really speak English and said he was going to go park and be right back.  I looked at his license plate because I figured that was the last I would see of him, but I was wrong, he actually came back and hung around for the police and everything, which was really good and unexpected around here (in Arizona, a lot of illegals who want to avoid the police, and understandably so).  I had an asthma attack, mostly from the shock of it all I think, the paramedics came and I was more calm when they got there and I AM TOTALLY FINE,  I just feel like I've been run over this morning!!  *grin*  Everything hurts, especially my back. I feel very blessed that I wasn't one inch closer than I was, that nothing got caught on the van etc.  I had a nice black tire mark on my leg, but no serious harm done at all, just achy and sore for a few days.  HOW DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN TO ME??  I feel like such a doofus! 

The funniest thing is, it wiped out my whole pity party attitude about my sudden drop in scores the other day.  THAT is not a bad day, getting run over is a bad day! (especially if it had been serious)  I'm ready to teach this last prep test a lesson today!

The moral of the story children, is that you know this test backwards and forwards, any difficulty you are having at the moment is your own little brain psyching you out.  Relax, take a deep breath, and spank this thing on Saturday! (and be grateful you aren't going to be as uncomfortable as me sitting in that chair for hour, after hour, after hour...)

Studying for the LSAT / Bad, bad test!
« on: September 26, 2006, 03:39:24 PM »
Okay, I say that like I can actually smile right now.  I took PT 46 and got the lowest score I've gotten since I started studying (this round, took the test in Feb too).  I got a 164.  I misbubbled (WHAT???) and missed 3 because of it, would have been a 166 otherwise, still nothing to be happy about.  I have never before misbubbled, plus I missed 5 on the games that were TOTALLY not difficult, and I finished them with 6 or so minutes left.  I went back and kept looking over stuff, but I had just committed some dumb errors.  I missed 3 or 4 on each LR section too.  My last few scores had been 172-174, a 180 thrown in there, and also some 168-169 previous to that.  What is the matter with me?  (I probably shouldn't ask that, you all might have some answers I don't want to hear!)  I really didn't need this to happen the week that I take the test.  Why couldn't I have gotten the 180 this week?  Whine, whine.  I have one test left, I think it's PT 45 that I haven't seen anything on, I've been saving it for this week.  I'm almost scared to take it!  How do you psych yourself up after you've had a rotten score?  By the way, I completely cannot tell how I've done when I finish, because I'm entirely convinced I'm right on everything!  ;D  I received a nasty surprise when I got my score in Feb, so I'm jealous of you types that at least know when you've blown it!

Any ideas you have would be appreciated.. should I take that test or is it just going to make things worse?  Any confidence boosting ideas?

Studying for the LSAT / Dumb question for test day
« on: September 22, 2006, 08:54:57 AM »
I admitted it outright, okay? 

This will be the 2nd test for me, and i remember that the first one was LOOOONNNNGGGG.  I left my house at 6:30, got home at almost 3.  Completely different than doing the test at home.  I had a splitting headache by the time I arrived, because all I had eaten in that time was a little bag of fruit snacks.  What are you guys taking for sustenance on the big day?  It truly is a dumb question; but on the other hand, it's tough to think (or drive, for that matter) with a splitting headache like I had last time.  First-timers, prepare to feel wiped after the test, it's just a heckuva lot longer than you think it would be with all the proctor-induced stuff.  Good luck everybody!  Now, answer the question, what to bring to eat/drink?  (DURING the test you wise-acres, not your AFTER test drinking plans!)

Studying for the LSAT / Filling your days after taking test
« on: September 19, 2006, 12:43:32 PM »

I'm feeling fried by the LSAT.  Entertain me. 

Let's brainstorm what we are going to do with all that time (now used for studying) while waiting for scores.  Here's a couple to get you started.

1.  Wallpaper my bathroom with phone book pages.  Advantages are:  cheap (free even!) always something to read on the pot, might not ever be able to find the darn ringing phone, but I will always know where to go to find the number to call them back!

2.  Vacuum my house.  Someday I aspire to be Swiffer worthy.  At this point, I'm too worried about the piles and chunks of crap to worry about the dust. (3 kids, what can I say)

3. Talk to my family without pointing out that little sister just engaged in ad hominem fallacy in argument with big brother.

4.  Have a large bonfire of LSAT related materials, dancing and laughing wildly while neighbors whisper and wonder.

What about you? What big plans are you making?

Studying for the LSAT / Knock me over with a feather!
« on: September 05, 2006, 12:23:14 PM »
I just got a 180 on test 26, (-3).

You have to understand, I took the LSAT in Feb, basically cold, before I found this board and learned all the books etc you can use and got a 156, even though I had taken 4 tests and was getting a 166 or so on those.  That being said, this practice 180 means buptkis until I get a better score on the real thing in a couple of weeks.  However, I have changed a few things through the last couple of months that I've been studying, so in the hopes that it helps someone else, here they are.  (Up until this wacky day, I was getting a range of 169-172)

1.  Interestingly enough, I went to the ER 3 times a week or so ago and ended up having emergency surgery.  Needless to say, I didn't really think about the LSAT for the entire week.  Maybe a break is the best thing sometimes?  I know it's hard when we are getting this close.

2.  Games were my downfall before.  I went through the games bible, didn't increase incredibly significantly, especially because of timing problems.  I then made a binder with each game on it's own page, categorized by type, "linear, grouping" etc.  I went back and restudied that chapter of the bible and then did each game to completion, but kept track of my time.  Went back to find WHY i missed each question, and wrote it down.  I discovered that I actually DID have a pattern of things I was missing, even though just taking LSAT wasn't showing it.  Once I had things grouped together, the pattern emerged.  On this test 26, I didn't miss any questions, first time ever.  Because of my studying though, I had seen 2 of the 4 games before, and I'm sure that made a big difference too, so I might have lost a couple of points on a completely blind one, who knows?  Last, on games, even after all my studying, I was still a minute or two short per game.  I found that I was struggling to reconnect after bubbling each question.  I decided to bubble only after I finish the entire game,and that has been the difference for me.  BE CAREFUL.  For me, I recheck it when I bubble, which probably costs me 15 seconds, but has saved me several minutes of trying to get back into the game moving back and forth to the answer sheet.

3.  LR:  Didn't plan on doing the Logical Reasoning Bible, because I typically only miss 3-5 on this section.  Then, decided that was stupid, there are two of these sections, duh!  Since this is somewhat of a strength, why not maximize my points on the sections that are easier for me?  So glad I did, I've shaved a few points off by reading it and understanding that again, I did have a certain type that befuddled me.  Missed one on each section today.

4.  RC: This is my best section.  I miss one or two here typically, and missed one today.  I'm less help with this one because it happens to come easily, so I don't really know what I do.  I guess I would say that I rephrase what I'm reading in my own words occasionally, especially if it is dense. I only underline and jot when I have to, and I refer back to the passage A LOT for the questions, because they like to trick you with nit-picky things.  If you aren't a fast reader, I would probably suggest you somewhat skim, then go to the questions, because you are going to have to refer back for the specific answer anyway, and many times they tell you exactly where to go.  Always read a paragraph ahead of the spot and at least a sentence or two after, or you will get nailed with a trick answer.  I'm lucky here because I just read really fast, but I make up for it in my life/death struggle with games.

5.  Lastly, I guess, I have put in my time.  I study as much as my brain can stand.  I wasn't able to do much until the end of July, but since my kids started school on Aug 7th, I have studied 2-3 hours per day on average.  Obviously, you just do what you can. For me, just taking LSAT after LSAT didn't do me as much good as breaking things down, like the binder, or a certain type of question in LR etc and studying it by doing it again and again.  Then I can recognize it and hold onto what I've learned about that type. 

I hope any of this helps somebody.  As I said, none of these practice scores mean a darn thing, but I think consistently scoring in a certain range can at least help with confidence on the big day. The silly thing is, I only have ONE law school option (moving my family probably isn't the best idea) which is ASU.  I just need above a 164 or so and I'll be okay, but I would do backflips for a scholarship.  Good luck to all of you!  Hang in there, you can do it, all of a sudden you might have a big jump!  Now I'll be scared to take another one, because it can only be downhill! ;D 

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