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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Thoughts from a 0L
« on: June 21, 2006, 12:40:51 AM »
I actually started already. I'm taking a "Legal Process" course at BLS. It's a 2 credit course for a letter grade. We just learn the basics. A little of everything. I've learn a great deal already though. I've learned a lot from this board, so I'd like to share some of what little I've learned so far.

Laptops and OneNote: It's not absolutely necessary for taking notes. You can take notes by hand. I guess using a laptop is slower but it's more useful when you want to look stuff up. If you have a laptop with internet connection, you don't even need to buy a legal dictionary. In OneNote, I have a folder for the class and 1 section for briefs and 1 section for class notes. Each brief and day of class gets its own page. I have flags for "important", "question", "remember for later", "definition", and "class notes." The last one is used for marking up my briefs with stuff I learn in class.

Carrying everything: It gets heavy. You have your laptop and charger, pen and highlighters, and book(s). Consider the weight of the laptop if you're buying one. Also be considerate and turn off the sounds in Windows. If you're buying a bag you may want to consider it's weight and comfort.

Annoying behavior in class: Some people make me wonder how they got into law school. There's the people who feel like they have to present their personal views about everything ("I feel like it's unfair that...", "I have to disagree..."). These people just take up valuable class time with the comments. The point of class is to learn, not to tell us what you feel. Then there's the people who take forever to ask a question ("Uhh... what if... uh... the guy... uh..."). Formulate your question in your head before you ask it. Also don't try to sound too smart but don't sound stupid. Inevitably in the beginning, people will misuse technical legal terms when they try to sound too smart (For example, you may want to learn the difference between "overrule" and "reverse."). But then there's the people who talk like a broken record ("You know how it is. You know. I feel like, you know, why, you know..."). And of course, put your phone on vibrate before class starts.

The workload: There's a lot of reading. It's not something you can do 30 minutes before class. You have to set aside some time even on weekends to do the reading.

Summer prep: There's not much you can do to get ahead in terms of material you can learn in advance. You don't get extra credit for knowing stuff before its assigned so there's really no point in trying to get ahead early. In fact the professor can get pissed if you start getting ahead of the lesson at hand. Also, you won't know what your professor will want to emphasis and that's what's really important. You can teach yourself to brief cases if you want. It'll make things a bit easier in the beginning if you already know how to do it. But it's not going to affect your grade one bit if you don't know how to brief before classes start. If you want to try, get a few cases (preferably abridged versions from a casebook) and use a method like the one outlined in Law School Confidential. Do NOT cheat by Googling briefs. You need to learn how to extract info from cases, not just the answer. Not to mention the fact that many briefs available online are crap.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Thanking Recommenders
« on: May 08, 2006, 02:46:57 AM »
How are you thanking those who wrote your recommendations? Cards? Fruit baskets?

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Where should I go next fall? / SJU vs. BLS
« on: May 05, 2006, 01:46:55 AM »
Need to decide in the next few hours if I want to get my deposit back. St. John's (ranked 80) is offering $25k/year. Brooklyn Law (ranked 58) hasn't offered anything yet though I plan to ask them for money.
St. John's is in a terrible location. Far from the subway and the city. BLS is in a great location. Near subways, very close to the city, and lots of jobs in the area. Also I have a number of friends at BLS. I don't know anybody at SJU.

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General Off-Topic Board / Which Religion?
« on: April 13, 2006, 01:39:31 AM »
Seems like a lot of lawyers are Catholic or Jewish. What are you?

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General Off-Topic Board / How Did You Vote in 2004?
« on: April 13, 2006, 01:29:30 AM »
I was going to ask for political ideology (liberal, conservative, etc...) but we all have different definitions. Then I was going to ask for party but there's people like me, a conservative registered Democrat who votes Libertarian even though I don't agree with everything they stand for. So instead I'm asking for who you voted for in the 2004 presidental election. If you didn't vote, who would you have voted for?

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Where should I go next fall? / E-mail vs. Snail Mail Notification
« on: April 06, 2006, 01:54:05 PM »
The one acceptance notice I received was via e-mail. The one waitlist notice I received was via snail mail. Is this the convention? Acceptees are notified by e-mail first?

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Where should I go next fall? / How far is too far?
« on: April 01, 2006, 12:16:11 PM »
I know that location is important in choosing a law school. I want to eventually work in NYC or DC. On top of schools in the area I applied to a few schools like UConn which are 1.5-2 hour drives away from those cities. Is that too far?

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