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Current Law Students / Is it a good idea to join a study group?
« on: June 21, 2004, 07:27:46 PM »
In college, I never studied with people because I feel that they eventually feed off each other's anxiety, thus creating a toxic environment.  This opinion stems from scenes I observed outside the classroom just before finals - too much second-guessing and anxiety.  In fact, I always made a point to avoid talking to my classmates right before a final because I didn't want anyone disturbing the large amount of information I crammed into my brain the night before.  With that said, I realize that LS is a completely different kind of learning process - (you actually have to apply knowledge, not just regurgitate facts!) - and was wondering if it was a good idea to be in a study group for the first year.  I would hate to find out the hard way whether it was a good idea or not, so any opinions, pro or con, would be appreciated. Thanks.

Law School Admissions / My Dilemma - opinions please
« on: June 28, 2004, 01:59:45 PM »
I was admitted as a full time day student at my school.  At the time I accepted the offer, it was mostly because of a 3-year full time program they have whereby you can start classes at 3:30pm and merge with the evening division but still be a full time student.  This was a perfect arrangement for me because it would allow me to work a few hours in the morning and drive to and from NYC during off hours (public transportation from where I live is very limited).  Well, I just heard from the school - they said that section "might" be disbanded due to lack of participation.  So much for my plan!  I have until Wednesday to let them know if I want to a) go days (which would negate any chance to work); or b)join the evening division and they will "try" to schedule two additional classes for me late in the afternoon.  It looks like option b is the one I have to take, but I'm concerned about being ID'd as a part-timer evening student because I would be labelled as "Section E." 

Can anyone give me some input on anything they have heard about the stigma of being a part-time eveining student vs. a full time?  Even though in my case, I would still technically be full time, the label of Section E kind of bothers me. 


Politics and Law-Related News / Dubya flip flop
« on: June 08, 2004, 10:06:07 AM »
I see that the U.S. just bent to the wishes of the French and Germans on the U.N. Iraq Resolution. Gee, isn't that called "flip flop", that the Republicans always accuse Kerry of?
Just think, if Bush had been willing to compromise with the Allies before the start of the war, perhaps we wouldn't have lost so many American lives. It just shows you the folly of being stubborn and unyielding just to appear Texas macho tough. In the end, his lack of negotiating in a diplomatic way, which is what Kerry has been proposing all along, has caused him in the end to look foolish and might possibly cost him the election, not to mention the loss of lives.
But he can leave the White House carrying his Bible saying that, "God spoke to me and told me that I had chosen the right course". Right away. I'm sure that God also told him to cut taxes and I'm absolutely positive that God told him to do things that would hurt the environment, for which he was the Creator. Yeah sure.
Instead of talking to God George, why don't you start by using common sense and negotiate in the fine art of diplomacy. But if you are not intellectually suited for the job, and didn't really want the presidency and simply got pushed into the whole election thing and then when Gore got more votes then you, you had a silent sigh of relief. You thought "YES! I can finally go home to Texas and put on my jeans and go out with my old hunting dog cutting brush", you're stunned to learn that the Republican dominated Supreme Court has just annointed you with the crown and throne of Presidency. "Shucks, what do I do now!"
"I'm screwed! I better go out and surround myself with some bright people that can think for me. I don't think they'll try to brainwash me with their own agenda, do you?"
Guess what, they did!

Incoming 1Ls / Any recommendations for legal philosophy books?
« on: June 07, 2004, 02:42:37 PM »
I know the subject of books has been discussed a lot.  I've read all the "get ready for law school" books I care to.  Can anyone recommend books specifically on legal philosophy?

Incoming 1Ls / NY Bar Admission Requirements
« on: May 26, 2004, 03:41:47 PM »
I will be attending NYLS in the fall.  I remember in my application there were instructions to contact the bar admission agency in the jurisdiction where I plan to practice to see if there is a requirement to register upon entrance to law school.  Is anyone familiar with such a requirement in New York state? 

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