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Current Law Students / To Brief or Not to Brief
« on: October 08, 2007, 02:01:19 PM »
Hey guys,

I was wondering for classes in which you know that you are not going to get called on (alphabetic order), and where the professor is strictly by the elements of the law, does it really make sense to brief?  I understand the utility of briefing; however, if I can determine the issue, the rule of law and how it is applied, and my prof just goes by the elements, should I even brief?


Current Law Students / My law school gripe!!
« on: September 27, 2007, 07:38:23 AM »
Although I certainly have more than one gripe, I am looking for everyone's sympathy.  I know law students are very sympathetic to one another (just  a little sarcasm), but my school has instituted a part time day program.  This program reduces the classes by taking out 1 of the first year courses for these students.  In place of these students, we have 2nd and 3rd year students who take that class.  This is problematic for two primary reasons. 

First, I have heard from a number of the part time day students (out of 100- only 2-3 work) that they have too much time.  I can't even remember when I got 8 hours of sleep (okay the weekends, but you get my point).  In our other classes, we are of course going to be graded on the same curve as them.

Second, In the classes they are not there, they have been replaced by 2nd and 3rd year students.  Yes, this means that I will be on the same curve as these students. 

This is not only problematic because I hope to do well, as we all do; but, I have a full scholarship that will be lost if I do not attain a 3.0 GPA.  I think this is unfair, because this is a new program and I am sure it is a scheme for the all powerful US NEWS!! 

Anyway, I should probably do some work now, because I have to compete with these students that have way more time already. 

I appreciate your sympathies and your own gripes to make me feel better about mine.

Current Law Students / Anyone do law preview?
« on: April 03, 2007, 07:49:57 AM »
I was wondering whether law preview was worth the money?  I want to hear your thoughts from those of you who did the 1 week training.  You can PM me if you would prefer.

Current Law Students / Honest Scholarship Answers
« on: April 01, 2007, 01:19:50 PM »
I am hoping someone can help me.  I have been giving a full tuition scholarship to Michigan State University and I really want to know how many people lose it after the first year.  The terms of the scholarship is a 3.0 GPA, and they tell me they curve at a 2.91 or so and therefore it should be easy to keep.  The administration and random students at open house say only about 20-30% lose their scholarship.  However, the Princeton Review Law School book says that student's say that they do the "bait and switch" tactic and as few as 1 in 5 actually keep their scholarship.

How do I figure out what is true?  I want to trust the school and students, but should I actually trust the princeton review student response?  Is there any way I can find out for sure?

Current Law Students / Any MSU students?
« on: March 22, 2007, 01:58:05 PM »
Any students know how many students actually keep their merit scholarship from one year to the next?  The admissions office says that about 30% lose it after first year.  Does this seem accurate to you?  Is a 3.0 GPA difficult to keep.  I appreciate your help and candor.

Current Law Students / What to do the summer before law school?
« on: March 03, 2007, 07:07:47 PM »
Should one prepare in any sort of way for law school the summer before?  Is there any books that would be helpful to prepare?  Should one start looking at any of the substantive materials?  Did prepping help anyone do well there first year?  Does anyone think that one should just relax?  I appreciate any and all opinions and what worked and what didn't.

Current Law Students / Keeping Scholarships (MSU)
« on: February 26, 2007, 08:33:33 PM »
How hard would it be to get a 3.0 GPA and maintain it at Michigan State University? I know many schools differ, but if anyone could tell me that I would greatly appreciate it!

Current Law Students / Which school is best?
« on: February 25, 2007, 09:34:55 PM »
Which of these four schools would be the best to go to?  Assuming someone wants to have a school with a good reputation that might go beyond the region, which would you select?

Current Law Students / Wayne (50% tuition) v. MSU (Full ride)
« on: February 17, 2007, 01:29:57 PM »
Hello everyone,

I am trying to find out what my best option is and need some advice.  I have been given 50% tuition to Wayne State along with a fellowship that is given to a select few incoming students and the presidents of the two law journals and the moot court president along with others who have done very well there.  I need to maintain a 3.25 GPA and can get it back for the 3rd year if I lose it.  The other option is to go to MSU-DCL with 100% tuition and need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and also have the opportunity to get it back if I lose it.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Current Law Students / Intellectual Property Law Question
« on: February 03, 2007, 06:23:19 PM »
I am considering focusing on IP in law school; however, I have neither a tech nor a hard science background.  Rather, I have a bachelors and a masters in political science.  Does anyone know how difficult it is to find a job as an IP lawyer without those type of backgrounds?

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