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Studying and Exam Taking / Anyone make their own flashcards?
« on: October 26, 2005, 07:41:53 AM »
As far as studying goes, has anyone made flashcards based on their outline? I'm doing it right now, and it seems to be a good way of memorizing my outline. Anyone else tried this?

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General Board / Intentional Torts question
« on: September 05, 2005, 08:31:16 PM »
Re: intent

Battery requires 1) intent to make harmful or offensive contact and 2)harmful or offensive contact

Some fact patterns I see say that the defendant can not really "intend" to be harmful or offensive, yet it is still a 'battery.' ex. a man helps a woman onto a bus, and inadvertantly breaks her arm. CALI calls that a battery, simply because he had the intent to make the contact. But my torts prof says the intent that should be considered should be analyzed within the context. ex. a man grabs someone who is falling off a cliff, and as a result they break their arm. My torts prof would say that is not a battery, because the man had no intent to break the arm of the person falling etc. It becomes confusing. CALI seems to think that's a battery. My torts prof pushes me in a diff direction. which is it?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Starting law school today (University of KY)
« on: August 22, 2005, 11:19:08 PM »
I just cant figure how reading the casebook and briefing the cases would prepare me for the final (which is a random set of facts, in which you have to spot the issues and analyze it from all sides). To me, it seems logical to learn the rule of law and the exceptions, and then just take a bunch of practice tests or something. Then when the final comes, youve had alot of practice at it. I guess making yourself an outline would help, but thats pretty much just learning the black letter stuff anyway. I will make my outline as I go along, and then probably revise it. Having an outline that's more than 30 pages for a subject seems counterproductive too. How is anyone going to remember all that anyway.

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General Board / BarBri books for 1L study
« on: May 01, 2005, 11:32:50 PM »
Hi I'm interested in knowing whether certain BarBri books would be good supplements to use doing your 1L. BarBri First Year Review? Conviser Mini Review? Thanks

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Is the graduate level housing provided by UK the better choice? Or is the Lexington Theo Seminary, which is right across the street from the Law School, a better bet?

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Where should I go next fall? / BAYLOR or KENTUCKY?
« on: April 01, 2005, 10:23:35 PM »
I was notified today that I have been accepted to the Spring '06 program at Baylor. I just have to resubmit my application and I'm automatically in. I'm already in at UK for next fall with $9800 a yr in scholarship money. Baylor might offer me some money later down the road, but which school would you choose? I don't particularly like the prospect of living in Waco, TX for 3 years, but at the same time, markets like Dallas and Houston are nearby. Baylor's brutal curve is a bit upsetting as well, although Texas firms might already know this, and take it into account when hiring. UK, on the otherhand, is the premiere University in its state and probably places well everywhere in KY. Lexington is, by all accounts, a neat town that might provide a more comfortable atmosphere, and the University itself is reputable; I would probably end up with less debt as well. What should I do?

P.S. I'm WLed at W&L and Minn; I would go to either if accepted.

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NICE

I've already withdrawn from Case, and I plan on doing the same at Temple.

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Technically I still have a shot at Minnesota (not a good shot); they will notify me by May. I was outright rejected at Alabama though. It seems like such a crapshoot.

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Studying for the LSAT / Benefits of retaking the LSAT?
« on: March 01, 2005, 02:36:16 PM »
I received a 160 in December. I've already gotten into some solid schools for next fall. Lately I have been toying with the idea of retaking in June, with the hope of doing substantially better (168+) and possibly shooting higher next cycle. If I retook in June, would it have any effect on schools I've already applied to? If I don't do much better, I would just go to school next fall.

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Acceptances / In at Pittsburgh
« on: March 01, 2005, 01:34:34 PM »
3.5/160, out of state

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