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Transferring / Transfer timeline/processes
« on: August 19, 2006, 03:47:03 PM »
Can anyone post a timeline for those of us who are thinking about transferring? Like when we should start filling out the applications, when to apply, when we'll hear back etc? Also a list of action items for those who want to transfer (like personal statement, application, LORs etc)? Also, do transfers need to include the same items in their application as pre-1Ls did or is there additional items that need to be sent with the application?

If you don't have time to type all of this out but know of a website that explains the law school transfer timeline/processes throughly. please post a link. Thanks! :)

Current Law Students / When should one start LEEWS?
« on: July 17, 2006, 11:08:49 AM »
For those of you that have gone through it - what's the best way/time to use the program?  Should I go through it now, before school starts?  Or should I wait a bit into the semester? 

For us soon-to-be-1Ls, it would be nice to hear what type of schedules former 1Ls implemented. When did you study? Where? For how many hours? What study schedule(s) worked for you, what didn't? Did you spend a nearly equal amount of time on each class? Describe a typical weekday. How did you spend your weekends?

If some of you can describe your schedules during 1L, that would be very helpful for us.

Thank you!   :)

Current Law Students / Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:50:34 AM »
A guy at work is selling Microsoft OneNote for $20. I've heard some people mention that they use it as their note taking program for law school. Those of you who have it/use it, do you find it useful (would you reccomend it)?

Any insight would be wonderful.

I thought it would be interesting to see how much rent differs in different parts of the country.

My room mates & I don't have a place yet but the 3 of us will be living in Orange, California (we're attending Chapman). Most likely we will have a 3 bedroom for about $2100 which means I'll probably paying something like $700+ utilities/month for my own room.

Where are you living?

How much is rent?

How many people are you living with?

Incoming 1Ls / Are you competitive?
« on: July 28, 2006, 01:41:52 PM »
How competitive are you? Describe. Do you think your competitive-ness will increase, decrease or stay the same in law school?

My answer: I'm pretty competitive but I'm a fair competitor. I wouldn't sabatoge anyone by giving them the wrong answers or anything. I often compare myself to others to gauge how I'm doing. I don't mind not being the best but I would be upset if I was at the bottom of my class (or even close to the bottom).

I think my competitive nature may increase in law school.

What about all of you soon-to-be 1Ls?

Politics and Law-Related News / ABA says Bush violating Constitution
« on: July 24, 2006, 06:02:15 PM »
Bar association president says signing statements erode democracy

The ABA group, which includes a one-time FBI director and former federal appeals court judge, said the president has overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws.

The attachments, known as bill-signing statements, say Bush reserves a right to revise, interpret or disregard measures on national security and constitutional grounds.

"This report raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy," said the ABA's president, Michael Greco. "If left unchecked, the president's practice does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries."

Some congressional leaders had questioned the practice. The task force's recommendations, being released Monday in Washington, will be presented to the 410,000-member group next month at its annual meeting in Hawaii.

ABA policymakers will decide whether to denounce the statements and encourage a legal fight over them.

The task force said the statements suggest the president will decline to enforce some laws. Bush has had more than 800 signing statement challenges, compared with about 600 signing statements combined for all other presidents, the group said.

Noel J. Francisco, a former Bush administration attorney who practices law in Washington, said the president is doing nothing unusual or inappropriate.

"Presidents have always issued signing statements," he said. "This administration believes that it should make clear ... when the Congress is getting close to the lines that our Constitution draws."

Francisco said the administration's input is part of the give and take between the branches of government. "I think it's good that the debate is taking place at a public level," he added.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said last month that "it's important for the president at least to express reservations about the constitutionality of certain provisions."

The ABA report said President Reagan was the first to use the statements as a strategic weapon, and that it was encouraged by then-administration lawyer Samuel Alito -- now the newest Supreme Court justice.

The task force included former prosecutor Neal Sonnett of Miami; former FBI Director William Sessions; Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; former Republican Rep. Mickey Edwards; and former Reagan administration lawyer Bruce Fein; and law school professors and other lawyers.


I was planning on going to Chapman but I just got off the WL at Southwestern & now I'm not sure which school to attend. Which law school (in your opinions) has a better reputuation and better job opportunities after graduation? I'm impressed by the firms that OCI at Southwestern but I also know it's the 4th best school in LA and Chapman is the best school in Orange County. I've also heard Southwestern is really really competitive environment while Chapman seems more laid back.

Which school would you choose if you were me? I don't want to go into big law but I also want to make sure I have the most opportunities after graduation. I'd most likely want to practice in Orange County & I am interested in family law & employment law primarily.

Please help. Any info/advice/suggestions would be great. Thanks!  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Anyone 1Ls out there who still don't have housing?
« on: July 17, 2006, 05:12:54 PM »
Please make me feel better...I'm starting to get stressed out over the fact that school starts in a month and I haven't started looking or found a place to live. I can't live at home..I'm going to law school 90 minutes away from home. Anyone else in the same boat?   :-[

I have 2 LSAT scores that most law schools which I applied to averaged into one pretty average LSAT score. However, due to the ABA's "suggestion" that law schools take the highest LSAT score (& the fact that many law schools appear willing to do so), I am now seriously considering waiting a year & re-applying. I think that I'd have a much better chance of getting into a Southern CA tier 2 of my choice if those schools took my highest LSAT score.

What do you guys think about re-applying next year solely because of the new policy? Good idea/bad idea? Is it something that those of you with multiple LSAT scores would consider doing? Why or why not?

Thanks! :)

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