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Current Law Students / Question Re: Reading Casebooks
« on: September 03, 2005, 10:59:42 AM »
OK, So I find myself spending a great deal of time reading all this stuff in my casebooks other than the actual cases. I can see how reading cases is very important, but how much time does everyone else put into reading all the other stuff? Is it that important that I work through all the hypos, questions, notes and junk? If so, what level of scrutiny do y’all give this stuff? Do you ignore it, give it a cursory glance, or spend a great deal of time trying to absorb everything and working all the hypos in your head? I guess the reason that I ask is because I feel like I may be spending WAY too much time on this stuff, and studying in slow motion. My goal here isn’t to lean all this legal minutia, I want to do what will get me grades dammit.
I’ve toyed with the idea of just reading the cases in my casebook with a great deal of care and using Legalines for the bll and supplementary sh*t. Has this worked for anyone?

Current Law Students / Bill Quigley, Loyola law prof
« on: September 01, 2005, 06:43:19 PM »
Yesterday on the “Democracy Now!” podcast they interviewed Bill Quigley, a Loyola Law Prof who was volunteering at a hospital in New Orleans where his wife worked. It was a pretty moving interview. He talked about the terrible situation that was going down at the hospital due to lack of potable H2O and electricity.

Anyway, he was supposed to be interviewed today, but they couldn’t reach him. On today’s podcast they said that the last known contact from Prof Quigley was a text message sent to a colleague. “No Water, Sick, Call somebody for Help.”

Fvucking horrifying. I’ve heard several interviews regarding international law with him. He seemed like a super good/smart guy. Let’s hope he’s OK.

So…has anyone else heard anything about this? I can’t really find anything on the web.

Current Law Students / those little statute symbols
« on: August 30, 2005, 04:00:15 PM »
Does anyone know if there is a way to get microsoft word to make one of those little statute symbols (the thing that looks like the letter “s” stacked on top of itself)? Some sort of law-specific plug-in or something?

Current Law Students / Legal Dictionary?
« on: July 23, 2005, 10:05:12 AM »
Question for post-1Ls: How often did you refer to a legal dictionary in your 1L year? I have no problem shelling out the cash if it will be genuinely useful; however some of the reviewers on Amazon said that they never really used the dictionary much. I assume that there will be several copies in the library that I can use if I need to. Also I have heard that Lexis/Westlaw both have some sort of dictionary function. I can’t imagine that it has much info that can’t be found on the somewhere on the internet. Anyway, I’m pretty poor and want to spend the limited amount of cash that I have wisely. I don’t want to shell out $50 for a paperweight. So…is it worth it?

Transferring / obtaining recommendations for transferring
« on: July 22, 2005, 09:29:30 PM »
Question for those that have transferred successfully- How difficult was it to obtain recommendations from your 1L Profs? I would assume that if you got the grades to make transferring a viable option that the Profs would want to keep you at your original school. Further, how did you go about making a favorable impression/standing out with the majority of 1l classes being so large? Did the Profs even know who you were?

I had a policy in my undergrad of making stupid excuses to see a Prof during office hours just so they knew who I was. Even if the class was easy, I would just make up some stupid question in an attempt to stand out. Devious? A bit, but it seemed to work for me. Would this technique work in LS?

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