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Santa Clara / Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« on: May 25, 2006, 11:00:00 PM »
Honestly, I had a handwritten outline, and I took my notes by hand, so I did not use my cumputer much at all.
Class can be a place where many things arfe clarified and explained. You really should not be bored unless you absolutely hate the professor. I used a regular backpack. It was pretty lite.

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Santa Clara / Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« on: May 24, 2006, 10:38:02 PM »


And one more thing. When you start school in august, you will see other students rushing and standing in line for an hour to pay 120 dollars for each of their 6 textbooks (and at the end of the semester finding that they can only sell them back for less than half). DO NOT DO THIS. If you do, you wil be wasting a HUGE amount of money. I paid about 1/3 of the total cost of my books by buying them online, including shipping. I got all of the current editions and there were no marks in the books. The books will be in the library weeks before school begins. You can order them online and have them by the time school starts. So make sure you look at places like Half.com and Amazon.com. I can't tell you how surprised I was to see that so FEW other students even thought about buying used books. I guess they had money to burn.

HTH

I always do this, yet I thought they tell you what class you are in, at orientation, just a few days before classes start.  I know the books are at the library, but if everyone does the same thing, we will not all have a book to read.

Am I wrong, do they give you the classes earlier? (I hope)

I am not even thinking about selling them back, I think that idea to "gut" the books and put the relevent info in binders will be the best way to go, I am planning on living in the Villa apt., even though I don't know how long the walk is, I know with the laptop etc. 5 heavy books won't be fun to lug around.

Yes, you are right, this year they told us which section we were in around orientation time. But orientation is a week before class starts. So if you order your books on monday, you probably would only have to wait a week and a half to get the books, or you could expidite them for a little extra. I had two of my six books not arrive by the time class started, but I simply used the books that they have in the library for a few days. It's really not that big of a deal if you don't have your book for a few classes, trust me.

Also, I did take all of my books to FedEx Kinkos and had the spine removed so that I could take them in small (usually only that week's readings) sections. It was a life saver. I did not have to lug around those stupid rolling bookbags or hurt my back with a ginormous backpack full of huge books, a computer, and God knows what else. I also stopped taking my computer to class around the second week. It was a total waste of time. Most people just play games or IM or whatever on their computers. And don't buy an Apple because it won't accept the school's exam software. A couple of people bought new Apples and then had to buy a cheap PC from Walmart or whereever to use for exams.

 

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Santa Clara / Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« on: May 24, 2006, 12:22:12 AM »
Some questions:
Who are the good/bad profs and why?  Who do I need to watch out for?
What is the workload like in terms of hours per week studying, etc?
How are the internship/job prospects looking for summer after 1L?
Are any students transferring out after 1L?
What are some good bars near campus?  ;D

etc etc

thx for any input


The professors from what I can tell are mostly very very good. There are no "Paper Chase" professors as far as I can tell. I had three really good professors Glancy, Hammond, and Manaster. But you really shouldn't worry about any of that stuff because the only teachers you have first year are the ones that they give you, so you really have no choice about the matter. Don't worry, I think they go pretty easy on 1Ls the first semester, so you'll get used to whoever you have. Second year you pick whoever you want, but by then you'll have met/learnt about many other professors.

Studying? It's really an individual thing. If you know that you are the kind of person who needs to have theior nose in a book to stay on top, then that's what you'll have to do. If, on the other hand, you know that you waste time when you try to study 6 hours per day, you should just do what you normally do. But in either case, you really have to STUDY SMART. DO NOT think that as long as you read, read, read all the cases and brief all the cases that you will succeed on exams. YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE OLD EXAMS TO DO WELL. Whether you spend 6 hours or 3 hours per day is sorta irrelevant if you neglect to do old exams and hypos. You'll have the information, but you won't know how to apply it to the type of fact patterns that typically make up law school exams. Some of you already know this, but...

Like many T2 schools, 1Ls have limited opportunity to do big firm stuff and even paid internships. I don't know what most 1Ls at SCU are doing this summer, but I am pretty sure that it is mostly unpaid clerkships. From what I have seen, there are opportunities, but they're not the pick of the litter, but still satisfactory. And of course, if you start early and make yourself known to firms/organizations, etc, you could have a good shot at some strong summer experiences.

Any transferring 1Ls? I really don't know. I think that the top 0-15 percent of the class are seriously looking at transferring (just a guess), but many will probably stay because either (a) they are gonna do IP law, or (b) SCU seems like it throws a lot of money to the top 10-15 percent at the start of 2L year. I was looking at transferring, but once I realized that I would not be able to replace the large scholarship that I have, it put everything in perspective. So it looks like i'll be staying.

Santa Clara is kind of a one horse town if you know what I mean. Most of the good hotspots are in San Jose, not around SCU. The one bar I know around SCU is "The Hut". It's pretty much a dive bar with cushioned seats, but you know...

I live in Sunnyvale about 4 miles from SCU. I take the bus everyday cause I don't have a car. It's ok though. I originally was slated to stay in the Villa, but I could not afford it really so I pulled out. It seems to be the nicest of the law school housing, and I might even decide to live there next year. It's a bit expensive though. If I can find a place within a mile or so of SCU, then I would take it and save the money. Right now I spend half as much as I would if I was in Villa.

And one more thing. When you start school in august, you will see other students rushing and standing in line for an hour to pay 120 dollars for each of their 6 textbooks (and at the end of the semester finding that they can only sell them back for less than half). DO NOT DO THIS. If you do, you wil be wasting a HUGE amount of money. I paid about 1/3 of the total cost of my books by buying them online, including shipping. I got all of the current editions and there were no marks in the books. The books will be in the library weeks before school begins. You can order them online and have them by the time school starts. So make sure you look at places like Half.com and Amazon.com. I can't tell you how surprised I was to see that so FEW other students even thought about buying used books. I guess they had money to burn.

HTH

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Santa Clara / Re: Anyone coming to SCU this year??
« on: May 19, 2006, 12:31:58 AM »
I'm  a 1L at SCU. I'm happy to answer any questions that I can.

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1L job search / Re: What are you doing this summer!!!
« on: May 10, 2006, 11:56:29 PM »
Law clerk at a nyc public interest legal services center. Lots of time to have fun in the big city.

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Look, the ultimate point is, no matter what the melody for the SSB came from, don't mess with symbols of people's country. Don't mess with their flag, don't mess with their pledge (if they have one), and don't mess with their national anthem. It's just a matter of respect. I hate it when i see things like flag burning (both American and Mexican), and I just don't think that Dominicans or Mexicans, or French people would like it if we started changing the words to their national anthem, even if we did not mean any disrespect.

 

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General Board / Re: HAHAHAHAH DONE WITH 1L!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHA
« on: May 07, 2006, 01:47:11 PM »
BASTARDS ALL OF YOU!!! I only had my first exam on friday. Three more over the next couple of weeks. To hell with all of you post 1L happy people.

(But good luck anyway)

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: LEEWS
« on: May 05, 2006, 11:56:37 PM »
Since we're talking about LEEWS and PLS generally...

I found that the advice that PLS II gave on exam writing is the best advice you can take. I found that the exams that  I thought that I could ace by just memorizing my outline because I was running out of time (mainly from spending so much time CREATING my outline), I did the worst on. The two classes that I spent more time doing exams over and over were the two that I did the best on. I actually never made a real Crim outline and I did better than the other classes that I did make one for.

So it's exam writing that does the best for me. Good luck.


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Pointless Arguments / White cops acquitted of beating bi-racial man
« on: April 15, 2006, 06:48:20 PM »
Three white cops were cleared of beating a bi-racial man by an all white jury in Milwaukee.

This is a link to the story of the acquittal that shows a before and after picture of the victim.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1845513

This is a link to the 911 audio tapes of a witness.
http://www2.jsonline.com/multimedia/multiplayer.asp?packageid=698

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General Board / Re: EAST OR WEST, HOME IS BEST?
« on: April 07, 2006, 12:28:52 AM »
Actually you should think about it very hard and visit both places. I'm from NYC and i'm stuck in CA right now. I hate CA and I wish I had stayed home. Ther's nothing I could do about it now, for various reasons. So make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. If you know that the LA environment is gonna be rough on you, it could affect how well you do in LS. I mean, the fact that I don't like it here won't make me get Cs or anything, but it does affect you. But you're from the Midwest and neithe school you mentioned is close to home for you, so i guess you'll have to see which one is least un-homelike. good luck in your decision.

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