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Current Law Students / Re: the blue book
« on: November 22, 2006, 07:04:30 AM »
i didn't know that, damn blue books

Current Law Students / Re: Torts hypo
« on: September 03, 2006, 07:57:55 AM »
Harmful or offensive contact can come about directly or indirectly, so direct is simple, you're just punching someone etc.  Indirect is what we are talking about here.  So lets look at the elements. Intent, + harmful or offensive contact +  causation = damages.

Intent is described as a volitional action where the actor intended the harmful or offensive contact OR was it was substantially certain it would occur. 

I would think that digging a trap for someone, even if it was a remote and slightly used trail would create a substantial certainty someone would fall in it.  Plus he intended the damages.  They were indirectly caused by the actor.  Indirect damages are easier to figure out if you say put a laxative in someone's drink unknowingly.  That's a pretty obvious harmful contact.

This is a battery. He acted with malice so he'd be liable for actual and punitive damages.  As well as criminal sanctions if the state chose to proceeed.

Current Law Students / Re: Black's Law Dictionary
« on: August 23, 2006, 06:02:28 PM »
i just started my law school career and frankly i've used it almost every day sinse.  were starting with some of the classic cases and some of these cases are using legal terms that have sinse been replaced.  (demurr is one) and i think it's much easier to have a book especially if you're like me and prefer not be near their laptop while working due to the dangers of myspace and youtube.

Current Law Students / Re: Torts starting point
« on: August 23, 2006, 06:00:40 PM »
intentional torts and the classic intentional tort cases, garret v dailey, ranson v kitner battery then assualt then the like. negligence is in a few weeks.

Current Law Students / Re: worried about amending application
« on: August 08, 2006, 12:47:55 PM »
I had to ammend an app at my school before I started, I neglected to mention and underage drinking citation and they were real cool with it.  They said that they were happy I did it before I matriculated and that the day the dean says soemthing about ammending apps at orientation there's alwaysa at least a dozen students in her office that afternoon.  So if it's something like that, my advice would be to disclose early and completely and you'll be fine.  Let them know it was an oversight and not intentional and you are not trying to hide anything. 

Current Law Students / Re: Trying to get into law school...
« on: July 21, 2006, 04:03:45 PM »
I would suggest not taking the LSAT until you are confident you will score above a 150.  Generally your scores do not erase once you take them and you'll use the mean of all your tests in applying for schools.  Schools are very hesistant about accepting a student who scores sub 150.  A few points will make a huge difference.

Current Law Students / Black's Legal Dictionary
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:10:48 AM »
Is this valuable to have for 1L I did some research and found Black's to pretty much be the authority on legal dictionaries, but should I shell out the 65 bucks for it now???? Anyone using it now?

Current Law Students / Re: Is there an obligation to obey the law?
« on: July 10, 2006, 08:05:50 PM »
it all depends on who you ask, there's many different theories, social contract in one, first articulated by hobbes or rouseou (sp?) that basically said  because we agree to be part of society and not live as savages we are also agreeing to follow the law that society has created.  I'm sure the philosphy people will have much more to say about than I do but i remember that vaugely from political philosphy.

Current Law Students / Suicide and Transferred Intent
« on: July 10, 2006, 02:08:03 PM »
I have a criminal law question that I was hoping someone could help me out with.  Given what happened in New York today.  If someone were to attempt to kill themselves, yet not succeed and in the process kill someone else.  Would the intent to kill then transfer from the suicide attempter on to the third party who was killed.  If it was all in the same overt action.  Say a guys tries to kill himself by torching his house and a bystander is killed by an explosion.  Would the guy then be accountable for First Degree Murder charges. Would the intentional mens rea apply or would you only be able to hold for a lesser mens rea of knowingly or recklessness.  Also I was talking to a friend about dimenished capacity defense and I was wondering if you could pass the standard, as you were fully aware of the consequences of your actions were that death could occur.  Thanks.

Current Law Students / Re: Soccer
« on: July 06, 2006, 07:07:20 PM »

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