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General Board / Re: Laptop Bags
« on: May 30, 2005, 07:21:56 PM »
First semester, I had a backpack and a laptop bag.  And a lunch bag when I purchased lunch.

Second semester, I streamlined down to a briefcase bag with many compartments and partitions for books and a laptop.  I carried books in my hand, and learned to reduce my load.

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General Board / Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« on: May 30, 2005, 07:19:25 PM »
Great advice strictly, but a word of caution to the NewL's...Most law schools are cliquish.  It's hard not to fall into one or think something's wrong with you if you are not in a clique. 

I am not in a clique by the way.

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General Board / Re: What was the hardest thing about your 1L?
« on: May 30, 2005, 07:16:56 PM »
I agree with Rapunzel.  Hopefully my second year will be as fulfilling as hers.

I found 1L year to be full of emotional responses to work that I didn't expect.  I think I had a false sense of preparation from reading books like PLS, Law School Confidential etc.  Most of those books tell you that you have nothing to fear, just do it their way.  And I believed that, kinda.  But when I got there, everything is a lot more unclear than I thought it was going in.  Further, I knew what to do according to those books, but I still had to find a system that worked for me.  I think that's really the most difficult thing.  Finding a system that works for you and learning an entirely new way to think, write, and learn (almost).

I would suggest not going in too idealistic, but not pessimistic.  With all things there must be a balance.

Along with the work, you must find time for yourself.  A lot of people in law school either work themselves to death or pretend to.

The other aspect of law school was the "game" of it all: the people, the work etc.  Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster and cutthroat type A people no matter where you go.  You will probably meet one or two people you like, but be cautious. It's better to be prepared that shell-shocked.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Microsoft Note?
« on: May 13, 2005, 11:45:25 PM »
I use it.  It works very well.  My only problem is that  you cannot include charts and graphs the way you can in MS Word.  It's a great way to have all your notes for each subject in one place.  I subdivide sections by topics (each class) and I separate that by each week.  It also helps if you want to quickly search through all of your notes for a key concept.  I highly recommend it.

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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: September 20, 2004, 01:35:03 PM »
Yeah, we have a lot of sorority chick cliques and frat boy cliques here too.  A lot of ppl are stressing out and keeping to themselves. Truthfully, I've been hanging out with some 2Ls more so than in my class.  They're a lot of fun.  It was so funny when the first two weeks everyone talked to each other and then in the last two weeks ppl have stopped talking when they're in their cliques...But they will speak to you when they're alone.

I just play the game.  Speak to when spoken to is the rule.  Don't rule anyone out, but you have a right to feel the way you do.  Try to make a life outside of school.

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General Board / PLS Method Users
« on: September 20, 2004, 01:31:17 PM »
How's it going for you?  Is it working?

What aspects of the program are you implementing so far?

Likes, dislikes?

I ask because I am familiar with the method and have been trying to implement it into my schedule.

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General Board / Re: Civ Pro is kicking my ass
« on: September 15, 2004, 04:27:14 PM »
I have it Ruskiegirl. But I haven't had time to really read it.  Will do that this week.

I spoke to a 3L who had my teacher and it turns out that she hates Torts (bad prof experience at Harvard) and thus hates teaching it.  Apparently most ppl have a prob with the way she teaches...

When reading for these classes, I feel like I understand the main issues and general topics.  I find the lecturing style to be confusing and roundabout.  Some would say profs are playing hide the ball.  Problem is, they do it so subtly you don't know if you are confused or they are confusing you.

I've spoken to others in my class...I am not alone on this...Probably just expecting a little too much out of myself at this point.  What I mean is, expecting to grasp the material 100 per as a beginner.

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General Board / Re: Civ Pro is kicking my ass
« on: September 15, 2004, 11:19:36 AM »
It varies for me on a day to day basis it seems.  In the beginning, I was clueless.  I started to understand, it seems.  In fact last night while doing the reading, I thought I was getting it.  That is until the prof started making points and asking questions.  Then, I found myself clueless.  It happens for me in Torts as well.  :-[

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General Board / Re: Should I stay or should I go?
« on: August 31, 2004, 10:47:23 AM »
Take out more loan money.  You don't have to do big law to pay it back.  Another option to day care are the preschools (not daycare) that may allow her to at least work half-time.  To be honest, it looks like your wife will have to work earlier than what you would both like.  But stay in school.

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Fun Summer Reads
« on: May 30, 2005, 07:34:21 PM »
I love reading and I'm so happy it's summer so that I can read the books that I really want to read.

This past week and a half, I finished, The Men of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (excellent) and Harlem Redux by Persia Walker (Excellent book based in the Harlem Renaissance).

I'm starting Angel of Harlem in a few, but it starts off kind of slow.  Hopefully it'll pick up.

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