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Current Law Students / Re: Wife of a 1L... I need some perspective
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:09:55 PM »
I'm a 1L right now too. I've been married to my wife for 4 years and we have an 8 month old baby.

Your husband's behavior is not normal. Obviously, he is being extremely selfish. He has time for his classmates, but not his wife and child. There is no excuse for this. 1L stress does not extend to inappropriate relationships with classmates and family neglect. Every extra moment he has should be spent with his family, with the exception of the occasional time with classmates to bond and blow off steam. One-on-one bonding should not be happening with a single girl.

I don't have much time for my family, but any free time I do have is spent with them. It's usually at least an hour for dinner and on weekends it is more.

Your husband is using law school "stress" as an excuse to live it up like it's freshman year. You need to confront him about this. He will get wishy-washy and claim his behavior is normal. It is obvious from our comments that it isn't.

Current Law Students / Re: Outlines vs book notes
« on: October 05, 2009, 03:37:35 PM »
I was going to answer your question yesterday, but I waited until today because I'm only a 1L. I have received excellent advice, however, and thought I'd give you some direction.

My tests are all open book, but those who did well say they never had to access their outlines. I say outlines because you should not be dealing with notes after you condense them into an outline, and you must make an outline. Organising your notes into an outline, and memorizing the outline will get you much further than notes in a book. Why? First of all, an outline helps you synthesize the rules from your cases. Second, you will not have time to flip through pages in a 1000-page casebook and then sift through your notes.

I suggest you make an outline. Then condense this outline into a checklist (basically just topics).

Look through previous threads for advice--it's all here. You should approach a closed-book exam the same way you'd approach an open-book exam, with minor variations at the end of the semester.

Current Law Students / Re: What has the biggest impact on 1L grades?
« on: January 08, 2009, 10:43:27 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Phoenix Law
« on: January 07, 2009, 09:24:03 AM »
I think most of the Phoenix Law students are non-trads (many with families), working professionals, entrepreneurs, etc. Any prospective law student who can relocate easily should do so. Cal Western is a T4 that seems highly represented in Phoenix.

Law School Admissions / Re: December Fee Waivers?
« on: January 06, 2009, 09:51:29 AM »
Hidden Michigan and BU!!

Law School Admissions / Re: December Fee Waivers?
« on: January 05, 2009, 09:16:46 PM »
I received emails from Northwestern, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Tulsa, South Carolina, Conn., St. Louis, and hidden waiver from WUSTL.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Phoenix Law
« on: January 05, 2009, 12:40:17 PM »
On the AZ Bar website I used the lawyer finder feature and looked up all the Phoenix Law attorneys who passed the bar exam. Roughly half listed a home address, as opposed to a firm name and firm address. That is a bad sign if you ask me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Phoenix Law
« on: January 02, 2009, 02:36:54 PM »
I live in Phoenix and to tell you the truth they seem somewhat off the radar here too.  They are accredited (at least provisionally), but I haven't heard anything about job prospects upon graduation yet.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Applying on a budget?
« on: January 02, 2009, 10:01:02 AM »
Maybe two safeties (at least one 75%+), one in NY and one in DC, two "good fit" schools (50%-60%-ish), one in NY and one in DC, and two schools where at least one of your numbers is below their bottom 25%.  Don't make your reaches be Yale and Harvard; make them something you have a shot at (25-30% Chiashu percentage).

How should URMs approach the Chiashu percentages? Could reaches be 15-20% or is there no way to determine this?

You can't change an adcom's opinion of your undergradueate school, but by performing well on the LSAT you can an adcom to look past your school. If you look at LSN you'll see that U of P grads get into their target schools (based on their LSAT score).

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