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Current Law Students / Re: Socrtaic Method an act of scholarly mischief?
« on: October 08, 2009, 09:43:59 AM »
The socratic method is arguably the best method teaching, reason being that it leads to a conversation between the prof or lecturer and the student. At the end of the conversation a reasonanble student should then realise that the law is a rule that should be followed not a question of maybe something is right or wrong.

I couldn't disagree more.  In my opinion, it's such a poor form of learning.  I suppose it has some room to be used on a limited basis during the class room, but not dominate the discussion.  A combination of socratic method, lecture, and student participation is a better approach.  Just my two cents.


Current Law Students / Re: Interesting article on 1L tips
« on: October 08, 2009, 09:30:29 AM »
Thanks for the comments, but how is it a terrible description of the Socratic Method?  What about it was unrealistic or incorrect?  Preparation is important for this form of class room instruction.  If it's something different than that, what is it, in your opinion?  Also, outlining is one of the most important things you can do. Ask anyone whether he/she didn't do one.



Current Law Students / Re: Law schools are starting to get the picture
« on: October 06, 2009, 02:05:02 PM »
Good article.  The reality is that it has to start sinking in to those thinking of applying to law school that there are a ton of people graduating and making a starting salary in the 50K range, if they land a job at all.  With 100K in loans, is it worth the time, stress, and financial hardship?   

Just a head's up...everyone is just as smart as you in law school, so if you think you're a shoe-in for the top 10%, think again.  Something's got to give in the end.  Wake up, people...

Current Law Students / Re: Internship during 2L year?
« on: October 03, 2009, 12:03:10 PM »
Absolutely do an an internship during law school if you can.  Clerking for a law firm is an option, too.  You may even get paid a little.  I wrote an article about the reasons why you should do some form of internship.  Good luck...Check out the link...

Incoming 1Ls / Article about pursuing an internship in law school....
« on: September 28, 2009, 04:14:04 PM »
Ladies and gents, forget the classes about theory.  Yawn.  I did an internship in law school, and it was the best thing i did.  Check out the following link to an article I published about doing an internship during law school...

Current Law Students / Informative article on law school success tips
« on: September 28, 2009, 04:08:28 PM »
This is a brief, yet informative article discussing topics from study groups to outlining.  Feel free to check out the following link:

Job Search / Informative article on Judicial Clerkships...
« on: September 27, 2009, 04:28:36 PM »
This is an informative article about judicial clerkships and why it's a great first job out of law school.

Current Law Students / Interesting article on 1L tips
« on: September 27, 2009, 04:22:57 PM »
This article touches upon handling the Socratic Method.  It's entitled, "Law School First Year Tips"

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