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General Board / Re: 0L- hard to make friends in LS?
« on: May 04, 2006, 12:27:50 PM »
Cliques do form, but it's not really based on who you study with.  I have lots of friends in LS and I always study by myself.  I don't think you'll have a problem unless you are really social phobic.  I think it's actually easier to make friends than in college b/c you are with the same people all day, every day- it's almost impossible not to get to know them. 

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General Board / Re: Law school and relationships
« on: May 02, 2006, 01:02:33 AM »
I think Leaf has a good point in that it's not just the workload, busy-ness, and distance that can be rough on relationships, but the fact that all of a sudden you're immersed in a totally different world which your SO cannot relate to.  You will end up talking about law school all the time.  Your SO will come to law school functions and be totally bored.  You will hang out with your SO's friends and feel like you have nothing to say to them because your entire existence now revolves around law school.  This is not something that I anticipated happening at all, but it happened to me, and yeah, in my 1L section we've had many relationship casualties.  However, sure, plenty of people stay together.

I think it's probably kind of pointless to contemplate this stuff before law school.  Some people will be downers like me and Leaf :), some will be cheerleaders, and ultimately you don't know how you're going to react to it until you get there.  Law school is not at all like I anticipated it would be.  Just accept that your life is going to change a lot, and that it's hard to predict exactly in what ways that will happen.

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General Board / Re: "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 24, 2006, 05:15:05 PM »
i read it 1st sem. and I found it somewhat helpful, but much like many "how to do law school exam" books, it leaves out the fact that 80% of your profs. will want you to IRAC or CRUPAC

KISS man, KEEP IT SIMPLY STATED. Give your rule, apply it to the facts, and if you want bonus points, pop off with some precedent case law. I think that my torts grade last semester was a result of case quoting as well as iracing. Even if you dont know the case name, give a brief facts synopsis.. and if you do it right, youll be rewarded.

This is actually almost opposite from my law school experience.  During my practice midterm, I got really caught up with trying to IRAC on a question whose structure wasn't well suited to it at all.  Of course you always need to come up with issues, rules, and analyses, but I think "IRAC" is a gross oversimplification in terms of how it's best to structure your responses (and Getting to Maybe points this out as well).  In addition, I NEVER use facts of cases in exams.  The most I say about a case is the name, after stating an applicable legal principle that comes from the case.  That sort of thing will help you, but there's almost never any time to analogize to facts.  I guess maybe this varies by school and professor; I don't know.

I think Getting to Maybe is a good book and probably the only really useful law school prep type book that I read. 

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General Board / Re: Don't call me stupid but...
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:26:26 AM »
I won't, I was just curious.  I have a quasi family friend that is a district judge in my hometown.  How many district judges are there?

All total in the country?  I have no idea, sorry... it's probably google-able though.

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General Board / Re: Don't call me stupid but...
« on: April 18, 2006, 10:46:46 AM »
You mean clerks like summer externs?  Yes, they do.  It would be a very good job for a 1L and probably more prestigious than the DA job.  Don't choose your job based solely on the prestige, though.

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General Board / Re: Advice for a prospective 1L
« on: March 21, 2006, 12:07:14 AM »
I pretty much second what Jacy said.  It's not really just the workload in LS that creates the relationship stress; it's the whole experience.  I underestimated the extent to which I'd be stressed/emotionally affected by law school, even while my old job probably involved working just as many hours a week.  Law school does kill lots of relationships.  However, plenty succeed.  All you can do is try to make it work.

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General Board / Re: Recommend ways for me to prep for ls...
« on: March 18, 2006, 12:31:24 PM »
Getting to Maybe is just about the only book I think would be really useful.  There's some of it you may not understand until you're in school, but skim through it to get an idea of how the material is tested when it really counts; then read through it again closer to exam time.  Other than that, do nothing.  Don't buy into anyone's method of preparation because it may or may not be what's best for you. 

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General Board / Re: Exam Tips
« on: March 18, 2006, 12:29:14 PM »
I think those are great tips.  Especially number 2; it really helps to have a good organizational structure planned out before you start.

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General Board / Re: What do most students wear in Law school?
« on: March 18, 2006, 12:27:52 PM »
Jeans and t's are definitely ok.  I'd say it's the barest step up from undergrad; you don't usually see people rolling into class in sweats or pjs (common at my ug, anyway) but it's very casual.

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General Board / Re: Live alone or have a roommate?
« on: March 08, 2006, 08:52:02 AM »
If the choice is living alone or finding a random roommate I would definitely live alone.  I know several people who got stuck with really bad roommmate situations and you really want to minimize hassles during your law school experience.  If you live in an area where lots of other students live, you'll be able to socialize when you want to but get your alone time when you need to. 

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