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L.L.M. Board / Re: Are Tax LLM programs ranked by US News
« on: October 12, 2009, 04:40:54 PM »
Does US News rank the Tax LLM programs? Yes.

Are the rankings available (for free)? Not that I've seen, but if you look here you can tell what the rankings are:
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2009/10/graduate-tax.html

1. NYU
2. Tie: GULC and Florida
4. (because there's no 3) Northwestern
5. Tie: Miami and BU
7. San Diego
8. Loyola L.A.
9. Chapman
10. Tie: SMU, Denver, U. Wash (Seattle).

USC just started their tax LLM program this year. Villanova also has a program. If you want to see them for real (this might not be totally accurate) borrow a U.S. News magazine.

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General Board / Re: Interesting Courses v. Bar-Preparation Courses
« on: November 25, 2008, 05:24:37 PM »
There is a saying circulated at my firm that goes, "All that you get out of taking a course on a subject is a 3 hour head start on the research." And I've found that to be largely true. I didn't take many of the subjects that are on the bar exam, and I passed in two states. The only one that I found really useful, besides those that were first year requirements, was New York Civil Practice just because there is so much information that you need to know, that you might as well get a head start on memorizing it all. Evidence was a waste of time and I wish I had never taken that class (learned it just fine in BarBri). Instead of taking bar prep courses, I took every course offering in the field of bankruptcy, which is what I practice now, and I'm really glad that I did it that way.

I'm a 2L, so I haven't taken the bar yet, but I think it's a good idea to note that in some states you can be 3rd year practice certified if you've taken certain courses, meaning that during your 2L summer and 3L year you can actually argue cases in front of courts as long as there's an attorney there vouching for you. In VA these classes include Professional Responsibility and Evidence. Also, I think every, or almost every state, requires you to pass the MPRE which is a professional responsibility test, and it is a good idea to take PR before you take that.

Personally I think you can find time in your law school schedule to take classes that interest you and classes that relate to the bar. I don't think it's an either/or situation. And, a lot of the classes that are bar classes are taught first year anyway OR are pretty interesting.

I think it's a good idea to "taste" different things at any rate.

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Law School Applications / Re: BU vs. BC
« on: October 28, 2008, 08:15:12 PM »
BU v. BC: the age old question. My answer? Choose neither. It's f-ing cold up there and neither place is particularly friendly.

Choose W&L instead. It's warmer here and they'll give you more $.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: lack of motivation in 2L
« on: October 25, 2008, 03:12:43 PM »
also, to the Chicago 1L, 1L year is all about things being shiny and new. yeah, you're probably taking some courses you aren't personally interested in, but everything about them is probably different than what you've encountered before in your learning. by the time you reach 2L things are just not new anymore.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: lack of motivation in 2L
« on: October 25, 2008, 03:07:51 PM »
i don't suffer from unhappiness so much as malaise.

the work just never ends, and it's almost time to turn in my note research and start outlining.

blah.

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General Board / Re: 1L Drama
« on: October 25, 2008, 01:25:25 PM »
true, although i am probably more stressed now, what with the bar coming up and looking for work.  i am just not much in the mood to do anything but lie in bed these days.
See that's the thing they don't tell you about law school. 1L year is the scariest in some ways, but in other ways the job hunt, bar stress, and all the other shiznit you have to do as an upperclassman make 2 and 3L years pretty big downers.

Speaking of which, I haven't left my house yet today and should probably be working on cite checking that stupid journal article :(

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General Board / Re: 1L Drama
« on: October 25, 2008, 01:15:48 PM »

these tasted like licorice.  the boys were appalled that i could not only outdrink and outplay them, i also smoked their cigars.

they thought i was cute until i took their money ::giggles::

i dont drink so much lately, however, and three beers about put me away the other night.  i couldnt even drive :P

Boys are like that.
For some reason I've been super lame lately and end up just wanting to go home early from parties. I blame it on 2L year being a lot more stressful than I thought it would be.

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General Board / Re: 1L Drama
« on: October 25, 2008, 01:01:46 PM »
oooh, those do sound good.

i learned how to do jaeger bombs and play texas hold-em.  the latter was something the boys have not yet forgiven me for, as i won the two tournaments that they "let" me play in.  consequently, they dont invite me anymore.

i worked with teenagers, you think i cant tell when youre bluffing?   :D

Lol, boys are silly. And Jaeger is dangerous. One night my bf introduced me to jaeger shots that tasted like jolly ranchers. I don't remember what else was in them, in fact, many things after that are hazy.

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General Board / Re: 1L Drama
« on: October 25, 2008, 12:55:18 PM »
I'm so disappointed there aren't any stories of people doing each other in the stacks.




there was a couple caught in their closed carrel on the second floor here.

my carrelmate and i pretty much have a bar in our carrel every reading period.




we had a cooler with ice (provided free in the student lounge) which served the dual purpose of keeping our guiness and wine coolers cold; flavored rum (pineapple mixed with orange juice is delicious) and vodka, and some brandy for after-exam winddown

Shopping list:
Understanding Con Law
Ginger Ale
Ice
Bourbon

you know what is good? jello shots made using pineapple jello and coconut flavored rum.

these are the kinds of skills one learns in law school.

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General Board / Re: 1L Drama
« on: October 25, 2008, 12:49:51 PM »
I'm so disappointed there aren't any stories of people doing each other in the stacks.




there was a couple caught in their closed carrel on the second floor here.

my carrelmate and i pretty much have a bar in our carrel every reading period.

Shopping list:
Understanding Con Law
Ginger Ale
Ice
Bourbon

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