« on: July 19, 2004, 09:02:40 AM »
Hey--Thanks for all that. Did you just go to dell.com??
I was accepted to both. Touro offer me $3000 for part time. NYLS didn't offer me any money. It would cost me $28,000 to go to NYLS part time as compare with 16,500 in Touro. I would most likley would like to practice locally. which school should I go to?Hey Ronnie-- I am going to NYLS PT so I am biased. But from what I understand, NYLS even as a Tier 3 is in a totally different league than Touro. I know cost is an issue but seriously consider what you might make after you graduate from NYLS v. Touro. From what I understand, NYLS has a solid career placement office. That was an important factor in my decision. I also live and work in the city so that made a difference as well. Good luck the decision.
To do your "personal best" in law school:
1. Read and brief every case. This is the only way that you will THOROUGHLY understand each case. This is also an exercise -- read: "practice" -- that will help you when you professionally practice law. Lawyers read and write synopses (briefs) of cases all the time, to prepare for court, to include in letters to clients, to write appellate briefs, to write memoranda to submit to courts. Get used to it. Get very good at it. Do it from day one of law school. Remember, it's more than just getting by in class -- it should be about doing your BEST in class, to pass the bar the first time around, and to be the BEST lawyer you can be. Take this seriously. It isn't college. It's the start of your career.
2. Attend every class. Take notes that are complete, but lean. Think of it this way: if you were attending hockey practice each day, what notes would you take? Not many, because you'd need to be on the ice, doing and paying close attention. But when you DID write something down, it ought to be concise and to the point.
3. Transform your notes. As soon as possible after class (minutes later, if possible) flesh out those notes.
4. Write course summaries (AKA "outlines). (Visit my website to learn more about this.)
5. Prepare flow charts.
6. Most of all: once you thoroughly understand the law, and have mastered each topical area ... spend lots of time answering practice hypotheticals in writing. Why? Because that is precisely what you will be doing at the end of each semester for your grade. If you don't practice ... over and over and over ... how can you be excellent at it? Lawyers prepare (read: rehearse). You should, too, if you're "practicing" law ... if you want to do your personal best in law school.
Are there shortcuts? You bet. Can a bright law student book brief and get pretty good grades? Many can. Are they doing their personal best ... and preparing to be the best lawyers they can be? Probably not. Think about it.
I just finished the Complete Law School Companion by Jeff Deaver.Cool. Thanks so much for that information. I just finished LSC and started 1000 Days to the Bar this morning. I think I might also pick up complete LS Comp since I am going PT evening.
Some people might consider it lightweight, but I found it very encouraging at least.
It is very readable. there is a nice discussion on briefing cases for class.
I plan to reread it a week or two before school starts.