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Current Law Students / Re: A Good Property Hornbook?
« on: January 20, 2008, 12:10:23 PM »
"A student's guide to estates in land and future interests" - published by lexis nexis.  This is what I was referring to.  It's the only supplement I'll really endorse so far...


Current Law Students / Re: A Good Property Hornbook?
« on: January 18, 2008, 10:26:37 AM »
For real estate conveyances there was a paperback book by lexis publishing that people affectionately refer to as "the coloring book" -- it simplifies things really effectively --- has lots of drawn out conveyance examples, charts, etc...

Current Law Students / Re: done with first exam, feel severely crappy
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:41:01 PM »
I didn't flunk out of law school after all!!!!!  ;D

From now on, my goal is to earn a big law associate position right out of law school so I can make 6 figures.


honestly though, I think I've learned a lot about school (and life, hehe) in the process.

I'm doing a program the school "assigns" to people with low gpas re: answering exam questions.  I figure it will help.  I should be right in the middle of my class, but b/c I was soooo desperate over break and thought I failed out, I made some appointments, and learned about this.  I think it will help enormously.

I am at one of the better tier 2's in terms of numbers, for whatever that's worth.  As of right now my cumulative GPA is a 2.8 with 10 out of 14 hours having been submitted--- the curve is flexible... I'm guessing the median tends to be a B --- I'm expecting to fall into the bottom quarter.

I will just have to find a way to utilize my aptitude, either in the career field or outside of law school. I've always looked at scenarios (e.g. hypos) a little *differently* than the norm -- I don't have a great reaction speed or the most common sense, but sometimes I'll come up with a piece to the puzzle that not everyone sees. 

I don't think law exams give out too many subjectivity points, and rightfully so. But it doesn't mean I'm a dumbass.

I'm thinking of looking into a science degree (another 2 years at least, yippie!!!) and seeing if that would open the door for IP so I could WORRY LESS about law school grades (so counter-productive anyways)

... anyone have any leads / ideas in this direction??

Current Law Students / Re: Economy and legal hiring
« on: January 11, 2008, 10:08:20 PM »
that wall street journal article that acknowledged the law market hadn't expanded in recent years said a bouyant economy probably had something to do with a decrease in securities ligigation etc...

Current Law Students / Re: Returning to law school after withdrawing
« on: January 09, 2008, 12:14:11 PM »
first of all, schools will want to know if you left your prior school in good academic standing, you can get a letter verifying this from your old registrar.  i would just add an addendum in you apps stating you compelling interest to withdraw.  i would not retake the lsat unless 1) you are not satisfied with you score, or 2)your score is no longer valid (5 yrs i think?)

fwiw, i withdrew in my first semester.  i did no have a problem reentering thr next year, nor did this issue come up when i transferred or obtained 2l summer work.  also, i had a pretty compelling interest to withdraw.

I'm wondering if you can withdraw after taking finals, before the 1st semester actually ends?

I've only gotten 2 grades back, and nothing totally devastating yet... but I think I messed up a couple exams pretty badly.

I think I understood the material fairly better than my test-taking demonstrated.  Also, I think I just had the wrong approach to start off with (e.g. worrying so much about grades / class rank well before they were relevant concerns and letting that mentality alter my studying).

I still want to practice law.  I wish I could just re-do the semester. I would phase out the hype and treat it like anything else I'm genuinely dedicated to.

Would a school allow someone in my position a clean slate?

Current Law Students / Re: Bad grade
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:15:24 PM »
I can't quite think about law review right now.

Makes me feel like Jim Mora talking about playoffs...

Current Law Students / Re: Bad grade
« on: December 30, 2007, 03:35:38 PM »
2 pages blank? Does "doctrinal" = LLM?

no my man..just means about substantial legal stuff instead of something like legal rhetoric-(which had the test worth 15% of the grade where i didnt see the last two pages)

got it, sry...

see I should know things like that  :D...

Yeah that's why I feel like my A in legal writing is meaningless -- no curve and only 2 credits

Well I sure as hell better get my A there next semester too.

Current Law Students / Re: Bad grade
« on: December 29, 2007, 11:05:29 AM »

2 pages blank? Does "doctrinal" = LLM?

I'm trying a worst-case scenario analysis on what I have left to come through...

I'm still thinking that if the curve was this "tough" for my C+ class, where I didn't adequately finish about 20% of the exam although I thought I knew it inside and out...

...then, for the other bad one I'm waiting on (the one I felt really bad about), where I didn't adequately finish one essay worth 25% --- I probably did even worse than a C+.

["didn't adequately finish" = made a haphazard "outline" and probably recieved little or no credit.]

That being said it was likely just a matter of lack of discipline and bad nerves (worrying about my stupid exam number during the test, forgetting all about the strategy that I had gone over several times before, worrying about other people when all I needed to do was take the exam for myself, etc.) creating a disastrous result. Not like it counts for anything, but I worked very diligently all semester, and at least had some classmates sold on thinking I understood the materially rather thoroughly and asking me a lot of questions (cringes at the thought of being the "humbled gunner" next semester).

Okay, I believe I will perform better than last semsester - I think there's even a good amount of factual info that supports the liklihood of that aspiration. But I don't know if I can go on with 2 very low grades already on the record.  I would much rather start all over again if I had the chance...

OMG I've lost it now...

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