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General Board / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 19, 2004, 12:20:28 PM »
Maybe its just me, but my undergrad school schedule + work + other activites = a minimum of a 50 hour weeks-often more like 70!  Thats prob. why i feel like this isnt taking up that much time.  I'm not just trying to get by...i do all the homework/studying that i feel is necessary but once i reach a point where i feel comfortable with the material, i'm not going to keep studying just for the sake of saying I spend 6 hours (or whatever) a day studying.  Each day is different & each person studies differently...I've seen people who take an hour to read 15 pages and people who read 15 pages in 20 minutes...But thats the point...there is this misperception that if people arent studying a million hours a night they are just "getting by"-people should be aware that not everyone needs the same amount of studying to do well...

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General Board / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 19, 2004, 12:32:23 AM »
I never said i was required to work...i did it by choice. I was spoiled by parents who paid for school too...I'm just saying that if you have ever had a job, gone to school full time and/or participated in other activities Law School is no different and in some cases less time consuming. ...none of the classes required of 1L's, so far, are so hard that it requires as much studying, as people who arent in LS yet, fear.  I dont study all of the time, but I talk in class and I dont sound like an idiot.  To me the material is straight foward, boring in many cases, but straight foward-as long as you can read and think/analyze in a logical manner its just not that bad. And I'm sorry if you dont really care about having a social life, i personally think that it is one of the more important parts of school, its how you make connection, network and if nothing else get to relax.

This is a personally theory but i'll say it anyways at the risk of being shot down:  Law students are type A personalities that often go way overboard  to achieve what they consider to be necessary to be #1.  I have seen MANY successful lawyers who realized very early on that they had the choice to either be the best and end up unhappy, or to do well (top 30%), get a good job and be happy...I subscribe to the second method...yes school is important, but its just as important to maintain a life outside of school.  My whole point in writing in the first place was so that some person out there, who hears horror stories about how law school takes over every second of your life...could hear another opinion. 

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General Board / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 18, 2004, 10:39:33 PM »
Law school is not time consuming if you've ever gone to undergrad full-time and held a job.  I have TONS of extra time and find myself usually a few days ahead.  Honestly, (at least at my school) most people had easy as hell UG-Majors and never worked a day in their life while in school and they are the ones having a hard time!!!  Sorry guys, i know this isnt a popular point of view but give me a break...if you spend 10 hours a day doing school related stuff your fine and still have PLENTY of free time-hell, even a 12 hour day leaves tons of f-ing around time!!!  I think many law students are spoiled from spending the last 4 or 5 years taking money from mom & dad while getting a easy major like Poly Sci.

If you've never balanced a job and school you will think time managment is hard..otherwise, you'll find youself with more free time then you know what to do with!

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General Board / Re: Laptop Requirements
« on: June 28, 2004, 11:45:46 AM »
Make sure to get one with a wireless card...MANY schools are rewiring for the service and its great!

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General Board / Re: reading in law school?
« on: June 28, 2004, 11:43:27 AM »
If you hate reading, dont waste the money...even if you just read the 'cliff notes' version of cases your still going to have a lot of reading to do and you are seriously risking your GPA with that method...sure some people say it works for them but i think they are in the minority!

The key things in LS are reading, writing and time management...if you dont like 2 of the 3...i think your screwed!

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General Board / Re: How much do "tiers" matter?
« on: June 25, 2004, 07:52:42 PM »
It totally matters which tier you are in...yes, people in 1st tier schools can have it the easiest but the difference between a 2nd and 4th tier school when it comes to job placement, average salary is HUGE!  its prob. to late to change anything now but you should have been asking these questions when you first applied!  Sorry to sound harsh but you prob. made a silly decision!

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What school do you go to?  My school separates PT classes and FT people, at least, I think they do anyway.  They do for the first year.


Some schools have PT-day programs where students are mixed in with FT students

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Law School Applications / Re: 1L summer
« on: July 15, 2004, 04:22:17 PM »
I am considering a study abroad program or summer school.  If i do summer school i will volunteer doing some law-related...a friend of mine did this, got a internship with whoever in Michigan is responsible for prosecuting animal cruelty and because they were so short staffed got some real work experience that helped get her a job later (as opposed to an office monkey internship i guess?!)

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Seems like schools with PT-Evening programs have more older married students.  I hope that not everyone is married...that seems really lame. 

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: journalists?
« on: July 14, 2004, 05:23:21 PM »
I got my BS in journalism and when deciding on whether to go straight into the field and work or go to law school i called a bunch of publications (newspapers and magazines) and was told that by having a JD degree i would be considered better qualified for positions then your "average person"

a few publications said that if i was applying for a writing job that i could be bumped up to an editor (with the JD) while others said that my starting salary would be much higher.  And a few places said that they do deals where you agree to work for them for a few years and they'll pay off your loans.

All that being said, if you dont want to work in journalism its still great pre-law prep and looks great on paper.  You know how to write quickly and clearly, you know what a deadline means, how to do in depth research...basically you'll be more ready for the rigors of LS then some fresh-out-of-UG english major!

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