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Current Law Students / Re: Advice on succeeding Torts??
« on: October 26, 2007, 01:53:09 PM »

USD with Heriot?

Her reputation precedes her.  Are you a fellow Torrero?

Current Law Students / Re: Advice on succeeding Torts??
« on: October 26, 2007, 10:33:05 AM »
Sue everyone.  Don't forget the intentional torts, eg intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Throw in the Hand formula and Palsgraf.  We were only allowed to use two pages, front and back, for notes so don't worry if your outline is short.

Current Law Students / Re: False promises at Roger Williams
« on: October 17, 2007, 12:56:05 PM »
They never claimed their graduates would find legal jobs.  McDonalds is always hiring.

Current Law Students / Re: Going to class as a 1L.
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:04:56 AM »
Make sure absences do not affect your grade.  I've had professors who would automatically drop your grade half a letter for every four absences or drop you from the class if you missed too many classes. 

Current Law Students / Re: voice recorder
« on: August 20, 2007, 12:06:20 PM »
I recorded every lecture of my first year and only relistened to parts of a couple of lecutres.  I mostly provided copies to people who had missed class.  It was nice to have them to clarify my notes, but I never re-listened to the full lecutre. One guy would re-listen to lectures while he was exercising.  If you get a recorder, get a digital one and save the files in the best quality, usually WAV. 

Current Law Students / Re: Lunch with a Neighbor
« on: August 13, 2007, 03:42:26 PM »
This is definitely an "interview" and it is the best kind of interview you can get.  I know a couple of people whose invitation for "lunch" resulted in an invitation to be a summer associate.  At a minimum, dress business casual, but you should wear at least a dress shirt and tie, (you can remove the tie if your neighbor is dressed casually).  Make sure you have extra copies of your resume (you can keep them in the car) just in case some of the people you are introduced to request it. 

Current Law Students / Re: What was your undergrad major?
« on: August 03, 2007, 11:26:21 AM »
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in Biochemistry

Current Law Students / Re: How's my plan?
« on: August 01, 2007, 02:16:03 PM »
Congrats!  You can definitely have a baby while in law school, it just takes a little longer to graduate.  Talk with an academic advisor at your school to work out the details.

We've had a few new moms in my class.  One is due right before classes start up this fall, another one took a week and a half of when she gave birth and finished the rest of the semester and the last one joined our class because she had to go on bed rest halfway through her second semester of school. 

Look at schools with part-time evening programs.  Some part-time programs have lower GPA and LSAT requirements than the full-time programs at the same school.  You usually can transfer into the full time program after completing the first year.  After taking the LSAT, Check out to get an idea of where people with your LSAT and GPA are being accepted.

You mentioned that you have had an interest in law your entire life, however, this interest does not appear to be a driving force, otherwise you would already be working as a lawyer.  You might want to take some paralegal classes or find a job at a law firm to verify that this is the field you want to go into before going $100-200K in debt.

Yes, you can drop out and start over again, but why would you want to?  Every school you apply to you will have to disclose that you have already taken a year of courses at another school.  This may or may not affect your chances of acceptance.

I know a guy who had the extra time during the LSAT and still ended up at a T4 school, obviously extra time did not magically raise his score 20 points. 

Having a learning disability may not be the reason why you did poorly.  Did you talk to professors after the first semester to find out how you can write better exams?  Did you contact your school's academic assistance program to see if you could get some tutoring?  Did you talk with second year students to find ways to improve your study habits?  Did you take an exam prep course? 

Rather than waste more time repeating first year, take a summer school course and see if you get better grades when you have more time during the exam.  If you do better, then you should drastically improve your grades over the next year.  With your grades high enough, you should be able to transfer to another school.  If you transfer, you may have to take an extra semester or year of classes, but retaking the LSAT and first year would set you back two years. 

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