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Current Law Students / Re: Sole Practitioner
« on: August 14, 2009, 06:24:57 AM »
I hope you were just being brief in describing your desire to do criminal defense work.  If not, there are certainly other areas of the law that are "interesting".

Current Law Students / Re: More on Success in Law School and Beyond
« on: August 11, 2009, 06:03:23 AM »

Seriously, and this is a good point. Things change, life changes, what you have today may not be there tomorrow. Ten years ago I was near broke then five years ago I was part of the wealthy landed gentry. Today through no fault of my own other than not seeing the writing on the wall and selling off my rental properties at the top of the market I’m much worse off than I was before I started law school. Material wealth comes, goes, ebbs, flows. There are good times and bad, and nothing lasts forever.

So you start over. At least successful people do, I don’t know anyone I consider successful that has not had to start over at least once in their lives. Its builds character, part of that character is a bit of fear, fear that someday it all might be taken away from you, lose that fear and when it does you’re not mentally ready or able to start over, and that is where many people fail. Being successful is spite of failure or setbacks is what separates successful people from lucky people. Lucky people remain successful as long as their luck holds out, successful people are successful regardless and in spite of what life gives them because they make success happen on their own.

A fellow survivor!  I built my little empire in south St. Louis; 81 apts.  I thought I had life licked, then 17 months of marriage, a biased (female) magistrate, and a poor choice of attorneys *boom* all gone.  But like you said, successful people make their own luck and move forward.  Seven years ago I saw myself going to law school and today I'm writing this from campus; life is good.   ;)

I'd be willing to bet it won't be too long before the both of us are carving out chunks of real property, for ourselves, again.  There is just something about real estate once it gets in your blood!?

Current Law Students / Re: More on Success in Law School and Beyond
« on: August 09, 2009, 09:55:00 PM »
For me, the miscommunication isn't generational since you are probably only a few years older than I.  However, I do have difficulty with your writing style.  It seems like you are having a dialogue in your head but only some of it winds up on the page.

Your colleagues are radical and were fire brands in their day but have determined that students don't get it.  Without intent to nitpick, I find this very confusing.  What don't students get?  The institution of law school?  The law?  Life? 

As to the Generation Gap, I am amused that every generation down through time thinks the generation behind them will be the downfall of humanity.  If we start with the proposition that twenty-somethings have a sense of entitlement (or whatever it is that makes their transition in the working world difficult), then how did they get there?  Did an entire generation, uninfluenced by the outside world, unilaterally decide to stomp their feet and scream "I deserve it!".  Hardly.  You can't have a serious discussion about a younger generation without looking at your own.  As humans we find this self diagnosis difficult. 

Would that we could sit down, have a scotch, and solve all the worlds problems. 

Cheers *clink*

Current Law Students / Re: More on Success in Law School and Beyond
« on: August 08, 2009, 09:43:29 PM »

I've already made it.  Book or no book, I don't really have to worry,
Pride cometh before the fall.  It wasn't so long ago I shared your naivete.  Justice is not blind, so no one is immune to the arbitrary rulings handed out by courts.

Of course, I wish for you and yours only the best.

Current Law Students / Re: To everyone taking the bar tomorrow…
« on: July 30, 2009, 03:16:52 PM »
Nothing personal, but I hope the pass rate in most states comes in betweeen 20 and 30% for the next 4 or 5 years. We need to cull the herd and give this legal market a chance to recover, so that the millions of unemployed lawyers we already have floating around can find some work.
If you are that concerned, quit and find a new career.  Lead by example and you might start a movement.


Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: July 29, 2009, 04:55:40 PM »
Susan hit all the major points.  I'll only add that it might also be helpful to use 5 x 7 index cards.  If you can't fit it on the card, your brief isn't brief.

yea that was a pretty poor initial argument TC; certainly room for improvement

just sayin

Current Law Students / Re: To everyone taking the bar tomorrow…
« on: July 28, 2009, 09:51:28 AM »
Your ready for this, you really are. You know enough to pass at this point.

The only thing that can defeat you now is yourself. This is not law school, this is not the time to get fancy with your legal reasoning, you’re not trying to beat anyone out for that A. State your rules, apply your facts, go for your points, address the stuff you know and bypass the stuff you have forgotten. Don’t get bogged down, plow forward even if you seem stuck. BS if you have to, you won’t get any points deducted and may just get lucky and say something the grader thinks counts as a point. Your all smart enough to pass this. All you need to do is pass by one point, it’s a measure of competency, not highest grade in the class, to the bar you’re as competent if you pass by one point as you are if you pass by 100 points. Focus on the exam, not the "what ifs," don't project bad things, you will make it through this.

Believe in yourself, shake it off when you start to get discouraged and don’t second guess yourself. YOU KNOW ENOUGH TO PASS - ALL OF YOU DO. Don’t let it psyche you out, remember no matter how tough it seems for you there is someone out there who has it tougher (even compared to me!) So do the best you can and that’s the best you can do.

Good luck everyone and I'll see all you guys/gals on the other side.


Take note: This is a class act.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying books from Amazon/
« on: July 27, 2009, 08:00:07 AM »
I've ordered 3 casebooks so far and all have been the right one (of the dozens of books I've ordered for undergrad only 1 was incorrect and amazon made good on it).  Saved a little over half what it would cost from the school bookstore.

So nepotism, money, and knowing the right people can get you into a top law school with sub par numbers but that somehow stops after law school when entering the job market?

OK just checkin...

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