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Current Law Students / Re: Considering dropping out.. any advice?
« on: October 08, 2005, 07:35:36 PM »
I am a 1L also and going through the same thing. I am pretty sure I should have went to graduate school - law school really isn't at all intellectual.

However, a JD is a great degree to have. Most times in life people never end up where they thought they would - but education and experience is never wasted. No one will ever look down on a JD because it really does imply a lot of hard-work, dilegence, and intelligence, (usually).

I would try and stick it out. It doesn't mean you have to practise and it definitley doesn't mean you have to litigate or draft contracts - there are a lot of lightweight fields of law out there.

I think law school is a real identity check. I am going through it too - I feel like people look at me differently and I dislike that... but honestly, its not true. You are probably just in a rut...maybe you will be in it for the 3 years of law school...but you'll get out of it - don't quit. 

No one can make you do anything - including practise. Its definitley a valuable degree.

Current Law Students / Commercial Outlines
« on: September 17, 2005, 07:56:24 PM »
Do most students use commercial outlines to supplament thier own. I was thinking I would purchase them before exams after I do my own outlines...but a lot of my classmates are using them already. I don't want to be behind.

Can anyone suggest some decent outlines?

Also, if you use outlines, how helpful are they, or, how do you use them being that each class is probably slightly unique...

I would think any short cuts you take first-year would be a bad move. Like anything else... you probably gain more than you realize from briefing the cases yourself.

Current Law Students / Re: Law School is Easy
« on: September 10, 2005, 06:02:53 PM »
I guess I'll take that back...

It really doesn't seem too complicated though - just a lot of work.

Current Law Students / Law School is Easy
« on: September 04, 2005, 06:55:34 PM »
Law School is easy...

Transferring / Re: Top of T4 or transfer T2
« on: May 29, 2005, 04:22:03 PM »

Thanks for the reply. There were a few things I didn't consider that your response brought to light, one being that a 2nd Tier might be selling a person at the top of his/her class short. If you don't mind me asking, do you really think the job offers coming out of a Tier 2 and a Tier 1 are that different? That is, assuming it isn't one of the top 15 in the country and a person does well at the 2nd Tier school. Also, what if a person was deciding to transfer out of a Tier4 and looking at Temple or Penn State. I know that Penn State wasn't in the top 100 before the 2006 rankings and their standing might not last - but they seem to have a pretty solid tradition and a lot of connections. Would you agree with that? Or would you say it would be better go to somewhere like Temple?

I'll definitley have to look into it more and really appreciate your response. I have't researched many Tier1, because I never thought of any as a realistic goal, but maybe I will have to look into it. 

Transferring / Top of T4 or transfer T2
« on: May 29, 2005, 08:56:08 AM »
Some input would be nice:

Would you say its better to graduate at the top of you class at a Tier4 school, or transfer to a Tier2.

I ask, because it seems like it might be better to stay at the Tier4 at the top of your class and maybe try to get on your law school's journal, than to transfer to a Tier2, where you will have to adjust and might not do as well as other 2nd year law students, and probably won't be on the journal because everyone is already connected.

Current Law Students / Re: Did anyone take Kaplan?
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:59:33 AM »

Sometimes after I reviewed a section I would, of course, remember the answers but my point in looking at sections I already completed was to understand my mistakes and why I made those mistakes. If there is one secret to studying for the LSAT I would really say it is to fully understanding your weak areas, the mistakes you make in those areas, and understanding why you make them - because the LSAT really never changes, its the same test every time you take it...just different questions. As for a course, it sounds like there are alot of mixed feelings about them - for me, I did better without a course, but I suppose it really depends on how you learn. I don't do well applying strategies that are geared to fit such a large spectrum of different types of test-takers. I really do think if you get as many tests as you can and just keepng taking tests, doing sections, and going over your mistakes - you'll do so much better than a course. Alot of people need a course to force them to learn because they are too lazy to do it on their own and need the push - but if your driven and study everyday, you can't go wrong with a personalized approach.

Current Law Students / Re: Did anyone take Kaplan?
« on: March 13, 2005, 06:04:20 PM »
I took a course with Princeton Review, from what I discussed with friends, Kaplan and the Princeton review seemed pretty similar. I would suggest just studying on your own. I took the LSAT twice, the first time I after the Princeton Review and the second time I just studied on my own- taking tests and doing sections over and over until I understood my mistakes. I did much better on my second LSAT. I think that is because courses like the Princeton Review or Kaplan sometimes try to teach students how to beat the test instead of getting comfortable with the test and doing well.

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