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Current Law Students / Re: Which is a better Criminal Procedure primer?
« on: August 04, 2005, 09:25:43 AM »
I like the E & E series. Although, I used it more for preperation for the final than I did for seeing the big picture.

I thought that Understanding Criminal Procedure was useless, but that is my opinion. I bought the book and maybe opened it 4 times. Picking through the relevant informatoin became time consuming because it covered a ton of cases that were not assigned to us. Although, if you are looking to read something to feel out the big picture, this book could be useful for you. I bought Gilberts and that worked well for me.

Current Law Students / Re: Widener TAP- Who got in this way?
« on: March 14, 2005, 02:06:49 PM »
Good luck guys! I am still trying to decide between the Albany AAMPLE program, or the Widener TAP program. I might see you in class in the summer.

Current Law Students / Re: AAMPLE Program....
« on: March 11, 2005, 04:43:34 AM »
The classes that I will be taking are taught online. So, I doubt there will be a TA, but who knows. I just hope that the prof. that teaches the class will be a good communicator. I think the online environment is going to make this a little more challenging, but I hope not too much more. I am a little worried about getting used to what the prof likes and expects since everything is online. But, you are right, if he/she likes something a certain way, I know I have to give it back to them in the same manner.

As for not reading anything additional, I have no idea how to outline or brief cases, so I am definitely buying a book on that.


Current Law Students / Re: AAMPLE Program....
« on: March 10, 2005, 01:58:07 PM »
Thanks for the input guys. I figured that it would be similar to law school, but harder since it is fast paced and they are trying to weed people out. I would hope that I would be able to pass... GPA was never my problem...LSAT is.

Do you have any suggestions or extra readings to prepare for the class? They only gave me information about the books needed to actually take the classes.

Thanks again for the info.

Current Law Students / AAMPLE Program....
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:22:26 AM »
I was recently offered admission to the AAMPLE program (Alternative Admission Model Program in Legal Education)at Albany Law School. This program requires me to take two law school classes in an eight week period from the middle of April to the middle of June. After the finals, I need to have completed the classes with a 2.5 (C+) or better to gain admission into the law school.

I have been researching the AAMPLE program, apparently there are other schools that have the AAMPLE program, and a few schools that have different, but similar summer start conditional programs.

Has anyone taken the AAMPLE program or a similar program? If so, what did you think of the program, and were you sucessful? I have read a lot of different things about the program, I am just looking for first hand accounts.

Any info is appreciated.

Current Law Students / Wait Lists...
« on: February 16, 2005, 12:23:16 PM »
Is anyone actually attending a school they were wait listed at? Has anyone actually made it off a wait list even if they are going to a different school? What exactally did you do that you think helped you make it off the wait list?

Any info would be appreciated. I am just curious.

Current Law Students / Law Review Question...
« on: August 05, 2004, 11:49:12 AM »

I am not a law school student yet, I will be applying in September. I have a question about Law Review, and I was not sure where else to ask, I assumed here would be a good place.

I am thinking about applying to law school in the part time division so that I can keep my job, but...

Can PT students make the law review? I can not imagine why they would not be able to, but I was wondering if anyone could confirm this one way or another.

Thanks for your time :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Albany Law
« on: December 30, 2005, 08:38:32 AM »
I am currently a 1L at Albany Law School. I found it to be more competitive than I thought it would be. Some people hide books in the library, and will mislead you. But, there are far more people who are nice and willing to lend a hand when you are confused about something or need help. I am sure every school is like this though. You have some assholes who think they are superior. But, when push comes to shove and you hear them in class they get their asses handed to them by the prof. so it kind of puts them in their place for a few weeks.

The law school grades on a C curve meaning the average grade in your classes will be a C. Which can suck because if most people in your class get an 85 on a test, you get the C where as the person who got the 87 gets the A or B. However, this can work for you. We took a practice test in Civ Pro, I got a 79 which got me an A. So the curve can work for you sometimes. The reason that law schools are competitive is because of the curve. You are not graded on your merits, instead, you are graded based on how you scored in relation to everyone else who took the test. The teachers do not sugar coat this, so it can be a bit overwhelming, but it is just another scare tactic that is used to get you to perform better.

My experience with the school is a good one. Most of the prof. are really nice. A good chunk of the student body is really nice. There are a ton of academic and social activities on campus each week. For the most part, once a week one of the organizations sponsors free beer and food on Thursday nights. There are also pub crawls, and other activities that help relieve the stresses of school (basketball games, dodge ball, and so on). There are also a lot of resources for people who might need extra help or accomodations. The faculty is really all about the students success. For finals, the school bought us dunkin donuts, munchkins, muffins, and coffee each morning that we took a test. Every few days during finals, they also bought pizza for any students that wanted to take a study break.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to send a private message, or ask them here.

Good luck with your decisions! :)

One of the schools I applied to last year asked for this kinf of essay. I related why I wanted to go to law school with my academic and work experience. I tried to be as honest as possible, but I made sure the school understood that I had thought out why I want to attend law school and it was not just on a whim. I also made a point to put in a paragraph about why I specifically wanted to go to that specific school. In this kind of essay you kind of want to spoon feed them what they want to hear.

Good luck! :)

Just wanted to let you guys know that a friend of mine used to edit her personal statement and she was impressed with the quick turnaround and the good suggestions made by her editor. I am not sure about the prices, I think that they go by the word count and the turn around time you choose. She picked 24 hours which was cheaper than the 8 hour turn around, it cost her less than $10 for a word count that was about 500 words.

I used a service last year to get a little bit of feedback on my admissions essay and it was very good. I used Essay Queen, she was thorough.

Hope this helps someone out. Good luck! :)

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