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Current Law Students / Re: Best Canned Briefs
« on: June 11, 2006, 11:42:03 PM »
best quality = probably high court
best deal = romlaw (you get canned briefs for EVERY subject for like $40 or $50 total, whereas you would pay at least $20 per course otherwise times 5 or 6 courses in your first year)

p.s. ive never used legalines.

Interesting. But still, the Restatement is pretty representative of the common law, and most likely the cases you studied.

My contracts class was only about 10% Restatement, and like 5% UCC.  The rest was case law only.

It's really not that unusual.  My torts class also spent very, very little time discuss the restatement.

Restatements are good, for what they're worth. But because most (any??) states don't adopt it, they're not the be all end all of the subject.

Coxless --

You're a cool guy, but I don't understand how your Contracts professor could "all but ignore" the Restatement. The Restatement is the common law of Contracts, the rules and policies of the entire subject of Contracts. What did he do -- focus entirely on the UCC? That would make no sense because the UCC only deals with transactions in goods.


I went from a midwest T4 to a Top 30 this year.

I know nothing of Law Preview so I won't comment on that.

I did the CD version of LEEWS before my 1L (and again before 1st semester finals) and I feel that helped a great deal. Wentworth Miller (the creator) knows the law exam system inside and out. I've found that people ranging from T4 to Top-14 have benefited from this program.

I also tried the Planet Law School II prep program and found it to be a colossal waste of time. Reading the Examples and Explanations was a joke. For example: The Crim Law E&E is about 70/30 in regard to its focus on the common law and the model penal code, respectively. My crim law class was 90% model penal code. The contracts E&E was heavy on the restatement. My prof all but ignored the restatement.

There are three nuggets of advice I got that, after my 1L, I feel were the best:
1. Treat school like your job. Make everything else tertiary to your studies. Sometimes workdays are an easy 9-5 and you can relax that night. Other workdays are 12-15 hours. Put the time in. You can't be too prepared.
2. Practice the old exams. Work on how you outline your answers, how you phrase the law specific to the exams fact pattern, etc. Then go over the exams with your profs prior to the test. You'll learn invaluable information.
3. A corollary to #1, take time off. It's a marathon, not a sprint. You'll need some evenings, weekends away from school. A 24/7 mentality will just wear you out and impair your ability to succeed. Find a good outlet for your stress: alcohol, a sex buddy, exercise, etc.

Other than that, once school begins, don't waste your time thinking about transferring until you get your 1st semester grades. There are no pro-active steps you can take till 1st term marks are in and you are better focusing on the looking exam period.

Best of luck

3.35 GPA = top 5% at my school

The f**cking piece of *&^% cheap school of mine (obviously T4) sets the curve for mandatory classes at 2.7, but the overall first-year GPA is around 2.9. Never heard of a school where 3.0 puts you in the top 25%. 

I'm not sure exactly what you're trying to say because that sentence was a bit hard to follow, but assuming I'm interpreting what you are saying correctly, my answer is "no." In fact, you are probably MORE likely to be miserable if you go into BIGLAW than if you do not.

Yea, you won't get a BIGLAW job, but you'll get something.

Wouldn't you regret that you would be a 'miserable lawyer' for the rest of your life in case you'll only be able to get 'something'?!

3.00 is the cut-off GPA to be interviewed for a job period.

Not when you're at a school that has a 2.7 curve like mine. 3.0 puts you in the top 25%.

Chances are, s/he was/is at a T4, considering that extremely low curve. I still say s/he can get a decent job. Read "Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams." The author explains how anyone can get a job, regardless of his/her school or grades. While this proposition may be somewhat of an exaggeration, I think it's true to some extent. If you figure out how to network, interview, and market yourself the right way, you can get a decent job even with low grades. Yea, you won't get a BIGLAW job, but you'll get something.

If the OP was in a T4 s/he is right, mp.

I disagree. If you can network and market yourself well, you'll get a job.

BTW I just got all my grades but one:

C (2 credit)
B- (3 credit)
B- (3 credit)
B (3 credit)

for an average so far of 2.64. My missing class is a 4 credit class. My school uses a 2.8 curve. I'm pretty darn upset about it right now but I'll be over it by tomorrow morning after I eat some greasy pizza and chocolate bars! LOL.

But seriously, is a 2.64 on a 2.8 curve really awful? I'm being told it's about right.

Do yourself a favor and quit law school! I had a better GPA than yours and I am not in law school anymore. You won't be able to find employment with that GPA!

Current Law Students / Re: Law School Prep Books
« on: May 23, 2006, 09:29:02 AM »
Some people actually ENJOY reading the E&E's and learning the law though. That's why many of us go to law school.

I agree. Read The DaVinci Code. Read Angels and Demons. Read ANYTHING ELSE EXCEPT law related stuff. You will do plently of reading E and E's through the semester. Have a last few months reading something else. Trust me. You don't have any idea how valuable that is.

Current Law Students / Re: Can you convert this GPA to a ranking?
« on: May 23, 2006, 09:26:00 AM »
Probably like top ONE PERCENT. Our school has a 2.7 curve -- I spoke to a 2L who had a 3.36 in 1L and he was in the top 5%.

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