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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Law School Prep Courses
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:52:03 PM »
Nah. I've been busy.

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General Board / Re: The Da Vinci crock
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:49:09 PM »
the da vinci cock

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Transferring / Re: Is it worth it?
« on: March 26, 2006, 04:33:14 PM »
come on guys. as military-people you should respect one another and try not to bicker.

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General Board / Re: summer job
« on: March 26, 2006, 02:14:16 PM »
  I was nervous at first too until I realised how bad other people are (I am talking people with many years experience) and then I gained a lot more confidence in my research skills.

"realised"? are you from the UK?

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Crim law E&E is a piece of *&^%. I follow the PLS approach and still think that... avoid the book at all costs

It's better than Delaney's in my opinion. I started looking at Dressler's "Understanding Criminal Law" like the day before the exam and realized how good it was... better than the Crim Law E&E, but downside = it doesn't have hypos and answers.

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General Board / Re: What supplament to use..? Study Habits...
« on: March 26, 2006, 01:32:50 AM »
OK, OK... valid point. There is some degree of luck, and it is definitely possible that studying too much could actually have deleterious effects.

The luck aspect of it must explain why my first-semester grades only put me in the top 35% (even though we don't have official grades or rankings yet), as opposed to the top 10%.   ;)

A "natural born genius of the law"?  I see you've been reading Planet Law School.  I'm not a natural born genius of the law.  If this were the case, I would be in the top 5 percent of my class and not just in the top third.

My point was only that a lot of success in law school is based upon sheer LUCK. Unfortunately, not many law students want to face this truism, since they want to believe that hard work always pays off, which any reasonble person would (or at least should) know that it doesn't.  Or they want to believe that they will do well because they are smart, even though everyone in law school is smart. 

In other words:  Refrain from needlessly worrying about the fact that you will most likely not be extended a golden invitation to be on Law Review (what a tragedy, from this blow I may never recover).  It could be that your performance will improve, as did mine, when you relax and not take law school as seriously as the professors (the real natural born geniuses of the law) tell you that you should.

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Transferring / Re: Is it worth it?
« on: March 26, 2006, 01:27:57 AM »
Becoming a law prof. is not likely in your future.  Really, without going to a Top 10 or so school, and really, HYS, you have no chance at being a law professor.  Sure, maybe after some years of experience if you become an expert in your field it might be possible, but its still unlikely.  There is no way that a bottom T1 or T2 will get you there.

I don't know if anyone has said this because I haven't read the whole thread, but this is false. There are plenty of professors who went to T3 and T4 schools. They generally teach at the law school that they attended, however.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Law School Prep Courses
« on: March 25, 2006, 10:11:20 PM »
Buy used versions of the E&E's for Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Torts. Get them for as cheap as you can; you're not using them for decorative purposes. It doesn't matter if it's not the latest edition either. You're just using them to get an overview.

If you want to spend money on more recent versions, then by all means do it. But paying less than $50 for used, old versions of those books and working through them is going to be much more beneficial (albeit much more time consuming, but still well worth it) than paying $1,000 for that course.

Read the chapters and work the hypos at the end of each chapter.

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General Board / Re: summer job
« on: March 25, 2006, 08:22:01 PM »
Giraffe -- There's a Lexis workshop on "Cost Effective Research" that I just took last week over spring break. It only took an hour and I got 2000 points for it!

There must be a workshop like that on Westlaw as well. You can do them live at your law school or on your computer at home on your own.

I wasn't nervous until I attended a Westlaw luncheon yesterday. The rep was explaining that a search in one database costs $93 as opposed to your local state database search at the price of $63. I knew that Westlaw wasn't cheap, but $93?? They explained that many firms pay a flat rate but each year they re-negotiate based on the usage for the prior year. So how much you would have racked up in fees will matter at the end of the year.

I'm terrified that my firm will see that I would've racked up thousands in fees and therefore not offer me a permanent position  :-\



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General Board / Re: What supplament to use..? Study Habits...
« on: March 25, 2006, 08:19:10 PM »
I agree, she must be what they refer as a "natural born genius of the law." Praise is due!

I think how well you do on exams is just a crapshoot.  I never practice with hypos, and only study, at most, a week before exams.  The result?  Dean's List and a CALI award in a class for which I studied less than 2 days.  So, to make a blanket statement that one must practice with hypos for at least 2 weeks prior to exams in order to do well is just exercising faulty logic. 

I believe that you are, for the most part, an extreme exception to the rule.

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