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