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Current Law Students / Re: Tabbing the Bluebook
« on: December 06, 2004, 08:40:41 PM »
What if you are not near a computer? What if the electricity and/or your battery fails.
Lawyers will always need to know how to cite cases. It's not too difficult to do.
What they don't need to learn is how to cite them under pressure.
Precision works takes time (or a paralegal)  :D

Current Law Students / Re: Sample Exams
« on: December 06, 2004, 06:43:14 AM »
He had been teaching for many years. When you read the verbs from past years you see that even the jokes don't change!!!
He works for the Tenn Supreme Court so he knows the "real" world. We don't do much theory in night school. It's more like lawyering....
I'd be glad to send you a copy of my outline. We work mostly with Tennessee law. The cases may be different but the concepts are the same.......

Current Law Students / Re: Torts - blech!
« on: December 06, 2004, 06:39:25 AM »
Evidently ours is multi state similar to the bar.
It was suggested we read the bar prep stuff......
I'm just going to know my outline until I can't read it anymore.
Also, memorize the elements.
A 2nd year told us we might see a question like:
A father and 3 teenage boys are boating on a Saturday afternoon. The father passes out, one teenager grabs the wheel and in panic rams into another boat. In the other boat 2 people fall out. Another boat comes to the rescue...
Etc etc etc. Determine liability/defenses type question

Current Law Students / Got Mnemonics?
« on: December 05, 2004, 07:00:25 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone out there uses mnemonics. I really like them, they are very helpful for memorization.
Wondering if anyone has any for Torts or Ks?
I have a few I will email (or post) if anyone wants them.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Writing Curriculum
« on: December 05, 2004, 06:58:20 PM »
ok, good to hear everyone's comments. I know most of my hate of the class is prof-driven, but was wondering about others' curricula.....(is curricula a word) I'm so fried.....

Current Law Students / Re: Torts - blech!
« on: December 05, 2004, 06:50:48 PM »
What have you covered?
We've covered Intentional Torts and Negligence along with the doctrines etc.
Memorize the elements and go over the fact patterns from the cases....
Pray? ???

Current Law Students / Re: Sample Exams
« on: December 04, 2004, 07:13:19 PM »
Our Torts prof could teach Physics to a monkey!  ;)
He is on the ball!

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Writing Curriculum
« on: December 04, 2004, 07:07:57 PM »
Did anybody have a timed citation exam? Were the memos graded before drafts were critiqued?
 :P I'm glad to know others despise it as much as I. My main gripe is with the prof......

Current Law Students / Legal Writing Curriculum
« on: December 03, 2004, 07:07:49 PM »
Just surveying what folks had to do for Legal Writing.
We had 2 office memos and a bluebook exam along with some 20 point citation exercises.
We will do an appellate brief before the end of semester (February).
This seems a bit more than most......
Did anyone detest this class as much as I do? >:(

any comments?

Current Law Students / Re: Sample Exams
« on: December 03, 2004, 07:00:21 PM »
We don't have a reading period. Classes haven't ended yet. In Torts we are finished with the material which will be on the exam December 23 but we still have 2 more weeks of classes. Can you believe that?
I have been doing the bar-prep stuff for Torts. Heard that was the best way to study for this exam.
This one is the "weedeater".
Also doing many mnemonics for Torts' elements.
I think anything you can do to be prepared for the big day will help decrease that sense of panic....
Remember the LSAT?  :o
A second year told me last night, "Know the Torts elements so well you could sh*t them"
Thought that was pretty dam funny!

Just wondering if anyone's been trying sample exams.

I looked at some a little prior to this week, but now that classes have ended, have a pretty aggressive schedule of timed practice worked into the study schedule.

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