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Current Law Students / Bar Exam Structure.....
« on: December 07, 2004, 05:15:12 PM »
How is the Bar Exam(Particularly interested in the Georgia Bar) set up.  Is it Multiple choice? Essay?

Current Law Students / Law School and Small Practice...
« on: November 09, 2004, 04:08:11 AM »
I'm currently at Clemson Univ. and plan on going to law school next year.  If I"m just planning going into a small practice and not big law, does it really matter what law school I attend and my graduating rank? 

For instance, I know an attorney who went to a non-ABA school(One that doesn't even exist anymore) and he is in a 2 partner practice bringing in $150,000 a year. 

Current Law Students / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 19, 2004, 08:23:19 AM »
CBethun1: I went to Georgia Tech for undergrad and currently attend law school at Georgia State.

GA Tech huh?  You guys stole that game from us this year.  >:(

Anyways, what type of numbers got you into GA State?  I sort of want to go to law school in GA but I'm not sure yet. 

Current Law Students / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 17, 2004, 03:31:37 PM »
Sqaurre:  What engineering school did you go to?  I'm currently at Clemson(after transferring from ASU in Augusta, GA).  Also, what law school are you attending?  Thanks for a good read. It looks like if you manage your time well, theres still time to "play".   

In all honesty I think a lot is what you make of it.  I do study a lot more than I did in my undergrad days and I went to an engineering school that has a reputation for wanting to screw students with regards to grades.  On average I have somewhere from 10-25 pages per class to read. At my school some people study constantly and some people claim they just look over the cases for about an hour (especially if they don't think there is a chance they will get called on).  I am probably somewhere in the middle of these 2 extremes.  

I think the main thing is to not get so consumed that you lose focus of the important things in life.  Just because you hear that somebody is studying so much than you doesn't mean that you need to study more just because they are.  Sure law school is very important, but when compared to family and other relationships it doesn't even compare.  You will be busy, but if you use your time effectively you should not have any need to neglect these things.

Here is what I generally try to do:

Monday-Wednesday:  I don't do a lot of studying at the library just because it is harder for me to concentrate there than at home. I get home from school at about 3:30 and relax for about a half hour.  I then usually start studying at about 4:00 and take breaks for dinner and to talk to my fiancee on the phone for 20 or 30 minutes.  Mondays I tend to study until at least 12:30 because I have my legal writing course on Tuesday that is very time consuming.  Tuesday and Wednesday I study until 10:30 or 11:00.

Thursday:  I also get home at 3:30, but I don't do study quite as much (so far). I usually try to study until 9:30 or 10:00. There are many school organizations events on Thursdays because very few classes are scheduled on Fridays.  My only Friday class is a Legal Bibliography class, which basically just teaches everyone how to use the library and perform online research (no studying is really required).

Friday:  I get out at 11:00 and haven't really had  a set schedule on this day.  Unless I really need to get caught up I take off from Friday after class until Saturday.

Saturday: I try to study somewhere in the 4-5 hour range (I think).  In all honesty I am not nearly as structured on this day as I am on others.

Sunday:  I don't start studying until 2:00 or 3:00 after church, lunch and a little time with family.  I then study until about 10:00

Hope this helps some.      

Current Law Students / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 15, 2004, 03:16:08 PM »
So there is no truth to a rumor I heard of 100-200 pages of reading a night?  Hopefully not...But I guess if it is true, you just gotta do it.

Current Law Students / Supreme Court Question...
« on: September 14, 2004, 07:31:47 PM »
Can the Supreme Court try cases or only appeal?

I need to clear something up... :)

Current Law Students / The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 14, 2004, 06:40:42 PM »
For you people in law school, is it all what the warnings say...

-Constant Reading every minute of your life
-Constant briefing of cases every minute of your life

Sure I know there is a lot of work to be done in LS but can any of you tell me if you really do not have time to do anything else?

What is a particular "day in law school" like?

Current Law Students / Re: John Marshall--Atlanta...
« on: September 14, 2004, 03:42:53 PM » if that is the situation, I pretty much have to pass the bar on the first try? 

Current Law Students / Re: John Marshall--Atlanta...
« on: September 14, 2004, 12:41:59 PM »
Any idea when we will know if the deadline will be extended or if they are granted ABA-approval?
Another thing, suppose the deadline is extended and I'm end up going to JM set to graduate from JM in 2009, would I be able to sit for the bar?

Current Law Students / Re: John Marshall--Atlanta...
« on: September 14, 2004, 12:15:08 PM »
What normally happens if if doesn't get approved or the deadline is not extended?  Also, what type of LSAT and GPA is needed to get in?

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