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Current Law Students / Re: Man, I am in serious trouble...
« on: November 24, 2004, 07:53:56 AM »
I have to agree with TAS's advice.  I am a 2L at a 4 year program (night school).  I also work and have kids.  I haven't written a brief yet this year.  I read the cases, highlight in the book.  During class, I take notes of the important points the professor emphasizes on the case.  I have one professor who just the other night said don't let the facts of the case confuse you, look at the evolution of the law in the case.  I think the only exam I have ever cited on is Constitutional Criminal Law and that was because the Professor made a point of saying that citing cases was not required but would bolster out grade.

Current Law Students / Re: What is your hardest class?
« on: November 22, 2004, 11:06:27 AM »
I agree with Swifty - Evidence is tough.  But Civil Procedure is not a walk in the park either.

Nashville School of Law / Re: Outlining Torts
« on: November 19, 2004, 01:21:15 PM »
I know this is going to sound crazy, but I don't remember if I used mnemonics in Torts!  I know I did in Contracts - I still remember MY LEGS (statute of Frauds).  In torts, trust your instincts.  Don't go back once you have answered the questions!  Everybody I have talked to says the ones they changed they got wrong.  Don't get too freaked out, just get your outline made and read it until it makes you swear you will throw up if you have to read it again, then read it again.  Same concept for Contracts, but contracts is mostly essay with just 3 or 4 multiple choice.

Nashville School of Law / Re: Outlining Torts
« on: November 19, 2004, 11:51:15 AM »
All of my information is based on last years exams for Mr. Davidson's Tort Class.  The exam consisted of almost 100% fact patterns.  He will draft a rather large fact pattern that contains multiple torts.  Then he will ask several questions concerning the fact pattern.  There are 4 to 6 answers for each question.  The difficulty is that of the answers only one maybe two are readily identifiable as being wrong.  All the other answers appear to either be correct or equally correct.  You have to pick out which answer is the most right or the least wrong.  The best advice I can give you is to know your tort elements, understand the elements and at test time, trust your instincts.

Current Law Students / Re: Tabbing the Bluebook
« on: November 19, 2004, 07:29:31 AM »
I spent lots of time tabbing mine and never used the tabs!  The book is laid out in such a way that the tabs really aren't needed.  But that's just MHO.

Nashville School of Law / Re: Outlining Torts
« on: November 19, 2004, 06:43:03 AM »
Sorry guys, I've been dying in Property!  Davidson will tell you point blank if a case is important enough to remember by name.  Only one I remember right now is McIntyre V Ballentine and I don't think you have covered it yet.  Know your elements and how they apply.  Use the cases only as examples.  Make sure you have read any cases that didn't get covered in class, because on the final he will ask about a section that doesn't get covered in class.  I don't remember him asking such items on the mid-term however.  The exam is all multiple choice, the extra credit T/F (the class did ask for extra credit, right?).  The problem with the test is that all of the answers are "right".  You have to pick which one is the most right or the least wrong. All of the questions are scenario based.  I did my outline based simply on the elements of the torts.  If I remember correctly, the torts up until mid-term are pretty straight forward.  Now your elements backwards and forwards and know how they apply.

Current Law Students / Re: Stress, Law School, and Illness
« on: November 04, 2004, 03:00:17 PM »
Don't even get me STARTED on my relatives!!!!!  Sorry, I am having a very bad week. Started on Sunday with no time to study for my Property mid-term on Tuesday continued into a poor performcane on said mid-term, continues with a laundry list of issues.  But hey, at least I don't have to listen to anymore election projections or ads! ;D

Current Law Students / Re: Tape recorders
« on: November 04, 2004, 02:55:33 PM »
I agree with jeffjoe on the distance.  I can't beleive the professors won't let you record!  Are they afraid you will "catch them" saying something they shouldn't?  I have one who doesn't really like it, but he laughs about it and says it makes him behave.

Current Law Students / Re: Stress, Law School, and Illness
« on: November 04, 2004, 01:57:58 PM »
I am very close to a nervous melt down.  All the little things that used to just roll off are now MAJOR ISSUES.  EVERYTHING IS AN ISSUE. 

Current Law Students / Re: Tape recorders
« on: November 04, 2004, 12:56:33 PM »
That sounds like the panasonic version of my sony.  but I go through 2 AAA in about 3 weeks.  It's maybe 5 inches by 2.  There is a guy in my class who sits in the front row and uses a very old full size cassete recorder.  One of those that weighs more than my laptop.  I guess you use what you can, but I feel for the guy.

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