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Current Law Students / Re: I don't care anymore
« on: September 16, 2004, 07:19:13 AM »
Many upper classman I have talked to say this will work.  People can just read their cases and material, look at a lexis brief or commercial brief, and borrow someone else's outline, and still make it without briefing or outlining themselves.

However, the upper classman say that they are not the ones that get the best grades, but they still will pass.

I would suspect that it may more negatively affect you after school as opposed to during school.  The habits, discipline, and study and research skills you development and hone in during law school will be more critical during work...there will not be commercial briefs and extra help for you for your client's cases. 

What you put in, is what you get out of it.

Only two weeks into it and I already don't care.

I only peruse the cases, then use Lexis briefs to see if I was on target with the issues.

I take notes during class, but that's pretty much it... and honestly, I've even stopped taking notes in some classes.

I haven't been outlining and am planning to use a 2L or 3L's outlines.

despite all this, I still feel as though I have a good grasp of the law and the concepts. am I fooling myself? am i destined for failure come finals?

Current Law Students / Re: getting into law school
« on: September 16, 2004, 07:07:21 AM »

There are a number of sites that will tell you just what scores work where.  There is also a lot of information like this on the pre-law side of this site.

Current Law Students / Re: Barometer
« on: September 15, 2004, 01:59:38 PM »
my profs have said that the LSAT is more reflective of your success at sitting on your state bar, and your legal studies are more reflective of your work as a lawyer.

Hi everyone,

Particularly, I'm respectfully asking 2Ls to please answer my question honestly and objectively.

Is the LSAT a true barometer to assess how well one will perform in his/her 1st year?

Appreciation is denoted in advance to all those who take a minute to reply.
Thank you.


Current Law Students / Re: Mom of three for law school... crazy?
« on: September 15, 2004, 01:56:48 PM »
I say go for it.  It will be tough, and of course, there will be sacrifices you have to make, including time taken away from your little ones. 

My thing is, you don't want to look back 20 years from now and say, dang, only if...and if it really bothers you, you don't want to resent anyone because of it. 

And another thing, evening programs are usually more understanding and give some leeway if you have a full time job or family obligations.

I am a mom of three...but before you frown, I should tell you that law school was in the plan before I had all three.  In fact, I had put down deposits to go before the babies came.  I used those same stats to apply this year, and got into the same range schools (T2-T3) for part-time mostly.
Am I crazy?  I really feel driven to do this, but I do want to know that it's possible without putting my sanity and marriage/family on the line.
Any advice is welcome.  Positive or negative. Thanks.

Current Law Students / Re: The Truths and Myths of Law School...
« on: September 15, 2004, 01:49:32 PM »
It's all going to come down to three things, 1)what you put into it, is what you will get out of it 2)time management 3)comprehension.  I would say time management is the most important.

what you put into it, is what you will get out of it...I try to brief everything myself, and don't look at any commercial stuff at all.  I try to answer all the questions after the cases, and then some.  If you do this, you will probably be a better lawyer then my fellow classmates that just look at commercial briefs and outlines.  They may still pass the class, but remember, those commercial briefs and outlines won't be available when you have a real case.

time management...I try to stay 1 week ahead, so I read and brief everything the weekend before, for the class ahead.  Then during the week, I can relax a bit, and just read my briefs to review.  I only allocate 8 hours a week for fun, 4 hours on Friday night and 4 on Saturday night.  Every other hour, between work (I'm going PT evening) and school, I'm at least "trying" to study. 

comprehension...Some people also read and comprehend better than others, so for me to read 10 pages in 2 hours, you may only take 30 minutes but still comprehend it.

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: ABA Vs. State Accredited Law Schools...
« on: September 15, 2004, 01:36:47 PM »
I heard that if you graduate from a non-aba school but practice 5 years in your state, then you can then sit on the bar in any state. 

the major difference is that a JD from an ABA approved school allows you to take the bar in any state.  Non-ABA JDs are limited -- usually -- to a single state.

Other than that, the differences can be as varied as schools are.

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