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General Board / Schiavo--FL statutes
« on: April 01, 2005, 08:36:48 AM »
Just for fun--how many civil and criminal charges against Mr. Schiavo?

(i.e. adultery, abuse/neglect of a disabled person, etc, etc)

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Index&Title_Request=XLVI#TitleXLVI

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General Board / Re: Reasonable suspicion vs. Probable Cause
« on: March 27, 2005, 05:33:17 PM »
If a person wants an actual definition...

Reasonable suspicion: a particularized and objective basis, supported by specific and articulable facts, for suspecting a person of criminal activity.

In layman's terms, it means 'more than a hunch.' An officer would have to have some reason for suspecting someone of a crime. For instance, if a police officer simply sees someone walking along the side of the street, the officer would not have 'reasonable suspicion' that the person had committed a crime. However, if the same officer saw the same person running from a bank, it would probably qualify as 'reasonable suspicion,' whether or not the person had actually committed any crime.

Probable Cause: a reasonable ground to suspect that a person has committed or is committing a crime or that a place contains specific items connected with a crime. See the 4th Amendment--more than bare suspicion, but less than evidence that would justify a conviction.

Suppose the same officer sees the person running from the bank, reasonably suspects him of a crime, and yells for him to stop. Instead, the person drops the bag he was carrying and continues running. The police officer would have probable cause to arrest the person.

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General Board / Re: How many hours SHOULD one study first year?
« on: March 03, 2005, 03:10:22 PM »
yes, it would be interesting to know how some of the law students of the more prestigious schools manage their time, including boating, skiing, golfing, soccer, nightclubbing, dating, parties, and occasionally studying, yet somehow manage to graduate with honors.



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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How many hours a day do you study?
« on: March 02, 2005, 08:06:58 AM »
Geez, lol.

I'm 4th year undergrad...I study 6 hours on weekdays and 10-12 on weekends.


That sounds about right. I like this guy.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How many hours a day do you study?
« on: February 28, 2005, 08:26:39 PM »
Of course.

Yea - me too (I'm assuming you're serious).  In fact, I just bought his book on Amazon - it was pretty inexpensive too.



 I encourage students to perform at their personal best levels, preparing for the days when they will be representing clients whose freedom, lives, fortunes and families may well be at stake.  Start practicing now to be the kind of lawyer you would hire if you needed a lawyer. 


I really love this guy.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: How many hours a day do you study?
« on: February 28, 2005, 05:45:52 PM »
Generally speaking, law students are rather bright individuals.  Many law students can “get by” or even do “well” with a minimal amount of studying (“minimal” being a relative term). 

However, if you view law school as the beginning of your career as a lawyer, are you willing to settle for “getting by?”  I encourage students to perform at their personal best levels, preparing for the days when they will be representing clients whose freedom, lives, fortunes and families may well be at stake.  Start practicing now to be the kind of lawyer you would hire if you needed a lawyer. 

So how does this translate into time spent studying?  Devote as much time to law now as you will when you enter the professional practice.  A light week for an attorney is in the neighborhood of sixty hours.

Consider this:  14 hours in class; 42 hours outside of class (3 hours for every class hour). That adds up to 56 hours – one-third of the 168 hours we all have in each week.  If you sleep as much as 8 hours each night (7 X 8 = 56), that leaves you with 56 hours to attend to your personal health and well being, to socialize, to shop, to wash the car, shampoo the puppy and do all those other things that make life worthwhile.

If you spend substantially more time than this, you run the risk of burning out, ruining your health, giving in to the stresses we all (lawyers and law students) face, and – therefore – doing less than your personal best. 

If you spend substantially less time than this, you probably won’t be attending to all the essential elements of high-level study and exam prep: reading, briefing, attending every class, taking notes, transforming your notes, creating course summaries (“outlines”), developing flow charts, and answering practice hypotheticals in writing.

For an in-depth discussion of how much time to spend studying, and how to use that time most efficiently, go to your law library and find the September issue of Student Lawyer, the ABA Law Student Division publication.  The cover article I wrote covers this whole topic, and provides a step-by-step method for allocating your time.  There you will find a sample of how a student can determine precisely how much time to spend studying each day.

If you have further questions about this, feel free to e-mail me.


I really love this guy.

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General Board / Re: Dating while in law school
« on: February 25, 2005, 05:18:41 PM »
"Why is there so much gossip in Law School? It reminds me way to much of High School with lockers and gossip every day."-- quote from original post


As far as seeing each other every day, as long as you're both adults you should be able to handle it--

 I am really really busy. 8)

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General Board / Re: Poll: Should Social Security be Privatized?
« on: February 25, 2005, 11:02:23 AM »
Either way, I have started saving some money for future investments. I should have done that several years ago.


The link of the day:
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/democrac/demo.htm

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General Board / Re: Women in Law School
« on: February 23, 2005, 01:31:03 PM »
What ever happened to the women from my Mom's generation who had kids, cleaned the home, and knew how to shut the hell up when needed?

I think those women adapted from a society where Dads supported their families, marital rape and abuse was hush-hush, and the prisons weren't overcrowded, to the new society where marital rape and abuse hasn't yet become a big legal issue, 50% of marriages end with divorce, and plenty of dads would rather go to prison instead of working and supporting the kids.

Since all of the men are on vacation, the women must step in, get an education, and work.

The year is now 2005.

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General Board / Re: Dating while in law school
« on: February 20, 2005, 02:58:18 PM »
Really, I'm busy.

"Silence [is] the unbearable repartee."  —Alexander Theroux

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