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If your work, assignments, are critical and time sensitive (which assignments aren't?): back-up your work, back it up often and back it up to different locations.  ie: if you're using a back-up utility that writs a back-up on your PC hard drive; what will you do if your hard drive crashes and you've lost both your primary and back-up copies?

The problem is that law school does not teach the practice of law; it teaches the fundamental, which give you an admission ticket to an apprenticeship.  If you start a solo practice (not impossible) right out of school itís an uphill struggle to learn to practice law, entrepreneurial skills, and marketing yourself.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Reasoning
« on: October 15, 2005, 07:25:32 AM »
Not to mention all the vilifying lawyer jokes.

It depends on your Prof. and the course.  In the courses with more substnative law (Crim Law & Contracts) there are points in the elements of the law (and in Contracts in the remedies).  In courses such as Con Law you can gain points for thoughtful, well reasoned analysis.

Current Law Students / Re: LAW SCHOOL, YUCK!
« on: October 01, 2005, 02:31:06 PM »
Not enough time is part of the design.  Working full time, which I'm also doing, is a killer.  If you really want to be in law school, and you really want to work in law when you graduate.  Just remember, the law school is only three years and that law degree is the admission ticket to the apprenticeship phase of a legal career.

Current Law Students / Re: CALI
« on: September 29, 2005, 07:19:47 PM »
Another vote for the value of CALI.

Current Law Students / Re: battered 1L would like advice.
« on: September 29, 2005, 09:47:22 AM »
Rapunzel said it very well.  As for memorizing all that material; just remember that it is possible because all those that went before you have done it to get through those same closed book exams.

Current Law Students / Re: How are you taking notes?
« on: September 29, 2005, 07:03:10 AM »
I like Trancer's approach.  Getting the analysis and application aspects down is critical.

I don't see much reference to StoreLaw: anyone using it? If so, how is it for outlining?

Online Law Schools / Re: Baby Bar--
« on: September 26, 2005, 09:22:19 PM »
If you're only in your 3rd week of 1L, you've got plenty of time.  Your focus should be on learing the law and how to apply it.  If you don't pass your classes, your school can't certify you with CalBar to sit for the FYLSX.  When you get closer, the rules around the test are on the CalBar web site.

Studying the law will most likely be different than any education experience you have to date and the grading is different.  All in all, it's a wild ride; focus on passing your courses.

Online Law Schools / Re: Baby Bar--
« on: September 24, 2005, 06:58:14 AM »
What happens to your first year may vary depending on your school.  CalBar says you can't get credit for any second year studies until you pass the Baby Bar.  Number of attemps after 3 doesn't matter, you can take it as oftn as you want until you pass.  Most schools will allow you to start second year right after you finish 1L.  However, you can't be certified as completing 2L until you pass the Baby Bar and then, in some schools if passing the Baby Bar takes four or more attempts, you have to re-take 2L.

Good luck.

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