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Current Law Students / Stare Decisis vs. Binding Precedent
« on: June 21, 2005, 10:28:19 PM »
I just started Delany's "Learning Legal Reasoning." I'm having a hard
time distinguishing the difference between stare decisis and binding
  >:(. He defines the doctrine of stare decisis as: "the decision
of a court in one case procides a precedent for the decision of future
cases with like or similar facts and issues..." He defines binding
precedent as: "the decision of a court in a prior case controls the
decision in future cases with like or similar facts and issues for
both the deciding court and for all inferior courts within the same
jurisdiction." So, by Delany's explanation, am I to assume that
binding precedent is a form of stare decisis? Any input on this topic
would be helpful. ;D

Current Law Students / Re: Planet Law School II Preparation Schedule
« on: June 17, 2005, 05:57:39 PM »
I totally agree with you.  From all accounts, the first year (and first semester, in particular) are extremely difficult.  Anything I can do to hedge myself against getting my ass kicked this fall is worth it!  Despite some of the critisims on this (and other) threads about PLS-2 and its prep schedule, almost everyone I talk to who has seriously followed it has done well.  Some are transferring to Georgetown this fall, and some are in the top of their class at top-20 schools. 
You CAN'T argue with that!  At the end of the day, it all comes down to grades.  If you want to get a job after the next 3 years, YOU MUST perform in law school (especially during 1L).  If PLS-2 can help me prepare for my top performance, then God Bless Atticus Falcon. 

Current Law Students / Re: the best LSAT books/prep courses.....
« on: June 15, 2005, 10:29:23 AM »
Hey Julie,
    I took two LSAT prep courses...Kaplan and ACE.  The reason I took two courses is because I felt so UNDER prepared by Kaplan.  My score actually went down during my time with Kaplan.  Also, you only take 4 or 5 practice exams in the Kaplan program and don't get great exposure to experienceing real LSAT test taking.  I backed out of my scheduled LSAT the night before because I didn't feel prepared by Kaplan.
     I had an entirely different experience with ACE.  The ACE program is fantastic!  My score went up by 16 points in 6 months with ACE.  Mind you, I worked my butt off for those 16 points!  But, when all the dust settled, I got a respectable score and am starting law school in 2 months.   

Current Law Students / Planet Law School II Preparation Schedule
« on: June 15, 2005, 10:14:50 AM »
I took a friend's priceless advice and bought Planet Law School II.  I was up until 12:00am last night reading it.  I couldn't put it down; it has totally changed my perspective!  :o  I knew law school was going to tough, but I had NO IDEA how much I was going to be relying on myself to learn the law.  WOW!  Talk about an eyeopeing experience last night. I've committed myself to a (modified) PLS2 6-8 week prep course.
Anyway, I just purchased Delany's "Learning Legal Reasoning" and next paycheck I'll be purchasing a set of E&E Primers and the LEEWS program.  How useful is "Learning Legal Reasoing?"  I want to read as much as I can, but I also want to study smart (I'm such an Atticus Falcon protege).
So, what is the concensus about Delany's "Learning Legal Reasoning?" and the PLS2 prep schedule?

Current Law Students / Re: Floppy drives
« on: June 02, 2005, 09:49:32 AM »
What size of a flash drive do you reccomend?  256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, etc?

Current Law Students / Re: LEEWS--when to start?
« on: June 01, 2005, 02:52:29 PM »
Cool!  I'll check those out too!!

Go to-

Is this something you start before law school, or shortly before exams? 

These links to the discussion on LEEWS are the polar opposite of everything I've read on this site about LEEWS.  Are these people just bitter because the bit-the-weiner and are looking for a scapegoat?  Or, did LEEWS really screw them up?

Current Law Students / Wentworth Miller's LEEWS
« on: May 31, 2005, 05:14:55 PM »
     I'm starting at ASU Law in August 2005.  I read about Wentworth Miller's Legal Essay Exam Writing System ( and had my interest sparked.  Has anybody taken or listened to this course?  Was it/is it helpful?  It boasts a money back guarantee if you don't get an A or B.  I'm wondering if its worth the money or just an attempt to squeeze my already strained budget.

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