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General Board / Re: FSU 1L notes anyone?
« on: August 15, 2006, 07:59:43 PM »
I don't have a problem sharing notes and outlines, and that goes for any 1L's. However, notes for Legal Writing won't help you at all. That's a hands-on class. I didn't even take too many notes except to write down deadlines and stuff. Prof. Bodell was my Legal Writing instructor, and I have to say that even though my grades weren't what I wanted in her class, she is an amazing teacher and I wouldn't have done well in my other exams without her mentorship. A lot of people really like her.

Anyway, the thing about notes and outlines is that 1) they're not always right 2) you can't rely on cutting and pasting from them - you really have to go through the process. I used other people's notes and outlines in the Spring, but only in conjunction with my own work to compare and contrast when there were inconsistencies. However, I showed up to class enough to know when the other stuff was wrong and my stuff was right. If you just blindly follow what other people write it's not going to help you on the exam. I didn't even know what to do with other people's outlines until the Spring semester. So, keep in mind that they might not help you at all. I mean, the bottom line about law school, which my peer advisor told me over and over and I refused to believe, is that there's no magic guide to doing well. Grades are relatively arbitrary due to the nature of the curve and that your whole grade is based on one exam. It's all about finding your comfort zone, not freaking out too much, and working efficiently. It's also about writing a good exam, and there's no formula for that, either. The best thing that you can do is hound professors during their office hours with as many questions as you can come up with, take notes on what they say when you visit, and listen to that above all else. They're the ones grading your exams.

I'm a peer advisor, so if you'd like to be my advisee, let me know and we can exchange emails. Be forewarned that I have a healthy addiction to reality television that can be pretty disturbing.

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General Board / Re: IL Writing Class was Worthless
« on: August 15, 2006, 07:44:08 PM »
Your experience, especially the lack of anonymity, sounds horrible. Legal Writing I and II were the two most valuable classes that I had in law school. Legal Writing I was my lowest grade yet, but without that class I wouldn't have been able to write excellent exams. My experience I think was unusual for being so positive, but I had a really good instructor. I've heard about other instructors who were useless, but not as bad as what you're describing.

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Florida State / Inns of Court
« on: August 14, 2006, 10:42:48 AM »
Did anybody else get this email? What's this all about? Has anybody participated in the past? Is it worthwhile?

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General Board / Re: No LR . . . Screwed
« on: August 14, 2006, 10:39:24 AM »
Lots of firms want people who do EITHER law review OR moot court. Since you have one of those, and you're top 10%, you're in a very, very good position.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Adderall-Law school finals/studying
« on: August 11, 2006, 06:14:13 PM »
I don't know anybody who did well at my school and did AD. That could mean that there are people who did well, took the pills and I don't know about it. If you really think you have ADHD then you should get it diagnosed. A doctor can prescribe the correct amount of medication so that you're not haphazardly popping pills when you think you need it, and their effects will be managed.

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General Board / Re: Help - Must miss class during first week...
« on: August 11, 2006, 01:19:38 AM »
One class won't matter. I would tell the student affairs people about missing the class if not the professors. There are some profs who are weird about attendance, and even though it probably won't be a problem, if student affairs knows about it you're covered.

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I don't know if it's stupid, but you might regret it if you don't give it a try. The market is so volatile that you just don't know for sure where you'll be working when you graduate let alone five years from now, and what your future employer will expect. If you just don't have time to complete the competition, you shouldn't worry like some people do that they'll never get a job - but why not try?

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General Board / Re: Asking for more $$$
« on: August 04, 2006, 06:25:15 AM »
I'm in the same situation.

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Civ Pro! That and the barbri CD saved my butt on the exam. Crim Law was also helpful, but less helpful. I didn't really need much help with Torts. The free stuff on Westlaw was sufficient.

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General Board / Re: Rankings, how to round
« on: July 14, 2006, 09:56:47 PM »
That's what I have on my resume. I have Xth out of XXX students (X%). Career services didn't have a problem with that, so I guess it's ok.

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