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Job Search / Re: Prospects in Miami
« on: June 03, 2006, 11:36:20 AM »
What do you mean by prospects? It's a major city so there's some of everything: federal and state government work, firms of all sizes, public interest work. The larger firms are competitive. It helps if you speak spanish.

Current Law Students / Re: Free stuff
« on: June 02, 2006, 10:27:18 AM »
The guy who made this website, Andrew, has a whole long thing about points in his blog. I think the opposite wound up being true - I think points are worth more if you hang on to them.

Current Law Students / Re: FSU or SMU
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:29:27 PM »
The big problem with Miami is that both the cost of living and tuition are very, very expensive, and you're not really getting what you're paying for considering the state schools are much cheaper and similarly ranked. If cost isn't a problem, I'd probably recommend Miami over FSU. I loved living in South Florida. However, if you're looking for government work and opportunities that are more abundant in Tallahassee (the state capital), FSU might be a better choice.

Ultimately, I decided that I'd rather go to the cheaper school then take a chance and be saddled with $100k in loans at Miami.

Current Law Students / Free stuff
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:25:05 PM »
Over the course of my first year in law school, I've collected a respectable pile of free junk. What free crap did you get? Don't count stuff that you earned like scholarships and what not.

Here's my list that I still have around the house:

Barbri - Highlighter, some pens, a folder
Acquired by redeeming Westlaw or Lexis points - IPod shuffle, a set of knives
Westlaw - Two "padfolios," pens, a Nalgene-type water bottle, key chain, mouse pad, stress ball
Lexis - a weird looking waterbottle, pens, one of those foam things that you put on a beer bottle to keep it cold
Micromash - stress ball with a tether so I can hit people in the forhead with it when they're stressing me out
The school - a CD travel case (during orientation), a pen, a plastic no-spill coffee mug, a t-shirt, a bunch of folders

Current Law Students / Re: FSU or SMU
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:15:26 PM »
I'm at FSU and the big selling point for me is the cost beause I get in-state tuition. Tallahassee pretty much sucks as a city. I don't know if FSU is considered a better school than Miami or not. It seems that more people have heard of UM, but I think FSU has more alumni in the judiciary. As far as SMU goes, they're so close in ranking that I don't think you should even worry about that. Visit both and pick the one where you'll be happier.

Current Law Students / Re: STANDOUT CASES
« on: June 01, 2006, 07:10:31 PM »
The flaming rat case and the one where the dude survived a plane crash, but died when a volcano erupted on the island he crash-landed on.

Current Law Students / Re: STANDOUT CASES
« on: June 01, 2006, 10:45:18 AM »

Job Search / Re: What are you doing this summer!!!
« on: May 30, 2006, 03:43:06 PM »
I'm spending money like I'm on welfare!

Holy sh%^, That's the best post ever. I'm with you. The library is always looking for RA's if you're still looking for work.

Current Law Students / Re: Completely useless and irrelevant post
« on: May 28, 2006, 07:32:22 PM »
Oh that sucks!

I don't discuss specifics about grades, but I graded onto law review and I made Dean's List last semester. I don't have all my grades back from this semester, but I'm doing pretty well. As far as study habits go, I do what I'm comfortable with and I ignore other people's suggestions. At the beginning of 1L, I tried out different methods - outlining, practice tests, book briefing, regular briefing, etc. I figured out what I liked. I use different methods for different classes. I don't spend a lot of time on an outline for closed-book exams, for example, because I don't need to use the outline. I spend more time doing flashcards and practice questions. Everybody told me that I should avoid flashcards, but I'm comfortable with flashcards, so that's what I use. I don't like study groups so I avoid them for the most part. On exam day, I stay away from the law school, listen to some music, and do a few flashcards. If there's a topic I'm still uncomfortable with, I review it a few times. Basically, I don't freak out during the two weeks of exams. I don't try to fit a square peg into a round hole, either - I use study methods that I like and that make me feel prepared. I don't think you'll do really well if you force yourself to outline or do whatever everybody tells you to do when you learn better by using other methods. It's all about confidence.

When it comes down to grades, I think strategy on exam day is more important than study habits. Read the directions. Ask questions about the exam. Answer the questions in a way that will maximize points. I took one exam where the professor specifically said that there were more questions than anybody would be able to answer and he was more interested in thorough analysis for a few questions than crappy analysis for every question. Still, there were several people bragging that they answered every question afterwards. I answered three out of I think seven questions and one person told me that I was nuts for doing that, but I did a thorough analysis like the professor requested. My grade was very good. If the question asks for six cases, come up with six cases. That doesn't mean write twice as much about three cases. If you even manage to name six cases you'll beat out the people who misread the question or who didn't follow directions. I think a big part of exams is anticipating the mistakes of others and not making those mistakes.

I use IRAC on exams except when the professor requests another format. I break between paragraphs so my exam isn't just a 15-20 page blob. That sounds like a stupid format thing, but if you're grading 90 exams, would you be able to carefully read 15 pages with no paragraph breaks? I'm very methodical and formulaic. I pose the issue in question format. I state the rule, usually citing to a case or a string of cases. I use signals when I cite to cases in an exam just as I would in a brief. That makes it easier for the professor to see why I'm citing to a particular case for a rule. If I were really anal, I'd jot down the pincite in my outline, but I'm not that anal. When I do the analysis, I do as much fact-to-fact analogies as are necessary for the issue. If it's a minor issue, I might do one sentence. If it's a major issue, I might do a couple paragraphs and then break up those paragraphs into sub-issues. Sometimes professors say they don't want conclusions, so I omit the conclusion. If the question asks for a conclusion, I give a conclusion, but I don't spend a lot of time on it. Since I'm usually presenting both sides, I'll just randomly pick a side and say, for example, "X will probably not be charged with larceny because of Y." Y being one of the claims that I stated in my analysis. There aren't usually many points to be had in the conclusion, it's all in the analysis, so I don't worry about it too much.

As a final note, I type about 80 wpm. I would recommend, if you take computer-based exams, doing soming typing tutorials and improving your typing speed. If you're just as good at taking exams as I am, but can't type as fast and thus can't cover as much ground, you'll get a lower grade. It probably won't be a significantly lower grade, but why not do the best you can? You'll also be more comfortable during the exam if you're comfortable typing fast.

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