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I'm all about avoiding study groups for the most part. Don't believe the hype! If you are comfortable in a study group, go for it, but don't feel like it's required.

Current Law Students / Re: Lexis or WestLaw?
« on: April 02, 2006, 06:43:06 AM »
I prefer them both for different reasons. For me, Lexis is a little easier to use for primary case law and I prefer their headnotes system. The annotated statutes are organized better. I also prefer the case briefs in Lexis. I find that searching secondary authority is easier for me in Westlaw. Also, the Research Train is better than the History in Lexis.

Current Law Students / Re: Anybody use ROM Law?
« on: March 23, 2006, 10:19:50 AM »
I use ROMLaw and although having the briefs on my computer has saved my butt in class a couple times, the briefs aren't that great. Sometimes the holding is wrong and often the rationale is poorly constructed. However, it's not a bad deal for the price. I use the flashcards a lot and the outlines have helped me occasionally.

Current Law Students / Re: Transferring to Nova Southeastern
« on: March 19, 2006, 07:05:51 AM »
Nova has a decent reputation in Broward County. If you look at firms in Broward, there are a ton of Nova grads. I heard they have a pretty harsh curve, though.

Current Law Students / Re: Single Parent starting Law School
« on: March 15, 2006, 04:58:30 AM »
There's a parenting group at my school and there's probably one at yours. I'm finding that the only people who understand why it's stressful to be a parent in law school are other parents in law school. I live in grad housing and the other grad students don't understand why I'm too busy to attend every parent/child event.

I think the single most important thing that you need is reliable day care. I'm still struggling to find a reliable emergency sitter and I've been here since August.

Well, for one thing law school is usually more expensive than undergrad. For another, it's much more miserable - most people don't want to stay longer than three years. Third, as mentioned before, the curriculum options are much more limited. Also, employers don't care if you stay in law school an extra semester just to take a few more classes. In undergrad, those extra language or accounting classes in a 9th semester might make a difference in the job market.

Many students do externships so they can graduate a semester early. I think that most people finish in three years except for folks who are doing dual degrees. I don't have statistics like other folks, but I've only met two people who were in law school for four years, they both did dual degrees and they both expressed that they knew very, very few people who stayed longer than three years.

Current Law Students / Re: FSU 1L notes
« on: March 13, 2006, 04:24:38 AM »
I think I got my schedule at orientation. You don't get to pick your professors or your schedule for your first year. It's like high school. Legal Writing is "home room;" the people in LWR class will be in all of your classes. There were three sections for each class except LWR, with a different professor for each section. I think one professor taught two sections of Civ Pro last semester though.

Current Law Students / Re: FSU 1L notes
« on: March 12, 2006, 04:25:05 PM »
You definitely have to narrow them down to the professor. I have outlines from other professors' classes and they're useless. When you know you're schedule, I'll send you my notes. If you study notes for a professor that you don't have, I think it will probably do more harm than good. It's all about focusing on what will be on the exam, and exams differ a lot. By the way, most profs have their old exams on file at the library. A years' worth of notes for a three-credit class is about 70 pages for me. I take a lot of notes.

Current Law Students / Re: FSU 1L notes
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:12:01 PM »
Does anyone have their notes from FSU 1L....

I'm willing to pay for these if they are nice and neat and complete


What notes are you looking for specifically? I never have a problem sharing notes.

Current Law Students / Re: Summer after 1L
« on: March 05, 2006, 09:29:02 PM »
As someone that works for the federal government, let me tell you this regarding clearance:  Don't sweat it.  Yes, the SF86 is a rather intimidating and MASSIVE form to fil out, listing everywhere you have lived, worked, or went to school for the past 10 years (if for a Top Secret or Above Clearance), however, it is not a big deal.  The key is being honest.  The interviewers will find out if you lied to them and that is what screws people. 

Also, if you need Top Secret with access to Sensative Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI), which you will likely need for a CIA job, you will undergo a polygraph.  Its a lifestyle poly so it definately will be an interesting experience.  Fun stuff  ;).

Good luck!

I didn't mean that it's something to worry about. I just meant that it can make your life easier to compile all that information early on. It took me forever to fill out my first SF-86 just because I had no idea what I was in for.

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