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Transferring / Re: transfer and joint degree
« on: January 29, 2006, 05:38:37 PM »
I haven't seen a clear "yes" or "no" on the websites...but many say that you can enter the MA portion in the fall of your second it seems possible...

Current Law Students / Re: Serious Responses Only Please
« on: January 28, 2006, 11:01:02 AM »
to the guy who said he had his ass handed to him in mock trial - what exactly does this mean? For whatever inexplicable reason I signed up for mock trial as a 1L and the competition is in 2 or so weeks. Can you please shine some light on what it is that I have gotten myself into? I thouhgt that I only had to give an opening statement, do direct and cross examinatin of witnesses, and that was it - how does one's ass get handed to him during this process? The other side was that good?

The 2 problems I had with the competition:
1) Either - our 1st round opponents had some kind of extra coaching going into the competition. When you start going over the Federal Rules of Evidence you will find simple definitions of "relevance" or "hearsay"...but not a ton of material discussing how those apply. They had specific objections to certain evidence that you would not be able to infer from the rules I'm pretty sure that an upper level student had gone over the problem with them and helped them plan their objections - if not, then they were just Uber-prepared...
2) or our 1st night judge sustained every objection (right or wrong) if the other side didn't know how to respond to it properly...that is kind of frustrating when the other side is making bad objections...

I'm not sure which it was, but the other side made objections, that were sustained by the judge, and then that night I looked over the FRE again and found nothing that would explain why their objection worked...then in the next round we used the same objection and it was overruled...

You will find a lot of that though - each rounds judging varies as they are just 2 and 3L students who for the most part have had 1 course in everyone's opinion on what is valid is different...

2nd and 3rd rounds were much more even and fun...but the inconsistancies were still there...

Current Law Students / Re: Serious Responses Only Please
« on: January 26, 2006, 01:26:39 PM »
Hey Everyone--I need a little pep talk or something.  I am starting to feel really down about law school.  I cannot motivate myself to work.  I can't stand most of the people in school with me, with the exception of a few I like.  I don't find any joy in any of the work or in any topics we discuss.  I always thought I wanted to be an attorney, and I always heard it was boring and actually took me going to law school and getting in debt to believe the rumors though.  The atmosphere does not even seem academic--it just seems like work.  Unfortunately, I majored in public administration and philosophy for undergrad so I would not have any luck finding a job if I were to leave school.  Should I try to tranfer schools? What would my chances be? My gpa is only a 3.007.  I turned down georgia state last year for a tier you think they would even accept me again? Or do you think tranferring is even the solution to my problems...Help!

Hey AC (say hi to DAX for me...)

Monday I got my arse handed to me in mock trial, and all the sudden I didn't want to be in law school any more...didn't want to be a lawyer anymore...etc. That experience just wasn't fun and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Later I realized that it was just that...a bad experience that is not an accurate reflection of what I will be doing as a lawyer...I think the same can be said for law school in general...our 2L's talk about their summers, and it seems that the most relevant class they took was Legal Practice (Research and Writing at some schools). Everything else in 1L is just foundational to under Law in general.

I think upper division courses will give you (and the rest of us) a better feel for what area we will enjoy practicing in after graduation.

Plus - it can be discouraging to think that we still have 2.5 years of work ahead of us...but trust me (I'm in my mid 30's now) - that 2.5 years will seem like a really short period of time when you are looking back at it. And when you have that perspective of being past the education part of it, you will also be in the position to reap the benefits...So stick with it AC, it will all be worth it in the end!!!!!!!!!

Current Law Students / Re: Why do I hate Con Law so Much?
« on: January 22, 2006, 11:14:48 PM »

If it's never going to better, then could someone please recommend a good supplement.

kava kava

Current Law Students / Re: Dean's List in Law School
« on: January 22, 2006, 09:03:56 PM »
Can you get on the Dean's list at law school?

Also, is it fairly difficult to graduate with honors and get on a law review at law school?

Finally, in order to take the boards, do you have to choose the state you will be practicing in ? Or is it that once you pass the boards for X state, you can practice anywhere in the US?

Dean's list is 3.2 at my school, but don't let it fool ya...with the forced curve it is darn hard to get there...

Also, in Texas you have to fill out a Declaration of Intent to Study Law during your first semester so that the Bar can investigate you...not sure about other states...

Job Search / Re: 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 09, 2006, 08:07:26 PM »
Pardon my ignorance, but how are there 30+ fed dist court judges in 2 counties, and is a state supreme court clerkship more prestigious than a federal district court clerkship (I assume it is, but I had never thought about this before)?

From what I've gathered by surfing the pecking order is:

SCOTUS, Fed. Appellate, Fed Dist., State Supreme, State Appellate, State District...

But if you plan to stay in-state then State Supreme should serve you well unless you want to focus on Fed. issues. Bonus tend to be higher for Fed and even higher for SCOTUS...

Current Law Students / Re: Grades????
« on: January 09, 2006, 08:15:57 AM »
4 Feb is the rumor at Samford (Cumberland).

hey dax!! see you bright and early in civ pro!! No we (samford) got our grades at the begining of jan. I heard d. graves will not be back bc he is going to Iraq--is that true?

Hey Dax and AC - good to see ya'll are still around...

All grades in at my location...worse than I hoped for, better than I expected...but on deans list so I can't complain...

Current Law Students / Re: School Curve
« on: January 08, 2006, 03:27:55 PM »
Fairly tough...but at our school only 10% get the A...also a C+ our curve may not be harder per se, but it is harder to get a high GPA with fewer A's to go around...

BTW what is the proper way to write "A's" - an apostrophe seems incorrect, but if you just write "As" you're equally wrong...any ideas...

Texas Tech / Re: Smile...
« on: October 26, 2005, 06:08:02 PM »
Hey!! Yeah, I didn't get a chance to let you know before I left. I miss ya man. I'll be around, which email do ya use? I'll keep in touch through there, just let me know!

Hey I'm deleting this account can reach me at a**n.c**p*r@***.edu I think you can fill in the blanks....

Texas Tech / Re: Smile...
« on: September 27, 2005, 04:38:02 PM »
Hey B,

Hope things are going well for was a shock to hear what happened. Glad you got that smile back - but to be honest I hadn't realized that you had lost it!

Say "HI" to M, and hope to see you around!

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