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General Board / LSD Reputation points?
« on: January 17, 2006, 11:00:39 PM »
Ok what's up with the reputation points next to your username everytime you post?  I've seen people with -23.... How does this happen..?  I so far have a 0 reputation... not sure if I should be happy or sad. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / HOW DO YOU WRITE/ANALYZE on LAW SCHOOL EXAMS?
« on: January 17, 2006, 06:36:28 PM »
There are the 2-5 page fact patterns and then... then at the very bottom most likely it will say discuss any/all claims and or defenses that may arise within the fact pattern.  And we're just supposed to have at it. 

This question may be hard to gauge and may not come out right but... what is that "thing" that unwritten exam skill that the A students have and the C students will never understand.  Is it IRAC?  No.. because it doesn't work for all classes and are tailored more for element based classes.  What do you do how do you write law school exams?

The key and it has been said over and over again is the analysis... you must know the black letter law but its the ANALYSIS that wins you points.  This is hammered over and over again into 1L's brains.  How exactly do you learn how to analyze... or what information to analyze?? 

Let's take an example.  Torts... and negligence.  Where would you go to find out exactly how to analyze this on your exam?  I know that you're supposed to practice writing but what if you don't even know where to start??  I know you're supposed to discuss the reasonable person standard... I know that there's a forumula for causation and proximate cause... where do you uncover or find out that is what you're supposed to apply on the exam?

If you understand my question... someone please shed some light. 

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Yes outlining is supposed to cement the concepts learned in class, the book, and casebriefs but for me I find myself staring at one source and typing it directly into what I think an outline should look like while learning nothing.  If you're like me give me some tips on what you do. 

I think outlining for me and the way that I learn is a big waste of time.  Everyone learns differently so I don't want to hear people bash this.  I'm just interested in the what individuals like me for whom outlining doesn't help... do with their studying... more specifically how they study because they don't outline. 


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1L job search / 1st Year Clerkships?
« on: January 07, 2006, 03:15:52 AM »
I've always heard that you're supposed to complete your first year with flying colors and then come summer get an awesome clerkship with a judge for the summer.  This is sort of a three part question: 

Does this apply to anyone no matter what field of law they want to enter? 

Are clerkships a blanket good thing to do? 

What are some other things you can do besides clerkships with judges? 

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General Board / Barbri... Worth Joining your First year?
« on: January 07, 2006, 01:54:37 AM »
What really are the benefits to joining Barbri your first year of law school?  The massive book of an outline they give you?  If it is worth it I'll sign up for it if someone recommends it.  But if it's anything other than a godsend for first years it's way out of my price range.

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Thanks in advance!

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Indiana - Indianapolis / Indiana University- Indy Summer Program
« on: January 05, 2006, 08:51:07 AM »
Anyone know what the program is like? 

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