Wow am I totally outta the loop? Never even heard of this one. When did it come out?
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What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to future law students regarding the law school experience?
My words of wisdom would be do practice exams do practice exams and then do more practice exams. Especially if they are from your current professor. Everyone their first year makes the mistake of freaking out because they're not prepared for class, or because they didn't understand some minute detail in one of their cases, or their professor has them totally confused and agitated. Keep your focus on what COUNTS... and its the final exam at the end of the semester.
I'm totally convinced that profs try their damnest to get law students hung up on the cases and the present taking their minds off of the future and what really matters... the exam. Don't get caught up in the anxiety inducing tactics of your professor or your fellow students who don't know where their focus should be.
Outlining is not a MUST and doesn't guarantee success... and it's a big time waster for a lot of successful law students... choose the method that works for you.
Learn the black letter law, and practice those exams, period.
Hey crazymofo - I completely identify with what you're going through. I was completely excited about coming to law school. I've always been pretty laid-back and able to take stress in stride. By now, I'm a frazzled neurotic capable of going from zero to female dog in about three seconds. It's hard for me to break out of the law, because I'm consumed by it. I find myself identifying less and less with my "non-law" friends...and those lovely other students who attend law school with me are people I'd really rather not be around outside of class. Television doesn't interest me. I think I'm slowly becoming "the crazy lady next door who talks to her cats."
Summer employment at a firm is nice and the money is hard to turn away. But there is no real guarantee that you'll end up with that firm after graduating. Does doing the summer at a firm actually increase your chances of landing a full time job after law school?
If so, then why are there so many firms interviewing on campus? They must still be looking for candidates... candidates who's positions were formerly held by "summer associates."
So my question is... for those that perhaps started in say the spring or winter... those who won't have a chance to hold those coveted summer associate positions... will it really matter when all is said and done?
I'm at a T4, just got my final grades and ended up w/ a 3.2 on a forced curve of 2.33-2.67. Any chance of moving up as high as T1? T2?
It honestly depends on your percentage in the class... Is that top 5-15? Then maybe.
If you got an A... then you already know what you did right... exactly what you put down. I'd only be concerned with the bad ones. Plus all you're gonna get with the A professor is a strange look and a secret wandering as to why an A student decided to sit down and waste his time... thinking to himself what do they want a cookie? A pat on the back? They got their A why are they here.
The traffic violation, who cares... non-moving as in like parking ticket? Doesn't matter if you disclose it or not in my opinion... especially since most law school applications themselves have clauses in them that say please disclose any criminal wrongdoings EXCEPT for non-moving or minor traffic offenses. So I personally don't think they give a crap.
Second, let your roommate screw up his own life and move out at the next best opportunity. If it's affecting you academically just go to the library or starbucks. Try and be as far away from him as much of the time as you can until you can make other arrangements. I think the best thing is to not get yourself involved in his bad mistakes. People like that usually don't want to change and won't unless they hit rock bottom. I don't think that at this point in your life i.e. being in law school you have the where with all to make that kind of long and emotional committment on your time. Especially if you aren't even friends with them. And further I personally wouldn't want his dismissal from law school to be hanging over my head... don't need that kind of responsibility.
I'm sure that when they invite you, your spouse is also invited. If you have a child, perhaps you can find a baby-sitter. If it's the kind of event where kids can come, then bring them!
I guess I didn't see it that way and definitely didn't know that my "hellos" could potentially be seen by my classmates as an upraised middle finger. I definitely don't dislike them... I suppose people would feel a bit rejected by my behavior. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I suppose one social function now and again couldn't hurt.