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Thoughts?

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General Board / Re: I don't understand the appeal of "big law"
« on: January 17, 2006, 11:04:16 PM »
Well I think the most obvious answer to your question is indebtedness.  The amount of debt that I'll have once I graduate is a big reason to go for the "big law" as you put it in the big firms.  I know that although my ultimate goal may be to hang my own shingle.. I'll put up with the man-eating workload for 5 years or so at 150k a year with it becoming larger each year just so I can pay off ALL of my debt and have the beginnings of a nice nest egg.

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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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Thanks for all of your comments guys  ;)  There's a lot of good information here. The checklist idea was especially insightful.   

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I honestly think it depends on the strength of your character.  If you don't know who you are and you don't know what you want out of life personally (because obviously you know what you want to do professionally) your relationship will have as many ups and downs as you have good and bad days.  If you get called on in class and you bomb and look stupid... you come home don't want to talk and really just want to be by yourself.  Or, if you ace your exam you come home, are ecstatic and want to celebrate. 

Before I left home... my bf and I decided to get married and somewhat rushed it... BIG MISTAKE.  We had only known one another for a year and the relationship couldn't possibly withstand the ups, downs and every which ways of the emotional roller coaster that is law school.  We divorced and the divorce was final a few months ago. 

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't have faith in your own relationship enduring and going the distance ... but the LAW STUDENT portion of the relationship... better know for sure they want that relationship no matter what.  They will make time and the extra effort necessary.  Because if the law student doesn't care and puts all other things behind law school it doesn't have a chance.

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General Board / Re: What to Do with a 1.71 GPA at a <T4
« on: January 12, 2006, 09:34:37 PM »
Hi,

I voted for you to apply for a restart.  You have a legitimate disease in alcoholism and this would look favorable in front of a re-admit committee.  You obviously wanted law school bad enough otherwise you wouldn't have gone to a Tier4 wanting to "work your way up."  There's also the financial investment. 

The good thing about life is there's always second chances.  Good luck ... Chin up!  Don't give up on your dreams.


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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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General Board / Re: Small Firms Go Out of Business Easily???
« on: January 09, 2006, 10:20:02 PM »
For me, the only true way to have security is to work for yourself.  So I'll spend a few years at a firm to build a nice nest egg/experience/pay off the loans then put out my own shingle.   

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