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Current Law Students / Re: Anybody use ROM Law?
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:50:25 PM »
Just thought I'd chime in here with my opinion.

I agree what what was said about ROMLaw saving your ass in class.  If you have a laptop, it's great to get.  That being said, it serves no other valid purpose.  Whoever writes the case briefs likes to interject their own commentary into the analysis and often mischaracterizes entire opinions.  Also, the facts (not that they matter as much as rules of law, etc.) are short.  If you're unprepared for class, you can try to get by with skimming off RomLaw.

Personally, I'd rather use the High Court Summaries and horn books.  If all of your books are on RomLaw, it might be worth chipping out $40 for.  Or you could just rip them off very easily.  As we are all presumably students of the law I will not illucidate on that statement, but anyone with intermediate computer knowledge will know what I'm talking about.  The software is so poorly designed and bug ridden.  If RomLaw had a competitor, I'd go with them bar none.  If anyone knows of any competitors, please advise.

Current Law Students / Crossing Over from 1L to Grad School
« on: February 23, 2006, 10:55:05 PM »
Anyone tried this?  Know of anyone who has done this? 

I have given a great deal of consideration to this matter, and I am extremely close to putting in a grad school app at my alma mater for the Ph.D Program in my undergrad major (political science).  This is in addition to law school transfer apps.  I just can't stand it here.  This is the worst location on the face of the earth for human existance, much less for a law school, bar none.  Now I know what some will say -- stop whining, get it done, etc.  I am.  I've sucked it up for the time being..and resolved to finish 1L.  I'm doing fairly well in the substantive material, but it bores more to near death.  My therapist agrees that I need a change of place.  Since myself and my therapist have me convinced that my depression will be cured after a change of venue, I suppose it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I wish I knew. 

Two questions:  Would I still need to take the GRE or would some schools waive it on a totality of the circumstances approach? 

Second, what are everyone's opinions on approaching a professor out of the blue for a letter of recommendation for this purpose?  Do you think they would be more forthcoming in producing one than, say, if you were going to transfer to another law school?  I don't even have an ice breaker -- I volunteer alot and ask questions of my professors, but I've never developed an office hours type of relationship with them on a one-on-one basis.  Perhaps it's time to start sucking up?

Thanks in advance.  And yes, it's 2am...I haven't slept a full 8 hours in nearly three months.  I'm on EVERYTHING for sleep and acid reflux, which has developed since I've been here, but it just doesn't cut it.  If I stay here, it could be at significant cost to my health.  Even my MD agrees -- I'm mentally and physically depressed.  Oye Vei!

Current Law Students / Re: not going to class
« on: February 23, 2006, 10:14:58 PM »
My understanding of the matter is that the ABA mandates that 90% of the curriculum must be attended.  If your prof is not keeping attendance, and the law school is not enforcing it, then both of these parties are not in compliance with this rule.

My school keeps very strict attendance.  We have a sign in sheet that goes around, and if you sign it for your friend, it's curtains...and they have already made an example of two people.  I'm paying out my ass for this, so I might as well make the best of it.

Transferring / Transferring Due to Hardship/Retaking the LSAT
« on: February 23, 2006, 12:50:31 PM »
Two questions, all advice or comments appreciated:

1.  I need to get out of the law school that I am currently at, but my grades are lackluster.  There is also a vicious curve mean of 2.5, meaning that the average student will have a 2.5 GPA.  I did considerably worse than the average student during the first semester, and hope to have about an average grade after this semester.  In the gestalt, I doubt I will be able to transfer on merits alone.  To cut to the chase, my first question is:  Should I retake the LSAT in June to improve my chances of acceptance to the law school?  Any subsequent LSDAS report reflecting the updated results would be released very close to the time that the admissions committee at that school would make their determination, if at all by that time.

2.  I also would like to claim hardship.  Would this be a valid factor in the admissions committee's determination?  Has anyone ever done this?  Specifically, I am clinically depressed at this location.  I have two professionals who are prepared to submit affidavits to that effect.  I also have a child on the way and am engaged to someone living closer to that school.  Finally, financial hardship would be my last claim -- although that is probably the weaker of the three.  If this is a valid factor, should I submit it as an addendum if there is no applicable question on the application, or should I reflect this is my personal statement absent guidelines to the contrary?  Thanks for your advice, and if anyone has ever attempted this, please share.

Job Search / Re: Public Defender's Office Summer Internship Question
« on: February 13, 2006, 12:10:41 PM »
Just got an interview at the New Jersey Public Defender's Office. Ideally wanted a position with the District Attorney's, but considering I wanna do criminal law, it sounds pretty cool. Or does it?
a) has anyone here worked at a PD's office? If yes, what's it like?
b) is it a good way to start a career in criminal law?
c) is it similar/equivalent to DA's office, or the latter is more prestigious?

I want to practice in New York or New Jersey, so geographically it's quite perfect.

a.  I have not, but may be.
b.  As I've been told, absolutely.  Although as a 1L/2L you are generally relegated to mundane office space type work rather than pursuing the merits of a case or some type of administrative nuances.  If you're going to do criminal defense, possibly with aspirations of being a public defender yourself as opposed to private counsel, this is right up your alley.
c.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I'd personally rather work for a District Attorney's Office - significantly more pay and more prestiege, IMHO.  This is especially true in the tri-state area.  If you have any aspirations in politics, milk an opportunity with the DA for all its worth.

Current Law Students / Re: Laid back, enjoyable law schools
« on: February 13, 2006, 12:05:22 PM »
hmmm, laid back law school = oxymoron.

i think its all relative. everywhere you will be stressed. its just which schools you will be stressed the least.

Agreed.  I assumed that due to the setting and context of my law school students would not be assholes.  But they are, and so am I.  Law school is like the Iditerod (sp).  It's a race, and those who keep on going the swiftest will win.  Although I would describe my law school as laid back in comparison to other schools, I do agree it's all relative.

Current Law Students / Duty to Disclose
« on: February 09, 2006, 08:22:39 AM »
Two duty to disclose questions:

1.  I was found guilty of a non-moving traffic violation in December while home from law school.  Am I required to disclose this?  Should I do it anyway just to be on the safe side, especially since it was received in the state in which I plan to take the bar?

2.  This one is longer.  My roommate is a drug addict and abuses prescription medication such as painkillers, antidepressants, and barbituates on an almost daily basis.  In addition, that person binge drinks daily, often driving to classes under the influence.  Occassionally, that person snorts cocaine and smokes pot.  This is in blind disregard to my repeated requests to keep these elements out of my view since I am a recovering alcoholic.  My question is, do I have the duty to report this now, even though we are probably taking the bar in different states?  More importantly, should I, from a moral standpoint, report this?  I am considering this for a number of reasons, primarily because this person has been a total a-hole and completely disrespectful as of late, and were it not for the sheer impracticability of the matter at this juncture in the semester I would have moved out already.  I'd like to think that, as a future attorney, character and fitness would demand that I disclose something like this, possibly to get this person help now, before it's too late and it affects the gestalt.  People who blatently disregard the law should not, in my opinion, be lawyers.  They're usually called criminals, but in some cases there appears to be a very fine line between the two as wrong and right.

Current Law Students / Re: Help! I can't pay attention in ConLaw!
« on: January 31, 2006, 01:38:47 PM »
Con Law is about the only thing in law school that I actually understand.  Perhaps I should be pursuing my PhD in Political Science right now instead of stuggling through this infernal nonsense.

When I can't pay attention in class I usually take a deep breath, close my eyes, hold my breath for about 10 seconds, and exhale.  It does work.  Other than that, there is no way to force yourself to pay attention - it's got to come from inside.  You need to somehow learn to be interested in the material or trick yourself into thinking you are.

As long as you aren't multitasking while driving a car, it's all good and well.  Ask yourself if 1.5 hours is really enough prep time for your classes.  Also ask yourself if the environment will be conducive to studying - if you're on the DC Metro or the NYC Subway, it's out of the question.  LIRR?  Fuggeddaboudit!

I see people here who prep in the 5 minutes before class by scanning a case brief from some summary book or the like, so I wouldn't put that in the same category as what you're suggesting.  Do whatever works for you.

I wonder how Roni Lynn Deutsch (sp) affords all that airtime for commercials?

One of my friends (and possibly a future employer) has so many initials after her last name that it isn't even funny.  As if a JD was not a powerful degree, she has a MPA (masters of public administration), an MBA, an LLM, and a PhD in Political Science.  She's one of those trust fund professional type students with no money to worry about, and the last time we talked she was doing some pre-med work...oh boy.

The point is, anything is great with a J.D. - I for one always wanted to be a doctor and a lawyer, but I have my plate full dealing with becoming a lawyer.  Ask yourself this, however:  Do you really want to do tax law?  Do you have it in you?  It's a gutwrenching decision for some - yet others are moderately interested and can do that kind of thing day in and day out.  There are endless possibilities.

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