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General Board / banking in NYC
« on: May 11, 2006, 04:25:33 PM »
I'm moving to NYC (Queens) on June 1. Any one who is/will be a law student in the city have any banking suggestions? I'm debating Bank of America with Chase. ???

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General Board / Re: Building outlining tool for MS Word
« on: April 25, 2006, 09:45:32 AM »
Back when I was an undergraduate studying animal learning, a graduate student told me that there were "dictionaries" that you could download and install for use with MS Word that would allow the program to have a greater vocabulary for specific fields. I'm pretty sure they have these for many science fields, and I imagine that they have one for law. I'll do a little Googling to see what I can find.

This is what makes me nuts...the "add to dictionary" feature.  We use a lot of words that word highlights as incorrect spellings.  (For the life of me, can't seem to think of one now!)  Anyway, if I add it to the dictionary, I would love that all forms of the word be added, like the plural form, etc. 

Also - when doing an outlining format...well that whole thing is just cumbersome and wish it could be a lot easier.  I made a basic document and just use that whenever I start a new outline....but it is still a pain.

Yeah... reasonableness, promissor, promisee, estoppel, Scalia... Word doesn't like any of em!

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City U of New York / Re: How's CUNY, anyway?
« on: April 21, 2006, 09:27:14 AM »
Let's carry on this conversation in the other thread- trying to get as many CUNY folks chatting as possible.  ;D

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,60115.0.html

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City U of New York / Re: How's CUNY, anyway?
« on: April 20, 2006, 01:17:11 PM »
I just spoke to David- he said that they will be sending out the paperwork in the next few weeks outlining the criteria.

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City U of New York / Re: How's CUNY, anyway?
« on: April 20, 2006, 11:45:21 AM »
I wasn't aware that other schools were only Mon-Thurs. For me, after working Mon-Fri for the past 4 years, a short Friday will be a relief. Besides, I think if I had Fridays off I might be more inclined to slack- I need a tight schedule to keep myself in line!

I just talked to Admissions regarding the Summer Law Institute- the woman who I spoke to believes that students are notified about their enrollment in the program when they recieve their admission letter, but she couldn't say for sure. She transferred me to David (last name something like 'Nedvorny' or something) who is responsible for the institute, and I left him a voicemail. I will keep you posted.

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City U of New York / Re: How's CUNY, anyway?
« on: April 20, 2006, 10:54:44 AM »
I read "Law School Confidential," and it was a good read. Definately some useful information, as well as some not-so-useful information. I feel that, right now, I need to focus on preparing my mind to study, since I have been out of college for about 4 years now.

I'll probably pick up "Planet Law School" this weekend- thanks for the tip.  ;)

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City U of New York / Re: How's CUNY, anyway?
« on: April 20, 2006, 08:19:37 AM »
What kinds of "primers" have you been reading? I'll take any help I can get!

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City U of New York / Re: How's CUNY, anyway?
« on: April 19, 2006, 12:08:19 PM »
Awesome! I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be moving to Queens in June. Where are you from?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Study time
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:33:56 PM »
I'm assuming this poster is joking. If so, it is a great piece of satire. If not, he/she should re-consider going to law school.

I'm a law school admit for the fall of 06.  I've read a few of the posts related to studying and read a couple of law school experience books including "Law School Confidential".  The suggested amount of time needed to do well in law school seems ridiculously high and reminds me of warnings I got in middle school, "Sure you'll get by fine without doing your homework but wait until you get to High School", then in High School, "Sure you'll get by fine doing only 3 hours of homework a week but wait until college".  My most difficult Calc 3 class in college took 2 hours of studying per week and 60% attendance to get an A.

Naturally people will vary greatly in the time commitment required based on individual differences and the law school they attend.  Law School Confidential suggests that it takes 6 minutes to simply read (not brief or outline) a page of case law.  I've checked out several case books and I average 2 minutes per page with retention and comprehension.  I can't imagine it taking anyone longer than 4 minutes per page.  Then the book goes on to add up the individual time required for each study effort but, based on Miller's calculations, the total is erroneous and the error is impossible to pinpoint.  Her book is an exercise in imprecision and anecdotal advice.

I can't imagine studying more than 10 hours per week and I feel very confident I won't have to.

Then there is the huge non-sequitor of advice regarding attendance and punctuality - found everywhere on law school resources online and a point of serious caution for "Law School Confidential".  Everyone warns; "Are you prepared to wake up early and regularly for 2-3 hours of class for 28 out of 52 weeks in the year?"

Am I alone in thinking that College was easier than high school, High school easier than middle school and middle school easier than grade school?  In college you take classes 1 hour at a time; tardiness is not punished with public embarrassment and stern unfriendliness.  Starting in High School some degree of snacking and refreshment drinking is tolerated and you don't need permission from a public school dunce of a teacher to urinate like you do in middle school.  Each advance through the educational system affords you respect, freedom of expression, creativity and freedom of time management.  A job at McDonalds is much more demanding of punctuality and regularity of commitment than a 1L Law School curriculum.  Besides the mental fitness of a student for the law curriculum there is nothing demanded of a law student in terms of time, attendance, punctuality organizational skills and stress that is not eclipsed by a job at a fast food restaurant, I say this having worked for several years at a couple.

I work as a cubicle dweller for a large manufacturing company and law school is going to be a vacation for me. 


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General Board / Re: Law School Weekends
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:01:32 PM »
I have yet to start school (will be a 1L this fall), but I imagine my schedule will be as follows: In class weekday business hours, study weekday late afternoons and evenings until bed, allocating small breaks for meals, work-out, etc. Fridays cut off the studying at about 9 or so to relax or go out, as budget allows. Study all day Saturday and Sunday.

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