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It is definitely a race for time.

I like to think of law school exams as a different version of Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo.  :) You have a limited amount of time to rack up as many points as possible and get to the end.  If you dont, you lose.



7 hours?

Agreed.  My Civil Procedure final was a 7-hour closed book exam, and I BARELY finished...

I also agree with the poster suggesting that you stop thinking about exams.  RELAX.  There will be plenty of time to worry yourself sick come classes.  However, if your exam anxiety gets the best of you--as it did me last summer-I suggest reading "Getting to Maybe."  It is a how-to book on writing law school exams, and I found it very helpful.  Goodluck and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Transferring / Re: Resume Question
« on: July 15, 2007, 11:49:56 AM »
I haven't gone through OCI yet, but the answer I've seen on here most often is to drop your old school after you get grades from your new school and certainly once you graduate.

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Law Firms / Re: Bald Hair
« on: July 07, 2007, 01:30:27 PM »
well here is some input from a balding 1L.  lol...my father and grandfather have full heads of hair but thats beside the point..i guess law school has gotten to me:)


Just a note on genetics... You get your hair from your mother's side of the family, if you're a man.

And goatees are indeed tacky.

This is folklore, except for the goatee part

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You might want to grab a few more shirts, but as long as your suits are normal colors (navy/charcoal) I don't see why you would need more than 2

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Transferring / Re: chances for transfer
« on: July 05, 2007, 03:58:19 PM »
I'm not sure of the deadlines for those schools, but the deadlines have past for a lot of other schools.  I would check into that first thing before you even worry about transferring.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Study Aid(s) Crazyness!!!
« on: July 04, 2007, 11:27:47 PM »
I have the Understanding Crim Law book I will prob put on ebay here pretty soon

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Study Aid(s) Crazyness!!!
« on: June 28, 2007, 11:57:04 AM »
I don't know if all schools do this, but my library had masses of study aids for each subject.  I just went through and browsed to see which ones I thought were most useful.  They also had commercial lectures on CD that I found useful, especially in my Crim Law and Contracts classes because the lecturer on both of those CDs also authored the book we used for the class.

You might want to try there first and see what you come up with before buying any study aids.

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TITCR... If you get his professors.

No. That's the fundamental fallacy that confuses law students and kills their grades. What I have prescribed is the recipe for success in all American law schools, b/c they all use the same crappy pedagogical method (socratic lectures followed by a giant issue-spotter exam which accounts for 100% of your grade). A torts exam at harvard looks the same as a torts exam at podunk u; it will be a giant fact-pattern, and you will need to apply black-letter rules to the facts. Maybe, and this is just a maybe, the harvard exam will have a teeny-tiny policy question that's worth 15% of the grade or so (they're usually only 30 minute Qs on a 3-hour final; so 1/6). So, if one of these Qs shows up (and chances are it won't), that means that 95% of what you learned in class accounts for only 15% of your grade. Again, chances are you won't even get a policy Q on the exam, and if you do, knowing the black-letter law cold will prepare you for that stupid question anyway.

People like to say "you're not learning torts...you're learning professor X's torts." That's extremely misleading. All this means is that (1) your prof will not cover every conceivable topic in the law of torts, and (2) if and when your prof thinks the rule is different from what the study aid says (not often, but sometimes) then use his rule. What it certainly does NOT mean is that what your professor bs's about in class is wht you will see on the final. Bottom line - the law of torts is the law of torts is the law of torts. there's a godd**mned restatement which spells it out, and that's why it can be tested on a multi-state bar exam. that's the *&^% you need to know cold, regardless of how much class time you spend on 'loss spreading' or 'efficiency vs. fairness.'

I agree 100%, I don't think I am smarter than all my classmates, but I did better than them on all my exams because I wrote them in the format you described in your earlier post.

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Transferring / Re: Should I Transfer
« on: June 22, 2007, 07:30:06 AM »
At least apply to a few places and dangle your acceptances over the heads of the financial aid office to get some scholarship money from your current school.

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Transferring / Re: Does LSAC.org process law school transcript?
« on: June 14, 2007, 11:53:43 PM »
I sent my law school transcripts directly to the schools for which I am applying.

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