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Transferring / Re: chances for transfer
« on: July 05, 2007, 01:58:19 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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Current Law Students / Re: Study Aid(s) Crazyness!!!
« on: July 04, 2007, 09:27:47 PM »
I have the Understanding Crim Law book I will prob put on ebay here pretty soon

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Current Law Students / Re: Study Aid(s) Crazyness!!!
« on: June 28, 2007, 09:57:04 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, 05:30:06 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, 09:53:43 PM »
I sent my law school transcripts directly to the schools for which I am applying.

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Transferring / Re: Meeting with Admissions
« on: June 14, 2007, 05:52:51 AM »
Yeah man.  I'm going up there around the first of the month to have a chat with them.  I go to a T4 with a decent rep (I hope), well as decent as a T4 can have anyway.  I'm not as high as you, but I'm top 10%. 

Good luck, I will be sure to withdraw if I am admitted.

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Transferring / Re: Meeting with Admissions
« on: June 13, 2007, 09:02:24 PM »
I hope you'll withdraw you app. from Vandy when you get in UTK.

Are you applying to Vandy?

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Transferring / Re: Meeting with Admissions
« on: June 13, 2007, 02:39:19 PM »
I actually went just the other day; all I did to setup the meeting was look on the schools website to find out who the dean of admissions is and called her office.  I just told them I was applying as a transfer student and was planning on making a visit . I then asked if she would be available to talk to me for a few minutes and they setup an appointment.

I went to into her office and she had my file there to look over.  My school hadn't sent my transcript yet so I brought a copy of my grades printed from my school's online grading service for her to look at.  It was very informal and general,  I told her that I wanted to go to school there and briefly gave a few reasons why.  She asked a few questions about where I wanted to practice, etc.  I had a few specific question to ask her which she answered.  The whole thing lasted about 10-15 minutes and she gave me a paper regarding law review before I left.

Overall, it wasn't very informative, but that wasn't the point in going.  I am glad I went because if nothing else at least it showed them that I was truly interested in the school and will allow them to put a face with a name when my application is formally reviewed. 

To answer your question about wanting to be in the geographic location, it came up and I basically said I had lived in the state all my life and wanted to practice there after I graduate.


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Job Search / Re: 2nd Semester Grades Tanked - What to do?
« on: June 09, 2007, 10:59:24 AM »
Before anyone can give you a good answer I would imagine we need to know why your grades tanked.  Were you lazy? cocky? or did something happen during the semester that affected your studies?

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