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Current Law Students / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 29, 2007, 06:56:11 AM »
I was a poli sci major and I had never seen a case book in my life before law school.  I even took business law as part of my business core, and didn't know how to brief a case.

Maybe it was just the program at my school, but I took constitutional law I & II, administrative law, sex-based discrimination, and criminal law (which was a mix of criminal law and criminal procedure); all were entirely casebook based (all were the UPS Brown/ Gold trim West Books.) and our exams were all long hypos which we had to issue spot, apply rules, and come to a conclusion.  We even had to brief all our cases and turn the briefs in for a grade.

Of course I had the typical political theory type classes that didn't don't do squat for me now, but the ones I mentioned above were invaluable.

Current Law Students / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 28, 2007, 10:55:14 AM »
I disagree, I don't think it helps much after the first semester, but how many people in undergrad outside of Poli Sci majors have even seen a casebook?  The ability to read and analyze cases was invaluable to me first semester.  It doesn't seem to mean much now though.

EDIT - I went back and read your question again and the answer is no, it doesn't help tremendously , but it will help some, as mentioned above.

It isn't an ideal situation, but remember everyone is in the same boat.

Current Law Students / Re: Note-taking software
« on: March 22, 2007, 04:00:32 PM »
Some people in my class use Microsoft OneNote, it looks pretty handy but overall Word will work.

Current Law Students / Re: Best Laptop Notebook for Law School?
« on: March 03, 2007, 10:44:58 AM »
there is no best really.  I would suggest this though
1) Light weight
2) As much RAM as you can possibly afford
3) Best warranty plan you can afford
4) Don't get a dell... they suck and their customer service is lacking at best

I agree with this post except for the Dell comments.  A lot of people hate on Dell, but mine has been great and the one problem I did have (I spilled water on it) was fixed by Dell within a week.  Under the warranty I had they weren't even required to fix it, but did anyway.

Current Law Students / ALWD v. Bluebook
« on: February 24, 2007, 12:22:29 PM »
What are the practical differences?  Which one is better?  I currently go to a school that uses ALWD, will I be confused if I am forced to use a Bluebook at some point?

Transferring / Re: Transfer Applications and "What If's".....
« on: February 19, 2007, 07:11:49 PM »
Most schools will put 95% emphasis on law school grades, a few are known to looking at LSAT/UGPA.

yes you will, but only the 3rd ring with the other lazy gluttons

Current Law Students / Re: Question for students from UVA and Georgetown
« on: February 19, 2007, 05:30:03 AM »
You can establish residency in VA after 12 continuous months of living there.

Current Law Students / Re: Question for students from UVA and Georgetown
« on: February 18, 2007, 07:46:44 PM »
don't forget you can get in-state tuition at UVA after one year....assuming you are out of state.

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