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I'd imagine that it's possible, because journal candidates are supposed to try and publish their articles in other school journals if they don't make their own. However, it may be an uphill struggle because you'd lack the whip (aka editors) to make you complete the article within certain deadlines. Writing an article while school is in session isn't easy, even with research assistant experience. Not to mention your experience may not be all that relevant to the researching/writing of an article. Good luck.

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Book Sales and Trades / Re: LEEWS: will buy your used copy
« on: August 05, 2007, 08:40:42 PM »
I have a gently used copy of the CDs, willing to sell for $100 + whatever shipping you want. I'm missing one or two pages of the loose handouts, but those really are not essential. PM me if interested.

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I agree with osakakid above. Most 1Ls will struggle to complete the coursework, and a part-time job will definitely bring their academic achievements down. Unless you have really need the money to survive, have exceptional time management skills or adapt to different modes of learning very quickly, a part-time job would be to your disadvantage. Your task in 1L is to learn the law and do well academically. You will need your spare time to relax, exercise and sleep. There's always time in 2L to take on a part-time job if you wish.

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General Board / Re: Mac users - what software do you use?
« on: July 16, 2007, 07:28:35 PM »
I used omnioutliner for all my class notes, and simply condensed those into my outlines for the finals. Omnioutliner has its upsides and drawbacks.

Things I liked about it:
-easy to take notes right into outline form
-exports to Word in Office 2004 for sending notes to other people
-the space between lines in outliner is smaller than say MS Word, so your outline/notes will be half the length of your classmates'
-the ability to drag sections of your notes and rearrange them is gold.
-ditto the ability to nest/hide child sections. e.g. you can have the summary of the case as the top layer and the facts/ph/issue/reasoning hidden when you are doing your outline.
-if you took your notes right, collapsing all the nested rows will show you the skeleton outline of your course.

Things that suck:
-lines are kinda close together, may be hard to read in an open book exam
-similarly, the indent for child levels are small, making the document look congested compared to an MS Word doc.
-it really really blows when you need to print out your omni document and have no way of connecting to the school's intranet/internet, thus forcing you to convert the file into rtf, transfer it onto a usb drive, and then print it in the computer lab.

Btw I never learned to use the finer points of omnioutliner, just the bare basics.


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General Board / Re: Waiting for grades....
« on: June 08, 2007, 03:41:05 PM »
Mine are finally all in. Quick question: Is class rank now calculated by the entire year's grades (1L) or just the past semester? Obviously it may be different from school to school, but what's the norm?

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1L job search / Re: Substantive work after 1L?
« on: June 01, 2007, 03:04:20 PM »
I'm feeling both sides of this. On one hand, I think my rank is pretty good considering my capabilities, so staying where I'm ranked is okay with me. On the other hand, I feel like I'm already giving 100% to law school and not being able to break out of the current placings is kinda discouraging. Thanks for your insight.

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1L job search / Re: Substantive work after 1L?
« on: June 01, 2007, 11:46:56 AM »
  Most employers respect this prohibition because they all realize, like everyone else, that first semester 1L is make or break.  It is rough to realize it, but after my 4th semester of grades which just came in, you will pretty much stay the same from where you were after your first year.  [/quote]

Could you elaborate on why the fall 1L semester is make or break? I'm a rising 2L, and did okay my first semester. I have half the grades from my second sem, and it looks like I did slightly worse, thereby dashing my Dean's List hopes. Are grades really all that irrelevant after 1L?

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Temple / Re: Laptops
« on: May 23, 2007, 10:10:48 PM »
wooshi> use Bootcamp to boot into windows when you have to take the exam. Macs will work just fine for everything else.

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General Board / Re: I have a foreign accent
« on: February 13, 2007, 08:56:13 PM »
Accents are cute and distinctive. Just be sure to speak slowly and clearly when called on or when asking questions. The location of your law school also makes a difference. If you go to a relatively diverse school, then no worries. If you go to a school where 99% of the people speak with the same accent, then work on imitating how people say words. Listen, imitate, repeat. It took me about a year and a half to sound mostly American.

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General Board / Re: class rank (statistically speaking)
« on: January 24, 2007, 07:02:02 AM »
Thanks...I almost hope that isn't correct because it puts me at top 25%. [3.44 gpa with a 3.0 curve, hoped for higher rank]
Useful to know though.

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