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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Textbooks: School bookstore or amazon/half.com??
« on: August 11, 2008, 05:43:44 PM »
I bought mine the first few terms at the bookstore, but now I buy most everything (and sell it back when the semester is over) at half.com. If you don't mind someone else's highlighting that is the way to go. I have also averaged getting $30-$40 more back per book on half.com and they sell really quickly. HTH.

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Current Law Students / Re: Why is Cooley Law so despised?
« on: August 02, 2008, 10:28:50 PM »
Just had to pipe in here....T4's exist for a reason - so people like me can go to law school. Now before you all start making jokes, here is my story...

 I am a 35 yr old mother of 4 who went back and finished her BA two years ago. I have a 155 IQ and graduated from high school with a 4.0 then I went to a great college on a full ride scholarship and failed out (I was young and only interested in partying). As a result, I had one horrible GPA. I dropped out with only a year left. When I went back to school (as a much wiser adult), I was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. However, this was NOT enough to bring my GPA up. My school had me listed as graduating with a 3.0 but thanks to the LSDAS they "calculated" my GPA at a dismal 2.2. Who the hell lets someone into law school with a 2.2 GPA??? You guessed it! Cooley.

 Not only was I accepted, but because of their generous scholarship program I was awarded a 75% scholarship for my LSAT score. Now was Cooley my first choice? Of course not. It's not anyone's. But what Cooley did was offer me a chance. Don't get me wrong, they do a lot of things I don't agree with (like dismissing students for falling below a 2.0 when they have a 2.0 curve for starters!) but I have worked me ass off, am in the top 1/3 of my class and am halfway through lawschool.

You all can disrespect Cooley all you want but here in Michigan, Cooley grads are a force to be reckoned with. Recent bar passage scores were damn close to University of Michigan's and Cooley grads are known throughout the state to be fierce inside and outside the courtroom. If you are going to make it here, you better be tough and be passionate about the law.....you won't surive otherwise.

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Current Law Students / Re: rant, depressed
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:55:24 PM »
I just started my second year and I totally agree with most of what everyone has said. I have found the following to be true:

1) most "review sessions" are worthless

2) so are most study groups

3) don't obsess over briefing every single case but do read, book brief and make notes
in the margins

4) it really doesn't matter if the outline is yours or not

5) about a week prior to exams start doing simulated exams - if you have M/C and essy--do both!! I'm constantly amazed at how many people don't do this.

6) most profs do basically the same format every year. LOOK AT OLD EXAMS!!! This is absolutely crucial to judge if you've got it!

7) use Cali lessons for problem areas-they usually clear things right up for me.

BTW, I am in the top 1/3 of my class and I have never written my own outline, haven't written out a brief since my first semester, and seem to be one of the least stressed in our law library this week.

HTH

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Current Law Students / Re: Property - Future estates
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:46:03 PM »
Vap is right, that is an EXCELLENT book and one that my prof used this term as well. It made future interests (relatively) easy. I actually think property is going to be my easiest final this term.
HTH,

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Current Law Students / Re: True Horror Story
« on: October 12, 2007, 05:38:41 PM »
IMO it is far better to voluteer to answer a question that to be put on the spot. Who wants to go through that torture? I noticed my first semester that profs check off names as people volunteer or are called on. Why not take advantage of that? If I'm sitting in class and have something to contribute, I raise my hand. I'm no gunner, but I don't like to be put on the spot either.

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Umm... for all of you who play solitare or search the web during class - THANK YOU for making it easier for me to be in the top 10% of my class! There is no way I would be paying all of this money for a legal education to waste a second of it.

It depends on the class for me. If it's a heavy notetaking class, I use my laptop. If the prof. is more interactive, I sometimes take notes by hand and transfer them to the laptop later. Come exam time, there is NO WAY that I would handwrite. I type 120 words/minute and I can get double or triple the info down vs. someone who is handwriting.

But hey, don't listen. I like being in the top of the class. ;D


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Current Law Students / Re: Wayne (50% tuition) v. MSU (Full ride)
« on: February 17, 2007, 07:09:57 PM »
I would take the full ride at MSU. No debt is much better ;D and whether you are looking to practice outside the state of Mi or inside the state I think that you will get more bang for your buck at MSU. I am in my second semester at Cooley (top 25% of my class) and have talked to a lot of attorneys here in Michigan - many, believe it or not, had rather hire a Cooley grad than one from U of Michigan (no laughs, I'm quite serious). In terms of state reputation Wayne runs behind MSU and Cooley.
Hope that helps!

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Current Law Students / Re: Doing worse second semester
« on: January 30, 2007, 07:51:28 PM »
I can't seem to get motivated either. I'm at least the top third after the first semester (B average on C curve). The randomness of it all is driving me crazy. I HATED contracts all last semester and ended up with an A- (didn't study much for the final and didn't really feel like I had a good grasp on the material either). Yet in Criminal Law I put a TON of study time in, felt really good about the exam and ended up with a C!! WTF?? I was totally ready to have to take K over again and it ended up my highest grade.

I don't know what I did wrong and what I did right last time. This semester I've gotten really lazy (I'm book briefing, not outlining yet, have missed a few classes, etc.) I've heard about "hitting the wall" your second semester. I just hope I get over it soon because I'm pissing myself off  :o

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Current Law Students / Practicing in Canada?
« on: December 19, 2006, 08:12:36 PM »
Does anyone have any information on practicing in Canada? I am currently a 1L going to school in Michigan and I am really interested in moving to Canada when I'm done (provided Bush hasn't blown up the world by then) ;D
Thanks!

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Current Law Students / Re: The tale of two exams
« on: December 14, 2006, 07:07:22 PM »
OMG I soooooooo hear you. My CRIM LAW sucked on Tuesday but today's tort exam rocked!! It was nice to feel good after an exam.

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