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Current Law Students / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 30, 2007, 04:20:45 AM »

In a good PoliSci paper, you need to think of counterarguments for anything that you say and rebut them. Also, because you learn so many different theories, you learn to accept the fact that there are 2 sides (at least) to every issue. You learn that there is never a black and white answer. You learn that you need to use reasoning to prove a point in a paper. You learn to see everything from so many different perspectives and ask the very questions that come in handy in law school. Also, I think that cranking out papers all of the time for Political Science prepared me for law school. I have scored above average on every legal writing assignment this year.



????  Am I the only poly/sci major here who didn't even begin his/her undergrad "poly/sci papers" until I ran out of beer the night before it was due??  I can honestly say, none of what this person said ever even crossed my mind while writing these things.  I highly doubt any undergrad, at least the ones I know, approached their assignments in any way that would prepare them for law school (However, the copious amounts of alcohol consumed did prepare us for the second year of law school).

There were many times that I procrastinated a paper until the night before it was due (or even the morning of). The same has been true with my legal writing assignments, though :) Many of the undergrad PoliSci students I knew were quite brilliant (myself excluded from this). So the undergrad students that I knew actually did approach their assignments in a way that sort of prepared them for law school or graduate work.

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Current Law Students / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 29, 2007, 05:33:22 PM »
I actually think that some skills that I learned in my PoliSci courses ARE useful in law school. Prior to law school, I had never seen a casebook. I focused on International Politics and Political Theory in undergrad. The analytical thinking that you learn in Political Science is very useful when you are in law school. The papers that I had to write for my undergrad major prepared me for law school.

In a good PoliSci paper, you need to think of counterarguments for anything that you say and rebut them. Also, because you learn so many different theories, you learn to accept the fact that there are 2 sides (at least) to every issue. You learn that there is never a black and white answer. You learn that you need to use reasoning to prove a point in a paper. You learn to see everything from so many different perspectives and ask the very questions that come in handy in law school. Also, I think that cranking out papers all of the time for Political Science prepared me for law school. I have scored above average on every legal writing assignment this year.

However, if I could go back and do it over I probably would have studied engineering or business. The career prospects with a law degree + finance or engineering are probably better than those with a PoliSci degree.

As for students who come to school knowing case law: I know a few "Pre-Law" Poli Sci program students (my school did not have a pre-law program). They do not have the best grades in the class. So I wouldn't be too worried about your roommate's knowledge of case law/common law. Law school is a completely different game.

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Current Law Students / Re: What does the SBA do at your school?
« on: March 20, 2007, 10:07:00 AM »
Does the SBA have an actual impact at anyone's school? Or is it more "lip service" than anything else? I'm trying to decide if I should even bother voting in the upcoming SBA election. 

Law school SBA is for those who did not get elected as class secretary sophomore year in high school.

Haha  ;D

I think there may be some truth to that statement.

If only we had a Law Prom King and Queen, then I could really re-experience high school :)

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Current Law Students / What does the SBA do at your school?
« on: March 20, 2007, 07:56:38 AM »
I cannot figure out what the SBA has actually accomplished at my school this year. The SBA elections are coming up, and I don't understand why our school needs 10 SBA reps for 2L and 3L students.

They put on our Fall and Spring "law prom", and they also sent out emails complaining about grading curves, cost of tuition, class schedule, etc. Then they met with school admin regarding these issues, and nothing changed.

Does the SBA have an actual impact at anyone's school? Or is it more "lip service" than anything else? I'm trying to decide if I should even bother voting in the upcoming SBA election. 




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I replied to your post on the William Mitchell specific board, but I must say that I am happy with my decision to go here. I also think that the fact that you have a family makes Mitchell an excellent choice. Flexible scheduling, other students who are parents, and the school's focus on "practical wisdom".

This link shows the activities that students (and the public) can go to at William Mitchell (and non-students too).
http://www.wmitchell.edu/docket/

Maybe you could go to a talk or an activity for some more insight? Also, if you accept a scholarship from any of these schools, pay attention to the GPA you're required to keep. And then find out what the school's curve is set at. I was offered scholarships at all 3 private schools. I know several people who chose Mitchell based on their scholarship offer (even over the U). Some people thought the scholarship would be easy to keep. After exam grades came back, though, some are worried about "stepping up their game" for Spring semester in order to keep theirs. My point is that if Hamline offers you a scholarship, that is a motivating factor for studying there. However, pay attention to where students get employed after attending there, what the different starting salaries are, etc. If you are happy with that information, then attend there. But I wouldn't completely base my decision on a scholarship offer. Also, you could TRY to see (if Hamline offers you $) whether Mitchell or St. Thomas would be willing to offer you anything. Sometimes after you have an acceptance and a scholarship from another school, another school might offer you something.

Alright, I don't know if this was really that helpful. All in all, I just want to say that I am really happy with my experience at William Mitchell, and I definitely would encourage other students to attend this school.

Good luck with your decision :)



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Current Law Students / Re: New blog for law students
« on: January 29, 2007, 05:39:50 PM »
I also can relate to it... Quite funny... Especially some of the links :) Much better than working on my legal writing assignment!

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We don't get our grades back in time to drop everything and get a refund. Jerks!

4th tier

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Current Law Students / Re: Who else is getting a gut?
« on: January 08, 2007, 04:21:38 PM »
I've pulled a lot of all-nighters already in the first semester, and in November had mostly nights where I got 4-5 hours of sleep. Did not eat as well as I could. Consequently, when I came home I found that I was 10 pounds underweight.

I'm in the same boat as you. I had to buy a belt with some of my Christmas money :) But for me, part of the weight loss is due to depression (probably from being a 1L) that causes me to lose my appetite. Oh well, at least I look good :)

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Current Law Students / Re: Number of Hours Devoted to Law School
« on: December 11, 2006, 03:47:24 PM »
Full-time 1L (14 credits)
 
Prior to finals:
3 hours of class a day, plus 2-6 hours of studying a day (6 hours when a blasted Legal Writing assignment is due, 2-4 hours is the more typical amount).
4-6 hours on Saturday (normally 4)
2-5 hours on Sunday (normally 3)

FINALS time
8 hours of pure studying for 2 days before my Contracts final
Now I'm dragging my butt to study for Torts...

I think I might be too much of a slacker for law school. But I do all of the readings and read supplements. I go to class. I have a better work ethic than I did in undergrad... I also know people who study A LOT less (and those who study a lot more).

I can't imagine studying any more than that, even if my grades are a complete disappointment. Sad, but true. I am lazy and finals are kicking my arse. :-[

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Current Law Students / Re: Contracts E&E?
« on: December 08, 2006, 07:10:26 PM »
I've read it, and it helped calm my mind down when I didn't feel like the casebook sufficed. However, I don't think it will help me ace the exam because my Contracts professor is like the one in The Paper Chase.

Good luck :)

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