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General Board / Re: Ideal 1L Summer???
« on: June 30, 2007, 01:12:06 AM »
I'd definitely advise against taking 1L summer off.... at the least take a class or do some research for a prof....

Of course, the degree of badness is inverse to your school/class rank...

I can imagine a lot of interviewers next fall noticing that you did nothing legal related your 1L summer and giving you "So you don't like the law very much?" type questions.

FWIW I think a firm job is the holy grail for 1L summer (unless you dont plan on eventually working for a firm).

General Board / Re: Law Review Write-On Competition: What is it?
« on: June 30, 2007, 01:07:04 AM »
My school lets the top 15 students in the class "grade-on", but they still make us do the 'competition' (we will make it regardless but they still want us to make a good-faith effort)!

It consists of an editing exercise and writing a casenote, within a 1 week time frame (the week before school starts).

Even though the winner gets his/her note published, I'm definitely disinclined to do little more than the bare minimum on my note.

General Board / Re: Laptop or pen and paper? What do you do and why?
« on: June 26, 2007, 04:16:55 PM »
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

I'm in the top 5% of my class fwiw.... 

General Board / Re: Laptop or pen and paper? What do you do and why?
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:30:46 PM »
I took notes by hand for the first half of the 1st semester, then switched to my laptop.  Here's why:

1) I can type much faster than I can handwrite
2) Easier to copy/paste my notes into my outline, particularly if you strive to take your notes in an outline form
3) Finally, distractions! Lawschool is BORING! Lawschool classes are about as interesting as watching paint dry, I think I'd go insane without being to surf the net during lectures. 

I think the number of people handwriting notes in my section was down to the single digits by Christmas

General Board / Re: 1L summer job = disadvantage during 2L?
« on: June 21, 2007, 11:38:41 PM »
You still have research/writing classes your 2L year?


General Board / Re: Good Economics Refresher
« on: May 16, 2007, 03:40:45 PM »
I've heard (but haven't read it) that Basic Economics: A Citizens Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell is outstanding.

General Board / Re: Living alone vs living with roommates
« on: May 11, 2007, 06:41:12 PM »
Live alone.  The last thing you'll need next year is roommate drama or distractions.  Upperclass students tend to not take law school nearly as seriously as you'll need to next semester.

General Board / Re: Long exams
« on: May 05, 2007, 12:34:23 AM »
Depends on the nature of the exam, but that seems on the short side.

My 3-hr closed book conlaw exam answer was 12 pages single spaced.

General Board / Re: did i make the right law school choice?
« on: May 04, 2007, 05:31:37 PM »
Are there any strings attached to the scholarship, and if so, what class rank are you required to maintain?

General Board / Re: Most Hated 1L Class
« on: May 02, 2007, 10:20:04 PM »
Conlaw!  And I'm not biased because my exam is tomorrow! :P

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