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« on: May 28, 2009, 01:26:20 PM »
substantive due process is whatever judges want to be law but isn't
« on: May 22, 2009, 11:33:55 AM »
1. Follow directions. If the directions say the note needs to be printed on a sheet of parchment made from the wool of a lamb that is exactly 435 days old, do not use wool from a lamb that is 434 or 436 days old. But seriously, this thing is all about following directions. Margins, font, number of copies, method and time of delivery, what sources you use, etc. are all worth a sizable chunk of the grading.
2. Start early. You need to do that so you can...
3. Edit more than you write. Along with following directions, having perfect spelling, great grammer, and correct citations are key. As a 2L you're going to spend more time with the Bluebook and Chicago Manual of Style (at least I did) than you would ever want to. That's the skill they're looking for.
4. Organize everything. A dull but well-organized note will beat a genius but completely disorganized note every time.
Bottom line: this is about form over function. Get the form right, and if the function (the substance) is passable, you should be in good shape.
I agree. I wrote onto my journal by doing all of the above plus spending the whole write-on period focused only on this; took the days off from work etc.
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:59:21 AM »
Hi, thanks for taking the time to share your advise. With deposit deadlines on approach I'm trying to narrow down where to attend next fall. Right now I'm stuck. Here are the schools on the table:
Quinnipiac Law: 18,000 merit based scholarship
NESL: 20,0000 merit based scholarship
WNEC: 28,000 merit based scholarship
Suffolk: Awaiting reply due to late college cert form.
Roger Williams: Full Ride (I've ruled this school out based on all the negative reviews I've read.)
About me: I graduated from UConn with a 3.65 gpa in English. I had a 157 lsat which puts me above WNEC & NESL 75%ile, and towards the bottom of Quinnipiac's admits. I potentially would like to work as an in house legal counsel (which I know is a long uphill battle considering my potential schools), and I am also drawn towards IP law. However, I'm not hell bent on pursuing these areas should I find a propensity for some other area of law while in school.
My biggest qualms:
WNEC: Location & Reputation to a lesser degree.
Personally, I'm impressed by Quinnipiac's 10:1 student:teacher ratio, Reduced admissions size, Steadily moving up the ranks, and highest bar passage rate of any school in the country (yes you read that right).
A long established attorney in HFD who is a friend of mine swears by the mantra that you make your own name in the legal field, but I'm just not quite sold on that. I want to practice within the MA/CT area, so far a reaching reputation is not an issue. Any imput any of you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Don't hold your breath on Suffolk... they usually don't have any money to give. I am suprised QU didn't give you more though... I was 3.85 (Summa and Phi Beta Kappa) at UMASS in Political Science and History and a 158 LSAT and they gave me $25,000 a year but WNEC only gave me $22,500. I don't know about the others but QU does have an IP concentration if that helps any.
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:54:54 AM »
Hey everyone! I just heard from QU last night, finally! I'm visiting next week, but will be after all the students are gone so I won't be able to sit on a class or anything. I'm sure the campus is beautiful, but of those of you who have visited, what are your impressions? Are the students nice, good community, ect.? The professors seem helpful? Give me the scoop! Thanks )
I just finished by 2L year there. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me.
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:51:57 AM »
Quinnipiac, Syracuse, Suffolk
« on: May 22, 2009, 09:54:33 AM »
« on: May 21, 2009, 09:14:45 AM »
I'm a rising 3L, and I haven't taken these courses yet. Should I bother? Admin law looks especially god-awful. Also, I realize agency is covered in Corporations (which I'm taking this year). I've generally kept to the "bar courses" model in law school, but I'm considering skipping agency and admin so I can take something fun and impractical. Also, I'm probably taking the Delaware Bar, which does specifically test agency law. Any advice?
I am taking the Mass bar and have no agency class at my school (its part of business organizations instead) so take my advice with a grain of salt. However, I don't think agency is that important to learn separately, especially if you already covered it in Contracts and/or Corporations/Bus Orgs.... but if you never learned partnerships it might be important to learn that stuff which might be covered in an agency course
as far as Admin, I am unfortunately left wondering with you
« on: May 21, 2009, 09:12:26 AM »
I'm going to try and make room to take some of these classes, but I'm sort of with you, my interest in the law is mostly academic and doing role plays of client interaction, etc. is not really up my alley. We've done a few in legal writing and I feel like I'm in high school drama class or something. I'm sure they give you more confidence when you actually do get into the situation of dealing with a client, though.
Yeah, I mean my biggest problem is that there are so many courses I would like to take and only a small number of credits I can actually take. I did great at my oral argument my 1L year (wowed all the judges) but I am pretty sure I don't want to deal with that type of law my whole life.
« on: May 21, 2009, 09:10:37 AM »
Thanks all. It sucks my school's advising system is pretty weak but at least lawschooldiscussion.org is still around!
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