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Current Law Students / Re: 2L Scheduling
« on: May 18, 2009, 06:08:43 AM »
Most of your classmates will be trying to stuff in as many pre-reqs as possible next semester, so many of the ones you listed will be quite full. Not much you can do to avoid that, but you could always consider leaving some of the non-essentials for your 3rd year, after you've had your 2L year to boost your GPA as much as possible. Maybe like Trusts & Estates and Admin Law, if you don't plan to take anything for which those are pre-reqs. What is Pro Rep?
Does your school offer any wee small classes that sound kind of specialized and/or boring, but with a very low enrollment cap and maybe a paper to write instead of a final exam? Wouldn't hurt to add in one or two of those, if you prefer papers to exams.

Income Tax is what a lot of people at my school save their pass/fail option for. I probably will too. :D

I agree completely. I am in the JD-MBA program so I have more flexibility as far as which classes I take when but less flexibility when it comes to credit numbers. I want to do either transactional work or estate planning so ordered my courses accordingly...

Fall 2L- Basic Tax, Trusts and Estates, Advanced Contracts, MBA Courses

Spring 2l- Lawyer's Professional Responsibility (which I think is what he meant by Pro Rep), Business Organizations (Corps, LLC's partnerships, agency, sole proprietorships), Business Tax (subchapters S,C and K) and MBA Courses

Next Fall (3L)- Evidence (I put this last since I dont really see myself as much of a litigator), judicial externship, bankruptcy, estate and gift tax and 2 MBA courses

Next Spring (3L) tenative- UCC/Commercial Law, Estate and Financial Planning, Advanced Bankruptcy, elder law, MBA courses

Fall (4L) tenative- Secured Transactions, Business Planning, either Admin or Alternative Dispute Resolution and Trial Practice (just in case)

so I was/will be able to take all of my school's core courses except maybe Admin which I am debating whether to take at all.... I would definately recommend scheduling in such a way that T&E is added to your harder semester because it is a relatively easy course... Tax isn't too bad either if you have the right professor; if you don't it can be unbearable

I heard evidence, admin and UCC are tough and Bus Orgs was tough for me but that had more to do with the professor than anything else

I agree about the smaller classes too... great way to bump up your GPA and rank... plus your school might have a list of grade distributions for each course that would  be helpful to look at to determine how specific professors generally grade.

Current Law Students / Re: Really random question about trusts
« on: October 19, 2008, 02:54:14 PM »
I am working on a paper on business trusts and can't seem to find an answer anywhere to what I would like to know as I work on it... I am taking trusts and estates right now but we are still working on wills issues.... my question is basically, can an individual create a trust in which they are simultaneously settlor, trustee, and beneficiary? and if so, are there any limits on it?

Why would they want to?

It reminds me of concepts of destructibility of contingent remainders through merger... when it all gets vested in the same party, the instrument becomes moot, does it not?

From a donative purpose, it makes no sense (except maybe a veiled attempt to escape a wife's elective share with contingent beneficiaries given for the trust for when the settlor/trustee dies) but I am looking at business trusts... in essence, I am arguing that disgusing themselves as being in trust form, the trusts that the progressives rallied against actually combined the partnership and corporate forms and pretended it was in trust to avoid regulation which was then only applicable to partnerships and corporations.... I am having problems though finding a specific course saying individuals cannot create a trust for themselves and set themselves as trustee

Current Law Students / Really random question about trusts
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:40:48 AM »
I am working on a paper on business trusts and can't seem to find an answer anywhere to what I would like to know as I work on it... I am taking trusts and estates right now but we are still working on wills issues.... my question is basically, can an individual create a trust in which they are simultaneously settlor, trustee, and beneficiary? and if so, are there any limits on it?

Current Law Students / Why even teach ALWD?
« on: August 18, 2008, 08:02:34 PM »
I am currently in the process of learning the Bluebook for one of my school's journals. For 1L I had to learn ALWD instead. Everyone at most other law schools that I have talked to have taught the Bluebook rather than the ALWD method, almost all journals require Bluebook, and it overall just seems like a much more widely accepted format. Yet half the writing professors at my law school teach ALWD instead. I hope this isn't already posted here, but I can't find it if it is...what is the point of teaching ALWD instead of bluebook?

Current Law Students / Re: Which secondary journal?
« on: August 05, 2008, 07:23:11 AM »
I wish I knew what to tell you... interesting though


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« on: August 01, 2008, 12:33:35 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scholarship Question
« on: July 15, 2008, 09:19:38 AM »
What kind of scholarship could I expect to get from a school like Buffalo or Syracuse? And, considering that I want to do prosecution, would it be a wiser decision financially to take such a scholarship instead of going to a place like Fordham (if I managed to get in there)?

I don't know about Buffalo. However, I got into Syracuse and they offered me $22,500 a year. I ultimately turned it down for personal reasons. I don't know if it the only way they do it but I know that I was offered the scholarship based on a second essay I had to write for the alumni association that I submitted with my application. I didn't think I did all that well writing about why alumni are important, but I guess they felt otherwise. I am not even sure how that scholarship renews itself though. I ended up instead going to Quinnipiac with a $25,000 scholarship renewable every year based on your class rank (top 1/3 gets 100%, 1/2: 80%, 2/3: 50%). Luckily I was able to stay in the top 1/4 so I will get 100% back in the fall.

Current Law Students / Re: 2L...what to do with 1L books?
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:30:25 AM »
there are a bunch of threads on here about this (ironically, one of them was mine)

here are two I found really quickly and I am sure I will find more later

I guess the general consensus is to sell.... Hopefully I will get around to selling mine at some point

hope that helps

Current Law Students / Re: They say GPA is important...
« on: July 15, 2008, 05:30:50 AM »
I am a prospective law student.  As I understand the top schools are looking for a high undergraduate GPA and high LSAT.  But if you have been working for the past 5 to 6 years since graduation, is GPA as relevant?  Also, doesn't the kind of major/university play a big factor into it?

LSAT matters more than anything in my experience. I had a nearly perfect GPA from a large research university which is ranked within the top 100 for undergraduate programs. I graduated summa with dean's list every semester. I was also in phi beta kappa. However, I am an awful standardized test taker and got only an average score on the LSAT. As a result, I got scholarship offers at all the schools that accepted me (except Suffolk which almost never gives money out) but my option of schools was much more limited than I had hoped.

I was on the elevator this morning.  I'd been at work since about 7 in the morning, it was about 10 o'clock.  I was on my way up to the 8th floor, and the elevator stopped at 2.  This obese man shuffled onto the elevator under great effort.  He was holding a bag full of food from McFatburger, grease was literally oozing through the brown paper bag.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.  He had a Jumbo size cup full of soda with extra glucose, which he was sucking it down as if it were the end of the world.  He smelled like an ash tray, undoubtedly he was just getting to work but he must have smoked at least 5 cigarettes already.  Apparently the brown bag full of nutritious treats wouldn't be his first meal, because he had a food stain on his untucked and wrinkled shirt.  He hit the botton for the third floor, after all he might break a sweat if he had to walk up a single flieght of stairs.  You wouldn't notice if he had broken a sweat however, because he neglected to take a shower that morning.  You could smell the body odor above the stench of ash tray and fat soaked bacon breakfast.

This got me thinking.  I can't wait until the government subsidizes health care.  I'd really jump at the opportunity to pay for this guys dermatology appointment, but I didn't know how to bring it up to him.  It is much more efficient if the government just takes my money before it ever gets to my bank account, wastes a third of it on administrative costs, and then uses it for the preventative health care of people I don't know or care about.  Hope and Change in 2009!!!

I thought I saw your point coming a mile away but dismissed it because there are so many big-government lovers on this board. You sir are brilliant and actually get why (among many other reasons) a state-run health care system will suck and how the crazed lefties want it to just boost themselves

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