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Current Law Students / Re: Briefing a case
« on: June 30, 2009, 12:40:05 PM »
If you are having difficulty keeping up with the reading for one class over the summer, I'd take some time to seriously reflect on your ability to keep pace with a full work-load once the fall semester begins, and whether or not law school is right for you. Remember, law school ain't free (for most people anyways); if you foresee yourself falling behind and failing, you'll be out quite a bit of tuition money.

Current Law Students / Health Law
« on: June 28, 2009, 04:50:31 PM »
My school has a nationally ranked Health Law program. A student can even have a "quasi" major in the subject, graduating with a certificate in health law if they meet certain criteria. In any event, does anyone have any experience in this area of the law? What are the job prospects like? Do most practitioners work with firms, or in a hospital systems legal departments? Any information would be helpful.

Current Law Students / Good Starting Salary
« on: June 23, 2009, 06:30:05 AM »
I have read a lot on this board about BigLaw and $160K/year starting salaries (at least until last year anyways); I've alread read about toilet law firms and doc review starting at $35-$40K/year. What types of firms and what kind of law must one practice to be paid "well" right out of law school (i.e. $80-$90K) without being paid ridiculously well? You never hear about salaries somewhere in the middle.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Schools - Contract Law
« on: June 19, 2009, 12:59:07 PM »
Contracts is not necessarily a discreet area of of law that you can study and pursue independently of other areas of law. If you decide to attend law school you will more than likely take a course in Contracts your first year--which introduces you to the principles of contract law. However, the application of "contracts law" pervades other areas of the law and is present (although many people may not realize it) in most people's everyday lives. (i.e. the exchange of money for goods and services; real estate contracts). This is not to say that you cannot pursue an avenue of study in law school that encounters issues with contracts more often than others (for example, business/corporate law as opposed to personal injury law). Typically schools will also offer advanced courses in contracts for those students taking this line of study. Nevertheless, you won't land a job at a law firm specializes in "contracts" following graduation. It's the subject matter of those contracts that a firm may be more knowledgeable in.

Current Law Students / Re: Briefs
« on: June 17, 2009, 05:41:16 PM »
Flame...I hope.

Current Law Students / Re: Real Estate Law
« on: June 13, 2009, 05:33:05 PM »
I am interning at a law firm that practices mostly real estate law (i.e. settlement, bankruptcy, foreclosure). Some of the job is rather routine (i.e. most foreclosure complaints are never litigated because--in fact--the homeowner did not pay and getting a judgment is quite easy)--but the job also has its interesting aspects. Dealing with mortgages, easements, etc. can get quite complex, and legal research is always involved. Moreover, some travel is involved--i get to go to sheriff sales once a month, lol. In terms of hours, it doesn't seem as bad as some of the BIG LAW hours you hear about on here. No doubt the attorney's are busy, but are offices are closed on the weekends and usually everyone is gone by around 5 or 6. Some attorney's do some of their work at home, but its not 70+ hours a week. I'd say give it a shot.

Current Law Students / Re: Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« on: June 05, 2009, 01:53:43 PM »
Don't get the Evidence E&E. The rules of evidence are pretty intricate, and the E&E gives them shallow treatment. Moreover, it does not do a good job differentiating various parts of a given rule. I found the information in it helpful for maybe 10% of the class. My evidence professor last semester had us purchase the following: "COURTROOM EVIDENCE HANDBOOK: 2008-2009 Student Edition" by Steven Goode & Olin Guy Wellborn III. This softcover book was extremely helpful as I made my way through the course. The book has a section devoted to each rule, it starts out with an explanation of a given rules "scope & purpose", and it also provides excerpts from case law applying the rule. I'd go with that instead. Besides, your school's library likely has a copy of the Evidence E&E if you want to occasionally refer to it.

Current Law Students / How would SCOTUS actually react?
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:03:12 PM »
How do you think the justices on SCOTUS would react if something like this actually happened?:

The BS really starts at minute 3:08.

Current Law Students / Re: Robert Bork Book: "A Time to Speak"
« on: May 24, 2009, 03:31:37 PM »
I'm not trying to offend anyone who shares his approach to the Constitution, but in my opinion it is scary that he got nominated to be on the Supreme Court. Just wanted to get some other folks opinion on him, especially if you read the book.

I haven't read the book so I can't comment on why Bork didn't provide any sort of reasoned defense for his opinions. That being said, most legal scholars--whatever their ideological bent--tend agree that Bork is particularly brilliant and one of the foremost legal thinkers of the 2nd half of the 20th century. I would think that played a part in his nomination.

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