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Hi there,

I thought I'd response to the OPs questions. I'm a 3rd year at Widener U in Wilmington, but the policies are the same for both schools.

First, the fall 1L schedule is pretty full. You'll take Torts, Civil Procedure, Propery I, and your legal writing class. The first 3 classes I mentioned are 3 days week, and the writing class is 2 days a week. Spring semester isn't all that much different. Its Property II, Criminal Law, Contracts, 2nd semester legal writing, and another one I can't remember.

Second, you won't know the casebooks that you'll be using for each class until roughtly 3 weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. Professors choose the case book they want to use, so there is no use in trying to purcahse one early since it may not even be the one the professor assigns. ALSO, you'll have what are called "first assignments" prior to the start of each semester (this is common at every law school). This is reading that is reqired to be done for the first day. Don't worry...the school gives you enough time to go to the bookstore, purchase your books, and have the reading prepared.

Third, you have NO flexibility with regard to the classes, professors, and schduedles you might want. You're entire first year is already prearranged for you by the registrar's office (again, this is common at all law schools). Students are placed within "sections", of which there are about 5 for each incoming 1L class. You'll take the same classe with the same set of 60 students your entire first year. Personally I found this to be a good way to meet friends and socialize. You're all dealing with the same professors and the same work so it gives you an opportunity to vent (which you will do). Once second year rolls around then you will have the opportunity to choose the clases and professors you'd like to take.


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Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: April 05, 2010, 09:26:50 PM »
Uhhh in case you didn't notice Authorlaw all those previous comments are about 3 years old.

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Roger Williams / Re: The WORST law school period!
« on: January 03, 2010, 04:19:27 AM »
I believe that had something to do with the Bush administration. A bunch of RW grads made it into the AGs as well.

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General Board / Which supplement is better for Fed Tax?
« on: December 28, 2009, 07:35:41 PM »
Chirelstein's Federal Income Taxation or the E&E. If anyone has had an chance to use either or both of these I'd appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

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Florida / Re: Defending my brother. Need help!
« on: October 09, 2009, 08:55:26 PM »
You should re-post this in on the General Board. I'm not sure how much helpful advice you'll receive in the "pre-law" threads. Click "Discussion" under "Students & Graduates" to the left, then click on "General Board" and post there.

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I wasn't aware of this case until I noticed a cite to it in my administrative law supplement, at 459 F.3d 705. I think I'm beginning to better understand the contempt that has been expressed for Cooley on this board, especially with language in the opinion like this: "Further, the sanction could not be described as arbitrary and unreasonable given the highly deferential standard of review and the evidence of the school's blatant and intentional noncompliance with ABA rules."

Crazy.

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General Board / What classes to take to prepare for Big Law?
« on: October 07, 2009, 02:04:36 AM »
Not that many recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates will be breaking into big law anyways, so I should probably rephrase the question: What type of classes should a student take throughout law school if they hope to specialize in a practice typically handled by 'big law' firms. My law school has so many electives that are likely relevant to some sort of corporate/business practice its hard to know which should definitely be on a student's transcript once graduation rolls around. So, beyond the generic "Business Organizations" and "Securities Regulation"...what else should be included?

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General Board / Why this board sucks
« on: September 19, 2009, 02:40:02 AM »
This board sucks. It's become practically useless as a means of discussing legal problems actually covered in class. A few years about people actually debated legal issues that were read in their casebooks on this board. Now, fifty percent of posters only want to whine about OCI and how they didn't get a selection, how they hope to one day practice in "big law", how they are already practicing in "big law" and are 'taking questions', or how they were recently laid off from 'big law' and making crap money doing doc review on a contract team. There were hundreds or responses to the one guy who got a job at a 'big law' firm and was fielding questions. It made me want to puke at all the people acting as if he was some God and he their sheep. Get a life.

Oh, and to any future posters that would speculate otherwise, I did get selections from OCI & I might try for a job at a big law firm. I'm keeping my options open.

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General Board / OCI Invitations
« on: August 14, 2009, 08:35:31 PM »
I received an invitation via OCI to interview with a "major-regional" health insurance company in my area of the country. A review of their website reveals absolutely nothing with regard to their legal department. I was hoping someone could tell me the type of legal work that a health insurer performs. At first I thought maybe they handle claims made against them (the insurer), but it's my understanding that most insurers farm out their claims to outside firms. If that's the case, is this a type of in-house gig? And if so, what type of law do they practice (health and insurance law I'm guessing?)

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General Board / Supplement Suggestions
« on: July 26, 2009, 06:17:28 PM »
I'm taking Crim Pro, Sales & Leases (UCC) and Administrative Law this semester (among others). Are any of these subjects ones that students typically use a supplement for in their studies? If so, any recommendations as to which ones?

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