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Current Law Students / Whose Your Favorite Supreme Court Justice?
« on: November 14, 2007, 10:52:32 PM »
Both past and present.

My vote:
Past: Holmes; Blackmun; maybe O'Connor
Present: Probably Scalia. (Not that I agree with him all the time, but I like how he's cocky about his intellect, lol)

Current Law Students / Re: Reasons For a Law School Degree
« on: November 13, 2007, 11:49:21 PM »

Current Law Students / Legal Memos have to be written in a day?!
« on: November 09, 2007, 01:52:19 AM »
I was in my Legal Methods/Writing class the other day and I asked my professor how long we would have to write a memorandum of law such as the one we were assigned if we were actually working in a firm. She said that partners could expect it within a day or two. In school we've been given about 6 weeks to get this memo done. Does anyone else feel like when they are finally finished with school and are working in a firm, they won't have advanced far enough to do that kind of work within 24 hours? My professor said not to worry and that we would get better/faster/quicker with time. But seriously, 6 weeks to 1 day?

Current Law Students / Re: Can you transfer if you are a part time student?
« on: November 09, 2007, 01:39:42 AM »
I'm also a part-time student and I've looked into the transferring option as well. Most schools seem to have a minimum number of credits that you need to have completed by the end of your first year (Part or Full time) in order to be eligible to transfer. For most schools it seems to be in the low 20s--which typically a student will have even if they are part time. But, like the last post said, you'll have to go the the admissions web page on the schools you are thinking about transferring to to get any specifics. Yeah, its a pain. But on the bright side we get to call ourselves 4Ls, lol.

By the way, what school do you go to if you don't mind me asking? I'm not sure all that many schools have part time programs, so I'm wondering if we are at the same one.

Current Law Students / Re: Reasons For a Law School Degree
« on: November 08, 2007, 07:07:30 PM »
From a broader perspective, keeping lawyering salaries high is a good thing for the profession in general. Consider: One reason law schools can justify charging exorbitant tuition rates--and the fact that law students are willing to borrow the money to pay them--is the expectation that as an attorney you'll be making a good enough living to pay off your academic debt within a reasonable amount of time. Seriously, if average lawyers' salaries suddenly dropped to 30K a year but tuition rates remained constant, the number of people actually willing to borrow to attend law school would drop dramatically. This would lead to a shortage in qualified attorneys and eventually the profession itself would become unsustainable.

So, I say bring on the dough.

Current Law Students / Re: Reasons For a Law School Degree
« on: November 08, 2007, 12:17:50 AM »
I'm in total agreement with you. First off, I disagree with the notion that financial motivation in some way taints one's world view. When it comes to law school, the prospect of making a "good living" at some point in the future was definitely a factor in my decision to attend. Luckily, I also have an intrinsic appreciation for the law and if law school is able to convert that into a marketable asset, so be it. Secondly, I tend to think that people who post statements such as the one here are somewhat immature and not grounded in reality. That might sound cynical, but at least it's practical. I know what it's like to be BROKE and asking your parents for 20 bucks--and it's not fun. Sure, I'm excited about being part of a profession that is afforded a real opportunity to make progressive changes for our society. Becoming an attorney is one of the best (and most overlooked) ways of becoming an "active citizen". On the other hand, if making a lot of money is incidental to that, I'm all for it.

THAT wouldn't have been politically feasible, nor was it a mandate that the voters gave Congress. Attempting to redirect Iraq policy through legislation is one thing, but cutting off funding while troops are still in Iraq--a sort of financial attrition--is another.

I'm consistently confused by people who complain that the midterm elections did not accomplish anything. It's as if people forget that our system of government is one of checks and balances. The Democrats attempted to do what they said they would in regards to the war in Iraq, and the President vetoed it. Simply put, there currently aren't enough votes in the Congress for a veto-proof majority. When and if that happens, then you WOULD see substantive changes to our policy in Iraq. If the majority of Americans are as frustrated about Iraq as the media leads us to believe, they should vote for more Congressmen/women who are willing to change the status quo.

Current Law Students / Re: Easy Bluebook Question
« on: November 05, 2007, 07:15:23 PM »
Which "other" site are you referring to?

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