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General Board / Resources for Contracts and Property
« on: January 23, 2008, 01:09:52 PM »
Looking for suggestions for third party study materials for contracts and property.

Is the "Examples and Explanations" series good?

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General Board / Observation on law school testing methods
« on: January 11, 2008, 08:01:41 PM »
I just completed my first semester of law school and have an observation on the testing methods.

One course - a 15 week course - only had one assessment the entire semester - a three essay question final exam.  It strikes me a strange that a 15 week semester is reduced to one three-question exam.

The exam did not seek to assess a broad understanding of the subject matter.

If I understand correctly, this is not an unusual law school testing model.  It just seems sort of archaic.

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General Board / Issue Spotting
« on: January 08, 2008, 12:06:46 AM »
Am looking for a definition, and examples, of what "issue spotting" is.

Thanks.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Torts - Review CD's
« on: November 27, 2007, 09:38:47 PM »
Looking for suggestions on good CD's for review of torts - something pretty organized.

Thanks.

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L.L.M. Board / What is an LLM for exactly?
« on: October 21, 2007, 07:16:37 AM »
Can someone please explain what the role of an LLM is?  I'm currently in a 1L program part-time and also working full time.

I'm not necessarily interested in practicing law but do want a legal background and am not sure if there is any alternative other than going to law school for four years part-time.

Would an LLM be a possibility or do you need a law degree to get into an LLM program?

Thanks.

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General Board / Personal Jurisdiction Over the Defendant
« on: October 20, 2007, 01:41:10 AM »
Glannon's Civil Pro book says that one of the requirements of a proper court for a lawsuit is "the need to find a court that can exercise personal jurisdiction over the defendant."

I know (I think) that states can assert PJ over a defendant in certain circumstances.

However, if the complaint is filed in federal court, do we also say that the federal court is "exercising personal jurisdiction over the defendant?"

(I'm getting a little mixed up between state personal jurisdiction and federal subject matter diversity.)

Thanks!

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General Board / Cause in fact vs. Proximate Cause
« on: October 18, 2007, 10:24:12 AM »
I'm not clear on the exact differences between "cause in fact" and "proximate cause" and am looking for an example.

Thanks for any help.

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General Board / well pleaded complaint
« on: October 17, 2007, 11:25:39 PM »
I'm not clear what this "well pleaded complaint" means in terms of federal subject matter jurisdiction.

It's got nothing to do with how well written the complaint is but, rather, whether the subject of the complaint is one that federal statute says can be heard in federal court?

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