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Current Law Students / Re: Favorite class so far in law school?
« on: March 26, 2008, 10:28:51 PM »
Property . . . somehow professor managed to keep the subject interesting while at the same time assigning the entire book from cover to cover over the course of a semester. Amazing teacher.

Current Law Students / Re: Equal Protection
« on: March 26, 2008, 10:25:58 PM »
Above poster is right.  Remember a con law issue has a couple parts.  The first part is determining what area of con law.  If the statute seems to treat different groups of people differently you have an equal protection clause issue.  The next issue is what standard of review to apply.  If the class is problematic which is usually determined by three factors (1)History of discrimination (2)Whether the status is immutable and I forgot the third standard factor courts look at (I am a 3L I took con law two years ago).  If its a problematic class then you apply strict scrutiny if its not problematic you apply rational basis review.  Remember just because you apply rational basis doesn't mean you always will pass, the prime example is Cleburne where the state failed rational basis review.  On the flip side occasionally the government will pass strict scrutiny despite having awful facts like in Koramatsu.


I thought this was an excellent and concise summary of equal protection analysis, especially seeing as how you've been away from it for two years. Would it be possible for you to provide me with one of those summaries for each major topic in Con Law as well as Property and Civ. Pro?

Thanks in advance. 

Current Law Students / Re: Equal Protection
« on: March 26, 2008, 10:18:01 PM »
Don't forget about "intermediate scrutiny" which arises in many of the gender cases. There the government interest in creating the category must be "important" and the classification must have a "substantial" relation to the interest.

Current Law Students / Re: law review write on competition
« on: March 26, 2008, 10:11:13 PM »
Everybody on this board knows that you have a big law job lined up. . . . [N]obody cares and nobody thinks more highly of you because you do.

I do care 2L, but unfortunately I think less of you because of it.

Current Law Students / Re: law review write on competition
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:19:38 PM »
Asking questions on how to prepare for write-on competition? What a ridiculous question. I recommend enrolling in some 1st year undergraduate English composition courses and reading ALWD/Bluebook cover to cover.

Have fun with that. 

Current Law Students / Environmental Law Supplement.
« on: March 24, 2008, 02:55:58 PM »
I cannot explain to you how much I loathe Environmental Law. Any recommendations for a supplement for use with Environmental Regulation: Law, Science, & Policy by Percival et. al.?

Current Law Students / Re: Worst Casebook?
« on: February 26, 2008, 04:14:31 PM »
Environmental Regulation: Law, Science and Policy[/i] by Percival & Miller. This thing reads like a social studies book and after getting so used to case books I have no idea what to make of it. I'm half way through the semester and I don't even know what the hell the environment is. 

Law School is not stressful & I'm not sure how it came to be assumed that it is stressful. I would say that I spend 80% of my law-school related time studying at my desk, and there's nothing too stressful about that. Law School is time consuming, but I'm not sure how time consumption got mixed up with stress. The very first final exam is a little stressful because you don't know what to expect, but after that they become just like any other exam. The hunt for summer jobs can also be a bit stressful, but so long as you take initiative and get an early start it will end quickly.

As for helping out your significant other: (1)refrain from nagging him and give him space to study when needed; (2) scrub his back in the shower; (3) cook him healthy meals and the occasional chocolate cake; (4) make sure he has adequate lighting when reading; (5) if he likes using a specific type of pen, don't steal them and make sure you have some extras sitting around in case the one he's using goes dry.

Finally, as for law school being a "relationship killer." I'm currently in law school and my significant other is in medical school. The average person would assume that this would kill our chance at survival, but in reality it has made our relationship stronger. There is a parable that adequately represents my point:
An old bull & a young bull are sitting at the top of a hill overlooking a meadow full of cows. The young bull says to the old bull, "let's run down there and f**ck one of those cows!" The old bull looks at the young bull and replies, "No, let's walk down there and f**ck all of those cows."

The moral of the story is that it's all about leverage. Law School is nothing compared to the reality that the majority of adults face on a daily basis. Law school is difficult for those ninnies that have never worked a day in their lives and have had everything provided to them by their parents. Otherwise, law school is a walk in the park.


Job Search / Working during academic year.
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:14:39 PM »
I got a fairly sweet job offer for my 1L summer, pay is good and good experience. There is a catch however and it requires a yearlong commitment with 12-18 hours of work during the academic year. Does anyone out there have experience working these kinds of hours during the school year? I'm particularly worried because I'm planning on joining a journal and I don't want this to negatively influence my grades or ability to participate in law review.

Averaging 15 hours a week seems like it would be a real pain in the ass and I'd have to select classes for next year that work around a schedule, rather than selecting classes that I'm interested in. The extra cash flow during the school year would be nice, but I'm not sure it would be worth it.

Any advice? 

Current Law Students / Re: Student Loan Interest Rates
« on: February 23, 2008, 11:17:10 AM »
They are very high. You can thank George W. and the 2005-06 Republican Congress for that.

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