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Current Law Students / Re: law review write on competition
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:19:38 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, 03:55:58 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, 05:14:31 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, 01:14:39 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, 12:17:10 PM »
They are very high. You can thank George W. and the 2005-06 Republican Congress for that.

(a) What makes you think you'll get the internship?
(b) The judge certainly won't make you an offer on the spot and you probably won't even interview with the actual judge, probably the judges clerk. 
(c) Never pass up an interview until you get an offer, then you can worry about the other stuff.

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