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Nobody "majors" in anything in law school, except for substance abuse.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: What Law Blogs Do You Read?
« on: November 03, 2008, 07:51:16 PM »
I used to be a big volokh fan, but man, I can't stand it now. All it is are a bunch of pretend-libertarians shilling for the republicans and taking the wrong side for a libertarian in the culture wars.  It makes all their high-mindedness about trying to carefully pick their way to a right answer and not ruling out the possibility they're wrong look (and becomes) a flimsy fig leaf for their insane brand of "I was picked on in K-12 for being a dork and now that I have the money/power i'll let everyone else hang high and dry, that'll show them!" libertarianism that Bainbridge indulge in.  It's like they spend 33% of their time whacking off to Fox news talking points, 33% of it whacking off to discussions of Dune and Ayn Rand, and the rest promoting their own articles. Ugh.  The only people there with integrity are Orin Kerr and David Post, and maybe Eugene V. himself, though he just avoids the political topics more than he participates sensibly in them.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: PSA: How to Avoid Being "That" Guy
« on: November 03, 2008, 07:44:59 PM »
Fair enough. In 1L, I talked two or three times per class...I was always semi-ashamed of myself, but it's the only way I could keep from playing minesweeper through the whole (usually) tedious exercise.  I also learned more.  2L it really depended on the class...if it was something intricate like civ pro i think it made sense to participate. 

I think as long as you avoided talking to hear yourself talk, it's OK.  I had to think out my questons/comments first.  I'm not guilty on the other counts.  I think people who talk in class are generally doing it "in good faith" and may actually like participating.  I came from undergrad where my classes were about ~10 people on average so participation was part and parcel of the class. I can't just tune out, and I think realizing learning is a two-way street is why i'm order of the coif :)

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they have a good program, but the culture wasn't for me.

What did you not like about the culture there?

I plan to visit later this fall. To be honest, I do not know very much about their program, but I love DC and have always wanted to live there...even if its only for the 3 years of law school. What did you think of the programs they have? Thanks.

The program is fine, but GULC is like the mecca of law student douchebags, which, given law students, is saying something.

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Has anyone gotten an SA check yet in CA? how much will it be in taxes?

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I get that Wiimote was repetitive, but it seems like it's all too easy for suckers headed to T4 schools to dismiss the more sophisticated arguments about why their choice is disastrous. Simple and effective statements in repetition are the most effective way to get a message across.  He was trying to help you people!  You guys just whistle past jdjive/jdunderground..

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Partner Incomes
« on: May 19, 2008, 10:30:33 AM »
A high PPP is BAD for associates - it generally means they're really good at wringing a bunch of productivity from you, the hapless associate.

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My read is that OP has a desktop and wants to know whether he/she should buy a laptop in addition.

If this is the case, I think you can get by without a laptop...

He's going to bring his desktop to the exam?

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I know one person who wrote their first semester exams, and did well. Then she switched to a laptop.  Why would you bother writing out exams when you're under time pressure?

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I have a friend that did two years at LSE and then finished off her third year at USC in california - their program gives you an LLB from LSE and a JD from USC.

LSE, being in England, teaches common law, same as the US.  Hence the problem for me in Geneva, which uses civil law.  I guess I could go to LS in England, but that would defeat part of the purpose of becoming completely bilingual (rather than mostly bilingual, and Quebecois at that.)  Granted, that's one more pressure I'm not sure I want to undertake - LS in Parisian French.

I get the common law/ civil law distinction. Any UK uni is going to have civil law and EU options, though of course not as extensive ones.  It's that doing a joint option with a JD/LLB in three years is your surest and quickest way to get licensed to practice in the US and in europe.  The thing though is either you're going to want to go back to the states or stay in europe in the long run. 

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