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Law School Admissions / Re: Contacting Office of Admissions
« on: October 21, 2008, 08:03:39 PM »
I would like to contact the admissions office of the schools to which I am applying to introduce myself and schedule campus visits. Any suggestions on how to leave a good 1st impression and what are some questions that I need to ask?

- Be nice to everyone - including the secretary in the office.  Make sure they are making good comments about you, not bad ones after you leave the office.

- Introduce yourself to the admissions people if you can, but don't be pushy.  I was pushy only after I was waitlisted last year.

- Ask smart questions - show that this school is a priority and you've thought about things.  Don't ask dumb obvious questions.

Law School Admissions / Re: I have a unique background...advice, anyone?
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:19:55 PM »
I would hire a consultant to help you out as you have a decent LSAT and your GPA has a story behind it. Many dont really know how hard it is to do school while active duty also. Im sure a really good addendum and a good PS will get you in some decent T2 schools. If you could retake LSAT and get it into 170 range it may open some other doors as you do have WE. Just a thought, not sure how super serious you are about this and how much you put into your LSAT

"some decent t2 schools"?  He should be able to land a T1 easy with a 168, and the better his addendum, the higher up school he can get into.

Current Law Students / Re: Westlaw
« on: October 04, 2008, 10:03:46 AM »
Excuse me because I'm a 1L, but this seems outrageously expensive.  Clearly I don't know about Westlaw research now, but it seems like it would be impossible to maintain a practice using West instead of print research.  Can someone who knows about it clue me in on this?

It is extremely expensive, and a number of law students get themselves in trouble every year doing their summers by running up a huge bill on some mundane research project. Use your student account so the firm does not see how bad at research you are. :) If your school offers a class on book based research, I would take it. I took one last summer and now Iím actually faster in the library then I am online. Most firms will have a law library too.

Most large law firms will have account with Lexis or Westlaw (these may be limited accounts though, like government employers usually have). They will pay a fee for a base number of hours and pay more for anything above that. This is really important for first and second year associates because much of what you do canít be billed to the client (they donít want to pay for your training). So if it takes you five hours of research you may only be able to get 2 from the client, the firm will have to eat the rest of your research time. Thus you can improve how you look to your superiors by knowing how to efficiently use both book and online resources thus limiting the unbillable expense of your research.

I'm 100% sure that's not allowed...

Bar Exam Preparation / Re: BarBri Rate Lock In
« on: September 30, 2008, 09:43:51 PM »
Something to note though, BriBar holds really helpful review sessions which you can only go to if you're in BriBar.

Law School Admissions / Re: should I pursue law school?
« on: September 28, 2008, 01:34:07 PM »
I had one non-putative W show up.

Law School Admissions / Re: should I pursue law school?
« on: September 28, 2008, 12:04:51 PM »
Even if your W's are not punitive, law schools will not look at them favorably!

Current Law Students / Re: Law In a Flash Cards?
« on: September 27, 2008, 07:10:11 AM »
I actually rip flash cards a lot because they are not at all helpful for the style of exams I take.  Same with any flashcards you've made yourself.  Your ability to analyze and incorporate rules creatively has been tested on every exam I've taken.  Your ability to memorize?  Not so much.

But they give you hypos

I honestly liked it better when you could see every user on a small line and see all the "users" for one school on the same screen.  I also liked the search options and check boxes on the top.

Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 21, 2008, 11:03:40 AM »
I'll admit it. I briefed throughout law school. I found it helpful, and I got pretty efficient at it by the end of 1L. If nothing else, my briefs created an instant outline, and I spent more time learning the law and applying it on practice tests than I did actually making the outline. If you think briefing is helping you learn the law, keep doing it. If not, stop.

I agree.  I think it helps me *right now* learn the law.  But at the same time, I'm not great at it, so yeah I can't speak about it THAT much as a first week 1L lol...

Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 20, 2008, 02:37:36 PM »
Briefing is a waste of time.  Take notes in the margins of your books so you can easily find information if you are called on in class.  Briefing doesn't help- it is the outline that you need to spend your time on.

Well 3 days into school I'm not going to stop listening to the advice of all my professors to continue to do briefs.  At least right now it helps me organize the case in my mind and helps me remember things.

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