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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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Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:36:44 PM »
Interesting. Well I'm sure it'll be good to have someone's thoughts on how to do it, but it's definitely not something to worry about (not that you were). Especially when the assignments for LRW begin. It's graded for you guys right?

What's a 4L?

A 4th year law student.  4L's can include part timers and joint degrees. (the person I'm talking about is a joint degree-er)

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Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:33:36 PM »
Did they teach you how to brief?  I would love to hear some first impressions.

They did during orientation... but you don't really know if you're doing it right/wrong until you get the hang of classes and til you get called on and stuff...  I feel like I'm doing it *okay* but I'm not positive if I am.  Tomorrow I have legal writing, where I think the professor may go over it more clearly.  I may go into a professors' office hours to ask a few clarifications on doing them.

Bolded is the beginning of hell, no joke.

I don't remember anyone teaching us how to brief. It's basically just Case Name, Facts, Holding (with some variations).  I guess it's one of those things you just figure out as you go along. 

Yeah that's what I'm getting the impression of... but we're supposed to brief a case for LWR tomorrow, so I assume we'll go over that.  Plus a 4L is co-teaching my LRW class so I know I could ask him for mentor-ish advice too.

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Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:25:40 PM »
Really?  Didn't months of reading this website do anything for your understanding?

Rock on, greenie.  It's so surreal to be 1Ls.  It seems like just yesterday that we were 0Ls.

No this website did not tell you how to brief and inherently understand the law.  Go figure.

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Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:11:43 PM »
Did they teach you how to brief?  I would love to hear some first impressions.

They did during orientation... but you don't really know if you're doing it right/wrong until you get the hang of classes and til you get called on and stuff...  I feel like I'm doing it *okay* but I'm not positive if I am.  Tomorrow I have legal writing, where I think the professor may go over it more clearly.  I may go into a professors' office hours to ask a few clarifications on doing them.

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Current Law Students / Re: How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 19, 2008, 06:55:30 PM »
Yeah, what the deuce?

My orientation was last wed-fri and classes started yesterday.  Orientation is over.. I've only been in classes 2 days and I feel like I've been in law school for 2 years.

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Current Law Students / How's everyone's 1st day of 1L?
« on: August 19, 2008, 04:30:07 PM »
Mine was yesterday and I was at the law school until it closed :/

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someone at orientation who DOES NOT currently have a child was inquiring about day care today.  I was thinking - "you're PLANNING on having a child during law school?!  dear lord"

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: August 08, 2008, 06:13:16 PM »
I took the June '08 LSAT and Seton Hall sent an invitation to apply for open seats this year instead of waiting for next year.  My job was unstable; 80% of my dept. was laid off two months ago (I've been out out of school for 9 years).  SHU Law is about 10 minutes from my house, and I can take the bus, so we won't have to buy another car.  They offered a full scholarship, specifically a public interest scholarship that includes networking and other opportunities.  I have a 1-year-old and my wife is in grad school, so the chance to be closer to home is a big plus.  It'll cut down on child care costs, plus I'll see them more often.  And to finish without debt and before my daughter starts school is a good thing too.  I was looking at Columbia, NYU and Penn as my top 3 for next year, but it's hard to turn down a full ride a year early just to see what happens with those schools next year. By the numbers, I'd probably be middle of the pack at one of those three, so that kind of scholarship seemed unlikely. When they offered, I visited, asked a whole lot of questions, and it seemed like a good fit.  I do sort of wonder how I would have done applying to the very top, but when this door opened, I just had to go through.

still not worth it to go there.  go to freaking harvard or yale so you can do whatever you want with your career and have more freedom.  even if you don't want to do T14 dude to debt, you can get a full scholarship to a much better school than Seton

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any Moving companies to recommend?
« on: August 02, 2008, 11:20:51 PM »
I also recommend movingscam.com - particularly the message boards section, where they list reviews and comments by state and metro area in a sticky post.  They helped me find a reputable mover and taught me a LOT - I had a great experience moving from Boston to DC to attend GW Law.  They even weighed the truck, determined that it was less than they estimated, and refunded $300 back to my credit card.

Make sure you only deal with movers who are willing to come to your house for an estimate, and try to get a binding, NOT TO EXCEED estimate.  This means they can't charge you more than they estimated, but if it weighs less they refund you money (this is what happened to me).

There are hundreds of moving companies so you really have to do a lot of research to choose the best one for you.  I went with a UNITED van lines company located in Canton, MA.  But I cannot vouch for all local units for United, since they are all individually managed.  Local moving companies may have great reviews (I know Gentle Giant in Boston did) but they are often more money because they don't work with a national van line company and do lots of interstate moving to keep costs down.

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