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Current Law Students / Re: Cuz I'm Curious
« on: August 20, 2009, 01:16:37 PM »
Most people I know either have 1 or 0 callbacks.  The "rockstar" students have like 4.  In the "good years" the average student had 4.

Current Law Students / Re: Cuz I'm Curious
« on: August 18, 2009, 11:26:46 PM »
You aren't getting big law with bad grades even if you do go to a T10.  Unless firms are waiting longer to do callbacks than normal OCI is brutal this year.  Maybe the economy will pickup for you guys next year though.

Current Law Students / Re: Interview tips?
« on: August 15, 2009, 08:16:06 PM »
wtf lol. 

Current Law Students / Re: Exam in 2 weeks - Hitting a wall.
« on: August 04, 2009, 10:55:20 PM »
If it's closed book I'd probably make a set of flashcards by hand for each class that mirrors your outline.  Also I'd try to make to a condensed outline that is maybe 3-4 pages for each class.  This will force you to study everything again.  Other than that it sounds like you are doing / have done everything you can.  Just make sure you get some rest and stay relaxed so that you can perform on exam day.  From the sounds of it, you may be cramming so hard that you will burn out by exams (which is what happened to me my first semester).  I waited until later in the semester for 2nd semester to start studying super hard and my grades shot way up because I felt mentally relaxed on exam day. 

Also, it sounds like you may have found this out already, but make sure you write A LOT on your exams.  Law school exams are lame in that they generally reward quantity over quality (at least for the standard issue spotting exam). 

Transferring / Re: WUSTL
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:02:39 PM »
You guys should mass mail if you haven't yet.  I'm transferring (although to a slightly better ranked school) and I've got 6 interviews lined up outside of OCI (in my home market) just by firing off emails.  Make sure you e-mail any firms that were coming to your old OCI and see if you can line something up. 

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: August 04, 2009, 04:57:41 PM »
Speaking of OneNote, is there any kind of generic OneNote clone that you can get for free/ cheap?  I would like to have a program like that, but my funds are already stretched quite a bit.  I know that Sun MicroSystems produces the open-source Open Office software programs that imitate the basic Microsoft Office package... anything like that for OneNote?

You should check with your school.  It is like $10 for students to download at my school.  By the way, OneNote is pretty overrated.  Word will serve you better.  Simplify, simplify, simplify.  OneNote encourages people to take detailed notes instead of concise ones. 

Current Law Students / Re: Question for 2l and 3L
« on: August 03, 2009, 12:52:17 PM »
I buy used if I can.  I have cut out reading cases almost entirely from my studying but still feel like I should buy the case book, mostly for outlining purposes. 

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: July 29, 2009, 07:49:13 PM »
And I'll add my 2 cents about studying for tests and not prepping for class.  If I had this case I'd probably throw it into outline format and do something like:

1.1 a basic tenant of statutory interpretation is that a statute, when plainly and expressly defined, may go no further simply because it is logical (McBoyle)
     1.1.1 e.g. when SC overturned conviction when airplane and not land vehicle stolen (Id.)
     1.1.2 policy: legislature makes the law not court

^ that is what will get you top grades, not writing down a bunch of facts in a brief..  just remember that.

Current Law Students / Anyone taken antitrust?
« on: July 28, 2009, 09:09:32 PM »
Is it hard?  Something I should avoid during the first semester at a new law school or would it be okay?  All of the good core classes like evidence, business orgs, etc. are full at this point and I'm just trying to find something mildly useful but not super hard to take.

I think what's hard about trying to improve your class rank is that the curve gets easier so the GPA needed to hit a certain class rank goes up.  If top 40% is a 3.4 now, it will probably be close to a 3.6 by graduation.  That means that you really can't afford too many more B's if you really want to make a decent climb in class rank. 

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