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Current Law Students / Re: Civ Pro- Tips, Tactics, Techniques
« on: December 06, 2006, 07:16:27 AM »
Can someone point me to a good checklist (to use as a model)?  I think that's good advice, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel.

If you're going to get F's anyway, then you should take the exam and don't worry about doing too well - then at least you can boost the rest of your section-mates up on the curve. 

A guy in my section dropped out last week - I'm glad he's doing what's best for him, but I wish the SOB would have at least stuck around long enough to take his exams!

Current Law Students / Re: Was the war in Iraq a war of choice?
« on: October 01, 2006, 12:19:47 PM »
Dr. Vernon Chong is an idiot.

Current Law Students / Re: law school games....this is good
« on: September 17, 2006, 02:08:42 PM »
Apparently the 1L's at my school played "Gunner Fantasy Football" last year.

Current Law Students / Re: Do u get called on once or more than once???
« on: September 11, 2006, 05:55:55 PM »
About 35 in one, and about 70 in the other.  And yeah, I just have bad luck.  :)

Current Law Students / Re: Friend in trouble, needs legal advice.
« on: September 06, 2006, 01:33:16 AM »
IANALY, but I'd call a good criminal defense attorney NOW.  My almost fully ignorant take is that the burglary and forgery charges (assuming they are for the acts I think they are) should not be difficult to beat.  Attempted theft is I presume for the cash he was trying to get with the money orders.  Since he didn't know they were stolen, he presumably lacks intent to commit the crime.  Not having taken criminal law yet, I'm unsure if intent is one of the elements or that crime or not.

My second piece of advice is to make sure that you preserve the evidence that backs up your friend's brother story - the data from his cell phone, the myspace forum ad, and especially identify anyone he talked to (friends, acquiantances) that he told that yeah, somebody responded to the ad and is going to buy his rims.

Good luck - let us know what he actual lawyer tells him to do.

Current Law Students / Re: Living right by the law school?
« on: September 06, 2006, 01:21:03 AM »
I'm not sure that it's possible to become "too obsessed" with law school, unless that means it causes your wife to run off with the cable guy, your kids are stuck in clothes that are two sizes too small because no one takes them shopping, and your dog dies because no one feeds him any more.  In that case, yeah, you might be too obsessed.

I live just about a mile from my school, and it takes me 6 minutes to drive over there.  COmpared to the poor schlobs that put up with 30-45 minute commutes, and I have an extra hour every day to get stuff done.

Current Law Students / Re: Do u get called on once or more than once???
« on: September 05, 2006, 10:35:08 AM »
I have three classes where the professor goes all Socratic on people randomly, 2 or 3 people per class.  So far I've gotten called on in two of those three classes, and the semster is six days old.

Current Law Students / Re: anyone here studying for patent bar?
« on: August 31, 2006, 02:19:10 PM »
Holy sh*t, the Patent Bar is indeed vicious.  I took it the day before 1L orientation started and missed passing by 3 points.  I'm not surprised, as most of the time I intended to use preparing for it this summer got sucked up with moving, childcare, etc etc etc.  My tentative plan is to retake it over winter break - I wasn't *that* far away from passing, and I seriously felt if I'd taken it the next day I probably would have passed it.  Two more weeks of heavy-duty preparing out to have me in good shape to improve by a few points.

The only problem is if the changes with the new revision are extensive, that could trip me up.  Sigh.

Obviously it's too late to make any difference, but as general advice I would tell everyone to go where you're going to have the best chance to succeed as a student who is in the middle of the class.  There are two reasons:  one, because of the way law school grading works (highly subjective + the curve), you can't count on being high in your class just because you went to a "lower" school; and two, the odds are very high that no matter where you go, you will not be in the top 10% (by definition, 90% of the students at every school are not in the top 10%, so you probably won't be).

At the same time, if you want to live/work in a certain area, if you can't get into one of the very best schools (T14 + the next 10-15 down) then you should probably go to school locally.

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