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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU/GULC/Duke/UVA
« on: April 16, 2008, 12:57:17 AM »
You'd much rather go to Duke over any of those other three hellholes.  Cheap to live there (unlike DC and NY) but not out in the middle of nowhere (unlike Charlottesville).

But really, you can't go wrong with any of them once you've graduated.  So go to the place that will suck the least while you're stuck there.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Rutgers Newark v. Georgia State
« on: April 16, 2008, 12:52:56 AM »
Look here:

It appears that your employment chances look pretty much the same at either school.  That being said, it's way cheaper to live in Atlanta than New Jersey.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Excellent Article on Law School Rank/Debt
« on: April 16, 2008, 12:44:19 AM »
By and large, getting a clerkship = prestige and more $$$ when you're done with it.  It's not something you get because you couldn't get a real job.  It's something you get and then the firm that hires you gets to brag about it.

That being said, not all clerkships are created equal.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Emory ASW Review [Long]
« on: April 09, 2008, 09:09:10 PM »
FWIW, I know plenty of people who came from up north who wanted to go back to NY after they graduated, and who will be doing so.  I also know a couple of people who aren't from up there and had no intention of going to NY who are also going up there, much to their surprise.  But I mostly know people who aren't from up there and have no interest in going up there (like me).

Despite what you may have been told or the impression you may have gotten, while there are a boatload of Yankees at Emory, the average Emory law student comes from Georgia, Florida, or the Carolinas, and has little interest in leaving the capital of the south after they graduate.  If I had to guess, I'd say it is harder to get a good job in Atlanta than in is to get a similar job in NY, simply because most of us would prefer to stay here.  I could be wrong about that - as I said, I never looked at jobs outside of the area.  But the notion that people stay here because they can't find a job up north could not be more wrong.  The vast majority of us from the South have no interest in dragging our asses way up to the frozen north, and a not-insignificant number of people who venture down below the Mason-Dixon line discover that after three years down here they don't have as much interest in going back up there as they once did.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Emory ASW Review [Long]
« on: April 08, 2008, 07:46:00 PM »
I don't remember that there were any 1L classes where every professor used the same book (maybe Legal Methods?), but if it works out for you, more power to you.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 08, 2008, 08:22:05 AM »
The yellow crap does go away.  This is the absolute worst time for it, unfortunately.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Emory ASW Review [Long]
« on: April 08, 2008, 06:32:29 AM »
Easier said than done in the fall of 1L (you will not get your section assignments until practically the last minute, so you won't know which books to buy).  After that, yeah, definitely buy online.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Emory ASW Review [Long]
« on: April 08, 2008, 06:02:57 AM »
Oh yeah, you can park right there.  Here's a tip - go in there as soon as you get your section assignments and get your books, that way there will only be a few people and with luck you may be able to partake of the limited supply of used textbooks.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Summer Before 1L
« on: April 08, 2008, 05:54:52 AM »
I agree about the wildly varying quality of the E&E's.  As everyone has said, the two Glannon ones are good to give you a basic understanding of the subject.  The rest... eh.

Everyone has their own preferences about which type of study aid they find most useful.  After much experimenting, I have also found hornbooks to be most helpful.  What I generally do is ask the professor on the first day which hornbook they think is best (usually I don't have to, upperclass professors will often volunteer which hornbooks they recommend) and then get that, and read the appropriate sections after we go over them to figure out what it was that I was supposed to have learned.  (This is especially helpful in those few classes where the prof still uses the Socratic method, which as you will learn is actually intended to obfuscate, not educate.)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 08, 2008, 05:38:00 AM »
Since you're here in town, you could go to Law School Follies tonight, which will definitely give you an alternative view of the law school.  Most of it will probably be incomprehensible to you, because it's generally making fun of people that every law student knows, but people in the real world don't.  Lots of beer, though.  But don't take anything you hear/see too seriously.

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