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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 06, 2008, 08:29:28 AM »
Congrats and welcome to all the incoming 1L's!  Law school on the whole sucks, but at Emory it sucks less than most places (note that the fact that exams are less than a month away may coloring my response).

I'd be cautious about planning on commuting on a scooter if you have too far to go - a girl in my section did that last year, and right before finals she got in a minor disagreement with one of our local crummy drivers and ended up with a couple of broken ribs.  I reckon it wouldn't be too bad if you could mostly take side streets to campus, but otherwise.. danger!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 05, 2008, 11:17:39 AM »
Yeah, it's not too nice out. Sitting in on an actual class now. The prof is Freer. Funny and energetic guy.

You brought your laptop?

And posted during class, no less!  Hilarious.

Hey, the guy is farting around in class on visiting day!  I think that's awesome - he'll fit right in.  :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 04, 2008, 10:57:52 AM »
Yeah, there are a ton of places to live quite near campus, I wouldn't live all the way over in midtown.  Definitely not anywhere OTP (outside the perimeter - the perimeter is I-285, which loops around Atlanta).  I have two classmates who live way far out and their commute really really really sucks.

Then again, I may be biased, I live roughly half a mile from the law school, which means I can be out my door and in my seat in as little as 7 minutes if everything breaks right.  It's really really nice.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 04, 2008, 10:51:33 AM »
To respond to an earlier question, I know two people in my class who prepped the summer before we started LS, and neither is sniffing the upper reaches of the class.  Your mileage may vary.  The people I know who did do well, on the other hand, didn't prep at all - but they are all excellent writers (and I mean really really excellent - virtually everybody who goes to law school was a "very good" writer in their previous life, these folks are pretty much on a different plane of existence).

I suspect that the worse the school you go to, the more prepping will help.  At least where I go, pretty much everybody is so wicked smart that having a slight head start doesn't mean anything by the time exam period rolls around.

I dunno about LEEWS either.  I know lots of people swear by it, but we had a group of about 10 take it last year and it's not like all (or even most) of us did conspicuously well.  Might be worth it if for no other reason than you may feel better going into the exam with a plan of attack.   That said, I didn't bother with any of the LEEWS business last semester and wound up doing way better than I did on the exams where I did use it, so go figure.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 03, 2008, 04:54:41 PM »
It's not really that simple, but if it makes you feel better, knock yourself out.  I don't think it will help (and it didn't seem to for the people I know who did it), but suit yourself.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 03, 2008, 11:20:49 AM »
Well have fun - it's a pretty good shindig from what I recall.  I actually met my 1L study partner during ASW.  If you have questions, just ask somebody - the current students are generally very friendly and will probably be glad to answer your questions, no matter how dumb.  I won't be around myself (no Friday classes) but don't be shy.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Is this Really the Case?
« on: April 03, 2008, 11:15:30 AM »
I will agree that luck is a major, major component of how well you do.  At least at my school, there are a handful of geniuses who can consistently seem to do well from class to class (you'll know who they are by the end of 2L year, when they are all editors of the flagship journal and so on).  Unless you are one of those lucky few (and even though I'm sure you think you are, you almost certainly aren't), there is a large component of randomness to it.

Here's my experience:  First semester, I did all the things you're supposed to do - had a great study group (both the other folks in my group wound up on the flagship journal, and while they're both very very smart people, I taught them as much as they taught me when we were figuring stuff out), read religiously, attended every single class, reviewed old exams, outlined, the works - and wound up smack dab in the middle of the class.  Did the same thing second semester, and actually did slightly worse.  Nevertheless, I found a decent job through OCI, so basically I figured since my GPA was permanently in the toilet, at this point my only real concern was not flunking out.  I ditched the study group and only studied alone, never ever outlined, but kept up with my reading (mostly) and went to class (almost always).  I wound up in the top 5% for that semester.  I still worked hard, but not nearly as hard as I did 1L.  I was pretty much just luckier.

So, the moral of this story is that you have to work hard.  And you have to get lucky.  One thing you will find (assuming that you go to the best school you get into; it might be different if you are foolish and decide to go to a crappy school) is that law school is full of ridiculously smart people.  Differences in how you perform on the exam are both subtle and extremely subjective.  It's not surprising that your grades when competing in this kind of pool under this kind of criteria will be all over the place.


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:39:02 AM »
I wouldn't bother.  You take the professor, not the class.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:37:00 AM »
Yeah, except you can walk to Everybody's, and the Varsity is all the way over by Tech.  If you're visiting, go to Everybody's.  If you wind up coming here (and you should), rest assured you will ingest your share of greasy Varsity fare while you're here.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:18:40 PM »
There's a Starbucks in Emory Village, which is just a long block or so west on North Decatur from the Law School.  In the same little strip there's also Everybody's Pizza (yum!) and a couple of other places that you could park yourself for a couple of hours.

Or you could just hang out at the law school - plenty of room and there's the library if you want quiet.

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