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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Current Students: Visiting Faculty
« on: August 18, 2007, 11:02:25 PM »
Watch out - I had a visiting prof who was the Dean from a nearby T2, and he graded like he was still there.  The overall average was what it was supposed to be, but he gave out wayyy more low grades than the rest of the faculty here ever do.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2010
« on: July 20, 2007, 02:12:03 PM »
Is the legal methods final a take-home exam?  Its scheduled for the end of the exam period.  Do 1Ls have to stay in Atlanta for it?

Yes it is (or has been in the past, anyway), and yes you do.

Here is the email we got with the instructions for turning it in this past year:

First, congratulations on being done with all your in-class exams!  Second, here are some important reminders about returning your take-home tomorrow.

You will return the exams in separate boxes at Rm. G114, the conference room on the ground floor of Gambrell where we've been printing exam answers for two weeks.  The exams will be taken into that room and the door will be closed at 5 p.m. sharp.  If you arrive after 5 p.m., you MUST find me (probably in Rm. G111) and give me the exam in person.  DO NOT put it in anyone's mailbox, slip it under any doors, etc.

If you want to turn in the exam earlier than 4 p.m. tomorrow, you may do that but again -- find me and turn it in to me in person.  I will put it with the other exams at 4 p.m.

PLEASE give yourself plenty of time to print out your exam and make whatever number of copies your professor has required, as well as to get here to hand it in.  Remember that the whole 1L class will be trying to print tomorrow afternoon, and don't count on getting ready access to a printer or copier in the library, for example.  You won't get extra time for equipment problems.

Finally, rush hour in Atlanta starts about 4 p.m. and the traffic can be horrible, especially this time of year.   Please give yourself lots of time to drive over and drop off your exam.  Hang in there, you're almost done!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2010
« on: July 19, 2007, 02:09:01 PM »
Last year we were able to figure out which section we were in when our schedules appeared on OPUS, which was I think on the Thursday or Friday before orientation.  And yeah, whether or not it's a plot, it does essentially force you to buy your books from the bookstore.  I saved roughly a million dollars by ordering everything used for next semester already.  So at least you're only really screwed for fall semester 1L (though I want to say they didn't give us a ton of lead time for the spring either, though somehow I was able to buy more stuff used it seems - or maybe it was just that I didn't have to buy new books for Civ Pro and LWRAP that made it seem that way).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2010
« on: July 19, 2007, 05:24:32 AM »
Incidentally, I have the books for Gozansky's contracts class, Partlett's and Smith's torts classes (I'm assuming Smith will be using the same text as last year, which is the same one Dean Partlett is using), any Legal Methods class, and the citation and the style manual for LWRAP that I'm planning to sell.  Minimal highlighting (if any - I'm not a highlighter), all in good shape (everything except Torts was bought new, unfortunately).  PM me when you get your section assignments and you can have them for a few bucks less than the used price at the bookstore, first come, first served.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What do we need for law school!?
« on: July 13, 2007, 06:10:39 PM »
They do make you look like a tool.  However, real trial lawyers ALL use them (and Trapper Keepers).  So, it's a judgment call.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What do we need for law school!?
« on: July 13, 2007, 02:36:13 PM »
A Trapper Keeper.

(But seriously, I'll throw in another vote for David Allen's "Getting Things Done".  Way more useful than any of the pre-law books people talk about reading.  And there's plenty of non-Mac productivity software to keep you organized.  I use Tracks for most of my GTD tasks at, Remember the Milk at for tasks with a deadline - mostly because it goes on my iGoogle page, Google Calendar for general calendaring stuff, and OneNote for all my class notes.)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2010
« on: July 13, 2007, 02:18:34 PM »
Unless you've already got something lined up, DON'T count on landing a paying job during your 1L summer.  Go ahead and jump through the EPIC hoops (which is actually quite easy) and stay on the safe side.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: July 04, 2007, 08:26:05 PM »
Federal Defender's office.  I completely lucked out and wound up working on this huge trial that was starting a few weeks after I came in.  It's been a really amazing experience, because they've let me handle as much as I'm capable of, which means I've gotten to prepare witnesses, draft motions, draw up questions for direct and cross-examinations, sit in on strategy sessions with counsel for our co-defendants, sit at the counsel table during the trial - pretty much everything except actually speak in court (because you have to be at least a 3L to do that).  I've really just been incredibly fortunate to be able to do all this stuff, and it's been really really fun too.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: July 03, 2007, 03:38:18 PM »
I'm using it to take notes on the trial that I'm working on right now... It's great because I can instantly figure out exactly which witnesses referenced which defendant, pull up exactly what evidence has been presented against who, which exhibits have been referenced by who during all of the testimony (this trial is nearing the end of week 2 at this point, so there's a boatload of testimony), and see exactly what testimony I flagged as important no matter when it came in... so if you're interested in trial work, it's very useful.  Of course, it'll be a while before you get to any of that.

Law School Admissions / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: July 01, 2007, 09:07:18 PM »
You vastly overestimate your own importance.  Very few people are concerned with the opinions of self-impressed law-student-wannabes.

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