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Current Law Students / Re: Typical day of a law school student?
« on: October 19, 2009, 06:33:27 PM »
For what it's worth, my typical Monday (the only day that I have a night class):

Wake up at 7:15- get to law school by 8:15.

Study from 8:15- 9:00

9:00-9:50- Contracts

9:50-11:00- Study (usually Contracts)

11:00-11:50- CivPro

11:50-1:00- Eat/ study (usually CivPro)

1:00-1:50- Torts

1:50-3:00- Study (usually Torts and Crim)

3:00-3:50- Crim

3:50-6:30- Study anything that I haven't gotten to/ work on Writing/ Research

6:30-7:30- Legal Writing

Granted, this is my busiest day.  Most days I work from 9:00 to about 4:00 (including class), come home and work out, and finish up anything I have left.  Done by 6:00.

Current Law Students / Swiss Gear backpacks- max weight?
« on: August 24, 2009, 03:55:40 PM »
For those of you who have experience, how good are Swiss Gear backpacks about holding up?  I have an expandable one that costs about $65... I was able to get two case books, a bluebook citation book, and two other thin books in it, as well as my laptop.  It all fits fine, but it weights close to 25 pounds.  Do I need to worry about putting too much stress on the straps (afraid it might break on me), or do those bags tend to be durable enough that I shouldn't worry about it.

I got a Management degree, but if I could do things differently, I would have gotten a degree in either Finance or Accounting.  They are the real core of the business school, and with a degree in one of those, you will be infinitely employable.  Plus, either of those degrees would lay a solid foundation for a future in tax law.

I read the same article on TLS... seems like good advice overall, but it also seems a little over the top.  Based on advice I have gotten from others, my plan is to read the cases (but not obsess over them), add to my studies with supplements (specifically, E&Es and any other teacher-recommended supplements), and focus from the beginning on real law exams. 

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: August 05, 2009, 04:07:58 PM »
I was thinking you were someone else- sorry about that.  Send me a PM with your class schedule, and we'll see if we are in the same section.

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: August 04, 2009, 05:45:23 PM »
I don't have the copy of the actual case with me, but I know that Justice Oliver Holmes, Jr. wrote the opinion.  The lower courts said that transporting a stolen plane violated the NMVTA, and the Supreme Court reversed the decision.  There was no dissenting opinion.

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: August 04, 2009, 04:10:35 PM »
Top cat heres my brief for the same case, tell me what you think. See you at orientation.

U.S Supreme Court
Mc Boyle v. United States, 283 U.S 25 (1931)


Mc Boyle was convicted of  knowingly transported an airplane across the interstate from Ottawa,IL to Guymon, OK

He was charged with violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act. The NMVTA punishes anyone who transports or attempts to transport a knowingly stolen vehicle. A vehicle is defined as  “an automobile, automobile truck, wagon, motor cycle or any self propelled vehicle not designed for running on rails“.

He was convicted in trial court.

He appealed to the circuit court of appeals to the tenth circuit and the decision was affirmed.

He petitioned for a writ of certiorari and was granted by the Supreme Court.


Is an airplane considered a “vehicle” under the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act?

Should the court punish the petitioner for violating a law that is not clearly defined? 


Judgment reversed, petitioner wins


Agreeing with the petitioner that congress had an opportunity to incorporate airplanes in the legislation, they explicitly list the different vehicles to be covered under the  act and choose to clearly omit that the transporting of an airplane is an offensable act under the NMVTA.

Understanding that the law was unclear about the types of vehicles covered under the act, the petitioner should be granted a warning for not having a reference for the offensable act.


The judge has set precedent that the law has an obligation to clearly set boundaries for the citizenry. If the law fails to draw the line,  then the accused can’t be held liable for violating such laws.

The court shouldn’t make assumptions about what congress intended the legislation to be

Some of the things you did, I like really well.  If you are who I assume you are (BH), then we should talk about getting a study group together... an LSD study group seems like a good idea.

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: July 31, 2009, 11:19:42 AM »
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?

Current Law Students / Re: Critique my brief
« on: July 31, 2009, 07:31:41 AM »
These comments have all been very helpful- thanks alot.

If I thought US News rankings were the only thing could give a school credibility, I would not have gone to UK.  Trust me.  I am an example of someone who chose to take the US News rankings into account, only to disregard them for things that were, to me, higher priorities.  I offered a proposal to IMPROVE the rankings.  You have proceeded to hi-jack my thread and rail against the US News rankings.  Fair enough- have fun.

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