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Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota 2011 -- The real U of M...
« on: January 24, 2009, 07:53:51 PM »
No fresh faces?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1Ls: What do You Plan to do Differently Next Semester?
« on: January 24, 2009, 07:52:57 PM »
I wouldn't outline day-to-day... I think its important to wait until the end of the "section" you're on, so you can get the "mini" big picture.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« on: January 24, 2009, 07:49:43 PM »
I’m going to parrot a lot of the good advice above – get in shape, read a few novels...

I thought “The Paper Chase” was a good movie…shows you how dramatic some people can make law school.

“One L” by Scott Turow is another good read. Again, a lot of his 1L stress was self induced.

As far as actual prep reading, I highly recommend “How to Succeed in law school.”

‘Getting to Maybe’ is better left for the middle of the semester. If you haven’t started with the material then there’s no point in reading about exam techniques.

Another piece of advice is to read some law student blogs! Go to their archives and look at the 1L postings. A lot of your concerns, drammy, etc. will be addressed there.

Here are some to start:

I have a pretty extensive law student blog link list at

Incoming 1Ls / Re: When should I take the LSAT?
« on: January 24, 2009, 07:37:05 PM »
I think senior year is too late personally, applying early can make up for a few points.

I greatly dislike Civ Pro. How can I be more like you?

Alas for you, Civ Pro nerds are born, not made.

I love Civ Pro!

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review Grades
« on: January 07, 2009, 05:08:05 PM »
Some schools require you to write-on law review... priority given to better grades, but the others aren't excluded. Check with older students at your school.

I want to do public interest, but I got a B- (5 credits), a B (4 credits), a B+ (2 credits, though), and one class TBD (3 credits). I go to one of the Tier 2s in NYC. Should I just drop out now or what? I'm way below 50% here (2.98 compared to 3.1 for 50%). This is terrible.

Is it possible to get a good public interest summer internship with grades like that? It's amazing how much a first semester can determine an entire career path.

I don't think it's that terrible. Does your school have externships? That might be an option. Also, I'd try networking more...ABA events, etc. some personality can offset 'okay' grades.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Need some early advice
« on: December 03, 2008, 07:58:05 AM »
It's all about the LSAT.

Some other things (work experience, minority status, extra currics) might help, but it's all about the LSAT.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: G-Town sticker or U.T. 15k/yr?
« on: December 03, 2008, 07:57:22 AM »
If you want to live in Texas go to UT.

Otherwise GTown...also it depends on what kind of law you want to do. If you're doing non-profit or public defending then go for the cheaper school.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How old will you be...
« on: December 03, 2008, 07:55:12 AM »

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