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Current Law Students / Re: "preparing" for law school
« on: April 23, 2009, 10:24:43 PM »
I always heard to not study up before school, and so I didn't, but I wish I had. Familiarizing yourself with some basic terms and over-arching concepts in all of your subjects for your first semester will come in handy.



NINJA1, any particular methods/tools/resources you would care to elaborate on that may help to initaite us 0L's into the basic terms and over-arching concepts?! gracias!

I'd say just read up on them a bit. The Wikipedia articles on each subject would probably be a pretty good primer. It's not necessary that you have a total mastery of things, just have a general idea of how they flow and what some important terms and concepts are. That was probably one of the hardest parts of first semester, trying to understand the basic concepts and building out from there. If you come armed with the basic concepts, I'd bet you'd be in pretty good shape. That would explain why ex-paralegals and such usually have a pretty decent handle on things.






Thanks for the advice! so wikipedia torts, contracts, civ pro, crim pro......anything else above and beyond this you would recommend brushing up on, as far as terms go?

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Yeah.  Chapman has been the only legit game in the OC for a while.  No more.  Our friend Erwin will see to that.

Outside of the OC you've got San Diego to the south, with three schools, and then to the north is Los Angeles with schools like USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola etc etc etc.

Is it a bad school?  No, of course not.  Would I personally go there?  No, I don't see a strong niche for it anymore.  I could be wrong in my assessment, but yeah, I wouldn't go to Chapman.




thats interesting. OC seems like a desirable place to live , so I can see how graduates from NorCal and SoCal could want to practice in OC. But why, in your opinion, is this trend occuring now?

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Current Law Students / Re: "preparing" for law school
« on: April 23, 2009, 09:13:05 PM »
I always heard to not study up before school, and so I didn't, but I wish I had. Familiarizing yourself with some basic terms and over-arching concepts in all of your subjects for your first semester will come in handy.



NINJA1, any particular methods/tools/resources you would care to elaborate on that may help to initaite us 0L's into the basic terms and over-arching concepts?! gracias!

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In this market, any money is better than none.
USF would be my call.
Southerwestern second.

I don't think there's anything that would make me choose Chapman for law school anymore (Not that it's a bad school, I just wouldn't go there).




care to explain why you woudlnt attend Chapman?!

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What's the deal with this thread and the others like it?  They're incredibly creepy!  :(


lol YOU made my day bl825.

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Current Law Students / Re: Law Schools To Avoid At All Costs!
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:35:56 PM »
Would anybody avoid Cal Western @ all costs? Im strongly considering attedning, but cant get one ounce of good feedback off TLS.com

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Pacific Mcgeorge
« on: April 14, 2009, 07:36:29 PM »
I was wait listed today @ Pacific Mcgeorge, and Im wondering if anybody has any information or personal stories regarding Pacific Mcgeorge? Gracia's!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cal Western or McGeorge
« on: April 14, 2009, 07:32:50 PM »
I know that salary comparisons between law schools can be problematic. However, does anyone know/is there any information on the starting salary of an Cal Western grad vs. a Pacific Mcgeorge grad, supposing one stayed in either the san diego area or Sacramento?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cal Western or McGeorge
« on: April 07, 2009, 07:21:08 PM »
What are the realistic job prospects in the San Diego market for an Cal Western grad (supposing one could be in the top %30 of their class)?

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Transferring / Re: T4 transfer to T2/T1
« on: March 27, 2009, 12:03:18 AM »
One of the critiques of the current collapse of the legal industry is that it took too many people from lower-ranked schools.

I have never heard this, and frankly I cannot think of any logical justification for that statement, unless you are talking about large law firms over-hiring in general. Even then I think it would be a stretch to say these firms inflated their payrolls only with graduates of "lower-ranked schools."




I think the "collapse" he's referring to is in regards that the ABA continues to accredit more and more schools. Plus, look @ all the non-accredited schools per state, Cali has like 20 alone. Peoples College of Law comes to mind lol...I think its just the idea that the legal education system PUMPS out ALOT of prospective lawyers.

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