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Wait, people are actually giving serious answers to this thread?

1. Go play outside
2. Do the reading and attend class
3. Talk to career services sometime in November, create a job-hunt strategy for winter break
4. Study your ass off during finals
5. Get good grades
6. Worry about jobs after Christmas

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Depends on the casebook. My civ pro prof cold-called on people with the post-case questions, and it was a good way of preparing for class. If the questions are well written it's a good way to study.

But if they're the kind of questions that are really 5 questions mashed together in one paragraph, I just tried to figure out what the casebook authors were getting at then moved on...

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Jesuit Law Schools?
« on: June 13, 2008, 07:20:20 PM »
You can expect Jesuit schools to have strong ties to the community. They're good schools if you're interested in public interest work and clinics. Also, I'm not religious, but I like that there's a Priest that has office hours in the law school.

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I love OmniOutliner for outlining, but I didn't use it for class notes. I like to be able to write things in my notes in the regular old word processor style. I used Google Docs last semester and liked it except that it doesn't work well with Safari and a lot of times wouldn't save my formatting changes (I like to switch fonts a lot).

I'm probably going back to Word next semester.

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I'm reading Planet Law School and he has some pretty interesting advice.  Hopefully there are some current students out there that can give me some good opinions.

Here are some things he suggests

1: Even though you have to attend, class is a total waste of time as far as your grade is concerned. (He says there are some exceptions, like getting hints for the final or figuring out how the professor will grade the final.)

2: Don't ever show off, or ask questions in class.  Just try to lay low.

3: Start your study group in the first three weeks of school. 

4: You will burn up the 9-5 m-f hours by doing what's required, if you want to get ahead you need to study late into the night and on almost every weekend.

5: If you work smart in your first semester, you will instantly have an advantage over 80% of the students


What do you guys think?


1. I think the problem here is that when you are a 1L, you don't know which classes are important and which ones you can skip. My strategy was to attend every class and listen closely to what the prof says. If one of your classmates says something important during the discussion, the prof usually repeats it anyway. My attitude is, it's only 3-4 hours of the day, you might as well just go.

2. You can ask questions, a lot of your classmates might be wondering the same thing. Just use common sense. Most of the above posters' comments on this point were accurate. I'd only add that you should think about the class size when deciding how much to comment/question. If there are 125 people in the class, it's not cool if you raise your hand 3 times in the same class. If there are only 20 people, that's a bit different.

3. I didn't use a study group b/c I live a half hour from school and it just wasn't practical for me. I would just email or call my friends if I was confused about something, or we'd talk about it at lunch.

4. 9-5 is fine. I usually worked from 7:30-6 and then 4-5 hours Sat and Sunday. Any more than that on a regular basis and you might burn out.

5. I don't think this is automatically true. You just have to figure out what the prof is looking for on the exam.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What are you doing about health insurance?
« on: May 23, 2008, 07:30:36 AM »
Every time I'm ordering my contacts for the year and seeing how much it costs, I'm like "Ok this is the year I'm gonna get Lasik. Oh, but I just bought a year's worth of contacts so I'll just wait..."

I got new glasses this year and it was $700 for the glasses & lenses.  :o

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Current Law Students / Re: should I sell my books?
« on: May 22, 2008, 08:42:03 PM »
That's what happens when you do the book buy back at your school's bookstore.

Sell on your own at something like half.com or amazon, and you'll get far more money for most of your books (assuming a new edition doesn't come out between now and next semester)

But you still have to deal with shipping the damn things to whoever buys them, which is not so good for lazy people like me.

I waited too long to get my books to the bookstore, and I couldn't even donate the ones they weren't taking b/c they had taken away the donation boxes. Goodwill?

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I heard some commentators this morning talking about how he accomplished way more as a Senator than he would have if he'd been elected President.

:::Glares at Hillary::::

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What are you doing about health insurance?
« on: May 20, 2008, 12:04:08 PM »
Bought my own plan on the individual insurance market. I'm on a plan that I used to sell before I went to LS, and sold it to people like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Now that I'm actually a member....it kinda sucks... But it's still better than the University's plan.


Around how much per month are we talking for these plans, ballpark?  Dental/optical are extra?

For me (25 y.o. female, non smoker, no major health issues, no maternity coverage), it was $140/month when I bought it, it went up $20 a month when I renewed this year. That includes dental. For healthy non-smoking men age 20-30, policies run a little under $100 per month (I sold some for as low as $60 per month).

Dental is usually like a $20 a month add on. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as individual vision coverage. You might get discounts with the insurance card, but it's nothing like what you would get with a group plan.

These figures are all unique to the area where I live, it could be more/less depending on how expensive health care is in your region.

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What are you doing about health insurance?
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:55:27 AM »
Bought my own plan on the individual insurance market. I'm on a plan that I used to sell before I went to LS, and sold it to people like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Now that I'm actually a member....it kinda sucks... But it's still better than the University's plan.

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