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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Outlines
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:26:25 PM »
Commercial outlines are helpful as a guide, but the biggest benefit is the actual process of doing it yourself.  Start as early as you can because your time becomes increasingly limited as the semester goes on.  It may help to use your syllabus to start outlining the key concepts, and try not to go over 50 pages or it will become too cumbersome to actually use.  I agree about the 1 - 2 page summery - that's very helpful.  But in the end, do whatever works best for you.  There's no single magical formula that works for everyone.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What books to read to understand these subject?
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:13:32 PM »
I agree about waiting for specific classes.  I thought some books were more helpful than others based in part on what a particular prof was interested in.  However, I found Getting to Maybe to be helpful in preparing for law school exams.  I don't think it was essential, but it helped me get in the right frame of mind and know what to focus on.  For me, doing practice exams throughout the semester was key.

I agree with Thane.  I've had a couple profs who seemed to actually enjoy seeing students fail and are known for giving the minimum # of A's and B's allowed.  But in the end, if you understand the rules and can apply them, you'll be fine no matter what the curve is.

Current Law Students / When to quit my job for a clerkship
« on: June 02, 2010, 11:55:25 AM »
Just finished my first year, but have 3 to go since I'm a part-time student.  I have a great job right now that pays really well, plus I make extra money doing independent contract work.  Unfortunately, neither are in the legal field.  I've been looking at clerkships and various positions at local firms, but they only pay a fraction of what I make now.  So the transition is going to be painful.  At what point do I really need to get a law-related job?  I talked to someone who kept her (non-law-related) job and got a part-time clerkship, but I'm not sure how well I could swing a job, a clerkship, and maintain my GPA.  Any thoughts?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: LOANS: Your debt load? Normal debt load?
« on: June 02, 2010, 07:11:02 AM »

Yeah, I know. The funny thing is I know but then it still somehow sticks out to me usually. Maybe I should be a preschool teacher instead? Then I can make sure everyone is super nice all the time.. ahhh.. anyway thanks for the great advice.

Based on my limited experience with small children, I would not say they're super nice all the time.  You're just getting honest, straight forward advice.  A couple classes with the right kind of law prof and you'll grow some thick skin in no time.  Sometimes I think people just get too busy to worry about sugarcoating things.  Don't take it personally; it's definitely not personal.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Past Record Disclosure
« on: June 01, 2010, 03:04:47 PM »
That's nothing to lose sleep over.  Disclose and don't worry about it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: LOANS: Your debt load? Normal debt load?
« on: June 01, 2010, 02:56:39 PM »
Watch the numbers on your student loan debt every year and you'll see the interest add up.  It's pretty sickening.

I would contact the place you're applying to and ask if they have a preference.  I'd say it's better to have one really solid letter than a couple that are overly generalized.  It's pretty obvious when a letter is little more than a form letter, and that doesn't help you very much.  Some places really don't require more than one anyway.

can't  you apply to both?

Yes you can; you just have to check the process for each particular school.  Some let you apply to both with the same application and some require two separate applications.  I don't understand why the same school needs duplicate info, but that's what I had to do.

Current Law Students / Re: waiting for grades...............
« on: May 27, 2010, 07:09:50 AM »
For multiple choice? THats crazy, it takes less than a minute to scantron the dang thing.

Tell me about it.  I think some profs genuinely enjoy making us suffer.

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