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Bar Exam Preparation / Re: Taking Two Bar Exams
« on: November 19, 2004, 03:13:20 PM »
I can understand how fear of the bar exam could dictate which classes one takes in law school.  I've heard advice on both ends of the spectrum there.  I divided my time between bar-helpful classes and "interesting" classes, and I'm pretty happy with that choice.

I think you could probably pass the bar without taking any bar helpful electives (a big part of the MA and NY bar exams are first year required classes), but of course it never hurts to start preparing early.  Some classes are more valuable than others when it comes to bar preparation of course.  I took UCC and only later learned that it has a very low probability of being on the NY bar, and is never on the MA bar.  Meanwhile, I didn't get around to taking Criminal Procedure, which is a very important topic for any bar.

If I were a 1L planning my law school electives, I would look up the subjects and probabilities for the exam(s) before choosing.  I think there's enough time to take the most imporant bar-related classes and still specialize.

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Current Law Students / Re: Final Exams - Help!
« on: November 16, 2004, 03:53:42 PM »
I think Thanksgiving is a good time to start your outlines.  You can't be expected to be studying that much while still keeping up with the usual class-prep work.  I would do some very broad outlining now and then come back and fill in the details later.

The calender idea is a great one - this is definitly a time for self discipline and focus.

Finally, it's very important that you practice exam taking before the exams.  A huge part of the grade will come down to your ability to express yourself the way the professor wants while under pressure.  Definitly take some practice exams under timed conditions.

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Bar Exam Preparation / Taking Two Bar Exams
« on: November 16, 2004, 03:24:31 PM »
This thread is for discussing my article: Taking Two Bar Exams.  Please read the article before posting here.  If you have a question or comment that's not directly related to the article, please start a new thread.

Here's the link to the article.

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Current Law Students / Re: NY Bar Results - when?
« on: November 15, 2004, 09:02:44 AM »
This just in from BarBri:

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The New York State Board of Bar Examiners anticipates that the results
of the July 2004 New York Bar Exam will be individually available
online on Tuesday, November 16 at 7am.

Furthermore, they anticipate the full list of successful candidates
will be published on their website and in the New York Law Journal on
Thursday, November 18.

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Current Law Students / Re: MA Bar Results - when?
« on: November 09, 2004, 02:49:42 PM »
Well I guess no one else knew either.  For future generations - it's the first week of November - mail arrives before the web page is updated.

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Current Law Students / NY Bar Results - when?
« on: November 02, 2004, 07:20:13 AM »
Anyone know when the NY bar results for July 2004 are going to be out?

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Current Law Students / MA Bar Results - when?
« on: November 02, 2004, 07:19:19 AM »
Does anyone know specifically when the MA Bar results for July come out?

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Current Law Students / Re: simple tip I started using
« on: October 21, 2004, 01:02:34 PM »
There was a student in my class that used to cut the pages out of her book and keep the latest cases in a binder.  Another student had his girlfriend re-bind large books into two smaller volumes (I guess she was into book binding).  I've heard of people scanning books into their laptop to solve this problem too.  All are good ideas.

The problem with the Westlaw method is that many of the casebook cases are edited down to skip the tedious, unimportant parts.  You can end up reading a lot more and focusing on the wrong issues.  The professors usually use a case to show one or two issues, but real cases can sometimes have several (ie a Civ Pro issue in one part of the case and a Contract issue in another).

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Current Law Students / Re: Citation manual
« on: October 21, 2004, 12:56:53 PM »
The ALWD is trying to make their system the new standard, so they're teaching it to law students.  Like most things in law, change is very slow.  I had to learn the ALWD my first year of law school but immediatly had to unlearn it and switch to the Bluebook for journal work.  I used the Bluebook for all my papers in law school (after first year).  Most of the lawyers I've talked to have never heard of the ALWD.

Even if your school uses the ALWD, it's probably not a bad idea to start getting to know the Bluebook as well.  There are some differences.

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Current Law Students / Re: Reputation Experiment
« on: October 12, 2004, 03:33:27 PM »
Haha - and why shouldn't we have all the power?  Okay - how about 50 - that's obtainable but probably not worth a troll's time.

I'm also thinking in the context of the pre-law board, where I'll implement this also if it goes well here.  There are tons of people over there with 100 posts, but we'll make it 50.

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