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Current Law Students / 1L second semester sucks!
« on: January 12, 2002, 03:02:39 PM »
I have to say - so far the second semester sucks.  Partly this is because I am out of practice (two weeks - no law) but also because the cases seem to be more confusing and the assigments more intense.  After talking to some 2Ls at my school, it sounds like 1L second semester is going to suck.  Is this the general consensus?  Are there any law schools that use the quarter system (also called tri-mester)?

Current Law Students /
« on: December 15, 2001, 01:19:29 AM »
I've just discoverd the "Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction" and I think it's worth a mention.  There are little quizes you can take to review, and the explanations are pretty good.  It's a good way to get some structured studying done, and I'd imagine it would be usefull in preparing for class too because it cuts through all the case confusion.

You have to get a password from your school to use it, but it is free.

Personally I think the typing of the outline is the way to learn.  I rarely even look at my outlines during the actual exam.  The exceptions are places where there are lists of factors ("three prong test") and the like.

Perhaps there is a hybrid option... use the old outline as a guide to make your own.  I did this in one class and it served me well last year.

Finally, don't forget that you're graded on only one thing in law school: exam taking.  A big part of first year exams is issue spotting, and outlines generally don't help with that.  Another big part is writing - again no help from outlines.  Remember that that top 1% student wasn't graded on her outline, she was graded on her bluebook.  While there may be a correlation between studying / outlining and good grades, by no means to the best scoring students necessarily have the best outlines.

Hang in there.  There economy is crap and any little point you can get on your exams will directly help you to get a job - so get back to that outline...

Good luck!

Current Law Students / Prof. Resp. Exam - can you pass with no class?
« on: October 24, 2003, 03:12:22 AM »
Does anyone have any thoughts on taking the professional responsibility exam without a prep class?  If people have done this, how did you study?

Current Law Students / Re: 2L??
« on: April 14, 2002, 01:52:46 AM »
My understanding (and I'm a 1L so this isn't expert advice) is that the 2L year requires less studying but more "extra stuff".  "Extra stuff" might be a journal, moot court, or a job - and of course the job search.  I don't know what percentage of people work during their second year, but I would think it would be fairly low.

Current Law Students / Re: Studying at UCLA
« on: July 15, 2002, 09:51:10 AM »
For future reference, there's a UCLA specific board here:

I'd really like to see all the schools represented on the school-specific boards for questions like these.  Please don't be afraid to be the first posters there.  

Current Law Students / Re: Older Editions of Law Books
« on: August 09, 2002, 01:41:41 PM »
It seems like it'd be pretty easy to get by with older books.  If there is a case missing you can always just look it up or photocopy it from another student who has the current edition.  The notes after the cases might be a little different, but again, you could just photocopy them.

Current Law Students / Re: There's no Univ of Georgia board...
« on: November 25, 2002, 01:30:03 AM »
I've added the University of Georgia.  In the future, please use the topic "please suggest your law school for inclusion" to suggest law school boards.

Current Law Students / Law School Musicals
« on: February 21, 2003, 03:46:35 AM »
Tonight is the second night of BU's "Legal Follies" show.  It's a performance (consisting of songs and skits) about BU, law school, and the legal profession.  I've heard that Harvard and BC have similar events and I was just wondering if this is a Boston thing or a national thing.  Does your law school have a musical?

Current Law Students / Re: Information on NYC law firm
« on: March 02, 2003, 10:04:36 AM »
In the interest of keeping this board organized, please note that there is a specific section for the discussion of law firms.

Besides the Herzfeld web site:, check out

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