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Current Law Students / Re: what's it like...
« on: May 01, 2002, 04:41:02 PM »
My opinion:

It's like college in terms of the assigned work load.  The big difference is that you have to actually do the work in law school, and you have to do it well (ie can't skim through much, and have to take notes on what you read).  Another big difference is that the professors call on you, and make you answer questions that range from easy to impossible.  This can be stressful.

In terms of the atmosphere... I went to a large university (17,000 undergrads).  Law school (my class has 240) is very much like high school.  People are a little more mature, but there is still a bit of gossip, cliques, etc.  Generally people are pretty nice though.

Exams in law school are no fun at all.  They count for 100% of one's grade, and hard work doesn't necessarily pay off (after all, everyone is working hard, and not everyone can be at the top).

Current Law Students / law school worst case scenario
« on: March 06, 2003, 05:33:57 AM »
I think I have encountered the law student’s second worst nightmare (second only to sleeping though an exam).

One of my classmates yesterday asked me how my paper was going… what paper?

It turns out that there is a draft of a final paper due tomorrow.  The professor of the class has never issued a syllabus and, apparently, has only once announced the draft due date of the paper (or - for that matter - that a draft was going to be required).  A few weeks ago I missed the class for a job interview.  This happened to coincide with the draft due date announcement.

Before leaving for my interview I emailed to the professor to ask about, of all things, my paper topic, and to report that I would be missing class for a job interview.  When I got back the next week, I emailed the professor to ask what was assigned.  The professor replied with the next week’s reading assignment, but never mentioned the paper draft.  The due date was never mentioned again.

I wrote to the professor and explained my predicament.  My deadline has been extended one week to the Friday of spring break.  Modifying spring break plans to write my paper is certainly inconvenient, but I’m much more bothered by the fact that I had to ask for an extension on the deadline.  Perhaps this will affect my grade, perhaps not.

Current Law Students / Re: Juris Doctor Degree
« on: June 23, 2003, 06:16:22 PM »
This is an age old question.  There are probably legal rules that govern this insomuch as you might not be allowed to fraudulently misrepresent your credentials (I'm pretty sure Doc Watson isn't really a doctor, but I don't think anyone has sued him for it).

If there are legal rules, of course, they're not very significant.  The real question is what is the socially or professionally accepted designation.  I've never heard of a JD calling herself "Doctor", and I doubt too many people would take such a person seriously.  In the US at least, lawyers use the Esq. suffix (esquire).  I think that has to do with admission to the bar though - not the holding of the JD.  You can always put JD after your name, but this is less common.

Is it a doctoral degree?  Well is seems to have that root doesn't it?  I don't know what the definition of "doctoral" is.  If it's "of doctor" than I'd say it certainly is.

Current Law Students / Re: Tape Recorder
« on: July 10, 2003, 05:01:52 AM »
At my school, student tape recording is not allowed.  I don't think there's much of a reason for this - just to protect the school against black-market distribution of the product: a legal eduction.  (a somewhat silly rationale)

However, if you're going to miss a class, you can ask the professor to have it taped.  There's an A/V department that will (supposidly) record the class for you so that you can listen later.  Professors often volunteer this for review sessions and commonly missed days (like Jewish holidays).

Remember that law school classes aren't taught like college classes.  The professor asks questions of the students instead of lecturing.  Class is as much about quick thinking and participation as it is about information gathering.

Current Law Students / Re: Working while a 1L?
« on: June 18, 2002, 03:54:37 PM »
I think 10 hours should be very managable, especially since you are used to working and managing your time.  I know there were people in my class that were doing this, and I don't doubt that they did just fine.

Current Law Students / Re: Teach for The Princeton Review in OH/IN/KY
« on: July 24, 2003, 11:25:32 AM »
Please don't post the same thing multiple times.  I generally don't edit content, but there's no reason to post the exact same thing several times.

Current Law Students / Re: Should I specialize in Litigation?
« on: September 05, 2003, 05:58:44 AM »
If you're interesting in doing litigation, go ahead and specialize.  Do not, however, neglect taking the core classes that firms will expect you to have.  

Litigation is a popular place to start after graduation.  One reason for this is that litigation involves the type of skills you develop in law school (legal research and writing).

The only harm in specializing is that you may seem unconvincing should you decide to do something else.  All things being equal, a real estate department will probably hire the student who took real estate classes over the one who specialized in litigation, regardless of how much that student says she wants to practice real estate.

Current Law Students / Re:
« on: September 05, 2003, 06:02:09 AM »
Hmm.  The site seems to be there, but it does not seem to be working.  It may be too late for this, but you're welcome to post ads to buy of sell books on this board.  If there are a lot of such posts, I'll start a category dedicated to book transactions.

Current Law Students / Re: Lost in Case Briefing
« on: September 09, 2003, 09:45:09 AM »
There are commercial notes available that contain case-briefs of all the cases in a particular casebook.  I'd recommend against using these though.  Law school is very much about learning how to understand cases, not just what they stand for.  I would talk to classmates and discuss the cases before I'd buy commercial notes, but yes, they are available.  They probably sell these in your law school bookstore and at Barrister Books online (see link from the "resources" page).

At the request of the Law School Admissions Council, I have removed the thread entitled "JUNE 2007 LSAT test takers first impressions THREAD".  The LSAC also asked me to remind you that "posting questions is potentially a copyright infringement."

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