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General Board / Re: Law Firms - Background Check?
« on: July 13, 2005, 07:07:04 AM »
At most law schools, you are under a continuing obligation to disclose anything that they asked you about initially when you applied. You should check into this.

As for law firms, I would guess they will ask about any arrests or convictions and probably do a criminal history check.

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General Board / Re: RW law students should stop posting
« on: July 10, 2005, 08:24:35 PM »
Actually taking a break. It is my first official summer break since starting law school. I'm not sure how to handle that. This weekend, I am working on getting things together so that I can send in materials for the employers looking for fall externs. I haven't looked for one until now and I want to do it before I graduate. Other than that, just enjoying my summer.  ;D

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General Board / Re: RW law students should stop posting
« on: July 10, 2005, 10:52:35 AM »
I haven't either. I wonder if he still comes to this website. He seemed very nice.

On another note, how have you been? How is school going?

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General Board / Re: RW law students should stop posting
« on: July 10, 2005, 12:25:49 AM »
I thought that was strange also. So, what's up Dean Tonsing? Spam or what? The whole thing seems odd. It has appeared on several websites.

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General Board / Re: Advice for a 2L on picking classes
« on: July 09, 2005, 11:42:15 AM »
I disagree with "advice" that advises against taking ANY bar classes because you cover them in bar review courses.  Surely, they didn't mean don't take ANY course covered by your bar review course.  I don't know about the state where this advice was offered, but in many states, the bar exam covers subjects such as wills and trusts, business associations, secured transactions, commerical paper.  It's really hard to "learn" a course such as secured transactions in the three hour lecture that, say, BARBRI offers.  That's all you get--about three hours of lecture for secured transactions and then they send you off to study the 80 page outline.  The very next day, BARBRI moves on to the next topic like commerical paper with another three hour lecture and another 80 page outline.  You do that for about six weeks.

Now, I don't think it's necessary to take ALL bar classes in law school. But you should take a good number of bar classes so you won't have to kill yourself studying in the bar review course.   

I'd check to see what topics are covered on your state's essay portion of the bar exam and make sure you've taken a good number of those topics in law school.  BARBRI says you don't need to have taken all the bar courses to learn in BARBRI what you need to pass the bar.  But BARBRI is also the first to point out that BARBRI is a REVIEW course.   It's hard to review the difficult concepts when you haven't learned them in the first place.


   

I agree.

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Hush you, perish the thought!!!  ;D  I think I might have to leave the country if that happens. Maybe I should start studying European law. Now which country is more liberal?

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General Board / Re: Low LSAT score
« on: June 28, 2005, 03:04:24 PM »
Hopefully someone can help me out with this.  I will be a senior in college this year and will be applying to law school this fall.  I have a 3.95 GPA majoring in Economics and am in 3 honor societies in college.  I have also done a 7 month internship with Citigroup and am currently doing a 3 month internship with U.S. Senator George Allen.  I played baseball my freshman and sophomore years for a top 25 division-1 program and have basically any extra-curricular you can think of.

Here's the problem.  I took the LSAT in June.  I did absolutely terrible.  I scored a 145.  I plan to apply to UVA and William and Mary.  How will this score look to the schools, and will I still have a chance of being admitted?

Do not do what I did and just settle for wherever you get in. If there was one thing I could do over, it would be that. I should have taken the LSAT again. I ended up transferring, but I would recommend that you take it again. You owe yourself that much.

Also, should I retake the LSAT again?  How do schools look at multiple LSAT scores?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!!  Thanks!!

Take it again. If I had it to do over again, I would have re-taken it and ended up in a good school the first time. I was able to transfer, but you should really take it again.

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Many states (I don't know how many) base their criminal laws on the MPC. They may base some of their statutes on the MPC entirely or not at all. Because many students will come to the law school from different states and then return, the MPC is something they are interested in teaching. You will also find the same thing when you take Professional Responsibility. The class will be centered around the Model Rules of Professional Conduct because many states use that to fashion their own rules.
Thank you - that makes sense!
Soooo...if I can understand/apply what the MPC is defining, then I can better understand the intent of individual statutes?

You are welcome. In general yes. Just realize that what you are studying now is whatever set of statutes the professor decided to present. Many state's statutes will be similar, but there will be subtle differences. However, in law school, they do have to choose one set of statutes to teach and because the Model Code is common to many states, that is probably why. When you return to your own state, you will need to understand how their statutes may differ.

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Many states (I don't know how many) base their criminal laws on the MPC. They may base some of their statutes on the MPC entirely or not at all. Because many students will come to the law school from different states and then return, the MPC is something they are interested in teaching. You will also find the same thing when you take Professional Responsibility. The class will be centered around the Model Rules of Professional Conduct because many states use that to fashion their own rules.

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Everyone has their own way of doing things and certain ways that seem to help them more than others. My personal opinion is that it really does help, especially during 1L, to do the full written briefs. It does help for the Socratic method, but it also helps you retain the information when you are studying for exams. I later migrated to book briefing. I have never used the canned briefs. I think they are ok to supplement your own reading, but I don't believe in using them in place of doing the reading.

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