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Hope your interviews have been going well.

I've seen a huge variation in types of questions, so I'll give this advice:

Plan your interviews later in the day. That way you can speak to people who already met the interviewer, and you can feel out if there were any ridiculous questions (and ask how they answered), and prepare accordingly. Everyone was pretty forthcoming about their experiences.

This saved me on several surprising questions where I might otherwise have stammered, but was lucky enough to have prepared good answers.

Good luck!

Current Law Students / Re: Should I write my own outlines?
« on: August 13, 2007, 07:30:50 PM »
Do a google search, you'll find a ton of outlines. Lexis also makes outlines for first-year courses.

Most professors I've talked to insist that you should make your own outline, at the very least for the benefit of organizing your materials and thoughts, and doing a thorough review of the course. (I made all my own, although it was helpful to compare it with some classmates, after we had each completed ours)

If you are going to use a commercial outline, it's recommended more as a supplement, to fill in areas you don't quite understand. (although you really should go to your professor or classmates for help)

Of course, to each their own. If you really find outlining to give you a huge headache and that it is confusing you more than helping, maybe a commercial outline is the way to go...

Job Search / Re: Should I apply to all the OCI firms?
« on: August 11, 2007, 05:04:19 AM »


Perhaps it works differently at each school. All the firms at my school wrote "Law Review, Journal, or Moot Court" for OCI.

I know that doesn't speak directly to "law journal," so perhaps you are right in that case, and surely for your school.

Perhaps schools adjust the phraseology as some schools make it easy to get onto secondary journals, whereas for others it is difficult to get on to any journal, law review or otherwise.

"You need to take each and every piece of advice that you read or receive with a grain of salt.  There is no one way to do law school.  There is nothing that you absolutely "need" because what I need to do to get As may not necessarily be what you need to do to get As."

Damn right.

Figuring out what works best for you as soon as possible will be the key.

Try a little bit of everything, and when you figure out what works go with it. And even then, you have to be flexible, because every class is different, as is every professor.

And yes, if you enjoy this kind of puzzling exercise, then law school can be fun!

Of course, sometimes it's who you know, not what you know (or what your school's rank was).

For what it's worth, more than one of my professors mentioned how much they hated looking up and seeing a bunch of laptops instead of students' faces. A lot of students hide behind their computers, and even if/when they do speak, they talk down into their computer and are difficult to hear.

I took notes by hand, did all my outlines and exams on computer, and felt just fine -- no trouble making a transition.

Current Law Students / Re: Softball courses
« on: May 20, 2007, 12:55:43 PM »
I think your biggest problem would be an employer questioning what law school allows classes sans curve...

I apologize if that comes off as abrasive. I'm just jealous. :)

-Hardest part of being a 1L: Staying positive while being on a forced curve.

-Easiest part: Finding fun things to do to distract oneself from the above pain.

-Study Groups: Didn't do it myself -- preferred to learn things at my

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