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Yes, CALI is awesome (except for studying Civ Pro).

I was thinking about another thing you can do to prepare for LS. You could watch Law School Musical on youtube (just a couple minutes long).

It won't mean that much to you until you've finished your 1st semester, and a lot of people say 1st year. It is kind of a downer's look at LS, but it is more and more hilarious the more you can relate to it. There are days in LS that everyone feels like the guy in the video.

(There are a lot of other funny LS videos on youtube you can look at when you need a study break--Boalt Torts shuffle, Barbri Girl, etc.)

Yes, it would have been so much better and less stressful if I had known what to do to do well when I walked into law school. Law School Confidential was the book that the school had recommended and it had good reviews, so I bought it and read it. Part of the problem with it for me was the conflicting advice--the book would say to do one thing and the school would say to do the opposite. I ended up doing what the school said over what the book said. Another thing that I did was to try to incorporate a number of different ways of studying, hoping that 1 of them would stick and help me on the finals. I briefed everything, typed up notes from the books (typing/writing helps me remember), took lots of notes in class, made my own note cards for all of my classes, made my own outlines, did Cali exercises, consulted the supplements like E&E for outlines or whenever I was confused, did lots of practice essays, used the Law in a Flash cards, used Q&A, etc. (I also had to be make sure that I wasn't teaching myself something that went the opposite way of what a prof said--ex: 1 prof said transferred intent only applied to assault and battery, but all of my other resources said that wasn't true.) Anyway, I'm sure that was overkill, but I continued most of these study practices the 2nd semester. This method of combining many different ways of learning the material and testing my knowledge of the material has worked very well for me. By working so hard, law school did click for me.  I do agree that it didn't seem to click for some people in the class, but it generally didn't seem like those people tried very hard.  On the other hand, there were some people in the class who worked very hard, and for whatever reason, it was not reflected in their grades. (So I guess it didn't click that well for them either.)

Nova Southeastern / Re: AVOID THIS SCHOOL
« on: June 14, 2010, 03:13:31 PM »
HardWorking, I'm not trying to be mean/rude when I say this, but why are you here? You keep posting the same thing over and over again, and you are not a law student or a lawyer, so it's not based on your own experience.  Maybe there are other things we could all discuss. Or are you are attempting to frustrate others so that they will argue with you?

I'll start: HardWorking, what area of the law were you interested in pursuing?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Nova Law School- Any good??
« on: June 13, 2010, 06:33:35 PM »
Oh, it's ok. It's just that the idea that someone could really put so much time and effort into earning the degree and into securing a job and still end up working at McD's (or even worse to be so overqualified that even McD's wouldn't hire them) is disheartening. I knew it would be an uphill battle when I enrolled in a T-4. I worked my butt off the 1st year and it went really well, so I'm hoping to move to a better school in the hopes that it will put me a little bit closer to the top of the hill. (**Fingers crossed**) However, if transferring doesn't work, the hard work earned a much bigger scholarship, so I won't be in as much debt and will be able to take a lower paying job if need be.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tier 4 Law Schools
« on: June 13, 2010, 03:41:25 PM »
@Hardworking: So does this mean you decided against going to LS all together or you turned down scholarships from the T-3/4? (You seem really set against the T-3/4 schools and have posted a lot about them, so I'm wondering whether your opinions are based on the opinions of your friends or it is because you have completed  law school and have experience with the job market.)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Nova Law School- Any good??
« on: June 13, 2010, 03:29:39 PM »
That is certainly disheartening. :(  The economy is definitely in terrible shape right now and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I currently go to a T-4 and the job opportunity issue is one of the biggest reasons I'm trying to transfer.

For med school and veterinary school you generally have to have a biochem, chem, or biology degree to apply for the program (and I know for vet you generally need more of the biochem type degree). The med people take the MCAT, like we take the LSAT.  It seems like the "traditional background" degree is political science or a more general pre-law designation, such as pre-law/history, which are offered at most schools. Where I go to LS, most of the people seem to have polysci-like degrees.

Thank you.  :)

Florida Coastal

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tier 4 Law Schools
« on: June 13, 2010, 01:15:44 PM »
Well, I had to talk to the Dean at my school before they would release my transcript, but they don't bargain about scholarships anymore. I heard that they used to do that during the discussion, but now they have a set scholarship amount they will give you based on your rank. Unfortunately, no full rides there.  :(

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