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Law School Applications / American U. decisions
« on: April 26, 2004, 02:11:23 PM »
Just curious about their notification policy ...

Thanks!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Briefing cases for class
« on: April 26, 2004, 02:04:28 PM »
list price seems to be $23 which seems like a lot, it's only like 130 pages, but I can't find it anywhere for cheaper than that.

barristerbooks.com has it for around $23, and I haven't found it cheaper than that. However, you might want to see if you can check it out from your law library over the summer. I don't know if they will let you, but it is worth a shot.

I guess I am just a little excited and can't wait to start school. I've heard the horror stories, but I'm still anxious ...

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / Re: Where do you look for books?
« on: April 26, 2004, 01:59:51 PM »
half.com
overstock.com
barristerbooks.com
barnesandnoble.com (rarely)
amazon.com
Ebay, etc.

It all depends on what you are searching for.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Briefing cases for class
« on: April 26, 2004, 12:52:38 PM »
The book "learning legal reasoning" by Delaney is GREAT for learning to brief cases. I'm almost done working through it and found it very useful.

I just ordered it. Glad to hear the recommendation ...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Briefing cases for class
« on: April 26, 2004, 12:26:27 PM »
Well, even if it is only for use in classes, I guess we will still have to learn to play the game so we can survive being 1L's.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Briefing cases for class
« on: April 26, 2004, 12:16:47 PM »
Maybe we could set up a thread or subject that's like the LSAT studying one? That way, we could post briefs for help from others, or maybe even have a few of the current law students present some hypotheticals to us ... Or am I making this way too much work for the summer?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How important is your law school
« on: April 24, 2004, 11:33:59 PM »
I disagree about the investment part. If someone in India is working for a large employment law firm representing american employers, I think that person would have something invested in preserving and/or bettering the american legal system: a job.

I think that part of the discrepancies in our arguments stem from the fact that we are generalizing the term "legal jobs". Some, I agree, are completely safe from outsourcing, some aren't, and some are part of large multinational corporations and firms that blur the boundaries. It's the latter that is the loophole. When you have a firm that has offices in NYC, Hong Kong and Sydney, the attorneys employed with that firm can and often do represent clients, directly or indirectly, in multiple countries. Same thing with the big publishing houses such as West and Lexis. What's to stop them from having attorneys editing the code of small-town USA in Brazil? Does that mean that the people of small-town USA want their code produced there? Do they even know?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How important is your law school
« on: April 24, 2004, 11:20:56 PM »
I am way not smart enough to explain this, but I also think it has something to do with our system of laws and our legal system.  Kind of hard to outsource legal jobs.

Trust me, it's easier than you think. I've had some first-hand experience with it.

However, public interest is generally where I think the line is and will be drawn. Public defenders and the like won't be outsourced. Big firm work, however, is another story.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Planet Law School II (PLS)
« on: April 24, 2004, 11:14:11 PM »
PLS is one extreme of the law school book "spectrum". There's also the other extreme--skinny little books that give you essentially no information that is of any use whatsoever and lull you into a false sense of security. PLS freaked me out when I first started reading it because I thought there was no way I'd be able to succeed in law school if it's really this bad.  But I don't think it will be. The most valuable part was the timetables of things to read/study to prepare for law school. I'm not going to be able to do all of the stuff, but I'm doing some of it so that I can have a head start. Couldn't hurt, anyway.

I agree.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: How important is your law school
« on: April 24, 2004, 11:12:43 PM »
I'd probably draw the line at the fact that you actually live here in the US.  If something goes wrong, accountability at the very least seems more available with an attorney in the States than someone overseas. =P

Exactly. Maybe it won't be a factor, since many people don't have a choice about who represents them.

And I was not trying to attack anyone of any background. Americans have a hard enough time trusting their own when it comes to the legal system, and so I do think that this would be a concern for many who are in court. I'm NOT saying, however, that American law cannot be practiced equally as well by an American as a non-American. And I am definitely NOT saying that minorities are not great lawyers. If I had to chose an attorney, I would look at a person's resume, not his or her race.

Plus, I have definitely met many people who would rather be represented by a talking ape rather than a competent foreign attorney. It sucks, but it is a possible factor.

Do you think we will ever outsource judges or juries? That makes this hypothetical even more interesting ...  ;) I think many people see their choice of attorney like the choice in jury members -- they want someone who is a peer (i.e. -- has a shared experience or the ability to have a shared experience).

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