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Current Law Students / Re: briefing in technicolor? hmm...
« on: August 26, 2006, 05:51:54 PM »
I had to respond. I just completed my first week at American, and I decided to use a modified version of the "highlighter" system. I did case briefing in my Con Law sequence as an undergrad, so I already had some experience with it. It's a tedious process, and given the amount of reading we have to do, I think it's more time- and cost-efficient than hammering out a brief. I see so many fellow 1Ls in the library pounding out written briefs and losing their minds over it.

As for use of the highlighter, to the poster above who said, "Don't, it's embarassing"...I suggest you not make such ridiculous sweeping comments. For some people, it works. The key is finding a process that helps you achieve mastery of the material and helps you spot the issues.  Once you spot the issues, you can answer the questions with rules and holdings.  These become the black-letter law you then plug into your master course outline, using case law, statutes, restatements, and uniform codes as examples and supporting evidence for those black-letter principles. I do the higlighter thing, and, when cold-called this week, I was able to use it with some supplemental notes to follow the line of questioning almost all the way to the black-letter principle my professor was after.

So if it works for you, use it. Don't listen to anybody, pro or con, who says you HAVE to do it a certain way.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Calm Before the Storm
« on: August 13, 2006, 04:04:27 PM »
Definitely a very surreal moment.

Incoming 1Ls / The Calm Before the Storm
« on: August 13, 2006, 03:52:35 PM »
Weirdness. I am now in Washington, D.C., sitting in my newly furnished apartment, awaiting orientation for my first year of law school this week.

Unreal. Anybody else sympathize?

$1945/mo. for a 2-bedroom, 2-bath 775 square foot apartment in Northwest D.C. (Van Ness area), all utilities included save electricity. I'm paying $1020 for the master.

By contrast, in Nevada, I paid $375 a month plus utilities for a large bedroom in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath 1200 square foot house w/2-car garage and huge backyard w/patio. $1125 total for all 3 of us.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Your opinion of Atticus Falcon
« on: July 29, 2006, 01:31:55 PM »
Upon further review, this is a very helpful book.  The problem is that Atticus' helpful hints are buried under layers of whining and pretense.'re saying that the facts are buried within a difficult format, full of asides that are distracting and sometimes insignificant?

Sounds like it's going to be perfect preparation for casebooks :)

Touche, salesman. Touche.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Your opinion of Atticus Falcon
« on: July 29, 2006, 08:40:43 AM »
Upon further review, this is a very helpful book.  The problem is that Atticus' helpful hints are buried under layers of whining and pretense.  He definitely needs to hire a professional editor to help him get his point across.  I think a lot of people who would otherwise benefit from this volume are turned off by this bombastic blowhard as he preaches his gospel of bitterness.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« on: July 28, 2006, 09:23:25 AM »
I just recently ordered a custom Lenovo T60 ThinkPad online after my Gateway took a nosedive. I've been recommended Lenovos from two sources I value: my best friend, graduate of Polytech in NYC, works for the NYSE, and my roommate, graduate of Wentworth Tech in Boston, worked for IBM. I've heard NOTHING but good things about Lenovo laptops.

Incoming 1Ls / Your opinion of Atticus Falcon
« on: July 27, 2006, 10:45:47 AM »
I'm only 28 pages into this beast, and, although I find his information helpful, I honestly HATE Atticus Falcon. Anybody else agree? Of course you do.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Phoenix vs. Dallas
« on: July 26, 2006, 02:41:40 PM »
I say Dallas, just because the Mavericks beat the Suns in the Western Conference finals.

« on: July 20, 2006, 03:45:07 PM »
I agree...but I'm not talking about abstentions, I'm talking about the stalling and objections to the bill. I'd say that, at this point in time, the Voting Rights Act should focus on potential abuses of voting rights in ALL states and in ALL precincts, rather than simply singling out those with historic discrimination against African-Americans and other minority groups.

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