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Messages - Dwigt
« on: August 20, 2007, 02:11:14 PM »
I briefed cases for about a semester and a half, and found it very useful. The problem was that it was taking me too long to get through the material, so I switched to just briefing in the margins and highlighting the relevant facts in case I got called on. So I still take notes on everything but don't do a formal brief. If I had to make a recommendation it would be to brief until you feel like you pull everything you need out of the case without doing so.
« on: August 20, 2007, 02:05:34 PM »
Can you get by without study aids? Without a doubt. Generally, law schools don't want to fail out their students so if you diligently study the assigned materials and class notes, you will probably pass, which some are fine with. Can you get A's without using study guides? I suppose so, but that's less likely. I'd bet the above poster in the top 5% who didn't use study guides is probably more the exception than the norm. I used E&E and Emanuels for my courses and found it to be a valuable resource, even if they didn't correspond exactly with my professor's outline.
The point is, they are a resource that can make it easier to learn difficult concepts. If they can help, why would you want to increase the degree of difficulty by not using them? You may think there's some nobility to just studying what the professor assigns, but IMO that's somewhat naive. If you want to stay at the top of the class you should use whatever legitimate means are available to do so, and study guides can definitely help with that goal. Law school is competitive enough; you don't need to make it even harder by turning down an available resource that others will definitely be using.
« on: August 18, 2007, 03:52:00 AM »
I'd tend to agree that they're probably a waste of time. In a one hour class, there may only be 10-15 minutes of relevant material. Going back to listen to every class would eat up a lot of time you could spend much more productively. A guy in front of me used one (w/o professor's permission) but never took any class notes. I don't get it. Why would you sit in class and do nothing but record the lecture so you could listen to it again in your "spare" time?
I suppose the argument in favor of using one would be that there may be a subject you don't understand that the professor may address in class. Two arguments against this - first, even if the professor addresses it in class, listening to the discussion again may not help you because class discussion is often more confusing than beneficial and second, even if the discussion would help you, you'd have to spend so much time finding it (or indexing your lectures on digital format) that it wouldn't be worth the time you spend. In my experience, my time was best spent reviewing my notes, preparing outlines, and working practice problems/E&E's with the study group.
« on: July 27, 2007, 12:07:59 AM »
Last year, the biggest thing we had to do was read the code of professional responsibility and write a paper for LRWA regarding several hypothetical violations. It was just a diagnostic essay to make sure you don't need any additional writing instruction. Not a huge deal. Each class may have some minor first day reading assignments which will either be posted on SMU's website or the professor will email them to you.
« on: July 23, 2007, 01:11:50 AM »
Not sure what books they put on your list, but I can't recommend "Getting to Maybe" highly enough. It really helped me figure out what the profeesors were looking for on the exams. That can be a huge benefit.
« on: July 20, 2007, 10:03:35 AM »
I can't imagine that reviewing over the summer will help too much. Every course is so professor-specific that you may spend a lot of time going over something the professor doesn't spend any time on. For example, for civ pro you'd think that the Erie Doctrine would be something to study on. Well our professor didn't address it
It sounds like you figured out you just need to study harder. Going back to your professors and seeing what they thought of your tests is probably a good idea.
« on: February 24, 2006, 09:31:48 PM »
FWIW, I just got my acceptance letter into the part time program today. I'm pretty psyched.
« on: January 26, 2006, 12:32:33 PM »
Dwigt, that really sucks. I'm surprised Tech wasn't impressed with your credentials: Assistant (to the) Regional Manager, you're a black belt, and your middle name is Danger, for crying out loud. But at least you don't have to leave your house in Pennsylvania, where you've got your own archery range. The Techsters won't know what they're missing next year when you don't get to drive up in your bitchin' Camaro.
And how could I leave my beet farm?
« on: January 26, 2006, 09:01:09 AM »
I think my index is 2.7. My numbers are 2.85/161.
« on: January 25, 2006, 10:47:45 PM »
Nope, I actually applied regular decision. I got the email that my app was complete on January 6.