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Current Law Students / Re: Securities Regulation
« on: January 31, 2008, 06:43:36 PM »
If you think you might go into a field which requires knowledge of securities regulations, then it's definitely best to try to take the class in law school. Of course, when working, you'll be required to learn more about your specialty, but it'll be really difficult to have to learn a subject from scratch. That's why taking core bar exam subjects while in school is so important.

Nice nonsequitor to pimp your "service." Hopefully you are better with the logic when tutoring or else you should pay people for your "help."

For the original poster, it depends on what you're going to be doing for a corporate practice. If you get into corporate practice with a firm or the government you may find having the securities background helpful. Such jobs are very competitive (ie, high grades required). You may also benefit from a background in accounting or finance.

Current Law Students / Re: Which bar review course?
« on: January 28, 2008, 05:15:37 PM »
Depends on where you're at whether you want the 6-day, the 3-day or both. I was really unsure how I'd do on the MBE topics, so I did both. (Join the ABA and you save about $80 on the signup, less if you only do one.)

The 6-day goes over one MBE subject per day. You take a test in the morning, and go over the questions in the afternoon. It's a good intro to each subject. And, as has been noted, occurs prior to BarBri starting or about the same time.

The 3-day has one MBE test (200 questions) and then goes over those questions on the subsequent 2 days. It's held later, and is more last-minute prep, things they trip people up on, etc. By that point, you should have a fairly good grasp of the substantive areas so it's more fine tuning. Oh, and the questions they give you are fairly difficult. I thought the actual MBE was a easier than the PMBR version.

Current Law Students / Re: Which bar review course?
« on: January 28, 2008, 05:39:53 AM »
PMBR is just MBE. I thought it was better than BarBri MBE. BarBri does the state subjects plus MBE and MPT and a couple graded essays.

The BarBri essay stuff is okay. They also try to sell essay advantage as an add-on. Essay advantage gives an extra day of essay lecture (two days? can't remember anymore) plus a few more graded essays.

Anyone can do the BarBri iPod version, as long as they're willing to fork over more cash.

I've heard MicroMash is pretty good, but I don't have any personal experience with it. Not sure on any of the others.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: What is an LLM for exactly?
« on: January 15, 2008, 01:37:31 PM »
Most people I know who are getting an LLM are either specializing in something that requires an LLM (tax, most often) or a lawyer from another country who wants to know about US law. In any case, all have law degrees.

If you don't want to complete the J.D., it sounds like the type of degree you're looking for might be something like a Master's in Law (MS in Law, MA in Law, etc.) I'm not sure if these would help you reach your goals any more than what you're doing currently.

Current Law Students / Re: Help w/ K
« on: January 15, 2008, 01:28:30 PM »
Contracts (K) is driving me crazy, there are way too many things to consider at any given moment/point, & the prof. refuses to teach us any theory--he presented 7, each with two-three paradoxes. I have a hornbook, its not really helpful but gives decent history of assumpsit & other analytically useless nonsense. How does one begin to think or understand analysis of K law?

Contracts is, relatively, fairly easy to organize. If you're having trouble putting it all into a structure, start checking out supplements, BarBri year one materials, or something that will help you to understand that organization.

Current Law Students / Re: Omissions on Law School App? Need Help!
« on: January 12, 2008, 06:07:35 AM »
Must have been some good stuff if it made you forget the conviction. (Sorry, but the whole 'I couldn't find the paperwork' thing is pretty weak.)

Did the law school app. say that you must disclose juvenile offenses? I'm guessing the bar app did.

Do you have a Dean or someone who handles student issues? Make an appointment with that person asap. Odds are good you're not the first student who 'couldn't find the paperwork.'

Current Law Students / Re: Issue Spotting
« on: January 12, 2008, 06:01:57 AM »
Jack and Sam are in a bar. Jack smashes a beer bottle over Sam's head. Under traditional tort law, did Jack assault Sam? Discuss.

Issue spotting is "what facts implicate a point of law relevant based on the call of the question." Have you looked into LEEWS or anything like that?

Do the legal reasoning. If the issue for you is organization and reasoning, this will help you for legal writing -- including writing documents such as an appellate brief, which is the substantive part of moot court. You'll also want to get the organization and reasoning down before you take a bar exam. I agree with the poster that says it sounds like the school's got your back on this one.

If your ultimate goal of law school is to do appellate work, which is what moot court covers, there's generally a lot of moot court competitions that you can get into past the first year. You'd still have an option to do the 15 minutes before a three mock-judge panel, and you'd probably produce a better brief due to your legal reasoning class.

None of this, including your grades, means that you aren't intelligent or didn't work hard. The grades are an indication that you have skills to work on. They're giving you a way to work on those skills. Consider the option in this light.

Current Law Students / Re: wtf con law
« on: January 11, 2008, 11:28:34 AM »
Consider getting a brief book keyed to your textbook. Don't stop reading the text, but use the brief book to supplement your reading.

I think it's the week before Memorial Day but have not been able to confirm this.
That's probably about when. Have you tried calling the Chicago BarBri office? If they can't give you a date, it's doubtful anyone else can.

I have heard good things about MLER, but, for myself, didn't find BarBri so bad. I also did PMBR which I think was far more useful for the MBE than BarBri.

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