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Current Law Students / Re: Godd**mn grades
« on: June 16, 2006, 09:28:05 PM »
I'm interning for a judge right now and love it. I would like to clerk with him or another after graduation, so the law review thing will be huge for me. I also will be graduating with $150K in debt, so biglaw will have to fit in the equation eventually. Law school would be much more enjoyable if we got to study what we wanted, didn't worry about debt, and didnt have to worry about graves.....oh well.

Current Law Students / Re: Godd**mn grades
« on: June 16, 2006, 06:30:55 PM »
At least y'all have SOME grades. I haven't received a single grade from any of my 6 classes. Plus, law review is contingent on you being in the top half for consideration. We still had to do the writing competition, but if you arent in the top half, they simply through your submission away. I am going to be PISSED if I spent days writing and editing to find out that I can't even be considered.

Current Law Students / Re: Social Life?
« on: April 27, 2006, 01:43:03 PM »
Don't "plan" on anything. Starting law school you think you have the stamina to last all year. After your first writing assignment, you'll feel like keeling over. Definitely make time for relaxing and stuff, but don't FORCE yourself, or you will burnout too quickly.

Not sure who orignially wrote this, but I thought it was funny....

The Preemptive Strike

A calculated move to pick off low-hanging fruit early in a given class period, with the hope that you'll be able to avoid being called on later to talk about something you haven't read.  Caution: If done too well, can sometimes backfire; the professor may like your answer so much that he drags you into being his Socratic punching bag for much longer than you'd intended. See Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Falling on the Grenade

If your professor has a semi-predictable pattern of calling on people, and you have reason to believe that one or several of your friends are a) unprepared, and b) about to be called on, the Christ-like thing to do is to raise your own hand in order to draw the professor's attention away from other students. Also known as The Rodeo Clown.

The Mercy Kill

Sometimes called the Ben Stein, this strategy is best employed to put an end to the deafening silence following a question that is either too hard or too easy, or to silence a professor that has said "Anyone?" more than four times in a row.

Playing Possum

For gunners finding it particularly hard to get called on, feigned distraction and boredom can often provoke the desired response.  Pretend to be asleep, or obsessed with your navel, and more often than not the professor will call on you, thinking you easy prey.  Make him regret it.

Playing Foreign LLM

If you happen to be unprepared, disaster can often be avoided by answering in a language other than English, like Korean, or Portuguese, or Canadian.

The Admiral Stockdale

Most professors will simply move on to the next student if faced with an answer like "POTATOES! I LIKE POTATOES! WHERE'S MY PONY? MOM? ARE YOU THERE? POTATOES!" Also known locally as "The Shawn Rutherford?"

The Marvin

I don't know Marvin.  I've never met Marvin.  And I'm pretty sure that he doesn't even go by the name Marvin.  But I have been told that once, when called on by name, while sitting in his assigned seat, Marvin successfully pretended that he was not, in fact, in class, and that a slightly confused professor was then forced to move on to the next student.  For that, Marvin, we salute you.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Haven't Read

Answer the prof's question with another question.  If he fires back with yet another question, it's on. If not, he loses, and you should tell him so.

The Paige Pipkin 

Really just a stalling tactic, forces the professor to clarify as many parts of the question as possible while you frantically flip pages in your case book: "Could you repeat the question?" "Could you say that one  word again?" "Could you give me the language of origin?" "Could you use it in a sentence?" "Could you use it in a sentence other than the original question?"

Scorched Earth Policy

If the professor is going to take you down, then you're going to take him down with you.  Pull in an unrelated law review article.  Cite Blackstone.  Bring up the war in Iraq.  Or abortion.    It often takes a little bit of creativity in some of the drier classes. Trust your instincts.

Scorched Nuts Policy

1. Spill  coffee. 2. On crotch.  3. Run away.

Current Law Students / Re: Help! I can't pay attention in ConLaw!
« on: January 26, 2006, 10:05:48 PM »
I feel ya, my prof is monotone and the book we have is killing me. Im so sick of Marbury v. Madison. I have a con law bible for the class which is a verbatum transcript of what the prof says. Its over 140 pages long but he asks the most random questions.

Current Law Students / Re: Study Abroad
« on: January 16, 2006, 02:17:20 PM »

Not sure if you received this posting, but it might be a good starting point:

The Supreme Court of Texas seeks summer, full-time interns for unpaid internships.  Interns focus primarily on the preparation of memoranda concerning Petitions for Review.  Work on the memoranda is supervised by the staff of each Justice.  Once editing is completed, the memoranda are circulated to the entire Court for disposition.


A separate cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript of grades and writing sample should be provided for each justice to whom application is made.  These may be mailed directly to one or more justices at P.O. Box 12248, Austin, TX 78711.  Information about individual justices is available at www.supreme.courts.state.tx.u s.

Current Law Students / Summer Associate Apartment Living
« on: January 06, 2006, 11:46:41 PM »
It would be nice to have a page where we can list our apartments or rooms during the summer. For example, if someone at Georgetown got a clerkship in LA and someone at UCLA got a clerkship in DC during the same time frame, a way to trade off apartments would be helpful. This would probably be best as a separate website or something on Craigslist, but something small here might be helpful. Just my 2 cents.

Talk to the Dean or whoever deals with academic probabtion stuff and see what you can do. Unless you go to a tier 3/4, law schools HATE bad attrition rates. Plus your law school probably doesnt want to lose your tuition money either. Usually they will strike a deal with you or give you assistance by enrolling you in an assisted law school learning program or even let you take a reduced load.

Current Law Students / Re: Barbri... Worth Joining your First year?
« on: January 06, 2006, 11:09:30 PM »
What really are the benefits to joining Barbri your first year of law school?  The massive book of an outline they give you?  If it is worth it I'll sign up for it if someone recommends it.  But if it's anything other than a godsend for first years it's way out of my price range.

1) The price lock. You pay 50 bucks down for the first year and (i think) $300 next year. Every year it gets more and more expensive so its best that you lock your price in now.

2) You are going to have to buy it anyways. Trying to cram all that Bar material is going to be a real female dog, even if you aced the LSAT with no prep course.

3) Some of the outlines were very helpful for me during finals. I really like the outlines for torts and contracts but it will be different for different professors and different students.

4) There are online lectures that you only have access to if you purchased Bar/Bri. Personally, the lectures in Civ Pro saved my ass during finals and gave a great overview on most major topics. I didnt have time to review the other lectures, but I bet some others are just as helpful.

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