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General Board / Re: Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: October 23, 2005, 06:28:42 AM »
Not so much as a oneliner, but it was a funny incident. I sit in the back so I can see everyone's screens and this was the day after memos were due (most of the class was hung over from the night before and from lunch). A third of the class is in one AIM chatroom (including myself) and not paying attention in class at all. The professor calls on a guy in the very back and asks a question he doesn't answer. She looked pissed before class, and after he didn't give the right answer, she started walking toward the guy to see what kinda notes he had. I have never seen so many computer screens minimize at once! :D At first, no one knew what the heck was going on, but I think everyone in the chatroom was about to crap themselves.

Earlier in the week, some started playing tetris and the sound was on max. He couldn't shut it off and it kept going even after he shut down his laptop. After it stop, he opened it up again and it continued. Luckily the professor was answering a question in the front of the class and ignored the incident.

General Board / Re: Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: October 19, 2005, 01:25:01 PM »
“If you are going to rape a woman, rape her carefully”

Prof: "Mr. Zarzo[mispronounces his]...."
Student: [Tries to correct him]
Prof: “When you start coming to class on time, I’ll get your name right”

Civ Pro:
"You can stick the opinion of that case in the shitcan"

"Ladies, a lot about winning in front of a judge is based on good looks and appearences. [Points to a female student] You would probably win your case. [Points to another female student] You...well you should spend more time preparing."

General Board / Re: Harriet Miers - Is it a good thing for SMU?
« on: October 17, 2005, 11:36:54 AM »
Well I think the big problem that many of these conservatives seem to overlook is the time at which Miers went to law school. Being a female and going to SMU NOW may not be an extrodinary feat, but when Miers went to school, it is something to be impressed at (only 9 females graduated in the same class as Miers). Now I know Ginsberg and O'Connor have her beat regarding prestige and going through any struggles as a female, but saying that her school choice should tar her as unqualified seems a bit harsh (I agree with you that someone with judging experience would be better, but I am only talking about her law school since that seems to be the crux of many conservatives I am pissed at). I realize that Ann Coulter went to Michigan, but she went to law school at a time when being a female wasn't a major hurtle in it of itself. Though struggle is not a credential that should be emphasized when looking for a Supreme Court Justice, I just don't think someone should discount her law degree because she didn't attend an Ivy.

General Board / Harriet Miers - Is it a good thing for SMU?
« on: October 15, 2005, 05:15:49 PM »
A number of students here have been talking about how the nomination of Miers will effect SMU. At first I thought it was a no-brainer and that the nomination would put SMU in a positive light, but now I am questioning what this means for my JD. Dumbasses like Anne Coulter are saying that SMU is not prestigious enough and basically saying that no one from SMU is ever qualified for the Supreme Court. Now I know SMU is not Harvard or Yale, but when people try to tarnish my JD with a scarlet letter, I get pissed. Wait until she opens her freakin mouth in the confirmation hearings before condemning her law school. Sorry, this is more of a rant than anything else, but I was just wondering about the opinions of others not at SMU. I don't think there will be a huge increase on the USNews ranking, but our prestige score might go up a bit if she does get on the Supreme Court.

General Board / Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: September 29, 2005, 10:57:51 PM »
In a very mean, hard tone: "Congradulations Mr. Smith, you have made everyone in here a little dumber with that answer." The professor then said "I believe that line is from 'Billy Madison,' but basically you're wrong!" The guy is hiliarious! Very condesending, makes ya stand up the whole time when "you're up," but doesn't make you suffer - if you're wrong, he'll say it....then gives the correct answer and moves on.

Well the light bulb just clicked with me a week ago, so I am not stressing law school as much as I used to (plus I have already been called on in three classes thus far). I think the thing most people are stressing (me included) is the unknown. It's hard to study for a test when:
a) you never experienced something similar
b) the idea of trying to remember black letter law, elements, policy, and some interesting tid bit your prof might have mentioned in class which would make your essay stand out
c) the idea that you are competing for your grade
d) Legal Writing
e) Getting called on (at least in certain classes)
f) (and the one I fear) having a complete relapse during the final

Our dean talked about all students experiencing "THE WALL" sometime during their 1L. Usually it occurs a month before finals when memos are due, outlines are being made, and students everywhere are in "panic mode." That is the moment I am dreading and worried about, but I am not going to cry over spilled milk when it hasn't happened yet.

Last week I looked outside the whole "law school thing" and realized that we are in an awesome situation. No deadlines (for the most part), we are reading about interesting stuff (try comparing the Civ Pro textbook to Molecular will become a page turner in that retrospect), and the fact that we are actually learning the law (plus it's kinda fun watching Law & Order and pointing out procedural flaws).

General Board / Re: are your classmates snobby a**holes?
« on: September 21, 2005, 02:01:19 AM »
My classmates are awesome thus far. The other day I was called out on Socratic and had many students (who I didn't know) complement me for my answers. Personally I think they did it because I sounded nervous when I was speaking. Either way, fellow students could have made the experience worse.

General Board / LEEWS: Is it worth it?
« on: September 21, 2005, 01:45:53 AM »
I have seen a number of postings in the past regarding LEEWS, but never really payed attention. I received an email about the class on Saturday, and I am wondering if the class is actually helpful? Also, if you have taken the class, why is it or isn't it a good program?

Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: September 03, 2005, 12:30:27 AM »
So how is everyone holding up? I am getting worried and overwhelmed with all this studying. Looking from the outside, I know the professors are being nice and they are taking it slow, but my brain is fried. I don't know what I am going to do when things "pick up."

It looks like Dorsoneo is the "scary" class. He is like the god of civ pro in Texas and I think he has a problem understanding why we don't understand the law the way he does. I haven't seen you class but I barely have the time to type let alone look around ;). Hope you're adjusting better than me.

Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: August 22, 2005, 04:45:28 PM »
Hey ChrystalSMU,
What did you think of orientation and the first day of classes? The students seem really nice, but cliches will definitely be formed (if not already). The 2Ls in my section said all of our professors are great but to keep an eye out for Dyson (he is a great lecturer but is a professor who has to be right and you must learn his brand of the law aka commercial outlines are worthless in his class ;)). Well enough procrastinating....I need to read Torts and Civ Pro

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