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dat's what i read happens and it's not urban lesson.  when you have to win at all costs...



I think you meant "URBAN LEGENDS" woo hoo 1 pt for me AHHAHAHA.

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i wasn't picking on you.  :)  i was speaking generally.  i read that writing well is probably one of the most important skills for a lawyer, because more of what you do will be read than heard.


And work hard on improving your writing.

AHAHA yes, i know...i don't like to proof read what I write on forums...stop pointing at my FAULTS!! damn it....never gonna add my inputs again...u sux lol.

Man I hear that ALOT.  And that is very true.  The lawyers at my firm rarely go to trial.  Besides meeting up for depositions with the opposing parties etc everything is argued in writing. 

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I'm starting early mostly b/c I'm concerned about my time-management skills. I've been out of school since December 1995!! I took one class in 1999, but that's it! I forget how to study, and I skated by in undergrad (biology major, but I could study last minute and memorize what I had to).

So I do this out of fear. I am too old to fail at this, and it's going to cost real money (not "play" money like I thought when I was younger...even though they are real loans that are still outstanding.) I don't have a choice. And I can't pay for the next years without scholarships that I get from merit (since my scores/grades didn't merit me scholarships as a 1L).

I HOPE no one else studies as hard or as smart...then I can be Number One with no problem...wishful thinking.

Lavia

Hmmmm should I resort to sabatoge ie like the horror stories of ripping out pages from books in the law library? hehehe...nah...don't want to get lynched by my fellow classmates.

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And work hard on improving your writing.

AHAHA yes, i know...i don't like to proof read what I write on forums...stop pointing at my FAULTS!! damn it....never gonna add my inputs again...u sux lol.

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From what attorneys and other law students have told me, that's exactly what you have to do in law school. "regurgitate what the profs want you to know"

At least in science classes you have to think for yourself. In poli sci you have to regurgitate what the profs want you to know. You don't necessarily have to do much thinking or analyzing.

That I have heard also and find the styles of the profs exam etc, BUT I believe everything that has been suggested here is all excellent and that to be successful in law school its a mixture of ALL that has been said here.

Yes, we have to study hard and study smart, yes we need to analyze, AND regurgitate what the prof. wants, its a total of EVERYTHING.

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Even better is, "study hard AND study smart".

That someone studies 'hard' does not necessarily mean they're not studying 'smart' as well.

True, but studying smart includes studying hard, therefore your qoute is redundant. =)

Hmmm ... i'd have to disagree on that one. I knew a fellow math major at UH. He was way smarter than me and had excellent study habits. He had a better intuitive feel for mathematics and was much more likely to come up with an inspired proof than me. And when we studied together he was much more efficient than me and came to the right proofs more quickly than me.

But I just studied WAY WAY more than he did and I always made a better grade than him. I came out on top, even though I'm dumber than him, because I put more effort into it. Academics is very much like sports that way. Yes, some people are just stronger and faster than others. And some people have better training regimens than others. But a weaker person with a less efficient training regimen can still come out on top if he puts a ton of work into it and the naturally gifted guy is just coasting on his natural abilities and superior training regimen.

I agree what you just stated, I think we have different definitions of what what "studying smart" means.  I don't mean by being smart, I meant it like being efficient.

For example, reading some over and over again doesn't mean I will grasp what the concept that I am trying undertand, but actually applying it to other situations etc.  I guess what I am saying, with my definition of studying hard is that you have to not just do the work but actually soak it in and able to apply it.

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At least in science classes you have to think for yourself. In poli sci you have to regurgitate what the profs want you to know. You don't necessarily have to do much thinking or analyzing.

I guess my only concern is my writing skills. After working at the law firm for a year and reading pleadings and correspondences, I am in awe of the attorneys' writing skills.  I mean, even in the correspondences when the different firms go at it (literally bitching each other out), they use some pretty "formal" words.  And I am like wowzers.  Besides that even in the pleadings, reading the arguments and the counter-arguments....both sides in my eyes have some compelling things!

I guess I always had little faith in my skills since some of my friends that surround me are novelist and journalists.

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I'm most scared that nothing I've done in my poli sci background will prepare me for LS. So I feel that I do need to get a head start, not to beat everyone else out but to stay afloat. It kinda makes me wish that I would've majored in English...maybe then I'd be prepared to read so much!

Wow, I figured you people with the liberal arts majors would be more prepared than my science background..the only writings that I had to deal with are molecule diagrams, lab reports, and the scientific method.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: What do you wear to work?
« on: May 26, 2004, 09:36:02 PM »
Dress pants, dress shirt, and dress shoes. Pretty much everything except the tie and suit jacket.

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Even better is, "study hard AND study smart".

That someone studies 'hard' does not necessarily mean they're not studying 'smart' as well.

True, but studying smart includes studying hard, therefore your qoute is redundant. =)

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