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New York Law School / Re: Laptop requirements
« on: July 06, 2004, 01:27:37 PM »
So I just read the packet of info that came in the mail and in the part about laptops, I read that the school recommends a floppy drive.  I was surprised because I was planning on using a cdrom drive, just because its hard to use floppy drives in laptops.  So I called the school to ask what we need a floppy drive for and the response was if you need to print something off the computers in the computer labs, then you need a floppy.  The person I spoke to on the phone was actually a 1L (she just finished her first year) and she said she didnt have a floppy drive and didn't actually need one. 

I don't know if this information is useful to anyone, but I'm actually shopping around for a laptop and I needed to know if I need a floppy drive or not :)
Thanks for that info Kovy! You are on it again! I thought that was a little strange when I read it about the floppy drives. It makes sense now. I will definitely not get one with a floppy now. I'm sure eventually the computer center will upgrade as well.

Just got an email from William Perez indicating that they mailings are going out. Keep an eye for it.  ;D

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Law School Confidential Method
« on: July 01, 2004, 10:53:27 AM »
To do your "personal best" in law school:

1.  Read and brief every case.  This is the only way that you will THOROUGHLY understand each case.  This is also an exercise -- read: "practice" -- that will help you when you professionally practice law.  Lawyers read and write synopses (briefs) of cases all the time, to prepare for court, to include in letters to clients, to write appellate briefs, to write memoranda to submit to courts.  Get used to it. Get very good at it.  Do it from day one of law school. Remember, it's more than just getting by in class -- it should be about doing your BEST in class, to pass the bar the first time around, and to be the BEST lawyer you can be.  Take this seriously.  It isn't college.  It's the start of your career.

2.  Attend every class.  Take notes that are complete, but lean.  Think of it this way: if you were attending hockey practice each day, what notes would you take?  Not many, because you'd need to be on the ice, doing and paying close attention.  But when you DID write something down, it ought to be concise and to the point.

3.  Transform your notes.  As soon as possible after class (minutes later, if possible) flesh out those notes. 
4.  Write course summaries (AKA "outlines).  (Visit my website to learn more about this.)

5.  Prepare flow charts. 

6.  Most of all: once you thoroughly understand the law, and have mastered each topical area ... spend lots of time answering practice hypotheticals in writing.  Why?  Because that is precisely what you will be doing at the end of each semester for your grade.  If you don't practice ... over and over and over ... how can you be excellent at it?  Lawyers prepare (read: rehearse).  You should, too, if you're "practicing" law ... if you want to do your personal best in law school.

Are there shortcuts?  You bet.  Can a bright law student book brief and get pretty good grades?  Many can.  Are they doing their personal best ... and preparing to be the best lawyers they can be?  Probably not.  Think about it.

Dean Tonsing -- Thanks for that information. I just started your book this morning. I am starting LS in August doing a PT Evening program. I appreciate the posts you have made here to help folks sift through the information (and misinformation) that is out there.

Thanks to both of you for gathering a lot of thsi information up. It's appreciated.

New York Law School / Re: Opinions about NYLS
« on: June 30, 2004, 02:06:00 PM »
Thanks so much for that. I really appreciate it. And thanks to the original poster. I had heard most of this already but it's a great overview.

Yeah and I think we shoud try to hold tight about the move. Not sure if they will really move forward with that. And if they EVER did that in the middle of a semester I think people would flip out.

I live and work in the city. I will be going PT evening. I want to live in the city after school. The commute to LI four nights a week would have been a grind and would have affected my grades. 1st year grades are soooo important

 While Hofstra currently ranks above NYLS that changes from year to year. I consulted several people and apparently NYLS has a top flight job placement office. NYLS also has a better record of placing people in NYC than Hofstra. Hofstra's rank has jumped but from what I understand the majority of their graduates get placed in Nassua or Suffolk counties.

These are good questions that I bet we will not get answers to anytime soon. I shoudl call up Hofstra and tell them I changed my mind.  ;D

Uh-Oh. Maybe I should have gone to Hofstra after all. Damn.

Well, that could suck. What are we TCI?? Just moving every couple of years?? How would they handle the library and stuff/ This could be bad.

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