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Current Law Students / Tax Study Guides?
« on: July 07, 2007, 07:45:37 PM »
My tax final is purely t/f or fill in the blank. Does anyone have any suggestions for study aids that are mainly short problems?

San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: July 05, 2007, 11:33:16 PM »
Does anyone know what computers are compatible with the USD exam software and the Bar exam software?  Thanks.

I think sno or I answered this early, but here's at go at it again. The only system that USD will fully support is Windows XP on a PC. They have expressed concerns about reliability of both Vista and Windows on Macs - as of last semester, I dont think you could use either. As far as just macs (without Windows), they claim that they are working on it, but right now it is not allowed at all.

They have no released anything (to us at least) about use for next semester. However, I wouldnt expect too much - apparently these have been issues for awhile.

Random Question - Do you know how many people finished the year in the day program?

I am curious if anyone knows -- I know Gibson Dunn Orange County interviews at USD, how many USD students do you think land top firm jobs in SD every year?  What about in LA, OC or NY?

And does Law Review matter much in the OCI process?


Just curious, what gpa was the 5% cut off in the day program this year?

San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: June 20, 2007, 12:05:41 PM »
Is there any way to assure that you get into the same section as someone.....i.e. your roommate.

I know two people in the evening program tried this because they work together, but the registers office didnt seem to care. They say that they put a lot of effort into making the sections even (based on gpa and lsat) so that they can have good curves.

I dont know if I said this before, but speaking of classes. After you get your schedule at orientation, sba is sponsoring a book sale type thing. This is the first year that they are doing it, but it might be a cheap way to get some of your books or study aids. (I say this now because people in other threads were talking about buying study aids already.)

Current Law Students / Re: Study Aid(s) Crazyness!!!
« on: June 19, 2007, 09:20:37 PM »
I would definitely wait until school starts to buy anything. Some people love study aids and others hate them, so I would wait to see what feels best for you. As far as what to buy, heres some suggestions:
-Ask a 2L who had that professor and see what they used.
-Pick your aid based on what type of exam it is. E&E's have great short answer questions.
-Look around your professors office. I had two professors that had study aids in their offices and those books were prefect matches for those classes.
-Look around your library. Ours has a section of study aids. This will allow you to see what everyone else has used, but it will also let you look at them for free.
-Get ones that match with your book. You assume the professor picked the book because it states the rules as they like, so the study aid which states the same thing would be best.
-Look through old posts on the boards about certain classes. Certain books are known for being good for certain subjects (ex. Gilbert's on Property.)

Good thread. Any other advice?

San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:24:48 AM »
so when's everyone coming down to sd?

Hey sno, did I read somewhere that you completed the write-on? Did you find it horribly painful? I think the only positive was the entertaining questions on westlaw.

Current Law Students / Re: How long must you wait before reapplying?
« on: June 15, 2007, 09:06:22 AM »
I think I remember our Dean saying that under the ABA you have to wait 2 years; however, I think you can appeal that after a year and they might let you in if they have "seen a change." I think you might be best actually asking your school.

San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: June 07, 2007, 11:34:12 AM »
Someone asked awhile ago about tips for 1L, so here are my thoughts.

Big picture things:
Never tell anyone your grades. It might not seem like a bad idea at the time, but there will always be issues.
Get to you know your classmates and lots of them. The first week of classes you will get to know a few people and think they will make excellent study mates. If you realize down the line that they dont have the same goals as you, you want to be able to have other friends as study mates.
Talk to you TAs. They had the professor before and (most of the time) will be able to tell you exactly what that professor wants.
Make friends with some 2L and 3L's. I spent a lot of time reinventing the wheel when I probably didnt have to. I mean this in reference to more then just outlines too. I spent a lot of time talking to others about what classes I should take, job interviews, ect.
Figure out how to relax. Seriously, dont work 7 days a week. Some people got really caught up in the law school game, and honestly, now they have no friends. Make sure you do something else every once in a while. Along those lines, make some non-law school friends. They can be great to keep things in check.
Do old exams. USD 1L professors have probably taught that class for the last 10 years and have lots of old exams on file.

This might sound silly, but figure out what you want from law school. I dont think too many people can balance being a club president and top 10%, so figure out what is important to you.

While lawyering skills isnt graded, its still important. The long, boring research assignments stink, but the paper writing is important. I have found that legal memos are really similar to have exams should be written. You also should probably have one writing sample from first semester for spring interviews.

Get a job for your 1L summer. Lots of people study abroad (and I am totally jealous) but if you dont have any legal experience, you should probably try to get a job. Surprisingly, a lot of the volunteer jobs through OCI are highly desired. If you want one of these jobs, you have to do some sort of legal volunteering during the school year. (I did the domestic violence shelter and VITA, ask questions if youve got em.)
And some silly things: Get there early on the Wednesday of Orientation if you want a locker. Jeans are appropriate for orientation. You dont have to actually go to all the things career services says are mandatory. Dont eat any pizza during the summer because you will get a ton once school starts. Go to the club fair and get involved in something. The library has a whole reading room of study guides for your classes (and flash cards), you dont have to buy them. Write your own outlines; they are useless otherwise. If your going to type your exams, learn to type fast. You have to be on campus before 8:15 to get parking in the law lot. Learn how to use the stupid blue book if you want to write-on to law review.

There is probably more to come in the future. Stay tuned.

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