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General Board / Re: Waiting for grades....
« on: June 05, 2007, 11:49:03 AM »
Do most schools release grades one at a time? Ours get held and then released all at once (for 1L.)

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 26, 2007, 01:13:17 AM »
The invite on gpa process is kindof ridiculous. Its only the top 15 students(which you dont know before the write-on begins) and this is the first year that they have done it. (I have heard that they actually might change it back for next year.)

Everyone does write-on for LR at the end of their first year, but you can try for ILJ in later years as well.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 25, 2007, 10:05:23 PM »
I am also done with law review, so now I can celebrate by doing stupid things like answer questions on here. PS - For those who are trying to do write-on in a year, learn the bluebook - they really arent kidding!

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:24:28 PM »
Does anyone know if the Cal Western summer enrichment courses could be transferred for credit at USD? I will be starting at USD in the fall and I think it would be nice to get a head start.  I'd love to take the classes, but I have trouble justifying the money if I can't get credit for the classes.

You can not get credit for it. USD doesnt allow 1L's to come in with any credits.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 19, 2007, 11:30:11 AM »
Heres how the patent bar was explained to me. Most people that join the big firms take it once they graduate along with the bar. Your firm pays for your classes and gives you time off. That said, I was told that it can be a plus on your resume. It definitely indicates a commitment to patent law (which might be important to you since you come from one of the less desired fields.) That said, I was told that it cant make up for low or lower grades.

If your planning on self-studying and it wont be too stressful, then it might not be a bad choice. If you are paying for a course and plan on studying hard for 2 months (which I have heard is what you need for proper preparation), then its probably not worth it. Ive also heard that it is soo much easier after you have already worked in the field for awhile.

I worked full time before law school and took the summer enrichment class at Cal Western, and I was a little burnt out at the end of the summer. (However, if any of you have the time and the money to take the Cal Western class, I would highly suggest it. I know several people that took it and I know everyone was glad that they did. For me, it had the same value as one of those "teach you how to write law school exams" classes.) Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 18, 2007, 07:45:05 PM »
Hey everyone! So I finished up sometime around 10 last night, so now Im going to try to join in the fun. Im done with my first year (minus write-on) and it was great.

As far as the series of questions go, I moved from Nashville, so I know all about moving across the country. I wish you all the best of luck because it was kindof painful. (Media rate for mailing was my best friend.)

I think I want to do Patent law, but wont be doing anything close to that this summer. To those of you studying for the patent bar: If your studying because you already have a job lined up, great; if you are studying because you think one of the big law firms will like you more, its probably not worth it. Ive talked to lots of law firms (Baker, MoFo, ect) and they think its in the same category as the bar. They pay, you study later. Just a thought.

As far as classes go, lawyering skills is definitely too much work for the reward. Although, dont hate it too much because I will probably be one of your learning assistants! I personally hated property, but it had more to do with the professor than the class.

I will be working in a law firm downtown and taking classes during the summer. Most people I know got jobs (although since I was an evening student, most already had jobs) but I also know a lot of people that are studying in Oxford, Dublin, ect.

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General Board / Learning Assistant?
« on: May 09, 2007, 10:17:43 PM »
So, how important is it to be a TA? I was asked to be one for the fall, but I would have to change my schedule so that the classes dont conflict. (I am really happy with my current schedule too.) Im also worried that it might be a lot of work. So, how good does it look on a resume? Is it worth it?

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You would have people ordering food to be delivered to the room so they didn't have to leave...

I had an untimed in class exam in undergrad and the professor did order pizza about half way through. Such a bad idea for a law exam.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 03, 2007, 04:37:40 PM »

Current students, or san diegans, have you ever heard of the La Mirage apartments.. if so, what do you think about them and their location?

Ive never heard of it, but it seems a little far away. I would be happy to recommend my apartment complex for anyone that is looking. Personally, I wouldnt want to be east of the 15, but thats just me.

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San Diego / Re: USD 2007
« on: May 03, 2007, 11:13:49 AM »
Plenty of people have Macs. It's not a HUGE inconvenience. It's just that ExamSoft (the software for exams) is currently only compatible with XP so unless you get something that runs XP (like one of those newer Macs), you'll have to hand write the exam.

I thought USD wasnt supporting XP on Macs either? My suggestion would just be to borrow a (non-law school) friends computer. I actually know two people that had exams at different times and shared a computer.

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