« on: May 24, 2007, 11:40:09 AM »
I have some general questions: How tough was your first year?
It tough, but managable. By far, legal writing is the toughtest course. But it's also the most important for practice as I'm finding out. Focus on that class the most if you have to choose.
How many hours did you spend studying each week/weekend?
Maybe a couple hours reading a night at most. Outlining at night and on the weekends is the most time consuming, especially when you don't understand some material and you have to look it up in Gilbert's or other places and e-mail a professor if you still don't ge it. It may take you hours to outline (maybe 10 a week minimum) but having a good outline is so important when you study for finals. You study from your outline, so if it's missing things, that will cost you.
Do you think if you studied more you could have done better?
No. The amount of time studying does not correlate to success. It's about efficient studying. So far, I've done better second semester. If I could go back for first semester, I would have focused a lot less on reading. Knowing the cases will not get you an A. Knowing and applying the law will. I got an A in Con law and I never read the cases, and if I did, I skimed it or looked back if there was something I didn't understand. But I knew the black letter law and I payed attention in class. To me, that's the key. Also, first semester, I did a lot of practice tests. I would only do your profs old tests, and don't write out full answers, because that can wear you out before finals. You'll never everything you've got for finals.
Second, the thing to know is that most if not all profs have a point sheet. You mention something on the sheet, you get a point. Having fancy conclusions or final thoughts or mentionig unrelated caveats will get you nothing. Focus on the points, forget about grammar and pleasantries.
What are you up to this summer?
Working for the United States attorney in Cleveland. I writing appellatte briefs and memos (again, know your blue book and pay attention in legal writing and work hard at it. Your knowledge of property law won't allow you to make partner one day, but how you write memos and briefs and learn to research will.)
Did you hang out with your classmates outside of class often?
Yeah, sometimes. I lot more in the beginning and less one the semester got rolling. There's plenty of opportunity to do so and things like bar review if you're interested and school related activities. But as you know, law school is competitive, so if you're partying every night, there's plenty of students studying in the library looking to out rank you.
What do you think your transfer options were being top 25% at a T2?
Pretty good I think. I would have a good shot at transferring to Case (I was waitlisted there last year) but I don't want that debt. I would transfer to Ohio State if I could, but with them moving up so high in the ranking, I'm thinking they would accept top 10% from lower ranked schools only. Any other schools 50 and above I'm sure I could easily transfer to, it gets tougher in the 40's I would assume.