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Current Law Students / Re: Briefs
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:05:38 PM »
Canned briefs and outlines do deprive you of some valuable experience. Law school is designed to make you a superb researcher... if you don't hone your skills of extracting only the necessary information from cases, you will not be prepared for your career or even writing assignments later in law school.

I always preach that you should make all of your study material yourself. You aren't in law school to learn the law, but to learn how to extract it, interpret it, and apply it.

Current Law Students / Re: Differences in law?
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:53:31 AM »
I agree with Thane, in that you should not worry about such things. Law schools are designed to help you pass the bar, not specialize in a particular field. Your specialty will be determined by the specialty of the firm that you work for.

One point that was overlooked was your question about corporate law. Unlike business law which is just a generic name for a compilation of different fields (as Thane mentioned), corporate law is closer to being it's own field (or it's own class at least). There are a lot of laws and precedents regarding the requirements for companies and their employees; things such as: insider trading, requirements to incorporate, personal v corporate liability, etc...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Sports Agent
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:44:30 AM »
To be realistic, you probably will never meet a sports agent, let alone become one.

To be a sports agent, you need at least one professional athlete as a client, and will probably have more than one such client.

Now, think of the odds of becoming a professional athlete... the odds aren't good. There are few such jobs available.

Thus, the odds of becoming a sports agent are even smaller because there just aren't enough clients out there.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Recommended Commercial Outlines?
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:34:20 AM »
I am a little radical/old-school on this subject, but I highly suggest that anyone considering commercial outlines drop the idea.

During my three years of law school, I created every class outline and case brief myself and I had great success with this method. The whole point of law school is to teach students how to digest complicated issues that are buried in dense text. By reading everything that is assigned, and outlining it yourself, you will become much more competent in this skill, and will also have a deeper understanding of the issues that the materials are presenting.

By using commercial outlines, you are cheating yourself out of a valuable learning experience, and in my opinion, will be less prepared for the bar exam and your future career. Additionally, commercial products are not always keyed to your book or your professor's style, they may even hurt you if this is the case. The only situation that a commercial exam is helpful is in studying for the Bar Exam.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School guides?
« on: December 27, 2011, 11:16:56 AM »
I know that this post is a shameless self-promotion, but I am in the process of creating such a guide.

I am compiling every tip, trick, and strategy that benefited my scores and my personal life and publishing them as articles on my website. My list of desired articles is not complete as of yet, but is a free site with little fat and a lot of helpful info already published.


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