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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 05, 2008, 08:32:10 AM »

Pro-tip: Don't sign up for RPP's parking deck.

I think that is a true statement if you live at Post, in Decatur or East of Campus. However, if you live in VaHi or Midtown or on the west side, I would recommend Peavine Deck. Otherwise, you have to go PAST the school and sit in traffic at Claremont. Or, you have to past the school and up Clifton which isn't as bad, but it is still further from the west side of town than Peavine.

I've heard the buses don't run as frequently from Peavine compared Clairmont, but I usually walk so I don't know. I'm not sure if you can walk from Clairmont Deck to school.

Long story short: when it comes time to park, think about what side of campus you are on. It makes a huge difference in your commute. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 04, 2008, 12:46:22 PM »
Would you recommend LEEWS then?

Sure, I think it helped me. I think to get the most out of it, you have to do it early  (before classes start or at least 2-3 weeks in) and you need to follow it to the letter. I might have done better if I had done those things. Then again, I most likely would have done worse if I didn't go through it. I also had multiple choice on every in class exam last semester. LEEWS didn't really help for that.

Also, it easier to apply in certain classes. It is great for Torts. For something like Civ Pro or Con Law, the basic ideas are still good, but it isn't as natural a fit.

It isn't a magic pill. It gives good advice and good strategy for writing exams. You still need to know the law COLD to get good grades (which LEEWS says as well).

BTW: Knowing the law cold isn't a sufficient condition for good grades, its a necessary condition.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 04, 2008, 06:22:38 AM »
Yes, jacy85 is right. I was talking if you are coming from Midtown/VaHi area. Sorry to mislead.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 04, 2008, 03:38:22 AM »
I just wanted to clarify: I'm not saying prepping will hurt you. However, I wanted to emphasize that prepping in a way that will help you "play the game" of law school may be more useful than learning the nuances of the Rule Against Perpetuities. For me, learning to write an exam was the most helpful thing for studying and preparing for class because it gave a concise focus for what I will end up being tested on later.

I understand that everyone is different, and that you all should do what you think is best. I'm just sharing what I can of my experiences to help you from some pain.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: April 04, 2008, 03:31:55 AM »
Hey guys when you are looking at apartments, keep in mind that 3 miles is sort of far from school time wise. The  traffic can be very bad. I live less than 2 miles and it can take 20 mins some morning to get to the parking garage, plus a 15 min walk to the law school.

A good safe rule of thumb would be to double how long it takes  you to get from the LS to Apt on a Saturday afternoon to get a rough idea of how long it will take in rush hour.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To prep or not to prep?
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:17:45 PM »
If you are going to do any kind of "prepping" I would suggest LEEWS or something like that. The reason I think this might help is that it could help you figure out earlier what is important in class and what is not (there are many things that you discuss in class that are interesting but do not help you).

As to E&Es, I think there is a strong possibility you are going to forget most of that stuff by the time exams roll around. I would guess I've retained, off the top of my head, about 30% of the things from first semester.
Plus, it is nice to have "fresh" hypos when you get to the final weeks of the semester.
I also think "prepping" may cause you to waste what could be the last free summer  you will have for the rest of your life.

I also want to say that I'm not convinced that doing "well" correlates to how much time you spend studying. I know many, many of my fellow classmates that studied much harder than me and were very disappointed with their grades (I'm assuming they did worse than me, or at least about the same). I also know of at least 3 people who studied less than me and have better grades than me. Just how it works.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: March 29, 2008, 03:59:06 PM »
A lot of the rentals here are from big companies that have several buildings in the area. This especially true in my neighborhood (VaHi). I know one is called MPC Properties, if you Google, it ought to come up. I'm not recommending them (or not recommending them) I just see their signs everywhere. Post has other complexes outside of P. Briarcliff. Craigs List is actually a good place to start. You might not find something off there right away, but you ought to be able to find who out there has more than one property for rent. For my neighborhood there is at least 4-5 For Rents signs per block at any given time of the year. If you just walked around one time when you where here, you would most likely find something in your price range.

Also, if you want to be in Druid Hills in a carriage house or above garage apartment and walk to school, those are mostly rented by owner situations.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2011
« on: March 29, 2008, 04:20:51 AM »
My recommendation: Try to get withoutasigh's apt. You cannot beat it for the price and the location.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is Mercer that BAD?
« on: March 29, 2008, 04:14:31 AM »
I don't know if Mercer is "that BAD" but is #4 in the Atlanta market behind Emory, UGA and Georgia State. Firms like GA State here. While Atlanta is large city, I'm not sure if it's a 5 law school market (including John Marshall).

I would imagine that you would need to be AT LEAST in the top 10% to transfer to Emory or UGA, or even GA State. This is hard to do. Even if you are "smarter" and "know the law" better than everyone else in your class, it doesn't guarantee you a position in the top 10%. Law school is weird like that.

Well, I guess there really is no way to completely avoid the unfairness you are talking about. I can only describe what happens here.

First, all students are ranked against the entire class.

Second, the way Emory divides sections, you end up mixing up with everyone else. There are six sections. Each class is a combination of two sections (except Torts which is only one and the writing/research class that is like two half sections combined). So, by the end of your first year, you have at least one class with every student.

This has two advantages. First, you only have to be with the same 40 people all the time instead of the same 80. Second, it mitigates the unfairness you are talking about.

Also, keep in mind, the majority of grades in a any given class are B's or B+'s. While professors have discretion, they tend to clump more in the middle so there are less C's and B-'s.

However, that is just how we do it. I have read on this board how at some schools where they give scholarships based on being above say a 3.2, they will section all of the scholarship kids together, so there is no way they can all maintain their money. Don't know if it is true, just doing my part to perpetuate the rumor. 

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