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Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: September 16, 2008, 03:20:34 PM »
thanks, a n is mad busy now, 2L sucks by the way i dont have any motivation to do nothin'

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: September 14, 2008, 09:34:06 AM »
Black man in elevator

LMAO 7S...what a great post to come back on...a lady on the upper east side clutched her purse and gave me the scared over the shoulder look...but once she realized i wasn't going to rob her she i didn't bash the dumb b*^tch LOL

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: September 14, 2008, 09:27:00 AM »
i hated conlaw  ;D...that is all

to jarhead - where you been, fam?

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Published: September 13, 2008

To teach constitutional law, you need a vision about where our country has been and where we need to go in the future. You must be able to confront our darkest moments — slavery, segregation, forced sterilization — while preserving your optimism about the moments when we have expanded rights and liberties and lived up to our aspirations.

Students push you to defend what you believe, and you had better be ready to acknowledge your contradictions, and even your mistakes. As a law professor, your goal is not to lecture, but to elicit from students their deepest intuitions about their own values, and to show them how to frame arguments for what they believe. And you must know the law. The students are smart and engaged, and they don’t miss a trick. There’s no room for vagueness or imprecision.

Constitutional law demands that you understand the delicate balance between the president, Congress and the Supreme Court. Most presidents, regardless of party, want to maximize their own authority, but the teacher of constitutional law knows that when presidents overstep, the court slaps them back.

Individual rights loom large in our Constitution. As a professor, you know that presidents should resist restricting liberty. However, you also know that Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and Franklin D. Roosevelt interned Japanese-Americans. Best of all, with your 20/20 hindsight and your bully pulpit, you can righteously stand in judgment of mistakes made by presidents in our national experiment.

What a teacher of constitutional law never has to do is put theory into practice — which is probably why even the best of us can be astonishingly idealistic. The only president to come from full-time employment in our profession, Woodrow Wilson, tried to make over the world in the image of our constitutional democracy. Our part-timer, Bill Clinton, was ready to make compromises to get the job done.

— NOAH FELDMAN, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard

been around, my gf finally moved to NY so I don't have as much down time as I used to and I was getting my law school on

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: September 13, 2008, 05:08:45 PM »
i hated conlaw  ;D...that is all

Current Law Students / Re: irrational paranoia at top schools?
« on: February 09, 2008, 07:39:55 PM »
i got to a top 25 school and everyone at my school who was in the top 50% who wanted a big firm job got one....i vote paranoia

More practice tests doesn't help you at all if you can't comprehend what you're doing wrong.  The difference between a C- student and A+ students isn't that they "put it down on paper better" and it's not organization.  The C- student tries to memorize the answer; the A+ student has the critical thinking ability to apply the answer and understands the rule within the context of normative theories and public policy.  Part of it may be communicating the ideas, but a gap that wide (particularly if you're a student at a low-ranked school) indicates that the C- student isn't "getting" the point.

which is why i qualified with if your getting the material...C- to A+ is extreme but the difference between an A+ and a B+ is not usually lack of "getting" the point its the application and organization which is what i meant about getting it down on paper....

if you're grasping the material and ur profs are saying ur reasoning and organization are bad then you need to take more practice tests....i did ok but i know that i would have done better had i not concentrated so much on making the perfect outline just took practice tests. the A+ students don't know more they just got the info down on paper better. the only way to master this is to take practice tests....ur limited by time and you feel anxiety and ur rushed so w/o proper practice ur answers are disorganized and piece mail and u forget simple stuff that loses changing my study approach this year and gearing everything towards the exam....some of the people who got A+s did not know the law better than me, did not know the cases as well as i did, and some were complete idiots all class, but they practiced taking exams and got the better grade.

Current Law Students / Re: Gunners firing blanks?
« on: September 19, 2007, 07:12:21 PM »
I unfortunately think I might be thought of as a gunner.  :'( I am always raising my hand, but not to show off, it is because I want to know if my take on an issue is correct , and many times no one else will bring up my issue so I am left wondering if I was incorrect, or if others just didn't think of what I thought.  Hopefully I am not getting a bad reputation. I'm actually a pretty laid back law student, I try not to get too much into the competition but I do like knowing if I am correct or incorrect in class.

If you think you're a gunner, you probably are a gunner.

If you don't think you're a gunner and you don't think there are any gunners in your class, but you "regularly participate," you're probably a gunner.

eh, I don't really care if people consider me a gunner, because i know that what I am doing now isn't affecting my grades for the better nor is having the professor knowing who I am going to affect my grades at all, i do it for other reasons.  So you are saying that you can't participate in class without being labeled "a gunner"?  What if I enjoy particpating just for the sake of it and for the sake of staying actively involved in the class?

i don't think anyone is saying participation is the same as gunning. if the prof ask someone else a question and before they can open their mouth to answer your hand is in the air, you're a gunner. if after the prof finishes telling you what the issue is you raise your hand and say "but isn't the issue ....", your a gunner. if after the prof has taken the time to tell you what the issue is and what you should take from a case you raise your hand and say something like "but i think the issue is ....", you're a gunner. if after another student speaks you raise your hand and say something like "that makes no sense i think...", you're a gunner. if, as happened in a friend of mine's sections, you have a prof who is considered the premiere expert on the death penalty in the country and one of the preeminent experts on criminal law in the country, tells you something about the criminal law and you raise your hand and say "i think you're wrong about that", you're a gunner.

Current Law Students / Re: 1 year later....still glad u went to law school?
« on: September 15, 2007, 07:19:10 PM »
yes its one year later and im still glad i went to law school.

Current Law Students / Re: Gunners firing blanks?
« on: September 15, 2007, 07:18:32 PM »
we don't have many gunners in my section. i hear some of the other sections do though. we do have a policy guy but he's usually somewhere around the mark and he's just trying to make sure he understands so hes not so bad. what we have far more of and what is really getting on my nerves is people who make it far more complicated then it has to be. trying to explain mens rea, the prof will ask a simple question to get the ball rolling like "if x is walking on the pier and bumps into y accidentally knocking him in the water can x be said to have intended to knock y in the water?" this question will inevitably stump whoever is asked there will be 5 minutes of just staring then 2 minutes of "uuuuhhh" follwed finally some 20 mins later and after several attempts at rephrasing the question by the professor in a "uh no i don't think so" ugh its driving me crazy.

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