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don't mean to be a pain but can i just get some clarification on the practice exam thing. I know that i'm supposed to study for the exam not for class, and that practice exams are important i've heard that from several sources and don't need to be sold on that aspect. but i've heard everything from, start practice exams as soon as possible to it's not necessary until a month before exams etc.. is there a consensus? my plan was to outline as i go (not everyday but as each "block" or particular area of the law was covered) and to begin my exam writing practice around October once i got into the swing of things.

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Temple / Re: Temple vs. Villanova
« on: June 11, 2007, 05:50:02 PM »
Hey guys,

     I am between Temple and Villanova at this point. I am having a really difficult time deciding between the two. I am from Philly and want to stay here so I know I really can't go wrong either way, but I would appreciate any thoughts people have on the matter.

                 



Temple! if your a PA native it's cheaper and Temple is a better school and the Philly school....plus it's more convenient. 'Nova's all the way out in Media/Villanova.

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Temple / Re: Anyone living in Chestnut Hill or Mt. Airy?
« on: June 11, 2007, 05:46:26 PM »
i was born and raised in Mt. Airy. i used to take the R7 home all the time, regional rail (R lines) are very reliable, very comfortable and the R7 stops behind Temple's campus. you can get a montly rail card that covers regional rail as well as regular trains and buses, don't know how much it costs these days. Good choice for neighborhood NW Philadelphia is the nicest area of the city. lots of trees and parks there are some parts of Mt. airy, off of lincoln drive, where you almost forget your in a big city. enjoy

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Okay, I just got back from Philly last night. I looked at 6 places in various areas. All were on the periphery of Center City (except one in Manayunk). I suppose after looking that I'm partial to the city. For those that haven't been, places that seem out of the way on a map are still closer than you think. And you can find things for a decent price if you move away from the actual center of the city. For example, I found a 4 bedroom for $1200 in the Italian Market area. It was 6 blocks from an Orange line station, newly remodeled and it was in a pretty cool neighborhood. Also, Northern Liberties is nice and more affordable than, say, old city/society hill. Lots of students and young professionals in Northern Liberties and Art Museum, lots of personality in the Italian Market, and everyone I met kept telling me University City is a great place for students because its affordable and near transportation.

One thing that I've been hearing on LSD is how some of the places I've just mentioned are sketchy. For the most part I didn't find this to be true. I took 3 days to see 6 places and I walked around all the neighborhoods. I wanted to really feel them out. South Philly is pretty cool. Lots of families and shops, plus you get that Brooklyn feel with the rowhouses (although its definitely more a Philly feel). Italian Market had alot of personality and seemed like a neighborhood. The actual market that Genos and Pats is on is cool, although that's, I guess, called Bella Vista. Still cool though and a good mix of demographics with mainly Asians, Hispanics, and Caucasians. Northern Liberties was a boat load  of art galleries and funky cafe/bar/restaurants. Also lots of students and young professionals. Art museum seemed yuppieish and was pretty with tree lined rows and lots of dog walkers.

In all these places there were areas that you didn't really want to walk through with $50 bills hanging out of your pockets. But, for the most part they seemed safe and surprisingly friendly (people were talking to me about the neighborhood and striking up conversations everywhere I went). My opinion is that, sure these places are not as 100% secure as Rittenhouse or the suburbs, but the bad looking spots are pretty recognizable so if you avoid them, you'll find that these places are actually really cool areas.

One thing I'm not sure about however, is parking on the street in these areas. Being physically safe is one thing. But, I didn't have a car with me so I never parked anywhere. I guess I hear tell of peoples' cars getting broken into in Northern Liberties and Italian Market and South Philly. Maybe somebody can confirm this.

Another thing is that alot of these places are deceptive. Northern Liberties, especially up near Girard, looks scary. But, once you walk around and realize its all college students who live there, and start to notice that the neighborhood has lots of people out walking dogs and perusing art galleries, and see BMWs parked outside at night, it starts to seem less sketchy. Other places can look okay but seem sketchier with bums crawling out of the woodwork and berating you if you don't give them money. But all in all, this deceptiveness seems to be on the edges of these neighborhoods and away from main roads. 

Anyhow, I know I sound like a real estate agent. But, I thought I'd let you all know that there is affordable stuff in Center City.

Have a good one.





since your talking about Univ City im assuming your going to Penn, i'm not going to school in philly but i'm a native philly boy born and raised so my definition of UC is a little different than how most philly schools try to define it to out of towners. UC is nice and cheap but it's heavily undergrad (you've got drexel, penn, and that pharmacy school all in the same 5 block area). for a law student i think you're on the right track with center city. center city/n. liberties, the so called yuppy areas, are about the only safe neighborhoods in philly right now. UC used to really bad they cleaned it up a lot around the mid 90's and it was really nice when governor rendell was mayor. it's still ok but not as safe as it used to be. summer time tends to be a slow time for the Penn area it's much more congested during the semester and lets just say the criminal elements know when the students are around. keep that in mind not trying to scare you just be aware. you can fine some really nice not so expensive places in and around south street which just depends on how far you want to be from Penn's landing the closer to center city (15th street or so) your are the cheaper it is. you could also opt for further into w. philly (Penn still calls it UC but it's W. philly) UC really doesn't extend past 34th street but don't go any higher than like 40th street. also around the girard ave/w. river drive side (over by the art musuem). like you said after you get to know the city a little better, you can just about live anywhere because SEPTA is very reliable and convenient although not cheap . all and all philly's a great town to go to school in. it's much more student friendly than NYC and Boston.

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I did nothing over the summers.  I relaxed over my summer.  I only do work during the week and Sunday evenings.  I never, except during exams, did work on Saturday or on Friday evenings.  I know, including myself, several people in the top 10% of my class.  Most of them never took a course before school, but each of us kept up the entire semester.  I have never been unprepared for class.  I am about to enter my third year.  I have never passed when called on.  I think this is the key to doing well.  Be prepared all semester long.  Keep up with your reading.  I also didn't go out during the week.  I came home when classes ended, got right to work, and I was usually done by 6pm so I could relax the rest of evening and get a good nights sleep for the next day.  I treat law school like a job.  I get up at 7, I am at school in class by 8 or 9.  I work all day until 5 or 6.  This kept me on a routine, and keeps me disciplined. 

The other thing I did was wait until the end of semester to outline.  I know people who outline all semester.  They tend to be in the middle or bottom of my class.  I believe that if you outline all semester you are missing the big picture.  If you wait until November to start outlining, you are far better able to put things together in a manner that is logical and allows of easier reading.  Also, the act of typing out an outline forces you to learn it as you type it.  Things you are not sure on, you can spend more time on.  Things your know well, you can type it and then move on.  I think this helps you more at the end of a semester rather than all semester. 

Lastly, I keep things in perspective.  I largely believe that law students are drama queens, and enjoy playing the role of the stressed out student.  Can it be stressful? Hell yes.  But, it can be managed.  Most of the time it is going through the motions.  This outlook has worked for me.  Will it work for everyone, no.  My best advice is do what you feel is necessary.  Listen to no one else but yourself.  Pay no attention to how much time your classmates spend on doing things.  If 2 hours is all you need, good for you.  If you need more time to study, great then do it.  Don't change how you do things because your classmates may have spend 3 hours on two cases, while your spent an hour.  If you feel you know it, then you are fine.  But, also don't be afraid to be flexible.  If something isn't working, change what you are doing until it works.  Most of all, learn to relax.  I believe that alone will help you more than anything.         




this is one of the best posts i've read on this site

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Job Search / Re: Applying to the FBI
« on: June 05, 2007, 05:30:01 PM »
Hey dude,
I used to work in the intelligence community. I know the FBI sounds cool and all, but it's a bureacracy at its core.  There's a reason why the GW Law alumnus who helped take down Robert Hannsen quit - most of the time it's unbelievably dull.  And since 9/11, they aren't sure whether they are terrorist fighting organization or a crime-fighting organization.  The turf battles between the different agencies in the terror fight will make you want to shove a fork in your eye.

Not trying to discourage you, but I hope you go into with your eyes open. It's also very hard to get. Lots of former military intel are transitioning to it so they don't have to deploy and yet still do a similar job, and frankly everyone and their mother who watches "24" is applying to the CIA and FBI right now.




agree. i'm leaving the intelligence field after 10 years i did get to do some cool stuff but that's because i had military experience and i knew how to work the system. there is a really big difference between the CIA and FBI. the FBI is a law enforcement organization that is trying to do intel but they're fighting years of tradition so its difficult, but they have improved a lot from just after 9/11. i would suggest CIA but the only jobs worth doing are with NCS... outside of that, it's really not what its cracked up to be and no matter what they tell you. its government work...meaning that if you are innovative, intelligent, think outside of the box, and are a person who likes to get things done, do them right the first time, and move on to the next thing...you will ground to dust by mediocrity and red tape...

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Current Law Students / Re: Marine Corps Jag
« on: February 05, 2007, 04:51:13 PM »
Do you get to operate any heavy artillery as a JAG lawyer?
wow i can finally contribute to something on this side...i'm a Marine Coprs Vet...the Marine Corps will be most interested in your leadership ability and what you can bring to the Marine Corps...Marine culture is a little different than the other services we are more focused on what do you bring to the Marine Corps as opposed to what the Marine Corps can do for you....that being said there are not a lot of Marine JAG officers...so as long as you know something about the Marines meaning you know what you're getting into and really express why you want to be a Marine as opposed to the other services you will be okay....i guess what im saying is the focus will be on will you make a good Marine Officer first and then can we use you in the JAG corps second...hope this helps


Is that a no?


what do you think

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Current Law Students / Re: Marine Corps Jag
« on: February 04, 2007, 02:34:30 PM »
wow i can finally contribute to something on this side...i'm a Marine Coprs Vet...the Marine Corps will be most interested in your leadership ability and what you can bring to the Marine Corps...Marine culture is a little different than the other services we are more focused on what do you bring to the Marine Corps as opposed to what the Marine Corps can do for you....that being said there are not a lot of Marine JAG officers...so as long as you know something about the Marines meaning you know what you're getting into and really express why you want to be a Marine as opposed to the other services you will be okay....i guess what im saying is the focus will be on will you make a good Marine Officer first and then can we use you in the JAG corps second...hope this helps

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Current Law Students / Re: Harvard vs. Fordham
« on: January 19, 2007, 07:05:45 AM »
Go to Fordham.

If you're really thinking about the choice, then you shouldn't be at Harvard.


why do you say that...just curious...im a non-trad (33, 15 years combined military and professional work experience)...i recognize harvard's reputation in the legal world but in my professional experience i don't find degree pedigree to be all that important...and seems to be a little overemphasized on this board...so just curious why you think that i shouldn't be thinking about my options

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Current Law Students / Harvard vs. Fordham
« on: January 18, 2007, 05:55:06 PM »
here me out...i want to do entertainment law...intern at Sony BMI, MTV etc. legal and business affairs..maybe do an externship at volunteer lawyers for the arts or the viacom or cbs internship program...that type of deal...i've been accepted at Harvard and Fordham...im seriously considering forham i've done my research and they place well at big law (not what im interested in just sayin') are considered the 3rd best law school in NYC and people with better quals then me didn't get in....i haven't heard back from financial aid yet so i don't know what/if kind of money they are offering....harvard is basically going to be loans....for what i want to do how many more doors will harvard really open?...fordham is in NYC any kind of job i would want to take will be in NYC or LA which i would have to fly out to which ever one i go to...go

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