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Pursuing an LLM / Re: L.L.M. in Law and Government: Is it beneficial?
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:38:31 AM »
For anyone else who might reply, the answers to the above post are as follows:

I go to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  I'm in the top quarter.  I'd like to work at some place like ADF, ACLJ, Heritage, etc. 

Pursuing an LLM / L.L.M. in Law and Government: Is it beneficial?
« on: October 05, 2009, 07:48:13 PM »
I'm at a law school in the lower part of the T2.  Like everyone else, I'm scared of finding work.  I'm also pretty against the idea of hanging my own shingle or working for a small firm in a small town.  I just don't think that life would be fulfilling.  I looked into the Law and Government LLM at American or GW and it looks great.  However, I'm not sure if it would lead to anything.  I'm most interested in policy type work.  Does anyone have any advice?

Current Law Students / Re: What do you feel you learned this year?
« on: April 15, 2008, 07:20:21 PM »
That all the hours we spend reading cases is pointless.  All I should've been doing is reading for the principles of law and ignoring who did what and what the court decided. 

Current Law Students / Re: Safe to Put FedSoc on Resume?
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:43:30 AM »
Isn't it a shame that this is even a concern?

Mine definately is.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 10, 2008, 02:24:06 PM »
I came straight out of undergrad.  If by relating to jobs you've had, you can get by by doing the 8-5 approach.  However, there are times that I wouldn't recommend it.  I'd say there are some days when you can do only a couple of hours of reading and be prepared for class the next day, and there are other days when there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to even get done.  I don't think there's a formula.  You just have to go with what your personality requires. 

Reading cases and such is what you'll do in law school.  I guess it's in the right direction, but it is very inefficient.  The way law school goes is like any class in undergrad.  There is a unit.  That unit has subunits.  The cases you read will apply whatever law you're learning about to real facts.  However, the difficulty is that you don't know which subjects each individual professor will cover in a particular semester.  Honestly, I don't think preparing for classes like Contracts, Property, Civ Pro, Torts, etc. will help.  Your professors will beat those subjects to do death anyway. 

If it makes people feel any better, law school isn't hard, it's just a lot of work.  Conceptually, most of the time law school seems logical.  To do well, just put in the time once you've started.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 10, 2008, 08:42:01 AM »
In your case,VJM, I might try to somehow contact your school and ask what the first semester's legal writing class does.  My school wrote a memo for instance.  Then go read some samples of that kind of document.  See what the flow is.  Also familiarize with the CRAAC/IRAAC formulas.  That's the first year writing style for both semesters. 

As far as the other classes, I couldn't even tell you what to do to prepare for them. They really aren't difficult.  You just read the case for that particular day and you go to class and take notes. It's just not something you can do without some sort of guideance from the professors. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 10, 2008, 08:19:41 AM »
To answer Ontheroad's question with the presumption that it's a waste of time, the best and only thing I would say that could be helpful would be to just learn the terminology.  That won't help you get a better grade, but it may help you understand what's going on a little better. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 10, 2008, 08:09:36 AM »
JSB is right.  Trying to prepare early will do nothing but wear you out.  There is no benefit really.  The profs will guide you through it.  They typically understand that you are fresh to the area of law.  Whatever head start you might have won't help past the first week or two.

I'm going to U of A law right now.  If anyone has questions, PM me.

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