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Current Law Students / Re: Supplement for Dukeminier Property
« on: January 31, 2007, 02:24:10 PM »
Used the book for Property last semester, lots of old cases that are tough to read in the beginning, cases get more interesting towards the end.  Cases tend to be really long and dry.  Unlike contracts and torts, the book does not use restatements so putting together the black letter law from the cases is difficult.  The notes after the cases are OK, but you will definately want something that defines what the black letter law.  The reading for future interests and rule against perpetuities was not very useful, so you will want to get some flash cards for these topics.  Most schools have supplements available on reserve at the library, check out a few and see which complements the case book the best. 

Current Law Students / Re: Decided to quit LS.
« on: January 24, 2007, 04:02:14 PM »
Because you have an engineering background, you could become a patent agent.  It only costs $400 to take the exam.  Some law firms hire engineers/scientists as technical advisors as they study/learn patent prosecution.  They may allow you to work part time while going to law school and even pay for tuition.  This may be a good way to test the legal waters because practicing law is very different from law school.

Current Law Students / Re: Thinking about leaving Law School.
« on: January 17, 2007, 11:42:53 AM »
I'm in a similar situation, married, attending school at night while working during the day.  I was fortunate that my work allowed me to drop down to 30 hours per week during school.  The ten hours goes a long way towards sleep and studying.  One of the things that helps with the marriage balance is I study at home and on the weekends, I make sure I eat lunch and dinner with my husband.  Studying is more efficient if you take a long break every few hours plus, there is a point of diminishing returns, e.g. you can study too much.  I also stop studying around 10:00 every night and spend a couple of hours with the hubby before going to sleep.  The program I am in does not meet for classes on Friday and last semester I noticed that Friday's I tended not do any school work.  This semester I am going to try and meet up with friends for dinner at least once a month on Friday night.  I am also going to hire someone to come and clean my house.  Overall, you have to learn to sneak in time with the hubby and friends otherwise you will go bonkers.

Current Law Students / Re: money, money, money
« on: January 15, 2007, 05:22:52 PM »
Get the job first, then go to school, especially since they might pay for your school.  Since LSAT scores are good for 3-5 years, try and work for a year as a technical advisor before going to school.  This way you can get a feel for patent law before committing to more time and debt.  

BTW, if you go to a part-time program, you will not be able to bartend because classes are at night.

Current Law Students / Re: Curious about dress code...
« on: January 15, 2007, 04:45:57 PM »
Avoid the Men's wearhouse and other "cheap suit" places, their suits are cheap and they look cheap.  Go to Macy's, Bloomingdales or Nordstroms during one of their big sales - usually around a major holiday or they might still have after Christmas sales and have one of the sales associates help you.  Plan on spending a couple hundred dollars.  After you choose your suit, take it to a professional tailor and have it properly fitted for an additional fifty dollars.  No one should "wear a suit off the rack" and tailoring will give you the polished finished look.  The main thing to look for is pants and jacket sleeves that are long enough and the jacket to fit in the shoulders and not be too long in length, everything else will be adjusted to fit you.  While at the department store, the sales associate should measure your neck and arm length for your dress shirts.  You may want to purchase shirts that have up to an extra inch in the neck.  Stick with white, light blue or yellow shirts.  Cuff links are optional, just make sure you purchase the correct dress shirt if you want to use cuff links, e.g. no buttons on the wrist.  Ties should show some personality but should not be dizzying or distracting.  Make sure your tie matches you dress shirt, e.g. do not wear a solid lime green tie with a blue dress shirt however, you could wear a tie that has minor lime green accent.  Lastly, spend the money and buy some quality dress shoes and a matching belt.  If you have any money left over, buy a really nice watch, e.g. Omega, Tag, Baum, etc.

Current Law Students / Re: Did I study too much?
« on: January 03, 2007, 10:14:20 AM »
Request a copy of your exam and go over it with your professor.  Most professors know every commercial study guide available for their subject and know when students rely on them instead of focusing on what was emphasized in class.  Remember you are writing an exam for a specific professor who has specific views.  Also, you might benefit from taking a Flemings exam writing class. 

Even though you will probably have close to 300K in debt upon graduation, you would be surprised that you might feel like you have more money making 80K than 100K.  You are taxed at a significanly higher rate and you cannot deduct any student loan interest when you make 100K.  Also, if you work for the government, they have loan forgiveness programs.  Lastly, at big law firms you might make 100K but you will be working 70-80 hours a week.  Compared to a smaller firm where you are making 80K but only working 50-60 hours a week, your hourly rate at the smaller firm (~$28) is higher than the hourly rate at a large firm (~26).

Current Law Students / Re: Help with Contract Law Assignment,.
« on: December 15, 2006, 02:28:04 PM »
Go talk to your professor. 

I agree with the last two posters.  First, the disability needs to be present when the adverse possessor enters the land, in this case, the disability does not apply.  When T died and X inherited the estate, even if he was a minor, he should have a legal guardian who should look into the property for him and file tresspass claims against any potential adverse possessors.  Second, B can only "tack" on A's time if there was "privity" between the two of them, which it looks like there was because A "sold" his interest to B.  Lastly, the open and notorious element.  You said that NY uses subjective test, "I thought I owned it".  If A knew that he did not own the property, then the time begins with B, if B thought he owned it. 

It does not matter what conclusion the other students arrived at because the conclusion is a small part of the overall grade.  As long as you support your answer with lots of analysis then you should be OK.

Current Law Students / Re: Last Name
« on: December 07, 2006, 01:49:43 PM »
Changing your last name is a huge hassle.  The only thing that would be worse is if you had to pay to change your last name.  I changed mine after getting married and two years later all my accounts were finally correct.  For starters, you have to change your social security card, your driver's license and passport.  Make sure you take your marriage license or court papers with you and plan on waiting a couple of hours at each place.  After you have your new SS card and license, then you change bank accounts and credit cards.  Finally, you get to change all bills, e.g. gas/electricity, cable, cell phone, regular phone, water, etc.  The final nail in the coffin is that everytime you request a transcript you have to show proof that you legally changed your name.  This also applies to any professional license you obtain. 

Current Law Students / Re: please i need help
« on: December 04, 2006, 11:42:42 AM »
Lexis and Westlaw require subscriptions.  Below are free websites for the United States Code (laws) and the Code of Federal Regulations (rules).  Most high schools will probably be governed locally through state or county laws.  Most states have free web access to their laws.

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