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New York Law School / Re: August 15th.
« on: August 14, 2005, 11:14:56 AM »
Yes, I read PLS, Law School Confidential, Delaneys, and anything else I could get my hands on.  I also got the LEEWS CD's and Getting to Maybe which I feel were the best.  I cannot over-emphasize the importance of concentrating on test-taking strategies.  Spend as much time on practice finals as reviewing and outlining, and you will do fine.  The legal reasoning will come to you naturally and there is a lot of memorization.  Pretty much everyone will have approximately the same level of knowledge and understanding at the end of the course, but the most important thing is to be able to demonstrate your skills better than the others.  You will probably get a lot of Getting to Maybe type advice in Applied Analysis, which I thought was a bs course, but looking back, it addresses what I'm saying here. 

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New York Law School / Re: August 15th.
« on: August 13, 2005, 07:45:02 PM »
No, I did not have any of them, although I know several people who had Purcell for CivPro and had good things to say about him.  I had Leonard for one of my orientation seminars last year - very personable and a very highly regarded expert and advocate for gay rights.  Who do you have for Applied Analysis, Legal Research, and Legal Writing? 

First year was hard - law school is hard, no question.  It took most of the first semester to adapt to everything - the intensity, the pressure, the hours, everything.  By the second semester, I felt like I had a handle on how to work smart, but there's no getting around the 12 to 16-hour days in the library studying for finals.  My lowest grade in college was a B+ and I graduated Summa with a 3.95 GPA.  In my first semester, I got my first C ever.. a devestating wake up call.  Finished the year by grading onto Law Review, so I feel I have redeemed myself. 

Good luck on Monday.  I start classes on the 22nd, so I'll be getting as much sleep as possible next week.

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New York Law School / Re: August 15th.
« on: August 11, 2005, 09:26:51 AM »
I'm a 2L

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New York Law School / Re: August 15th.
« on: August 10, 2005, 12:12:12 PM »
I'm glad you didn't find outlining to be troubling.  I guess I just meant that it is probably not worth the time and effort.

I don't know of any online source for NYLS professors' outlines, but if you ask around among people who took a course, you may get someone to share.  Be careful, though, I encountered a lot of people who were very generous about sharing their outlines, which is good, but the outlines were poorly done, which is bad. 

It sounds to me like you are more than capable of developing your own outline as the course progresses, which is the best way to go anyway. 

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New York Law School / Re: August 15th.
« on: July 28, 2005, 11:24:51 PM »
It makes absolutely no sense to do an outline of a class before you even have a syllabus.  Torts is a huge body of law.   Professors must pick and choose which topics to focus on, and no two professors will cover the same material.   Outlining at this premature stage of the game may serve as good practice for when you need to develop the actual outline for your Torts final come December, but you will likely find your efforts were not worth the trouble. 

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New York Law School / Re: Is anyone obsessing on Hamdi v. Rumsfeld???
« on: July 28, 2005, 11:17:21 PM »
Yes.  If you are assigned to Nadine Strossen's orientation class, you will likely have to read this case.  It's not bad - just very a long-winded opinion.  You'll come across hundreds like that.

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New York Law School / Re: Overcrowding & other misc. complaints
« on: July 28, 2005, 11:13:34 PM »
Hey, cut me a break.  I said I was tired and cranky  ;D

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New York Law School / Re: Who else will be going??
« on: June 14, 2005, 10:22:28 PM »
People have been placed in firms (large, medium, and small), judge clerkships, and government.  In fact, the school is still posting job opportunities at this late stage, so it appears there are plenty of jobs this summer. 

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New York Law School / Re: Who else will be going??
« on: June 14, 2005, 12:02:32 PM »
Just survived my first year!  I thought about transferring (my grades are good enough), but decided to stay put.  Made some really good friends, mostly excellent professors, love the neighborhood, and everyone I know who wanted to work in law this summer landed a job through the school. 

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New York Law School / Overcrowding & other misc. complaints
« on: October 17, 2004, 04:03:14 PM »
The building is very old, the hallways and staircases are very narrow, the elevators are ridiculously slow and often don't work, there's way too many people trying to get around under these conditions with 30 lbs. of books on their backs.

The food is bad, the cafeteria is too noisy, the reading room is too quiet, the first floor of the library is too noisy, the rest of the floors are too quiet, there's not enough group study rooms, there's no place to go and have a quiet discussion.

I'm tired - and I guess a little cranky today.

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