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Depaul / Re: goin to Depaul
« on: April 26, 2006, 03:35:00 PM »
Generally it's not just "one" glass of wine or beer and then there're those "quiet" parties till 4am and yes I've had to put up with them 3-4 times this semester.

Depaul / Re: goin to Depaul
« on: April 25, 2006, 06:24:10 PM »
Well I'm now a 2L here and yes I did end up rooming w/a drinker, but one non-drinker as well. A great way to prepare is to work on legal writing. It's quite different than most writing and takes some adjustment. You could get a "bluebook" citation book and look it over, but they do change almost ever year. But that isn't the difficult part; the difficult part is learning to write decently in IRAC (Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion) form.

Well back to finals prep. ~groan~

Current Law Students / Re: Another reason T4's suck
« on: November 17, 2005, 05:23:43 PM »
Hmm, research.
Something that you will be stuck doing for all 3 years at law school and what will likely make up the first few years of your professional career.
I can't fathom why a school would consider these skills important enough to test.

Actually you can avoid research after you're first year, except for the bar application, ugh.

Current Law Students / Re: Legal Writing is KILLING me!
« on: November 14, 2005, 09:32:51 PM »
Talk to your prof. Don't worry you won't fail. It's a new way of thinking and writing, unless you have a technical degree (for the writing part). Keep working at it, it should require more time than all your others combined.

Because it's easier than picking you up any other way.

Current Law Students / Re: Best Professor Lines This Year
« on: October 25, 2005, 05:00:52 PM »
"Just answer this in terms of logic, we'll discuss it in terms of the law in a minute" 

It's possible, but I'd do simply work like wills or traffic. Also, a decent way to get exposure is to be a public defender while getting your practice started.  The biggest problem is $$$$$, you won't make anything the first few years (ok maybe $20-30k).

E-mail yourself. This saved me once. Even if you lose all your hardware the files are still on the net & and what are the chances of Yahoo or Google going down any time soon?

Current Law Students / Re: I hate the Socratic Method
« on: October 07, 2005, 02:22:43 PM »
I totally agree with you.  They should teach us the black letter law too instead of this discussions... listening to students who don't know what they are talking about try to act smart.  I want to hear what the professor has to say to know that what I'm hearing is actually correct.

The problem with teaching the "black letter law" is that it changes and it's impossible to teach all of it. Sure you must know it for the exam (which is all that matters to us students), but when you get to be a lawyer you must know how to find the black letter law on your own. At least you don't have to find the cases and statutes that make up the black letter law. In the real world it takes hours just to determine what cases and statutes need to be analyzed for a given question of law, frankly the analysis is simple compared to the research decisions.

And being a witness is minor? Just wait till that corp. lawyer asks you why the hell you screwed up a citation or something and then drops the big ARE a lawyer RIGHT? Hell in court this summer I saw a judge ask a lawyer that...he was mad about her decision and dropped his file...hehe man it was funny but not for him.

Filing is like going to the post office, being a witness, a lawyer witness, is the real deal. Did I mention depositions where they can ask you about your sex life even if it's totally irrelevant? Might not have to answer, but damn.

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