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Sorry to say this, but if you practice law, you may have to go to court. If you draft a document and it's disputed you're the witness.

Socratic Method / Re: I hate the Socratic Method
« on: October 05, 2005, 09:59:25 PM »
Done correctly it teaches you to think on your feet, done poorly, well I think you've experienced that.

Remember you're supposed to know the material cold (like I've ever done that..), but think of it this way if you go to court and the judge asks you where & when a case you cited was decided you'd better not have to look it up.

I understand that type of teaching for my other classes, which works fine, but for legal writing? None of my friends in other sections have teachers using the socratic method to teach writing and research. 

True, which means unless you're very lucky in LR you're just screwed like the rest of us.

Don't expect much from your prof's, in law school your expected to learn on your own. If you get a prof who actually teaches you count yourself lucky. The socratic method is a motivator to learn, and think on your feet, not to teach you the material.

General Board / Re: 1L Summer Clerkship
« on: October 03, 2005, 01:34:40 PM »
All the the resume considerations aside, I found working as a summer law clerk very enlightening. Frankly, I learned a lot and do not care about the resume so much. It didn't hurt that my school gave me a generous stipend to work at a public agency. :)

Transferring / Re: Kent (2nd tier-66) or Depaul (3rd tier)?
« on: September 05, 2005, 09:36:44 PM »
I'm afraid you missed my point. The problem is not that they accept to many students without adequate facilities, the problem is that they do not coordinate with the Undergrad University to utilize existing facilities which is an administration problem.

General Board / Re: What was the hardest thing about your 1L?
« on: August 08, 2005, 02:13:36 PM »
I don't attend an Ivy school so maybe it's different for me, but at DePaul there is not this sense of "war." In fact, it's a very friendly atmosphere.

Law Firms / Re: Do big firms hire from their support staff??
« on: August 05, 2005, 04:13:53 PM »
It has never been what you know. It has always been who you know. Now if you perform poorly that can hurt you and a decent performance definitely helps. Perhaps a large firm looking to boost its standing by hiring from Harvard or Yale may pass you by anyway, but if they like you they will create a position for you.

General Board / Re: What was the hardest thing about your 1L?
« on: August 05, 2005, 03:20:44 PM »
No, highschool provides you with tons of feedback to evaluate your progress, while law school does not.

General Board / Tablet PC
« on: August 03, 2005, 07:06:14 PM »
What do you guys know about tablet PC's? I've heard they are very reliable though expensive.

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