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General Board / Re: Calling all current SMU students...
« on: June 19, 2005, 07:00:30 PM »
Sorry to be so late to respond, but I generally hang out on the prelaw board . . .this one moves a little slow for me. 

I'll be a 2L in the Fall, full time day student.

PM me if you still have questions after your visit, or if you want an honest opinion from a student as opposed to stats from brochures and such.

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General Board / Re: The Grade Wait
« on: June 07, 2005, 06:13:23 PM »
got two grades . . .so far, no C's.

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General Board / Re: The Grade Wait
« on: June 05, 2005, 11:26:05 PM »
Still no grades posted at all . . . .

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General Board / Re: What was the hardest thing about your 1L?
« on: June 05, 2005, 11:24:41 PM »
The hardest thing for me to get used to was to acknowledge the fact that I couldn't predict jack sh!t. Classes that I understood the best & knew I did the best on the final - turned out to be my worst grade. And vice versa.

I co sign on this. You can't predict anything. When you are in undergrad, you know that if you work hard, you will get good grades, because there are some people who aren't working hard. But in law school, everyone is working hard, but everyone is not necessarily working hard the right way. Don't let other people intimidate you and figure out what works for you. That was the hardest part for me. I knew what worked for me in undergrad, and instead of doing that, I bought into all of this stuff that books were saying, that other students were saying, etc.  It was not helpful at all. I'm not saying at all that law school is like undergrad.  It isn't.  But I was always active in my learning process in undergrad, I never listened to other students and other people and their experiences, and I always developed my own study plans, etc. according to what worked for me. So, figure out what works for you, and hold on for dear life. If you do decide to listen to other people's advice, take it with a grain of salt.  There is really no way to prepare. Good luck!!

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General Board / Re: Seat deposit. dumb?: do you get it back?
« on: March 22, 2005, 02:04:42 AM »
Depends on the school.  I got mine back after my scholarship posted to my financial aid account.

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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: March 13, 2005, 09:04:15 PM »
Try the University Gardens.  They are near campus.  Also, Hillcrest Manor is right across from the law school.  But those apartments are hard to come by, so if you are really considering this, then get on the waitlist now.   There are apartments all around the campus, within about a five mile radius of the campus.  Some people like to live close to the school for convenience, some like to live farther away for a change of scenery.  It just depends on the person.  Good luck. 


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General Board / Re: Did everyone pass your exams?
« on: December 28, 2004, 01:45:30 PM »
How did everyone do?  What grades did you get on all your exams?

Our grades will be posted in Jan but our Contracts prof has already graded our exams and he emailed our grades...I got a B...I almost cried...seriously.

Are these tears of sadness or joy ???????!!!!!!! As ridiculous as my K exam was, I think I'd be happy with a B. 

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General Board / Re: *warning: This is just a complaint (whining)
« on: December 27, 2004, 12:09:00 PM »
Whine, whine whine.  Okay, I'm glad you got that off your chest.  Just don't go out and hurt anybody. 

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General Board / Re: Did everyone pass your exams?
« on: December 27, 2004, 12:06:23 PM »
We don't get grades until the first week in February.  So I'm not even thinking about it, or holding my breath.

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General Board / Re: Why are people so concerned about what they wear?
« on: August 13, 2004, 08:30:52 PM »
I doubt any have formal dress codes and the most important thing at school is to learn.

But like it or not, people form an impression based on how you present yourself and, once formed, they can be tough to change. And law school is a professional school. The professors who see you now might be the ones you need to recommend you for an internship, clerking position, or job with a firm later. The students you are in class with now could be your source of referrals, contacts, job opportunities, or opponents in court 10 years from now. You might want to keep that in mind as well.

Sure law school is professional school. So are you saying that no one cared what they looked like in undergrad? Clean and neat should be the code because we are in school to learn. Maybe I've just always been more serious about school than some . . . when I asked professors for letters of recommendation, I dressed up a bit.  A lot of this is instinct - there are no real rules.

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