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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Evidence final
« on: December 08, 2005, 12:16:12 PM »
Open book . . .but we don't know what the format is going to be.  I'm a little worried about that.  It is either short answer or multiple choice. Multiple choice I think I could deal with.  But short answer?  Looking at his old exams, 30 short answer questions in 3 hours is a bit much, I think.  Especially when he won't let us do our exam on our laptops.   :-\

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General Board / Re: Thinking about dropping out. Looking for advice.
« on: November 22, 2005, 05:44:50 PM »
I'm a 2L right now. Everyone feels like this during the first semester.  Don't drop out. And if you are worried about doing well because of your science major, don't fret.  I have friends who were science majors and did spendidly well first year. Some people who love law school don't always do well . . . its those people that can buckle down and do heavy duty analysis without losing their minds that excel in the law school environment.  Good luck.

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General Board / Re: Outlining: Cases and their rulings - HELP!
« on: September 10, 2005, 11:02:55 AM »
The fact analysis is important, but most people get that.  If you have the rule and only fact analysis, then depending on your school you may still only be in the B range.  What will get you up to an A is all of the policy discussions as well as the discussion of the law and the facts.  As for your original question about which rule to use: I use both rules and delineate them as such.  You say that one is the rule before the case, and one is the rule after the case. Typically, a teacher will ask you to only apply the new rule, but some professors (i.e. my property professor) will want you to apply the old rule and the new rule and to tell why the new rule is "better."  When teachers like policy  (as my torts professor and civil procedure professor did the first year) having these different rules in my outline was gold during my open book exams because this is often where they took policy questions. So I had already done the analysis beforehand and was able to answer the question quickly, pick up those points and move on.
Hope this is not too confusing....

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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: September 04, 2005, 01:42:46 AM »
awww . . . .the joys of being a 1L . . .

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General Board / Re: Tulane/Loyola Law Students
« on: September 01, 2005, 10:39:38 AM »
I got the following e-mail yesterday . . .

Do not respond to this message

August 31, 2005

Message to students from SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Provost Robert Blocker:

With the increasing reports of devastation from Hurricane Katrina, President Turner has determined that SMU will enroll Tulane University students from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for this fall semester on a space-available basis.  In this time of tragedy, we ask your cooperation and compassion as SMU opens its doors to these students.  The Office of Enrollment Management will receive inquiries regarding enrollment at 768-2058 after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, and students must make contact with SMU by Tuesday, September 6. These requests will be evaluated, and the students will be counseled regarding their options. President Turner is continuing his efforts to reach President Scott Cowan of Tulane to personally extend the offer of SMU facilities to Tulane faculty should they be assigned to teach Tulane students in Dallas this fall and to work out other details of assistance.
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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: August 15, 2005, 06:09:10 PM »
The school website should have most of the books listed under first day assignments. Go to the homepage, click on student affairs, then courses and information.  They should be listed by class. Or, you can do what I do and just go to the bookstore and find your course names and numbers and write down all of the required textbooks. Its bold, but it works.  ;)

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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: August 14, 2005, 07:15:30 PM »
I took the summer off.  8)  The only people that I knew that found jobs either had really good grades or really good connections, or both. Even then, these connections were formed before law school. Career services is okay, but don't expect them to do the work for you. Many SMU 1L's, even with good grades, don't find law related summer employment--its just the luck of the draw I guess.

Oh, right, you aren't this compulsive in person . . . (lol). All 1L's are.  ;D :D

Thanks again for the info. Here is another question: How are the summer job prospects for an SMU 1L? Did you find a job that was law related? Was it paid? Over all, how is the career services department at SMU? BTW, I am not totally compulsive in person ;)

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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: August 08, 2005, 03:17:40 PM »
Orientation is long and boring. Wear comfortable but nice looking clothes.

You probably won't get a schedule of events beyond show up in storey hall by 9 am on these two days . . .  I don't remember orentation all that well.  I do remember it was in Karcher Auditorium and we were all in rows of ten (2 rows for each legal writing section).  I remember the dean giving a long speech that he didn't finish, some information about filing an declaration of intent to study law (and to take the bar exam) before october. 

I wouldn't buy books yet because then you will try to start doing crazy stuff like reading ahead.    :D  If you have the self restraint, go pick out used books from Varsity Bookstore (on hillcrest, not the SMU bookstore, Varsity's prices will probably be lower).

Oh, and there will probably be an event at Dave and Busters to socialize with your new classmates one evening after orientation. Some of the professors will give info about what you should expect . . . one professor will go through how to brief a case with you . . .that's all that I remember right off the bat.  Oh, and they will also give you westlaw and lexis nexis passwords, etc., even though you don't have full access until october 1st, because some teachers use westlaw for their course webpages. Someone from the library will give a presentation about the services that it offers.

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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: August 03, 2005, 01:06:16 PM »
Most people just used microsoft word for notetaking. Its free and it works.  There were a few people that used some of that other software, but most people just made a folder for each class and then put different files in the folder.  For instance, I made a folder for each class, and in that folder I had a file for class notes, my long outline, my short outline, and any outlines from upperclassmen. But everyone is different . . .do what works for you.

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Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: August 03, 2005, 12:44:56 PM »
Laura Amberson is the registrar, not a TA . . .fyi.  I thought the same thing. Her name will be next to ever teacher's name because she registers everyone and she is the contact person in case something goes wrong since grading is anonymous.

Most people like examples and explanations, some like emanuels. Lots of people used the law in a flash flashcards. Lots of people like legalines for property (the person that wrote the property text that we used also wrote the legalines for the text). Second semester lots of people (myself included) used the High Court case summaries for class preparation. Good luck!!

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