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Current Law Students / Re: Did everyone pass your exams?
« on: December 28, 2004, 10:45:30 AM »
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. 

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

Current Law Students / Re: Did everyone pass your exams?
« on: December 27, 2004, 09:06:23 AM »
We don't get grades until the first week in February.  So I'm not even thinking about it, or holding my breath.

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.

Current Law Students / Why are people so concerned about what they wear?
« on: August 13, 2004, 08:11:51 AM »
I don't understand why people are so concerned about what they wear to law school.  Isn't the main focus supposed to be learning the law?  So learn the law in whatever makes you comfortable.  Are there law schools out there with mandatory dress codes that I don't know about?  Can someone, please enlighten me?

Current Law Students / Re: Orientation
« on: August 13, 2004, 08:09:59 AM »
I, like CJ Law have pending financial aid.

As far as orientation, like other things in life, show up and be yourself. Grab a pen and a notebook and just go for it.  Wear what you want to wear.  Not to be mean, but I don't understand why people are so obsessed about what to wear in LS.  It is still school.  What counts is learning the law . . . at least until on campus interviews start. 

I will address your concerns in order:

1. There is no real major that will prepare you for law school. I have met English majors, Psychology majors, Political Science, Business, and Math majors that are all in my class. Some people say that Philosophy helps, but don't just take it for a major because you want to look good on an appl. do something that you're interested in. If you're really concerned about job security, have two majors.  At most schools, if you're careful, you can still finish in 4 years with 2 majors.

2. ECs don't count for squat.  I didn't have any, just some community service work. Unless you have an overwhelming # of EC and kept an extraordinarily high gpa while at it (which shows good time management), don't worry about it.  Focus on grades and LSAT.

3.Personal statements are probably slightly more important than letters of recommendation. No one is going to ask for a recommendation from a person that will not write about them in the highest regard.  So, for the most part, everyone will have good recs.  Personal statement is the real chance to set yourself apart from the pack. 

4. Law schools do use affirmative action.  They would just rather call it "promoting diversity."  Often, this is where the personal statement comes in.  You don't get the benefit by just saying you're a minority, however.  You have to explain how being a minority has made your life experiences different from other law school applicants.

Current Law Students / First Day Assignments, Compare Notes
« on: July 29, 2004, 08:45:21 AM »
I thought it would be interesting to see the difference (and similarities) among assignments given during the first week/ days of 1L at different schools. Here's mine, so far:

1. Read the book A Civil Action for Civil Procedure

2. Write a report to a committee using materials given for Legal Research and Writing

3. Read Plain English for Lawyers for Legal Writing

4. Read and brief a case for contracts.

This is what I have so far.  Other professors haven't posted their assigments yet.  Anyone else have assigments yet?

Current Law Students / Re: Books for this fall
« on: July 29, 2004, 08:37:32 AM »
I plan to buy new because I like to write, in pencil, in the margins of my books.  I used the book briefing method in a course I took during my last semester of undergrad (we used a casebook as my text) and book briefing the first time I read a case (I normally read a case twice) made it easier to write the case brief.  I haven't read law school confidential but I think this is what they are referring to, or at least something similar.

Good luck to everyone during 1L.

Current Law Students / Re: Unusual selection of textbooks?
« on: July 26, 2004, 05:34:11 PM »
I just got a packet in the mail of assignments.  I'm supposed to read two books before school starts, and do all of the "first day" assignments.  What's so funny about this is that the school tells you that your schedule could change right up until the last day of orientation.  So there is no incentive to do the assignments.
Weird.  Was expecting the assignments,  but not the disclaimer about the schedules.

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