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Our LW class is on a point system--1000 points total for the semester, but no official recorded grade until the end of spring semester.  The prof will give us a "shadow" grade at the end of fall semester.  We had a 30 point quiz lasts week and just turned in a draft of our first legal memo.  She'll give us feedback on it (no points), then the final product is due in two weeks--100 points.  We've briefed six cases (two together as a class effort) and turned one in for a P/F--we all passed.

I think I'd rather have grades--points sound like I'm accruing something for using my credit card.   :D

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Meanwhile, as you argue with the prof, everyone else is thinking, "Why doesn't this dumbass shut the F up so we can get out of here on time."

I was thinking this while trapped by the gunner in my LW classes during orientation week.   :(

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General Board / Re: What was your undergrad major?
« on: August 03, 2007, 10:06:29 AM »
Economics.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: 2L Haters:-)
« on: August 02, 2007, 10:05:01 AM »
Law professors are about to spend the next 32 weeks (both semesters) trying to destroy your confidence so they can rebuild you into something harder.  Wow that sounds like an add for the Army or Marines. 

...or like what I went through at fire school my rookie year.

The only prep work I'm doing is reading the assignments the profs have already posted on the school's website.  The bane of the Internet...  

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General Board / Re: Non traditional students.......
« on: June 22, 2007, 01:54:08 PM »
I will be 60 tomorrow and just finished 1L, 2nd in my class.  It was the best decision I ever made.  I am much more focused and disciplined than I was when I was 20.  I plan to practice Elder Law, which will be appropriate considering my age!!

Kudos to you!   :)  I'll be 46 when I start LS this fall.  I, too, expect to be much more focused and disciplined than when I was in college.  After almost twenty years in the fire service, I'm looking forward to this second career, and will probably practice labor/employment law or health care law, since that's where most of my real-world experience lies.

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My competition had a "10 characters per inch" requirement. what in the hell does that even mean? I had no idea so i just disregarded it.

From http://www.sunoasis.com/standards.html:

"A typical 8.5 inch by 11 inch page contains twenty-five lines of typing when using double spacing and a 12 point font. The 12 point font provides ten characters per inch, which when divided by the accepted line length of 60 characters or six inches, gives the reason for a six character "word". This is all to say that with an average ten word line, a page is estimated to have 250 words - if your margins are set at one inch. If your margins are set at 1.25 inches, then you have an estimated 225 words on a page. 1.5 inch margins end up equaling 200 words a page."

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Cleveland State / Re: Getting ready...
« on: June 10, 2007, 10:22:42 PM »
I'm thinking lsders should head to Becky's (it's a bar near the law school) during orientation week.

Visited the law school on Wednesday--nice library with lots of light and places to study.  Euclid Ave is all torn up--the City is widening it to two lanes in each direction with a middle lane for a dedicated transit from downtown (Public Square?) to University Circle (near Case and the museums).  Driving on Euclid looks like a nightmare right now.

I could have a beer or two at Becky's--I hear Thursday is law students' night.  I just have to remember that I can't drink like I'm still in my 20's...   :D

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Cleveland State / Getting ready...
« on: June 01, 2007, 05:21:15 PM »
Ten weeks until I move into on-campus housing at Viking Hall.  Cripes, I didn't live in a dorm during UG!  Now I'm gonna do so at 46???  Just glad I have a bathroom in my room!   :D

Seriously, the gravity of my decision is starting to hit me.  Got the laptop, the book bag (camo and from Cabela's, of course) and the office supplies.  I feel like I should look over my shoulder to see Mom waving me off to school...

But she's been dead for 32 years, I'm an adult (I think) and this is gonna be an expensive three years of school.  Makes me wanna drink another fifty-blue million beers... :o

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I, too, use the "My greatest weakness is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist" bit. Works everytime. Employers LOVE hearing that one.

I'm an old-fart non-trad...I learned that trick a long time ago.   ;)

When I interviewed for my current position twenty years ago, I had to remind myself that the goal was to get the job, not piss-off the interviewer.  The fire chief, an uneducated, boorish, sexist, egotistical boob, asked me these obviously illegal questions (illegal even back then):  Are you married?  Planning on getting married?  Are you gonna have children and quit?  My god, I was HOT.  But I wanted the job so I politely answered "no," "no," and "no" to assuage his fears of hiring a "girl" to do a "man's" job.   ::)   But I really wanted to grab him by his collar brass and lay him out to whaleshit.   :D

I am really looking forward to leaving the fire service and starting law school this fall...  


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I hate the question, "What are your weaknesses?" I always want to punch the interviewer in the face whenever I hear that one. What a lame question.

Turn the answer to this question into a positive for the employer/firm.  As in, "My greatest weakness is that I'm very detailed-oriented and somewhat of a perfectionist.  I don't feel comfortable submitting a project/memo until I know I've researched all of the pertinent information."  

Whatever your "weakness" is, it must be perceived as a strength by the potential employer.

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