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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Chances for foreigners???
« on: January 28, 2010, 08:08:09 PM »
You have some wrong info. I am a foreigner from Ukraine, and I am also on green card, and schools did take grades into account, why wouldn't they? LSAC did evaluation, and schools accepted it. True, I had some issues with their evaluation, as they used 5 grade system, instead of 4 (since we don't get grade 1 :) But they re-evaluated it and calculated my GPA.

Current Law Students / Re: Recording lectures?
« on: October 05, 2009, 06:42:59 PM »
I did that, even bought digital recorder for that purpose )) It helped a lot. You think you got everything, then you listen to the lecture again, and it's like - wow, i missed some stuff. It helps, of course, as long as you have time to listen to them )

Current Law Students / Re: Those who passed California Bar
« on: October 05, 2009, 06:27:25 PM »
Thank you, disabilitylaw, very detailed answer.

what calbar website are you referring to? Is that one? Also, did you use They claim to have real essays graded by CA bar graders.


Current Law Students / Those who passed California Bar
« on: September 27, 2009, 09:21:54 PM »
What preparation course did you use, if any? When did you start preparing?

I am a 3L now, and considering how hard CA bar is, I want to start studying now. I have books for MBE section (barbri, kaplan, flemings), but I am not sure what material is good for the essay part, and I am not sure if the books I have are enough. Is BarBri the best course for the Bar? I heard some students complaint its practice questions are easier than the real ones on the test.

I would greatly appreciate any advice and suggestions.

Thank you

Current Law Students / Trial Advocacy
« on: April 21, 2009, 09:05:38 PM »
Hey, I am taking Trial Advocacy class, and our lecturer is not very good. We are having a trial next week, I used all the info we got from lectures and skills portion of the class. But I feel like lost a bit, and I am not the only one who feels this way in the class. So I am wondering - does anyone know good web sources I can use? Like examples of opening statements, witness examinations, tips etc.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Avoid Furman
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:10:51 PM »
Congratulations on the improvement!
I improved 6 points when I retook the test, and noone asked me about the reason of improvement. I wouldn't worry too much about it. You may just say in your addendum to the score about bad testing conditions.
good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Avoid Furman
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:28:13 PM »
oh man, I feel bad for you.
I took my LSAT in Hayword, ca, and their place sucked a lot too. People just don't understand the importance of making test room convenient for test-takers. It does influence the performance if you are stuffed between people almost bumping elbows, or their shaking legs (I hate those -)
If it is a real concern to you, you can also complain to lsac and take test again w/o counting this score.

anyway, good luck!

I say, expect the worst. That way, you can never be disappointed. Good luck.

haha ))) that's what I always do ))) and it helps. I know people feeling real bad after they got their score, only because they were thinking their performance would get them in top 10%.

Usually if you feel good about exam, probably most students feel that way and the curve is not that good. I got better grades on the exams I thought I bombed, and with the ones I was sure I'd get a great great, I ended up in the middle.

In any event, starving yourself is not a good idea -))

Current Law Students / Re: Who leaves exam room earlier???
« on: December 12, 2008, 12:13:45 PM »
Yesterday people were leaving starting halfway into the 3 hour exam. I thought that was inSANE. Are you telling me that you said everything you could possibly say in half the time it took everyone else?

I totally agree! when 1L, one of a student in my class left several exams halfway throught the time. And after that he would say "well I am just very smart!" I thought that was insane too ) You may be smart, in real world, outside lawshool. But in lawschool everybody is smart, and everybody competes. He got D- for most of his classes. Overconfidence may hurt.

Current Law Students / Re: Who leaves exam room earlier???
« on: December 12, 2008, 12:09:01 PM »
It is kind of a confidence thing.  I remember the same people in undergrad who were the first out during an exam were always the same people to talk loudly about how supposedly easy it was.  Then you'd find out later that they got a B- or something.  After grades it becomes:  "Yeah, it was totally easy.  I mean, if I actually tried I would have aced it."  Sure.

bottom line:  all that matters is how well you do.  take the time you need and don't think about the assclowns who think it's cool to slap their books around 5 minutes before the end.

I guess you are right. Some of them also have a habit of telling how they "didn't study at all" so that they have an excuse why they sucked in the end.
thanks for understanding.

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