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General Board / Re: Chemerinsky Hornbook on Con Law
« on: February 06, 2006, 06:15:50 PM »
Ive heard good things about the book, im gonna pick it up just because reading my case book is impossible

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I was gonna go to a fourth tier, already sent in my deposit when over the summer one of my top choices called me and told me to come in for a late acceptance student reception.  Needless to say they matched the scholarship offer from the fourth tier (which i had already accepted).  So good things do happen, though they are few and far between.

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General Board / Re: Anybody else really glad to get an "average" grade?
« on: January 16, 2006, 07:07:14 PM »
Also, im a very optimistic person and i look at the whole grade situation like this: we are new to the requirement of law school, the only place we can go now is up.  We are aware of what is expected of us; we now know our limitations, our weaknesses and our strengths.

Instead of being optimistic, get realistic.  When you are more aware of what to expect, to know your limitation, and to know your weakness and strengths, so do the REST OF YOUR CLASS/COMPETITORS.  Don't forget, it's graded on a curve. 

This is true, but not everyone learns from their mistakes and those that do sometimes dont learn all they can from them.  So... im sticking with optimistic!

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General Board / Re: Anyone still looking for summer jobs?
« on: January 08, 2006, 09:03:50 AM »
seriously though, we are in law school... its sad that you think we believe you guys are independent parties.

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General Board / Re: Anybody else really glad to get an "average" grade?
« on: January 07, 2006, 09:46:36 AM »
Im just happy that ill be able to keep my scholarship... that was a big fear of mine.  Also, im a very optimistic person and i look at the whole grade situation like this: we are new to the requirement of law school, the only place we can go now is up.  We are aware of what is expected of us; we now know our limitations, our weaknesses and our strengths.

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One situation stood out in my head, i asked an older member of our section to clarify something.  His explanation was so blantantly wrong that it couldnt be anything but a clear example of cutthroat gunner behavior.  Aside from that most students either will tell you they dont know (even if they do) or help you out.  Personally, whenever i explain a subject to someone i find it solidifies it in my own mind.  But more tips...

1. Briefing is almost completely useless (except for torts, where each case introduces a new rule of law).  Class does not prepare you for the test, but paying attention to what the prof. concentrates on goes a long way in determining what they are looking for on the test.

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When running from a bear in the forest, you dont need to run faster than the bear, just your friend.  That same mentality applied to law school.  As a side note, as far as cutthroat behavior goes ive seen very few overt acts by some individuals, but not as much as the hype.  Im a firm believer in synergy... i dont care if all 4 of my study mates do better than me, so long as we place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the class.  ;D

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General Board / What I learned from my first semester of law school...
« on: January 06, 2006, 09:56:43 AM »
Thought this would be beneficial for us 1.5L's and anyone else who is about to start law school...

1. Do not put off outlining until November, keep up with your outlining every week.

2. Legal Research and Writing assignement will be a monkey wrench in your routine.  Plan accordingly, do not put off LRW for the weekends otherwise youll be in a race to finish them and thats not the best position to be in.

3. Flash Cards work wonders for memorizing Element and Factor based rules, but they dont supplement for actually studying the material.

4. Study, dont just read.  Ask questions while you browse through materials, find out whether the rule is a minority or majority rule.

5. Try to get your practice tests in 2 weeks before finals, messing up a previous test 3 days before a final can be a serious destriment to your self-confidence (even if it borders on hubris, its better to feel over confident than scared shitless)

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General Board / Save money on canned briefs, go on Lexis!!!
« on: January 06, 2006, 09:50:19 AM »
Lexis offers brief synopsis of the case with all relevant information, why spend money on briefs... this semester im gonna save the 25$ each supplement costs and just use lexis exclusively.  You guys might want to give it a shot, it saved my ass last semester.

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General Board / Re: Anybody else really glad to get an "average" grade?
« on: January 06, 2006, 09:48:44 AM »
I only got two grades and they put me in the 50% range of my class... i cant tell you im happy with that but its a hell of a lot better than D's (sorry if you got em).

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