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Current Law Students / Re: My professor and an uncomfortable situation...
« on: September 12, 2005, 03:04:24 AM »
this thread has been HIJACKED...

Seriously, do they expect you to be razor sharp for every one of your classes... they cant expect to pile on tons for work and then for you to polish your responses to the point where you can lay down a perfect dissertation.  If a professor said that to me i would just say i was familiarizing myself with the nuances of that particular case... no, id probably do what he said and end up stuttering out a half-coherent response... then call him a facist book-burner!

Current Law Students / Re: Case synthesis
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:34:23 AM »
When you read the first case create a black letter law... what the holding pretty much says in a nutshell... then when you read the next case it will either add a provision, create an exception, agree with the case, or simply overrule the previous holding... the synthesis of the two cases should add original black latter law and the new element (or in the case of the overruled holding, change the black letter law).

Current Law Students / Re: My professor and an uncomfortable situation...
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:32:12 AM »
The deans dont want you to start your year off like this either... trust me, they are more equipped to handle something like this then LSD posters are, its a win-win.

Current Law Students / Re: Help ! What's the answer to these 2 questions
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:00:49 AM »
For the second question I think it is A...

Current Law Students / Re: Hess v Pawloski
« on: September 11, 2005, 06:58:24 AM »
Civ Pro makes me hot...

Current Law Students / Re: 1L Poll
« on: September 11, 2005, 06:57:34 AM »
id say im a thong with just slightly more material  ;D

Current Law Students / Re: Is there a free downloadable law dictionary?
« on: September 11, 2005, 06:54:36 AM »
Westlaw has a free dictionary (well free to lawstudents if your school provides you with a personal account).

I stopped briefing after the first week, now i highlight and write like 1-2 sentences in the margin.  I also have little arrows and the words FACTS or REASONING or HOLDING so if the professor calls on me and i dont remember exactly what i need to know i just flip to what i need.  This worked really well for me when i was called on to brief a 9 page (after editting) case with 6-7 issues in my contracts class (needless to say, and not tooting my own horn, i got a lot of accolades from my colleagues and professors on the handling of the case).  I guess it really depends on how you handle the situation but i agree with the others on the board that its important to be able to brief on your own, sometimes your professor will be looking for something not in the canned brief and if you arent prepared you wont be able to argue your point succinctly

Current Law Students / Re: My professor and an uncomfortable situation...
« on: September 11, 2005, 06:46:34 AM »
Holy *&^%!!! That is probably one of the most ackward positions you could be in.  The good news, you get to say @#!* you if your school has an anonymous grading system.  Talk to one of your deans and tell him/her what happened but tell them you dont want them to do anything, however, if you receive a grade that is not reflecting your final test then you want them to know the reason for it.  Deans can have a lot of pull, but you need to ask for help to get it.  That is what i would do in that situation.  Really must make 1L that much harder.

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