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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 26, 2007, 08:22:21 AM »
If you don't know where you're going, it's pretty difficult to set a course to get there.  I feel much more confident after reading several books about doing well on law school exams.  Now I can focus on the things I think will help me achieve that goal, rather than the things that will help me look smart in class.

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Job Search / Re: Anyone know of firms that hire 1Ls?
« on: August 24, 2007, 06:35:12 AM »
I think some schools have spring OCIs for 1Ls... you may want to look for some and find out who is interviewing there.

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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 22, 2007, 09:38:03 PM »
If there's only one way to do well in law school, then please enlighten me... but it seems to me earlier in the thread you say that briefing is one of the "whatever works best for you things"?

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but...

Holding = what they did.
Reasoning = why they did it.

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Policy reasons are the reasons the Court gives that talk about things like judicial efficiency, economics or social benefits. 
("If we were to extend liability to X, then there would be limitless cases and anyone could file a suit.")  Some will be explicitly stated in the sections of the cases provided, but you should get into the habit (for exams) of considering the policy ramifications.  ("If we make it too easy to collect damages from landlords, won't rent go up?")

You will probably be able to tell if your prof likes policy arguments from classroom discussion and the relative weight they place on that sort of thinking...

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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:19:50 PM »
I know I've been pretty flippant on this thread, but my point is that there are lots of ways to do well in law school.

You don't have to brief to do well, and you don't do well just because you brief.  Lots of people like to offer their advice on studying as "seasoned law students" (even though many of them have low GPAs if you look on other threads).  And lots of people stress out about law school unnecessarily.  Some of us are going into law school with experience working 60-70 hours per week, handling multiple projects, and still turning out a high quality product while maintaining our social lives. 

I am convinced that 2Ls and 3Ls spend at least 25% of their time on LSD trying to scare the *&^% out of 0Ls and 1Ls.

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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 22, 2007, 03:38:20 PM »
No problem!

Day 3, and I still don't hate life! Maybe tomorrow?

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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 21, 2007, 08:53:48 PM »
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Law school really doesn't seem as difficult or intense as you guys make it out to be...

Take it from the grizzled 2 day veteran...law school isn't as intense as it's made out to be.

I'm also at a school where we all get good jobs, so the pressure's off anyway.  I plan to get excellent grades, but I won't be homeless and saddled with loans I can't pay if I don't.

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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 21, 2007, 03:24:34 PM »
All I'm saying is that many law students have survived without all-out briefing and managed strong GPAs. 

Highlighting and writing in the margins is what I think will work best for me at my particular law school.  And the students who briefed extensively are much more stressed out than I am, so I feel fine.

Law school really doesn't seem as difficult or intense as you guys make it out to be...

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Current Law Students / Re: Does briefing cases as a 1L = waste of time?
« on: August 20, 2007, 03:50:46 PM »
Just my personal observations from Day 1 as a law student...
- the people who were called on who had briefed were tied to what they had written and not as able to think on their feet in class.
- the people who had briefed thought that the work had taken a very long time and were wondering how they were going to get through the semester.

I didn't brief and was glad.  But then again, I found the cases easy to read, retain information pretty easily, enjoy classroom discussion, and don't mind going back through the cases for outlines.   


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