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Current Law Students / Re: moot court + law review?
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:43:18 AM »
I'm in the same situation. I know the importance of law review but I also hear how important moot court can be for someone interested in working at the AG's office or DA's office. Is it at all possible to manage both?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: probably different at all the schools but...
« on: July 24, 2008, 04:46:26 AM »
I had 9 o'clock classes three days a week and had an hour commute, but I am a morning person so it didn't bother me. But as a commuter, one thing that might be bothersome is the fact that classes are spread out and you're sitting around in between. Don't get me wrong, it is nice because you have time between class to eat, chat with friends, which isn't always easy if you don't live on or near campus, and even read, study or review for your next class.
Unfortunately, it isn't a 9-5 schedule with an hour lunch built in. I agree with Lauren, you're best bet is to try to find someone how goes to that school or find the school's schedule on its Website. There might be different sections listed, but you can at least get a general idea.

Current Law Students / Re: ABA work policy
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:53:35 AM »
I worked 20 hr./wk as a 1L and it definitely is manageable but it depends on the person. I agree with what the previous poster said. My ER was great as far as understanding my priorities and giving me time off for finals. I admit I missed some social events I would have liked to attend, but I didn't live in the law library. I had sufficient time between work and class to get out and live.

This was a great thread. Assuming I get law review, I'm dropping Secured Transactions or finding something else to take in its place

Current Law Students / Re: Best Property Law Supplement
« on: July 19, 2008, 08:11:26 AM »
The Lexis Understanding series (Understanding Property by Sprankling) and anything that helps with future interests (Law in a Flash helped explain it as did the crunchtime book and its flow chart). Also, for a commercial outline, if your casebook author is Dukeminier, pick up his Gilbert's book.

Current Law Students / Re: Commercial Outlines
« on: July 19, 2008, 08:07:27 AM »
I found some of the E&Es helpful but not all. Definitely think Glannon's Torts and Civ Pro were great. I agree that the best thing, other than preparing your own outline, is to make friends with a 2L or 3L who had the same prof then supplement your outline with theirs. Commercial outlines can be good for this too, but just not as good. I also agree with getting something keyed to your casebook or at least written by the same author (ex. Dukeminier is popular casebook among Property profs and he also authored several study guides). Its important to find what works best for you. That's why I recommend trying a few different ones out (there's a zillion out there besides Gilbert and Emanuel, such as Blonds, the Lexis Understanding Series, Crunchtime, Law in a Flash, which is especially good for short hypos, Q&A series or Exam Pro (good for exam prep) and for briefs the High Court Case Summaries or Casenote or Legalines series. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. ;)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Supplies?
« on: July 19, 2008, 07:53:51 AM »
Another billion highlighters  ;D, study aids now before the demand goes up along with the prices, lots of paper if you plan on printing notes and outlines, toner/ink cartridges, a USB drive or some program that automatically backs up your stuff especially if you forget to back things up manually like me

Current Law Students / Re: Outlining Software
« on: July 11, 2008, 05:07:46 AM »
My 1L year was the first time I used OneNote and it is absolutely awesome. So much easier than fighting Word or other programs than autoformat. Only downside is drawing diagrams, but that's probably because I'm not that great with the touchpad on my laptop and am weighed down by the casebooks too much to even want to carry a couple more ounces for a mouse.

I started when I was 29 and personally I found the time between undergrad and starting law school extremely helpful in learning to manage time and handle pressure. Your work experience will be a plus.

If you are concerned about a firm passing you by because you don't know if you made law review yet or not, put on your resume that you competed in the write-on competition. By the time you get an interview, you hopefully will have the results to discuss. The downside, if you don;t make it, you have to explain why.

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