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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Realistic free time during 1L
« on: June 24, 2008, 04:22:17 AM »
I worked 20 hours per week and commuted one hour each way my first semester, and it definitely didn't affect my grades, and to tell you the truth, I didn't feel stressed out or overworked either. Like the other posters said, it is all about time management. It is possible to do school and work and still have a life. Law school does not have to consume you, unless you let it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: "Black's Law Dictionary" - Useful?
« on: June 22, 2008, 09:24:22 AM »
I bought a pocket version and have used it off and on a few times. My theory is if I am not near a computer or don't want to start it up, it is easier to just grab the book.

Current Law Students / Re: 1L Study Aides
« on: June 15, 2008, 06:51:21 AM »
I agree with pretty much what everyone else already said, but I would add the Crunchtime series for final review. Its short, concise and easy enough to read through and review in a couple days.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Study Aids: Does everyone use them?
« on: June 05, 2008, 05:31:48 PM »
I love the Crunchtime books and wish I would have found out about them sooner.
I also found the Law in a Flash cards helpful, not so much for black letter law, but for the short hypos.
Study aids really depend on the individual. Figure out what works best for you. if you don't think you need them, then don't use them. If you only want to brush up on a topic or two, then go ahead. Of it you are completely lost and need some help on a particular topic, the longer hornbooks, such as Chemerinsky for con law, is great.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: When should financial aid kick in?
« on: June 01, 2008, 07:47:52 AM »
It really varies by the school. I know some people who got their excess loan money before (surprisingly) school started, others who got their as of the first day and others who had to wait a while.
After you sign your promissory note and are approved, etc. and the school certifies the amount, you should get in the mail or you can check on the lender's Web site, and it should list "estimated" disbursement dates. Of course, these are just estimates, as the school could hold things up, but at least if it is a estimated to be disbursed sometime in October, you'll know you won't have it for the start of the school year.
My best advice is check with your financial aid office. At this point, they can't give you specifics because your loan probably hasn't even been applied for yet, but they can give you info on general policies.

Financial Aid / Re: Grad PLUS Loans
« on: May 30, 2008, 04:02:28 AM »
You don't apply for GradPLUS loans until at least June or July because your credit check will expire before classes start and your loan is disbursed.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Fastest to T1 and T2?
« on: May 25, 2008, 07:16:10 AM »
This web site has some interesting numbers, though it focuses mostly on the top 40.

Job Search / Re: 0L Please Help
« on: May 14, 2008, 07:04:23 AM »
I agree with waiting. There's so many study aids out there. The best thing to find is one that works for you. Personally, I like the Crunchtime series. It's a quick read and very to the point. But if you are struggling with a particular area, a hornbook will be very helpful. But don't read the entire thing. Just read the sections that pertain to what you are struggling with.
I also like the Law in a Flash series. The flashcards are great for a quick review between class and it really drills the concepts into your head thru the mini hypos.
But nothing tops doing your own briefs and outlining. If anything, a commercial outline like Emanuel's should be used to supplement what you have.

Current Law Students / Re: Working as a 1L....
« on: May 01, 2008, 07:52:17 PM »
I worked 20 hours a week and commuted an hour to and an hour from class and managed to do quite well and had a life outside of it all. A lot is what you make of it. It probably isn't for everyone. But I agree, make sure your employer knows your priority is school and is ok with it. towards finals, see if you can cut back more or take a few weeks off to prepare. Also check with your school. ABA limits it to 20 hr/wk, but some schools' rules are more stringent.

Career services at my school was not allowed to talk to us until well after the start of the semester, but I can't remember the exact date. I'm not sure if that was a school thing or it is also regulated by NALP.
Anyway, start researching employers, updating your resume, and when school starts, start schmoozing with profs so you have references. Because of the mandatory late start, you have your work cut out for you as a 1L because a lot of firm jobs are already filled with 2Ls who don't have to wait.

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