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General Board / Re: Best 1L Prep Book?
« on: June 23, 2009, 06:44:29 PM »
There really are none that can "prep" you for law school.

And I vehemently disagree with Unbiased Observer's suggestion about reading E&E books.  Don't do it.  There is virtually no gain to you and a lot of risk like thinking you already know the material, looking like an a-hole to your classmates, etc.  If you want to keep your mind sharp, read some good periodicals like NYT, WSJ, Economist, etc.  But take it from me as a recent graduate (and currently preparing for the bar), you are wise to savor the weeks before law school begins and relax and enjoy the freedom you have while it lasts . . .

To each their own.  However, I would strongly encourage the use of the E&E's and other study guides.  They do a great job of getting you to think about law school hypos, and illustrating the exceptions to blackletter law. 

I would also strongly recommend signing up for the LEEWS seminar and purchasing the LEEWS Exam Primer.  This helped me significantly and I was top 10% at a top 20 largely in part to the help and direction the LEEWS seminar gave me. 

Hope this helps.  Good luck. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: RAP question
« on: May 04, 2009, 01:05:29 AM »
Me and my study parter disagree about the answer to the following future interest question.  Which answer do you guys think is better?

O to A for life, then to B and her heirs.     

Thereafter in 1980, AP enters adversely and possesses and improves the property in a manner necessary to satisfy the requirements of adverse possession.  In 1988, however, A transfers her interest to X.  Assuming the period prescribed by the statute of limitation is 10 years, which would be the correct way to state the title in 1994? 

Does AP hold a life estate for the life of A, and B holds a vested remainder in fee simple? 

Or

Does X hold a life estate for the life of A, B holds a vested remainder in fee simple, and APís interest will not vest until 1998? 


AP has a life estate measured by the life of A.  B has a vested remainder in fee simple absolute.  When A dies, B has a fee simple absolute and the SOL starts over for AP if he wishes to adversely possess against B.   

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: RAP question
« on: May 04, 2009, 01:00:40 AM »
5)   O conveys Whiteacre to A for life, then to Aís first child if he survives A by 21 years.  A has no children.

How would you state the title for # 5?  Would it be A has present possesory life estate, o has a reversion, and A's first child has a future contigent interest subject to a condition precedent?

A has a life estate in FSA
A's first child has a contingent remainder in FSA (contingent because of a condition precedent and possibly an ascertainability problem)
O has a reversion subject to springing executory limitation/interest

A's first child doesn't get the land until 21 years after A's death, so O will hold it for 21 years after A's death

Back to Crim...

A definitely doesn't have a contingent remainder because he does not divest A's life estate...he's divesting the grantor's interest. 

A has a life estate..A's first child has springing executory interest...O has a reversion subject to an executory limitation. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Contracts hypo question
« on: December 20, 2008, 04:12:04 PM »
Ran through this hypo with my study partner before reading the responses. Basically came up with the same analysis as Reezy:

Edís v. Sportsland
Third-Party Beneficiary: This might be a stretch. In construction contracts, when a subcontractor fails to file a mechanicís lien against the home owner (assuming the general contractor has also defaulted), subcontractors can resort to third-party beneficiary doctrine for recovery. Edís can argue that the contract between Sportsland and Fredís was intended to benefit Edís as a third-party subcontractor. This is likely an unavailing claim because Sportsland had no control over who Fredís selected as a subcontractor, and, possibly, did not even know that Fred would subcontract the work. If Edísí work had actually benefitted Sportsland, this claim would hold more water. Without more, though, it is weak.

Edís v. Sportsworld
Unjust enrichment: likely unavailing claim because Edís had no direct relationship with Sportsworld. Edís is likely an officious intermeddler attempting to recover for unsolicited activities.

Sportsland v. Sportsworld
I have nothing. Perhaps advise all parties to turn Fredís account over to Sallie Maeís collection agents.


You guys don't think you could possibly bring an unjust enrichment claim on behalf of Sportsland vs. Sportsworld if Sportsland is held liable to Ed for the 600$.  It would likely fail, but it seems plausible.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Contracts hypo question
« on: December 17, 2008, 08:50:39 PM »
Hey ya'll

I was wondering if anyone can give me some insight as to the final part of this hypo from my k class. Thanks in advance.

Specifically, the nature and extent of any claims SPORTSLAND has against SPORTSWORLD

Fact pattern

Larry owns SPORTSLAND, a sporting goods store located at Lenox Shopping
Center. He entered into a contract with FRED'S AD AGENCY wherein Fred's agreed to
arrange for an airplane to fly over Turner Field during a Braves/Mets baseball game on
8/4/99 with a trailer reading: "QUALITY YOU CAN AFFORD - SPORTSLAND AT
LENOX." Pursuant to the contract, Larry paid the ad agency $900 in advance. Fred's
then contracted with ED'S FLYING ADS to fly the plane with the message over the
stadium for $600.
Larry went to the game on 8/4/99 and waited patiently to see the plane carrying
his message fly over the capacity crowd at the stadium. Finally, in the 8th inning, a plane
flew over with a trailer reading: "QUALITY YOU CAN AFFORD - SPORTSWORLD AT
LENOX." Sportsworld is another, competing, sporting goods store located at Lenox.
FRED=S ad agency admitted it gave ED'S FLYING ADS the wrong name and
promised to refund Larry's $900. A few weeks later, ED'S called Larry and demanded
$600 for flying the message over the stadium. Apparently, FRED'S had not paid ED'S or
most of its other creditors before closing its doors and skipping town. Needless to say,
Larry never received his refund. Analyze the nature and extent of any claims ED'S has
against SPORTSLAND; that ED'S has against SPORTSWORLD; and that
SPORTSLAND has against SPORTSWORLD.


Thanks

Sportsland v. Sportsworld in the alternative if they seek to rescind the contract against Ed's and lose (thus having to pay for it).

Possibly a claim for unjust enrichment?  Unlikely, however, because SPORTSWORLD never consented to the advertisement, even though they were likely enriched by it. 

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2-3 Hour Bus ride?  from Brainerd to St. Paul?...I take the bus to work every day in downtown Minneapolis, and it usually works out perfectly.  I have co-workers who take the bus from Eagan and Edina to downtown and the ride won't exceed a half hour in the morning.  The bus system in the TC coupled with the light rail makes getting around pretty stress free.  9 miles?

Oh, I'm sorry if there was confusion.

I'm in Miami at the moment, I was talking about the buses down here. (I don't even know what/where Brainerd is.  :D) I'm sure the bus system in Minnesota isn't as decrepit as the Miami one.


Brainerd was featured in the film "Fargo."  Unfortunately, this film has forever tarnished the reputation of our lovely state, and left people deeply confirmed in the belief that if you're from Minnesota you talk like a complete doofus.

So, have you just been in Miami since you finished your UG?

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you don't take a bus unless you're destitute.


This is a general rule anywhere...students just happen to typically fall into the destitute category.

Nono, seriously. I've had friends walk 9 miles home instead of taking the bus because walking is more time efficient. The buses come when they want (f-the schedule apparently...) and you might have to change a buses up to 5 times to get where you're going. What's a 20 minute drive ends up being an 2-3 hour bus ride.  >:(

But back in Germany it was quite common/regular to take the bus.
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2-3 Hour Bus ride?  from Brainerd to St. Paul?...I take the bus to work every day in downtown Minneapolis, and it usually works out perfectly.  I have co-workers who take the bus from Eagan and Edina to downtown and the ride won't exceed a half hour in the morning.  The bus system in the TC coupled with the light rail makes getting around pretty stress free.  9 miles?

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Yeah, that's what the article was about. The link works for me. I'm sure every school does stuff like that, but it just looks bad when it comes into public view.

I'm pretty impatient too. I would probably be going insane if I didn't have a lot of other things keeping me occupied.

Don't know if anyone else saw or posted this article, but I thought it was pretty embarassing for us. http://www.twincities.com/ci_9694883?nclick_check=1


The link didn't work, but I assume you're referring to the faulty 1$ donation ploy that the law school fundraising people sent out to alumni.  Yeah, that's unfortunate.

I wonder if the fundraising people were really under the impression that alumni participation is factor they use in the rankings.  I used to work as an "Alumni Donor Representative" when I was an ug at the U, and that was one of the ploys that we were told to hone in on.  The article did vindicate that participation rates were used in ug rankings, though.  I wonder how a story like that breaks?

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I'm pretty impatient too. I would probably be going insane if I didn't have a lot of other things keeping me occupied.

Don't know if anyone else saw or posted this article, but I thought it was pretty embarassing for us. http://www.twincities.com/ci_9694883?nclick_check=1


The link didn't work, but I assume you're referring to the faulty 1$ donation ploy that the law school fundraising people sent out to alumni.  Yeah, that's unfortunate.

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Honestly, why don't you just call the career services office at UMN Law.

Thanks for the suggestion, now please, post the number.

Just because you say "please" doesn't necessarily mean that people will complete rather simple tasks for you.  Just go to the OneStop U of M Website and figure it out.  www.onestop.umn.edu...they'll at least point you in the right direction. 

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