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Current Law Students / Re: SO SCREWED!
« on: December 22, 2008, 07:47:43 AM »
When it comes to rationalizing word limits, I think one can chalk it down to the laziness of the professor, but I think you can also chalk it down to preparing us for the real world, for in the real world, local court rules often limit the amount of words and/or pages in the pleadings/briefs that you file with the court.  Then again, maybe we have such local court rules because of the laziness of judges/clerks, too...

whose side are you on?

p.s. i've been working at a law firm here in NY. this is the first time i'm hearing about a page/word limit. but once again, my firm doesn't do class actions.

1. in most jurisdiction violation of a statute is negligence per se. in some, it's just some evidence of negligence.
2. in most of jurisdictions the courts have rejected contributory negligence principle and replaced it with comparative negligence. so, π negligence is not a complete bar to recovery.
3. i would assume that even if you were negligent, your negligence is not going to be a complete bar to recovery.
however, i'm not saying that's going to be true in every state.

Current Law Students / Re: Done with Finals!
« on: December 18, 2008, 09:04:31 PM »
i'm so wasted!

Current Law Students / Re: SO SCREWED!
« on: December 17, 2008, 07:42:12 AM »
3,000 words is roughly 10 pages double-spaced.  If your writing more than this for a 3hour exams then chances are you are off topic somewhere in your analysis.

totally agreed! i'm sure i went a little overboard in one of the questions.

however, in my defense, my professor kept saying that our analysis needs to be as detailed as possible. according to exam memo, we had to spell out every single step of the process, cite cases,
compare how those cases are similar to our hypo... and her question were loaded! she wouldn't tell us that a company is incorporated in some state and does business in another - it would be all over the place (go figure where minimum contacts are sufficient).

i'm not a verbose person. this is my third exam this year and i've never even reached the world limit before on any of my exams.

Current Law Students / Re: SO SCREWED!
« on: December 16, 2008, 07:59:53 PM »
Thank you! it helps.
i seriously thought i did a great job. until i walked out of the room.
i'm really pissed at the professor. she kept talking about how detailed our analysis should be and then she only gave us 3,000 words for 5 questions based on two huge fact patterns?... i just don't get it!
Oh! those law students and there pet peeves

Current Law Students / SO SCREWED!
« on: December 16, 2008, 06:28:47 PM »
i cannot believe i did not notice the word limit requirement on my civ pro final. i so went over the page limit!
now it all makes sense: people started to leave an hour before the final was over.
well, i guess it's too late to worry about it.
does anyone have a word of consolation? please, don't tell me i'm going to get a D. i don't think i bear it before my last final.

Current Law Students / Re: How do you let it go?
« on: December 10, 2008, 07:35:14 PM »
i think the best strategy is to leave the room as soon as the exam is finished. if i hear another "did you finish?" "oh! i think i missed that cause of action in question 2"... i swear - somebody is going to get hurt. i found that what affects me most is people's comments after the final. 
there is a way to move on - start think about your next final. keep your mind busy.
i also meet with my non-law school friends after a final. maybe it's not fair that they have to endure me talk obsessively about the exam but it helps me to move on.

Choosing the Right Law School / cardozo law question
« on: May 05, 2008, 01:56:20 PM »
i received an interesting phone call from the Cardozo Admissions Office today. i was hoping they were calling to inform of their decision, but i was mistaken. i had a 30-minute phone interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. is this a common practice at Cardozo? i'm aware of some schools who conduct interviews, but as far as i know Cardozo is not one of them. overall, is it a good thing or it just means that you are a borderline candidate?

Law School Admissions / Re: Undergrad Quality??
« on: November 19, 2007, 10:24:08 AM »
hold on, i know someone from my Unknown school who got into 8 out of top 14 schools (non-URM). the fact that we all know someone does not make it one way or the other. yes, if you go to a bad school and merely show up for classes, chances are your GPA will be pretty high. however, the same rules do not apply to LSAT. to be honest, this conversation is like crying over spilled milk. none of us can change the fact that we went to one school or another. it's time to move on.

Law School Admissions / Re: Undergrad Quality??
« on: November 19, 2007, 09:12:25 AM »
i wouldn't worry about it. my undergrad situation was similar to yours (average LSAT 150 and GPA 3.3) and i never had a reason to suspect that my application was treated differently. if you took challenging advanced level courses and branched out outside of your major, you should be golden. actually, it might make your application look better - a stellar student in the ocean of mediocrity.  

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