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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Michigan 1L Taking Questions
« on: August 16, 2008, 08:27:59 AM »

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: August 15, 2008, 04:21:19 PM »
I just wanted to say that I am SO EXCITED FOR LAV LAW.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2011: where you should be
« on: August 15, 2008, 04:20:24 PM »
Osbeck is the *&^%! 4 words: "The cite is right"

Whitman is cool but I thought she was too nice in class - people would say things that were wrong but she would kind of dance around it so as to avoid embarrassing them.

Simpson is the funniest professor I have ever had, and I don't think I've ever laughed so much in a class. But I can't say it was the best class in terms of actually learning the subject matter.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2011: where you should be
« on: July 19, 2008, 08:42:03 AM »
I miss Bouzie's appetizer spreads.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Recording lectures on a Mac
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:48:36 AM »
I agree w/ others that you shouldn't bother recording the lectures. But if you must, MAKE SURE that you have the professor's approval first. You can get in deep *&^% for recording a lecture w/o asking the prof. Some won't care but some have a strict policy against it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Michigan Class of 2011: where you should be
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:46:32 AM »
bump for trying to figure out how to study for exams.

Plenty of practice tests on lexcalibur for both Clark and White.  Seems like the right place to start.

definitely the idea I had. It's strange because LS so far has been mostly stress-free and that makes me feel like I must be doing it wrong. It seems too easy.

nah you're in good shape

Seconded. It shouldn't feel super easy or anything, but I agree that it's not as bad as everyone wants you to think. Not being stressed is a huge asset in law school.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: My take on the first year of law school
« on: June 27, 2008, 08:26:09 AM »
just for clarification b/c of the question that was asked, in case it stemmed from something I wrote earlier - I meant that I didn't open the book during the exam - I open the book plenty during the semester, that's why I didn't have to open it during the exam.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Piercings on law students
« on: June 26, 2008, 02:42:09 PM »
I don't believe so, not at UMich at least. My recently-graduated SO has her nose pierced and she takes it out for court, some work, and interviews but never for class, and didn't have any problems.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: My take on the first year of law school
« on: June 26, 2008, 02:39:45 PM »
Honestly, there were a few exams this year where I didn't open the book or my outline once.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: My take on the first year of law school
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:00:44 AM »
I took practice exams, when available, but I didn't go overboard.  My focus was never on memorization (obviously, for open book tests), but instead, for grasping the issues and their interrelationships, and for practicing finding the information I might need during the test. 

Is it relatively typical of most 1L exams to be open book, or is this entirely dependent upon the prof? (which to some degree i suppose it is, just wondering if there is any "norm" worth taking note of)

It's entirely dependent on the prof, but the majority of mine were open book.  I only had one was closed book, and even that allowed us to use the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for part of the exam. However, the prof's definition of open book may vary greatly.  At my school exams can be unblocked, which means that you can access your computer, and blocked, which means that you can't.  Some will allow you to bring in anything you want and access anything on your computer, including internet access.  Some won't allow internet access, but will allow anything else (computer and books/supplements).  Some will be blocked, but will allow you to bring in a hard copy of anything.  Some will just allow an outline and textbook.

Make sure that you clarify with your teacher what their definition of open is, as this will affect your preparation.  For exams that were unblocked, I never printed my outline because I found it way easier to just ctrl-F.  For blocked exams I had to make sure that my outline or anything that I was bringing in was organized and tabbed in a useful way.

Another reason to clarify what "open" means is that you don't want to be that guy that got hauled out of my property final for using a commercial outline when they weren't allowed. (And I'm convinced he didn't know, because he was sitting in the front row with the commercial outline in plain sight of the proctor).

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