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Transferring / Lateral Transferring within T30-40
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:54:02 AM »
I currently attend a Midwest law school ranked between 30-40 in US News. I want to transfer back home to a CA law school of similar ranking (Hastings or Davis) so that it will be easier to secure a job in the area of the country I have spent my entire life before this year. Not sure if it makes a difference, but when I initially applied I was accepted to Hastings and waitlisted at Davis.

What ranking would I need in my 1L year to go back home?

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General Board / Criminal Law Question relating to exams
« on: November 09, 2008, 05:57:45 PM »
I'm pretty sure what to expect on my exams in most of my classes. Not so much in Crim though. There are no practice exams available for this teacher, and the way crim is taught in general makes me more confused than I am in other classes. The reason for this is in most classes we begin by dividing into topics of that course (for example, in Torts we start with Battery, then move to assault, etc). Crim is weird in that it starts with 'justifications of punishment', where we learn about theories of why punishment exists. Then we go into the idea of actus rea, then mens rea, then mistake of fact/law, etc. It took more than half of the class to get to homicide (the first what I consider 'real' crim topic). From what I hear most crim law classes are taught that way.

So what the heck are we gonna be tested on? Will there be questions about justifications of punishment? What about mistakes of law/fact? How do we get tested on actus and mens rea? Also my prof has a huge emphasis on statutes (usually she will put one on the board and have us answer questions based on the statute). Is it common for statutues to be provided on an exam?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Spotting all issues and the time factor
« on: November 09, 2008, 02:45:35 AM »
I have two questions for 2Ls and older:

1) Would you say most students spot all the issues on exams? What percentage of students would you guess are able to spot all the issues?

2) How big of a factor is time pressure on exams? If (hypothetically) you were able to get 1.5 times the regularly alloted time, would you expect a student to get top 10% as a result (I know there is no chance in hell I'll be able to get extra time, but I'm just curious if the time factor is as big of a cause of students doing poorly as not spotting all the issues).

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Transferring / Re: Visiting for 3L
« on: November 07, 2008, 08:24:55 PM »
When looking through firm profiles of partners at the SF office of Kirkland & Ellis (a pretty good biglaw firm), I noticed one of the partners went to Ohio State Law School, but was a visiting 3L student at Boalt. His first job after graduation was at Pillsbury, another pretty good biglaw firm.

Take that to mean whatever you want it to mean.

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For Torts this seems pretty easy. You just break it up into pieces, like battery is 1)intentional infliction of a 2)harmful or offensive 3) contact. Crim is pretty easy when you can use the MPC. But how do you do this for Contracts? When there is a UCC provision I understand how you would apply facts to the rules, but what about in common law? For example, can you break down a topic such as misrepresentation into elements? It doesn't mention this in my casebook, just the holdings of cases and the occasional Restatement/UCC citing.


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I have a question about breaking a rule into it's 'elements'.

For Torts this seems pretty easy. You just break it up into pieces, like battery is 1)intentional infliction of a 2)harmful or offensive 3) contact. Crim is pretty easy when you can use the MPC. But how do you do this for Contracts? When there is a UCC provision I understand how you would apply facts to the rules, but what about in common law? For example, can you break down a topic such as misrepresentation into elements? It doesn't mention this in the casebook, just the holdings of cases and the occasional Restatement/UCC citing.

God its been four years since I took contracts but I seem to remember there was a formula for contracts questions like:

Is there an offer?
Was the offer accepted?
Did anything happen to negate the offer?


Something like that, not really elements, but question you always have to answer for every contract. Sorry I donít remember more than that.


Thanks. I'll post a separate thread in hopes of eliciting more responses.  :)

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I have a question about breaking a rule into it's 'elements'.

For Torts this seems pretty easy. You just break it up into pieces, like battery is 1)intentional infliction of a 2)harmful or offensive 3) contact. Crim is pretty easy when you can use the MPC. But how do you do this for Contracts? When there is a UCC provision I understand how you would apply facts to the rules, but what about in common law? For example, can you break down a topic such as misrepresentation into elements? It doesn't mention this in the casebook, just the holdings of cases and the occasional Restatement/UCC citing.

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I tend to zone out, especially during long policy discussions, but I read all the cases, I outline (or at least plan to outline), and I should start taking practice exams soon.

I don't pay attention in class at ALL, in all my years of law school I have maybe 5 pages of notes I have ever taken. I read the book, brief the caases, and show up for class just becuase I feel guilty if I don't go, as soon as I am thee I get on the internet and tune out everything. If you can read the book and understand it w/o having the prof explain it to you, you should be fine. I'm number 13 in my class, maybe I could have been higher if I listed to thne prof as I'm sure I have missed questions becuase I did not listen to his/her lectures, but I've done fine even without that.

Considering you don't use study aids that's very impressive.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: No on Prop 8.
« on: November 03, 2008, 05:51:47 PM »
Anyone who votes yes on prop 8 should be butt raped by a large inmate, ala Sublime's song 'Date Rape'.

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General Board / Re: My advice to the starting 1Ls (LONG)
« on: August 06, 2008, 05:27:54 AM »
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