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Current Law Students / Re: Why You Shouldn't Join a Study Group
« on: June 24, 2008, 10:22:06 PM »
Don’t join one—not if you want to get any studying done. Studying in groups is fun, but studying isn’t supposed to be fun and it isn’t supposed to be social. That studying in groups is so palatable should tell you something.

You know how you prefer the elliptical machine to the treadmill? Thats because it’s easier and doesn’t burn as many calories.

You know how you love having muffins for breakfast? That’s because muffins are cake, not a legitimate breakfast food.

The reason studying in groups is fun is that it’s not studying.

But what harm do study groups do? They eat up your time. Every hour you spend “studying” in a study group (i.e., gossiping about your classmates and criticizing your professors) is an hour you could have spent actually studying the law.
Has anybody reading this actually gotten any work done in a study group? Has anybody learned a single thing except for how useless study groups are? I suspect not.


I know, as usual, this is just a way to advertise your blog. However, unlike most people, I could care less whether you keep advertising or not.

as far as study groups, it depends. I was in one fall semester of 1L and did worse in every class except one and wasn't in one spring semester and did MUCH better in every class except that one. The one that went down was Contracts, but that had more to do with the professor needing surgery at the end of the semester and expecting us to know material that wasn't assigned, the final test being more difficult, etc.

That is not to say though, that talking with people doesn't help. I almost completely screwed up something on a take home. We are allowed to work in groups on it to brainstorm etc. if we want, as long as it is in our own writing etc. I asked some other students what they thought about the problem and we figured out we were all wrong and revised it accordingly.

I'm curious to know, how did the other people in your fall semester of 1L do? 

And, yes, I agree that if you're allowed to talk with others on a take-home exam, you for sure should. 

-Ricky @

Current Law Students / Re: Another Restaurant Fight
« on: June 24, 2008, 10:19:16 PM »
I am new to this board as was wondering why Rick Lax is hated so much by so many people? Is it because he writes a blog or has book coming out? Just curious?

1) Because I sometimes repost LSD discussion items on my blog.

2) Jealousy.  I mean, lots of people on this board spend lots and lots of time writing about law school, and I did the same, only I got paid for it and they didn't.  That's my guess, at least. 

Um....I want to make clear, though, there are lots of smart, good people on LSD.  They're not hard to find and they do give good advice about lots of things.  But, yeah, some people are jerks.  The anonymity of the board allows them to be this way.  For more on how anonymity turns to cruelty, read Milgram or Zimbardo.

-Ricky @

this question is obviously directed towards people already in law school.

Looking at your class, for what sort of person is it obvious that law school is a mistake? There's the basic level of dedication and work, etc, but beyond that, some people are more naturally suited to law than others. What are those who are not suited, what are they like in person?

I don't mean to beg the question here, but I think law school is wrong for people who don't want to be lawyers.  I think.  I know more and more people are doing this--going to law school to not be lawyers...but it just seems like so much work to not become a lawyer at the end, you know?

-Ricky @

Current Law Students / Re: Another Restaurant Fight
« on: June 23, 2008, 09:33:31 PM »
Having been a restaurant manager/GM for a decade, I am well qualified to weigh in on this matter.
The manager was wrong for being accusatory and taking the server's side.  There was no 'side' to take, and by being a prick about it, he left a bad taste in the customers mouth, jeopardizing the possibility of return business (which is the lifeblood of the restaurant industry).
Bottom line - there wasn't a 'problem' that necessitated a manager stop by - the server was an idiot who made the situation worse by bringing over a bigger idiot.  She could have pointed out the menu line that states a $2.50 charge for substitution. More troubling than that is the fact that the charge was added, but not itemized on the bill as a substitution charge.
Additionally, having been a GM for so long, I am VERY familiar with food costing best practices.  French Fries cost a few pennies more than baker potatos.  Hard to believe, huh?  Well, it's true.  Fries are processed in a plant with a bunch of other ingredients, then flash frozen and shipped.  Each step makes it slightly more expensive per serving that a baked potato.  Ever wonder why some restaurants make their own fries?  2 reasons, they taste better and it's cheaper.  This is something the consumer can see as well at the supermarket - go to the freezer section and take a look at the bag of fries.  Check the cost per ounce.  Then go to produce and check out the price of a raw potato.
So charging a customer unnecessarily for actually lowering your cost of goods sold is a skeevy practice.  Avoid restaurants that do this and if you don't catch it, like Rick, tell the manager that you think the policy is stupid and it just cost them a return customer.
Finally, this was an untalented, very stupid manager.  First of all, he appears to have been very aggressive about the matter, then pretends it's no big deal and that he'd be happy to take it off the bill.  He could have done it right - tell the guest you will waive it today, then show them where it is on the menu, then tell them that you appreciate their business.  Done.  Customer happy, restaurant happy, and the server gets a tip.
In this situation, I would tell the manager that I was reducing the servers tip because there was no reason to send over a manager over something she could have easily explained herself, then I would have tipped 10%.  I also would tell the manager that if he is going to be aggressive about proving how right he is, he should have the balls to stick by what he says instead of being a prick to no end.
And lay off Rick for posting blog entries here.  He IS promoting his blog.  Yes.  Don't like it?  Don't read his posts or, better yet, don't reply to them.  Unless I'm doing something wrong, the only way to access a post on this site is to click on it.  Each one is listed with the persons name too.  What he does is hardly as upsetting as reading someone like Julie Fern speak like a caveman while being rude and calling people names like "shitbreath" because they disagree with her/him/it.  Where are you people when that happens?

Thanks so much for sticking up for me.  Unsurprisingly, I think you're right about pretty much everything here.

Current Law Students / Re: Studying For The Bar...Well, Trying.
« on: June 23, 2008, 09:27:07 PM »
So….should I print the wikipedia Broken Window Theory entry out and give it to the Barnes & Noble workers anonymously?

No, no - simply mentioning your blog should keep most people away from you...

Except for you, unfortunately.

-Ricky @

Current Law Students / Studying For The Bar...Well, Trying.
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:18:49 PM »
I came back to Michigan for the week to see my friends and family, and to study for the bar. I do most of my studying at the Barnes & Noble by my parents’ house. It’s been my favorite study location for a decade, only last year, that started to change when the nearby retirement homes started bussing their female residents to the bookstore to 1) play bridge, 2) ask me whether I would marry their granddaughters.

These women are loud and I can’t get much reading done with them around. Apparently I’m not alone; a few months ago, the store put up signs that say, “Game playing is welcome before noon and after 5pm.” The rule was perfect because that’s when I study.

So…the past few days, two groups of four women have been flouting the prohibition. And the Barnes & Noble café workers didn’t have the guts to enforce the prohibition.

Sure, NOW it’s just two groups of four women…but next month…

The “Broken Window Theory” of crime prevention says that it is easier to solve a small problem before it becomes a big problem. For example, if one person spray paints the side of a building a small area you want to clean that area up before more people add their spray paint tags to the building making it a big issue.

Wikipedia explains that Mayor Giuliani used the Broken Window theory when he had the police strictly enforce the law against subway fare evasion, and stopped public drinkers, urinators, and the "squeegee men" who had been wiping windshields of stopped cars and demanding payment. Rates of both petty and serious crime fell suddenly and significantly, and continued to drop for the following ten years.

So….should I print the wikipedia Broken Window Theory entry out and give it to the Barnes & Noble workers anonymously?

Rick’s Blog

Current Law Students / Another Restaurant Fight
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:17:07 PM »
Last night I went out to dinner with my friend Alicja. I ordered the fish sandwich, which, the menu told me, cost $15. I asked the waitress whether I could substitute the fries that came with it for a baked potato, and she told me that I could.

The sandwich was fair. The taste was there, only the fish piece was long and skinny, so half of it hung over the bun and half the bun bites had no fish in them.

The bill came:

Fish Sandwich: $17.50

“Excuse me, but I thought the menu said the fish sandwich was fifteen dollars.”

This wasn’t a date, I should mention. If Alicja and I were on a date, I would have let it slide, of course.

“Hmm…I think that’s because you substituted the fries for the baked potato.”

“I wouldn’t have made the substitute if I had known it’d cost extra.”

“Let me see what I can do.”

I assumed the waitress was going to try to take the $2.50 off the bill.

I was wrong. She sent the manager over, and his opening line was this:

“I understand there’s a problem.”

“I wouldn’t call it a problem, I just-”

“Julie here tells me that you’re not willing to pay for your bill.”

Well that pissed me off.

“Actually, I didn’t say that. What I said was that I wouldn’t have substituted my fries for the baked potato if I had known it’d cost me extra. Julie, I guess her name is, didn’t tell me that it’d cost extra, so I don’t see why I should have to pay.”

The manager got a menu, shoved it in my face, and pointed to the line that said, “All side-order substitutions: $2.50”

“Well,” I said, “that’s fine. But I didn’t see it at the time.”

“It’s right there!”

“It’s hardly clear and conspicuous, and the truth is, I wasn’t on notice, so I-”

“It’s right in the menu! Right there for you to see!”

I was making Alecja uncomfortable, so I said, “Fine, I’ll pay it.”

IMMEDIATELY the manager said, “No, no, it’s no big deal, we’ll take care of it.”

And so I didn’t pay the $2.50.

So..who was right??

Rick’s Blog

If he's such a magician he should be able to get out of that sweater, because he looks like a f-ing fool

I think tool would be more appropriate.

On a related note, have you seen the layout? It looks horrible. My six year old sister could make a better one. The text looks stupid and amateurish, the picture is grainy and stretched all weird, and the overall organization is pretty bad. GOOD JOB RICK, you sure know how to suck a fat one!!

You jerk; my mom made that for me.  And I think she did a good job.

Job Search / Re: memoir on the resume
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:09:22 PM »
you know, it is the first thing that comes up when your name gets googled, so it is going to look worse for you when your employers find it anyway.

So you're saying I should 'front' it.  Mmm...perhaps.

Rick’s Blog

Reporting you til you are permabanned.

I'm so confused as to what I did to so deeply offend you.  I am sorry, whatever it is.

Rick’s Blog

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