Update: Picked Chicago. Done.
I'm posting because I've gone through the whole law school experience and am now a practicing attorney with a lot of insights about the journey. I've worked for the state and worked in BigLaw so I have that experience as well. I believe I have something valuable to offer, and I'm doing it mostly because I enjoy helping law students succeed in law school. But yes, I also have written a short e-book and am selling it on my website. But that shouldn't take away from the advice I give on this discussion board and my blog. I certainly don't need the tiny bit of money I earn from the Google ads on my blog or my e-book. I'm here because I think I can help and I enjoy offering advice about law school and law careers.
And it looks like I already have a negative reputation score. Not sure what the criteria is for negatively ranking somebody on this site. Anyway, hope to help on any other questions people have. Will be looking around on the board for anything I can help with.
Wow, pretty harsh responses for a fair question. I completely agree that while you are much more law school savvy in your third year, motivation is harder and the course material is often harder as well. Also, at least at my school, we were still graded on a curve. So while I was much better at performing in exams, so was everybody else. I think the biggest reason why third year gets the reputation that it does is because while it may not be that much easier, your grades count WAY less than they did in your first year. Most students at the top schools already have jobs lined up and I'm betting it would take pretty bad grades for an employer to revoke an offer (any stories?). But for students that don't have an offer lined up, I would not get complacent in their third year.
Just my two cents.
I think it is purely subjective and speculation, but everyone has their own experience. In my school, most of the top of the class were in study groups. I see them as a way to fill in the holes of your arguments and what not. There are a lot of "independents" who get to the library at 0800 hours and are doing terrible. i know this, not because i go to the library at 0800 (my gf does and she's top 2) but she tells me about 3 people in general who always claim they are studying (independently) and every time she sees them and i see them, they are on facebook, playing bejeweled, thinking about studying, writing away messages about studying, but then not having any time to actually study. I feel like study groups are good once a week- we meet once a week and do E&E and hypos, so if you are talking about every day study groups, then no, i can't see the benefit and i see your point. but general, one, two time a week study groups, then well, i think they can work wonders.
that's just my nickel.
"keep the change"
my my have you gotten desperate. this "don't join a study group" theory you have created is ridiculous. In my study group (1L), 3/4 of us are on dean's list and in the top 7. The other one is number 10 and barely missed dean's list. So, study groups dont work? We talk, bs a bit, gossip and criticize. but we also study. independent study can be just as distracting. your writing sucks and you aren't funny.
thanks for playing, please try again.
I make a solid effort at participation, so I hardly ever get cold-called on. And if I do and I give a flake answer, I don't think the prof minds as much b/c they know I'm usually prepared.
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