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I'll continue the echo - there are some people who think they know exactly what they want to do, but don't take it as absolute truth that they're right.  Plenty of people change their minds during their first year of law school.

Going into 1L year, your only real worry is the answer you have to the casual question "so what do you want to do with your JD?," because it's not like your chosen or not-chosen specialty affects your classes.

I'm a 1L with absolutely no idea what I want to specialize in - I can't even decide between transactional or litigation!  But I'm talking to lawyers, trying new things, and not really worried about it - I'd rather make the most informed choice I can as late in the game as possible than make a choice now and end up doing something I hate.

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Not everyone prefers to exercise their neuroses out loud.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where can I get lots of money?
« on: January 15, 2009, 09:16:57 PM »
WashU, Cardozo.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When should I take the LSAT?
« on: December 12, 2008, 06:37:58 PM »
You should take it the summer between junior and senior years, or the November at the start of your senior year.

I'd recommend the summer between your junior and senior years - the June test will give you ample notice of your score before you start submitting apps, so you'll know where you're most competitive, and it gives you the opportunity to re-take in November if necessary.  But, you don't have the summer to prepare like you would in November.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Chillin. Taking Questions.
« on: December 12, 2008, 05:30:51 PM »
Nah that's just the most satisfying one, not necessarily the most effective.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Chillin. Taking Questions.
« on: December 12, 2008, 12:34:44 PM »
How many shakes is too many?

What's the most effective way to kill a zombie?

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Slash not every lawyer is a litigator?

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I still have 3 more years in the US army reserves.  This takes up a weekend of my time and the friday of that week once a month.  Will I be able to attend law school full time assuming I don't work and this obligation or would maybe part time be a better option?

For the record, I like the unit that I am at, I would like to do both successfully if possible.

I have looked at other law schools and generally a full time law school student takes 12-16 credits.

I wanted to work and was told law students should not be working.  I assumed that meant there was no flexibility. 

As a general rule, it's not a great idea to have a job as a 1L, but that doesn't mean that your schedule can't flex to allow it if it's important.  It's more of a paternalistic piece of advice than an indication of how flexible a law student's schedule can be.

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First year you're really leaving it up to chance as to what your Fridays look like, and if it's possible to miss once a month.  I can't imagine a professor actually telling you that your service wouldn't be an excused absence, so really it's all about whether or not you can handle missing a day of classes and a weekend of potential study time once a month.

In my experience at least, I don't think it would be that much of a problem - I'd say once a month at least half of our class is hungover for Friday class and doesn't spend the weekend studying until Sunday night.  I vote that it's certainly possible with the right amount of pre-planning and extra work to make sure you're not behind.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law School Concentrations Info
« on: October 19, 2008, 09:45:42 PM »
Well if you're definitely going to go into one of those fields, it would be advantageous to look into a specific school (for example, if you know you DEFINITELY want to be an environmental lawyer, the obvious choices are VLS and Lewis and Clark), but it sounds like you don't really know yet - in that case, it's probably better to not worry about it.

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