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Current Law Students / Re: Digital Voice Recorders?
« on: June 09, 2006, 08:58:34 PM »
I haven't noticed anyone recording yet.  I had one prof who would not allow it because she felt it was too easy to take something she said out of context and use it improperly.  Whatever you do, ask the prof first. 

The only problem I've heard about recording is that the student questions are not always heard so you may get the reply, but you won't hear the question.

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Current Law Students / Re: University of Illinois or IU- Indy students
« on: April 09, 2006, 01:01:27 PM »
There's a big female dog among IU-I students about the lack of employers outside the 465 loop who interview on campus.  The director of the Professional Development office just left this semester - don't know how that will shake out.  There seems to be some more action in the area of online career help, but how much of this is dressing and how much is meat waits to be seen.  The consensus I get is that if you want a job outside of Indy, you'll have to work at it yourself. Even if you want a job in Indy you'll have to work at it if you are out of the top 10%.

IU-I seems to be struggling to get out of the shadow of their big brother in Bloomington.  Small to Med size local firms and especially the government seems to like the school - just my opinion based on what I hear, read, etc. no real facts to back that up.

BTW what is a LOT of money.  IU-I gives all out of state students money to help offset costs, but they've been stingy when it comes to helping instate applicants.  Budget appears to be tight again this year with maintenance and upkeep of the new building costing more than anticipated.  Of course, they have been without a true Dean for the last 2? years so maybe this is offsetting the red ink.

The profs I've had so far are pretty laid back, no hard core types yet.  Most students are helpful if asked and I haven't seen any real gunners to speak of - no hiding the relevant books or tearing out pages.  Everything is online, from registration to books to assignments.  Most profs appear to be email savy and reply pretty quickly to your questions.  This helps a lot when you can't get to their office hours.

Finally, you should visit both schools if you haven't already and take a tour and talk with some students.  Get a look at the surrounding area where you'll be living for the next 3 years (or more).  I would weigh the higher ranked school a little more, but don't discount the 'vibe' you get when you visit.  All that being said, most IU-I grads seem to stay in the state, that's not saying you can't get a job in the Windy City, it's just more likely than not that you'll end up working in Indiana.

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Civ Pro I - first year - the class was divided into groups and each given a case.  We had to create a 20 minute powerpoint presentation on the case and present to the rest of the class.  Chances are someone will have it.  Never is a strong word, you should know by now there are always exceptions to the rule...

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Current Law Students / Re: Law School Prep Books
« on: March 28, 2006, 11:06:37 AM »
E&E, Gilberts, and my favorite, the Sum and Substance CD series.  Take your pick on canned briefs, you'll use them less than you think.

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I used Outliner 4.0 from Storelaw.  The note-taking aspect is probably on par with anything else, but generating my outline was very easy and quick.  Storelaw has templates for most books, which made organization easy.

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Current Law Students / Re: Engineers in Law School
« on: December 22, 2005, 09:31:17 AM »
BSME/MSME and just finished first semester as a PT student while working a 40 hr week.  I guarantee law school will be easier than engineering.  I'm pretty sure the two other engineers in my class would agree.  Besides, it's fun watching the liberal arts majors struggle with 'if A then B and if B then C therefore If A then C' thinking...

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mail copies of all your papers to yourself and then save the mail on the ISP's server as an extra backup.

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I agree, so far it's easier than I thought.  Briefing after reading the case is down to 10-15 minutes and I'm staying ahead of the work.  My outlines are running about 10 pages each, but need to be cut down a little more.  I am amazed how many students come to class unprepared - oh well, hope they stay that way for the final.  BTW, I work FT, go to school 5 nights a week, and have a family.  Some of you need to cowboy up and stop whining.  Get your ass out of bed earlier and study more. 

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Current Law Students / Re: Federal Rules of Civ Pro
« on: September 18, 2005, 02:21:12 AM »
Somewhere behind Houchens there had to be a good story, but no one will ever know.

I think the guy just got tired of his wife and wanted to go experiment in the back alleys of Bangkok.  I think he's still alive running whores and drugs.

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