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Incoming 1Ls / Re: ITT 1L's give 0L's suggestions for next year
« on: May 01, 2008, 09:44:26 AM »
Don't be a butthead.  There's really nothing to be gained by acting like a jerk, so be nice.  It will pay dividends down the road.

Share your notes.

Find a passion for something, whether it is journal, moot court, mock trial, a club, whatever.  Volunteer.  Be a leader in it.  It will be a pain in the ass more often than not, but it will help keep you sane.

Get the hell out of the law school as often as possible.

Get to know the deans, professors, and staff.  Say hello.  Make conversation.  The time will come when you will want to ask them for favors, and it will help if you know them and they know you.  You don't have as much control over your grades as you'd like to think you do, but you have lots of control over your reputation.  In the long run, your reputation will get you a lot farther than your law school grades will.  Start working on it now.  You'll be glad you did, and it really doesn't take any effort.

Try to see the humor in things.  Remember that almost everything that happens in law school has an element of the absurd to it.  If you can keep smiling at that, it'll help you get through it with your sanity intact.

Eat good food.  But not too much of it.

If you have to go up or down one floor, take the stairs.

Go outside and look at the stars every now and then.

Try to keep your house/apartment/room relatively neat.  You'll feel more organized if the things that surround you look organized.

When you get a chance, take useful classes.  Try to avoid classes with closed-book exams.

There's more, but I'm going to finish this exam if it kills me.  Best of luck next year to all.

Split, can you put these on a pretty poster to sell to 0L's?  I bet you'd make a killing!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 30, 2008, 09:26:17 PM »
It's worth doing these pre-law school programs.  Any edge you can get over your competition will pay off.  If you don't figure out how to outline until a month into the semester, the smart student who knew how to outline properly from day 1 already has the edge on you and you won't make it up for lost time.  The smart student will exponentially improve while you struggle and hover around mediocrity. 

The students that hit the ground running on day 1 never looked back while the average student never catches up in law school and in life.

I have read a lot of posters on this forum that have said all the outlining and briefing didn't really help them at all.  I mean, I'm a 0L, so I don't have any experience, but I also don't think you're going to always be playing catch-up if you don't use a prep class.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Clinical work vs. Law Review
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:55:20 PM »
I think a lot of time you can do a clinic as part of a class or for course credit, which would lighten the classwork load.  Does anyone know (I'm a 0L). 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ITT 1L's give 0L's suggestions for next year
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:48:12 PM »
or top gun?  I think its mostly like top gun.  Minus the fighter planes and everything cool associated with that movie.  Especially "highway to the danger zone."  that song doesn't play in law school. 

shouldn't "Highway to the Danger Zone" sort of be the theme for law school?  or at least for the summer before 1L?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: For those soon to be 1Ls...
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:41:24 PM »
Lamp, may inquire as to which school you attend?  (you can pm me if you don't want to hang it all out there)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Weird things you've been asked in interviews
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:38:30 PM »
did they ask you your thoughts on the apartheid?  ohnoes

Yup.  I answer in Afrikaans and make it sound oppressive. 

I laughed out loud.  really, I did.

me too

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:34:16 PM »
a little off-topic, but Yak and greenie, where do you get your avatar art?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 160-164 Thread (give or take)
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:31:44 PM »
I'm glad to hear that other people in this thread have been having problems with IU - B.  I called to find out if I would hear a decision before May 1st (b/c my other school of choice has a deposit that is refundable until then) and they gave me a flat "no."  I understand that they've had a lot of applications and they're really trying to be careful in their decision-making, but some people can't really afford to throw away a deposit if they wind up getting accepted to IU - B after other school's deadlines.  I discussed this with someone in the admissions office, and that person seemed surprised to hear that other schools have deposit deadlines.  what?!?!?!  how is that surprising?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: FAMILY VS LAW SCHOOL
« on: April 26, 2008, 12:29:11 AM »
if you're really undecided, it might be best not to go through all the uprooting and financial issues.  I'm not usually one to advocate trying again next cycle, but if it meant you possibly going to a local law school (so, not having to move), it might be worth it.  also, what are your wife's chances for employment, either in your current location or if you were to move?

I don't have kids yet, but I hear they are pretty resilient.  If you were to move for law school, they'd adjust pretty well (they are still quite young).  The problem becomes, what about after you graduate?  Would you move again for a job?  At that point your kids would be in that pre-teen stage, and they probably wouldn't handle another move so well.

Good luck!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Science or Law?
« on: April 26, 2008, 12:22:36 AM »
as in, M.S. and J.D.

but really, it depends on what you want to do.  I started off in science, planning to go into academia, and then realized that was not a good way to effect change.  scientists shy away from being involved in social/political issues, and the ones who don't tend to lose credibility amongst their peers.  thus, I am going from a Master's to a J.D instead of a Master's to PhD.  but like I said, it really depends on what you want to do.  I strongly recommend talking to a lot of people in both fields.

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