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I know it's supposedly a good thing for my resume, but I have a really busy year ahead of me and I'm wondering if the benefits outweigh the costs?

Anyone have feelings about it?

Current Law Students / My bad behavior was reinforced
« on: May 13, 2009, 07:35:39 AM »
I hate property law.  I understand why people like it, but out of my 6 classes this semester, property 2 was my least favorite.  Last semester in Property I paid attention and took fantastic notes.  I went to study groups and made a thorough outline.  I got a B on a 2.7 curve.  That's not a great grade, but I was pleased because I felt like it was my weakest subject.
This semester I decided to throw property 2 on the backburner.  I worked really hard this semester in my other classes, but I just couldn't pay attention to my monotone professor in property.  I did crossword puzzles during class, I took no notes at all, and at the end of the semester I didn't know anything.   I had a couple days before the final, so I crammed and tried to avoid disaster.   I got a B on a 2.7 curve.   What a joke.  I spent a couple hundred hours the first semester, and I spent around 30 hours this semester and I got the same grade.  Hopefully all the hard work I put in on my other classes and on the law review competition will pay off. 

Sorry for the random post.  I just want to reaffirm my opinion that law school grades are a bad indication of how much you've learned or how well you will do as an attorney.  I'm completely biased and I've never done any research. 

General Off-Topic Board / Should Fat People Pay More?
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:36:05 AM »
In many (maybe most) states, non-government group insurance plans can not use physical fitness, body fat, lifestyle, or genetic history as determining factors for insurance premiums.  Is that a good thing?  Is there a privacy concern? Would higher rates for fat people just discourage them from having any coverage at all?

General Off-Topic Board / Do you want kids?
« on: March 17, 2009, 10:49:13 AM »

Current Law Students / Is Law Review worth it?
« on: March 09, 2009, 02:12:35 PM »
Now that I've successfully endured the pain of a mid-semester Law Review write on competition, I'm pondering about whether I even want to get a spot.  I know it looks good on the resume, but couldn't a student just spend all that time they use for Law Review to network and get a job?   

Incoming 1Ls / Something to think about before you go to law school.
« on: January 28, 2009, 07:54:46 AM »
I'm reasonably happy that I'm attending law school... I didn't know that I would like it, but I got lucky.   
I was thinking today about how upset I would be if I hated law school.  You'll probably spend between 35,000 and 100,000 on law school (which you are constantly reminded of)  but even more importantly, you'll probably spend over 5000 hours (55 hrs/wk 32 wks/yr * 3 yrs) studying/going to class over your law school career. (Some people will spend a lot more than that)
Even if you only made 10 bucks an hour at a dead end job, you could make 50,000 in that time period.  So that's another 17k per year that you are missing out on.
Aside from the financial opportunity cost, think about what you could do with 5000 hours...625 8-hour days. 

A talented person could probably get pretty good at guitar, learn to speak Chinese fairly well, and start their own business in that amount of time.

Law school is interesting, stimulating, and a good investment for a large percentage of graduates, but you should still think about what you're giving up.

Can anyone recommend a good Supplement?
The textbook we are using is Keating's "Sales: A systems approach"

Current Law Students / Outside the top 10%, does your rank even matter?
« on: January 23, 2009, 07:32:23 AM »
Do employers care if you are ranked 60/160 rather than 90/160?
At what point should you stop worrying about grades and just focus on networking?

Current Law Students / What has the biggest impact on 1L grades?
« on: January 08, 2009, 10:12:54 AM »
Every test is different, and I'm pretty sure that if you score a 0 on any of the first three categories then you will get poor grades.  I got a B or B+ in every class this semester, and I'm wondering what separates the 3.6ers from the 3.2ers. 

Intelligence may have a lot to do with it on some tests, but none of my teachers mark down for dumb stuff, they just gave positive points for positive logic.  Seems to me like a combination of memory and typing speed could possibly make up for an intelligence problem.

Hard work is really important in any endeavor, but in my experience, the Final exam only hits on about 10%-25% of the information presented in the course. 
On my torts exam (an "analyze all possible claims and defenses" format) nobody I talked to even came close to putting down everything they had because they ran out of time.  I'm a fast typist, and I still could have gone on for another 2 hours.  In that situation, someone who knows 3 hours worth of good information will probably do just as well as someone who knows 6 hours of information.

On another exam, one of the three essay questions had to do with a topic we only spent two days on in class.  One guy told me that he was totally unprepared on many subjects, but he just happened to have reviewed the material that came up on the test in detail the night before.

Lets say you have two students in civ pro: A, who studies civ pro 15 hours a week, and B, who studies 10 hours a week.  Over a semester, that would give student A a 75 hour studying advantage.   But if the test only covers 10% of the material, then that advantage is really only 7.5 hours.  Sure, in theory it is more likely that the person who studies more would cast a wider net and catch more relevant material, but I doubt that is always the case.

Any other ideas?

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