Come to Santa Clara- you'll love it here plus its a great place to end up after you graduate- Santa Clara alums hold most of the key legal positions here in Silicon Valley
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Don't write the 155 completely off, it won't get you into one of the top national schools but it's probably good enough to get you into a good regional school. I believe this is the first mistake prospective law students make(I know I did) is to get caught up in all the hoopla promulgated here and in various publications that is aimed at what it takes to get into one of the T15 schools, a worthy goal if you're trying to land a job at one of the biglaw national firms. However, finishing near the top of your class at a good regional school is probably going to get you the job in that region at some of the better regional firms. So my advice for any prospective law student is to really figure out where it is that you want to live and target the top regional school in the area and look at their LSAT numbers to figure out what you need to do to get in. And if more time ensures that you'll score high enough to do so, take the time. But if a 155 will do, go ahead and take it.
« on: May 11, 2009, 02:23:17 PM »
I personally have found that a hornbook written by the same author as your casebook to be the best aid to use during the course to be best(mostly because they'll refer to the same cases) I've used both the concise(good because its generally shorter than most horn books) and the Understanding series not as short but for a a resource for referencing during the semester for topics you just don't quite get, a good bet.
I also prefer the Crunchtime series for exam prep- you get a bit of everything; a flowchart(helpful if you're a visual learner like me), a summary (a written explanation of key points though not as thorough as a hornbook, exam tips(good to point out typical frequently tested issues by profs) Exam examples-0 both short answer and essay.
I'd agree with others and wait til the first classes to see what profs reccommend before going out and buying anything, also check to see what the library or school might have on reserve for student use.
« on: May 11, 2009, 02:09:14 PM »
1) an open mind, cause if you're adamantly stuck to one opinion on something, the prof will probably nail you for it
2) a sense of humor, not all of it has to be serious, sometimes a lighter viewpoint can reveal nuances you might not otherwise find in taking it all serious,
and 3) a thick skin- you'll likely at some point be criticized or told you're wrong by the prof- take it in stride its part of the learning experience
and finally 4)respect for your classmates- they're all intelligent or they wouldn't be there plus you're likely to learn as much if not more from them than the prof
Definitely focus on locking in that 170+, cause if the plus is high enough you could probably pretty much write your own ticket. Outside of the T14, you should also think about where you want to practice after law school and check out the top regional school for that area as well as your grades/LSAT would almost certainly qualify you for admission there as well.
« on: April 01, 2009, 03:07:36 PM »
For incoming 1Ls- don't, just don't, enjoy you're time before school starts its the last chance you'll have for a while.. and sleep.. ditto
« on: February 17, 2009, 06:36:27 PM »
Ok strategy but I was thrown off at the beginning. Going to Law school and partying every night- if this is your goal in law school, don't go, you won't make it. The part about focusing on the final is right on the money. You should read your casebokk so you can at least follow the class discussion. Briefing cases- try it for a while its a good exercise to train your brain on how to read cases, hypos, and exams. I gave up formal written briefs after about two weeks, now its just book briefing plus maybe a sheet of handwritten notes or questions to bring with me to class. but the briefing process is important, its how you need to think about your exam, spot issues, Figure out which rule to use, apply the facts to the rule- analysis, this is where you should focus for most profs this is where the points are on an exam. Supplements are good for reading period where you might need help tackling a difficult concept that you just haven't quite gotten yet. A hornbook that follows your casebook, maybe written by the same author can help with this too. Also,the strategy you referenced talks about the herd mentality and ending up in the middle of the pack- in some classes that might be ok, as much as we'd like to all have straight As, the curve will eventually get you and give you a B- or C, so its good to set your expectations accordingly, the grades you got as an undergrad will be hard to come by, there just aren't that many A's given, so accept that its really about class rank and straight B's might put you in the top tier depending on what school you're at.
Santa Clara is the law school for Silicon Valley. So if you want to live/work here its the best choice. Yeah Stanford or Boalt may help land a job nationally while Santa Clara not as much, SCU is highly regarded in Silicon Valley in particular and generally in the Bay area.
And yes it does have a highly regarded IP program.