let's not forget my favorite: PG&E v. G.W. Thomas Drayage- which contains this gem:"A word is a symbol of thought but has no arbitrary and fixed meaning like a symbol of algebra or chemistry..."
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« 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.
Interestingly enough- I was rejected by my top choice, not even wait-listed, and as the school moved through their wait list last summer, I received a note requesting that I appeal my decision and Wal-lah! I got accepted. So one strategy might be to wait for your school to get a little bit desperate as they movre through their waitlist, as the qualifications of their candidates start to dwindle, maybe your will look a little bit better to them at that time.
« on: January 29, 2009, 04:35:39 PM »
I'd have to agree with most of the posts, get ready to read a lot and make sure you're prepared for each class and engage in ACTIVE listening. At least weekly synthesize your weekly class notes and materials to your own outline. You should use Supplements exactly for that to supplement. Really what you need to do is develop your own system for what helps you learn, listen to advice here and elsewhere and try different things. Unfortunately, you won't really know how effective you've been until you make it through your first round of exams. The key is to remember that time is a scarce commodity and use it wisely. I stopped formal briefing after my second week as it just took too much time and instead developed my own systemm of book pencil briefing along with selected note taking, it was faster and more efficient- and just what I needed in order to follow the discussion in class
First question to ask yourself is-where do you want to live and practice after law school. While your numbers probably aren't going to get you into any of the top schools with a national hiring potential. They're certainly good enough to get you into a top regional school, so I'd focus on answering this question then focusing your research on the best regional school for your desired location. Good Luck.
Work experience and graduate degree helpespecially if the experience is relevant and you have a good academic graduate record but undergrad GPA and LSAT score are still really going to make the most difference- so if you haven't already taken it, take a good LSAT prep class and practice like hell and get the best score you can. Schools claim the other soft stuff counts and it does a little, maybe more so towards scholarships, but when it comes to admissions undergrad GPA(you're stuck with whatever it is now) and LSAT score9you can change this by practicing hard, even a couple of points matter- the difference between a 160+ and 150s can be all the difference in gaining admittance into a school of your choosing)
You may also want to reconsider what you consider DC area- West VCirginia is a stretch, as is Penn State, they're knd of close but not really;I'd include George Mason on your list as its definitely DC metro. If you're still thinking about schools in the region but not really DC area, I'd add UVA and/or Washington & Lee as well. I can't speak to any of their transfer policies. I guess you could put UDC on your list as well.