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Studying and Exam Taking / Federal Rules of Civ Pro
« on: September 01, 2005, 09:45:53 AM »
I am in a week into this class and I am wondering how much, if any, of my studying should revolve around what rule corresponds to the respective point of law.
Is it worth my time to know that the rules for Summary Judgement can be found in Rule 56 or that 15(a) tells me how I can amend pleadings?

Some rules more important than others? Any advice would be apprecaited.

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General Board / Book Editions?
« on: July 13, 2005, 07:12:39 PM »
I was wondering if the edition of casebooks and other texts truly makes a difference.

I am Amazon.com-ing and can't find all of the correct editions; e.g., Kaplan's Criminal Law is only in the 4th edition and my prof "requires" the 5th. I can't imagine a huge difference but I'd rather not just piss away $30.


Totally off my original topic, but what the hell it the reputation counter under my avatar? I thought I could stop worry about my rep now that I'm out of high school.

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General Board / Delaney's Legal Reasoning
« on: July 13, 2005, 02:53:12 PM »
I'm attempting to wade through Delaney's Learning Legal Reasoning (essentially how to brief cases) and I was curious if learning how to brief was this much of a pain in the pass for the rest of you. I'm beginning my 1L this August and am trying to at least get this under wraps (though this runs the risk of being flamed for A: Trying to prep before my 1L and B: Thinking briefing is worth while at all).

For those in their 2/3L, were their any tricks you were able to figure out that made sorting through an 8 page case easier? Will it just take time?


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University of Chicago Students got an e-mail from Dean Levmore today announcing that the Law School will be turning off internet access in classrooms beginning next quarter.

http://www.abovethelaw.com/2008/03/hey_teacher_leave_those_kids_a.php

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / ITT: You Pick The 2009 USNWR Top 25
« on: March 24, 2008, 11:41:13 AM »
For bragging rights and the ability to egregiously troll for your current/future law school, let's see your predicted T25.


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / LULZ: Enjoy your 3Ls all you W&Lers
« on: March 13, 2008, 12:29:55 PM »
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/03/13/breaking-news-law-school-to-teach-practice-of-law/

The Washington and Lee School of Law is poised to turn the world of legal education on its head. The deans are announcing a plan to overhaul its 3L curriculum by replacing all academic classes — that’s right, all academic classes — with “experiential” learning, reports the NLJ. This might include “actual interactions with clients,” and teaching students to “keep track of their billing hours,” says the article.

Robert Danforth, the school’s associate dean of academic affairs, said the reforms could serve as a model for other schools. “It’s the best and most interesting thing to happen to legal education in many years,” he said. “To me, the most important element of the proposal is that it creates a year of transition where the student is moving from simply being a student to being a practicing professional.”

Recent reports have pointed out the challenges law schools face in preparing students to become lawyers, including a 2007 report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Also, last year a network of 10 law schools launched a project that aims to improve how law schools operate.



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What a great idea! Teach a bunch of third-years at an allegedly tier-one school how to file state court papers for indigent defendants in rural Virginia! How much more practical can it get!


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Shake Up At William & Mary!!
« on: February 13, 2008, 01:57:34 PM »
http://www.abovethelaw.com/2008/02/turmoil_at_william_mary_law_sc.php

Trouble brewing at our nation's oldest, but not continuously running, law school.


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iPhone: Pretender or contender?

I'm willing to pay the rather extravagant costs of the phone on the condition that it doesn't suck.

I only have two friends that own the phone and would love some first hand opinions of owners.

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