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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any suggestions for Pre-1L reading???
« on: December 31, 2005, 05:55:00 AM »
The Examples and Explanations series is excellent. I would consider reading either the Contracs book (by Brian Blum) or the Civil Procedure book (by Glannon). I wouldn't take notes or outline while reading. But consider just reading either or both of them before you are actually taking classes and burdened with reading assignments from the casebooks.

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For attorneys who had already been admitted in another state and who were sitting for the July 2005 “attorney’s” exam, 92 of the 325 attorneys passed.  The pass rate for these out-of-state  attorneys was 28.3 percent.  Of course, this means that over 70 percent of the out-of-state attorneys failed.

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Civil Procedure,
California Community Property,
California Professional Responsibility,
California Wills & Succession,
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Please share your wisdom with me 1L's...
« on: October 29, 2005, 01:46:26 PM »
Actually, I always recommend reading the cases and attending every class. I just couldn't resist taking a jab at the old casebook. But I still think that if you read the E&E before the course, you have been exposed to a little more of what a particular topic is about. Therefore, you pick more up in the lecture than you would without having read it. You should go back to the E&E examples and refresh your recollection of the issues and fact patterns as the course goes along, but that is just part of studying. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Please share your wisdom with me 1L's...
« on: October 29, 2005, 01:14:07 PM »
Well, my first rule would always be do what works for you.  But I guess I don't understand this "context" argument (don't read E&E until you have the "context").  I think the E&E Contracts has several chapters in the beginning that set up the context of Contract law. Whether one prefers the Nutshell series to the E&E series is a matter of taste--sort of like, I prefer a mango over a pear. Personally, I preferred the E&E series to the Nutshell series.

Now, some seem to be arguing that until you've experienced the "context" from the CASEBOOK and the SOCRATIC METHOD, E&E is a waste of time. My experience has been that most people hated the casebook and socratic method. But everyone is entitled to their views.  May I take those who hold the view that early reading of the E&E books is a waste of time to be endorsing the casebook and socratic lecture as their favorite way to learn the law?


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Please share your wisdom with me 1L's...
« on: October 29, 2005, 08:26:11 AM »
Reading at least one or two of the Examples and Explanations books such as Contracts or Civil Procedure before the first semester helps some people. Don't try to memorize them or make an outline. How your particular professor teaches the course is really what you need to focus on. However, I don't think it hurts to read them. I mean, I've never hear anyone say, "I read the E&E Contracts books before I took the course, and I just learned it all wrong!"

I understand the argument that it's really all about the particular professor who is teaching the course, but if you have read these books before class, some people, at least, will be better "listeners" in class for having read them. It helps with note-taking.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Fear of never passing The Bar
« on: October 15, 2005, 01:15:36 PM »
I think that if you want to practice in DC, you have to pass three bars: DC, VA, and MD.

I am not certain, but I don't think that you have to pass three bar exams in order to practice in DC. If you have more information, please post about it.  Here is a link to information about the DC bar exam. Also, for anyone else interested in the state-specific requirements for all state bar exams, the link has information about those as well.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: corporate law career
« on: October 15, 2005, 09:18:52 AM »
Good luck to you too.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: corporate law career
« on: October 15, 2005, 09:01:19 AM »
Biglaw (BIG law) n. 1. A term that implies law firms with national influence and multiple offices including international offices. Generally, these law firms have over 500 employees. For example, Akin, Gump has over 2,000 employees. Akin, Gump would qualify as BIGLAW to nearly everyone in the world except the LSD poster "NOBLE" who does not believe Akin, Gump meets the "best definition" of BIGLAW. Please remember that Noble's opinion is the "exception to the general rule."

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: corporate law career
« on: October 15, 2005, 07:57:23 AM »
Oh really? Why don't you write them and tell them that. Be sure to put your law school's name on the letter and carbon copy your career services office. Happy job hunting. 

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