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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Mary's v. Texas Wesleyan
« on: March 05, 2005, 01:26:27 PM »
The St. Mary's Law Journal is ranked fourth in the nation in terms of the amount of times courts have cited to it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Anybody read One L?
« on: March 05, 2005, 09:54:18 AM »
I liked One-L. It's a classic. Its tone may be a little distorted in places, but that image he conjures of facing "his enemy" has a lot of truth in it. The competition in law school does bring out both the best and worst in a person.

I liked this part, his description of the night before his first exam--Torts.

"At one-thirty, wild now with drugs and frustration, I rolled out and began to flail at the mattress: I was trying to destroy myself, I shouted; I was insuring failure... . At around six-thirty Annette came in to dress for school and I woke to her stirrings.  She kissed me good-bye and wished me good luck and then I got up.  I felt horrible.  I'd had about three hours' sleep and now the sedatives had taken hold. I was cloudy and numb. My eyes ached and itched as if I'd tucked brambles under each lid. I poured five or six cups of coffee into myself, then, at eight, set off for school... I thought vaguely that I was doomed."  Scott Turow, One-L, 174-75 (Warner Books 1988)(1977).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Mary's v. Texas Wesleyan
« on: March 05, 2005, 07:23:03 AM »
Well, for what it is worth (and I'm no expert) it does seem as though all the lawschools have their pick of applicants this year. With the economy in its current state, more and more people are going back to some form of higher education. It's just the law of supply and demand. In another year or two, if the economy soars like it did in the 1990s, the schools may find themselves in a mode (where they were in 1996, 97, 98, 99, and 2000) quickly accepting students that they had to reject this year. It's just kind of crazy like that.  So, if you decide to wait, it does not mean that you will never go to lawschool.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Middle ground for Pre-1L Prep
« on: March 04, 2005, 07:34:54 PM »
You were asking about someone who took the course. I took part of it, but I did not take the entire week-long program, so I may not be the best person to discuss the whole course. I was sort of undecided about it, so I just called them up and said I wanted to come for just one day--for the session on exam taking. They were fine with that. I think I paid about $200 or something. I seem to remember it was pretty standard for them to allow people to go for three days of the program for a reduced rate, but I negotiated with them for just one day. I thought it was a pretty good course.  They had a presenter who talked about supplements, schedules, briefing, and a lot of the first-year stuff. Then they gave you books with cases in them, and you went to lectures from law professors that were meant to give you the feel of the classroom, the terror of the socratic method, etc. It was a decent simulation of what lawschool is like. The exam writing seminar went over IRAC and issue spotting and I used some of the techniques later on. Overall, they did a good job.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Mary's v. Texas Wesleyan
« on: March 04, 2005, 06:29:54 PM »
Yes, I saw where you wrote about that on another post. I'm sorry to hear that, but as I wrote, I don't work for them and have nothing to do with their admissions process.

That being said, aren't you still pending at other schools? How is that going?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: St. Mary's v. Texas Wesleyan
« on: March 04, 2005, 06:01:58 PM »
St. Mary’s is a GREAT law school.

St. Mary’s has an outstanding list of accomplished professors, such as

Professor Leopold (author of the Texas Practice Series on Marital Property--the Texas Practice Series is a key resource series for all attorneys found in every major law library);

Professor Beyer (author of the Wills, Trusts, and Estates, The Examples and Explanations book on the subject used by law students all over the United States, as well as Wills, the Sum and Substance audiotapes, and a Barbri lecturer for all Texas applicants to the Texas State Bar, and countless law review articles);

Professor Schuleter (author: Texas Evidentiary Foundations, and the Texas Rules of Evidence Manual and the Texas Rules of Evidence handbook); and

Professor Cantu (author of chapters in the Edgar and Sales Texas Torts and Remedies practice guide and many law review articles)

Some tenured professors at St.Mary's also teach classes at UT Austin for the UT Austin students such as Richard Flint who has taught Oil and Gas for UT Austin Law.

The list goes on. St. Mary’s graduates are represented on the Texas Supreme Court, many appellate courts, and district courts. Senator Cornyn is a St. Mary’s law school graduate.  It’s a great lawschool with a proud history. The dip in the bar passage rate mentioned above lasted several years, but after changes in management, St. Mary’s now has an eighty percent bar passage rate, about four points lower than Texas Tech and above that of South Texas, Texas Wesleyan and Texas Southern. The results for the July 2004 Bar show the first-time taker Texas bar passage rates as follows: 1) UT Austin 92.04%  2) Baylor 91.92% 3) SMU 87.84% 4) UH 85.65% 5) Texas Tech 83.95% 6) St. Mary's 79.87% 7) South Texas 69.6% (8 Wesleyan 62.6% 9) Texas Southern 52.43% .
St. Mary's has been a top-notch program for decades. For example, from 1980 until 1989, it was in the top three of Texas Law Schools in terms of bar passage rate five of the 10 July bar examinations. As a result of its long history, its reputation reaches far and wide.

Incoming 1Ls / common first-year terms
« on: February 26, 2005, 09:18:16 AM »
Here’s a working list of common first-year terms. Please feel free to add…

Appellate Brief
Black’s Law Dictionary
Black Letter Law
Book brief
Call of the question
Case brief
Commercial outline
Dean’s List
Examples & Explanations
Getting called on
Issue spotter
Law Review
Legalines (commercial outlines)
Lexis account
Mock Trial
Moot Court
Phi Delta Phi
Practice exams
Reciting a case
Socratic method
Sum & Substance
Westlaw account

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Breakdown of Texas law schools...
« on: February 18, 2005, 07:13:42 PM »
I think you can get the experience in writing component classes. You can read the bluebook and write papers on legal topics and submit them to competitions if you want to. You can be a research assistant to a professor and get your name cited in one or two of his or her articles. There are other routes to obtaining the experience, but I think many employers are interested in it for the prestige thing. It means you fought and beat out others to get onto a journal. However, if employers see many people coming from a school and they are all on one law journal or another, what do they use to whittle down the applicant pool? I guess the question is, would you rather be on the elite journal of a slightly lower ranked school or on one of the non-elite journals of a slightly higher ranked school?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Breakdown of Texas law schools...
« on: February 18, 2005, 06:25:48 PM »
Well, of course, some schools have more than one law journal. I know UH has a health policy journal as well as other subject-specific journals in addition to their main law review. That statistic seems a little strange to me, because to get onto a journal you have to be selected from a pool of applicants. I see your point that perhaps your chances of getting onto a journal may seem better if a larger percentage of the class participates, but because this is kind of an elitist thing to begin with, a smaller percentage may suggest a more elite status of being one of only, say 11 percent, that were selected to be on the school's main journal.


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