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General Board / Re: Laser printer a good investment?
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:07:00 PM »
Check local computer-repair shops, too.  I walked into one to get my laptop fixed and left with a fixed laptop and a used laser printer for $40. 

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I second the emotion that the FBBE are the most brutal anywhere.  I just sat for the Florida Bar last week, and I feel like the bar examiners know more about me than most members of my family do.  (Ever try to track down the exact date of an out-of-state speeding ticket from more than ten years ago?  Fun stuff.)

Obviously you are smart enough to figure things out before you commit to law school, which is good.  If I were in your situation, I would probably be worried since the most recent offense was, well, fairly recent, and since you've got more than one to worry about. 

Instead of calling the bar examiners first, you should consider talking with an attorney, if that's an option for you.  That's often the best route when you believe you might be prevented from being admitted. 

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General Board / Re: Law Review and Moot Court - advisable?
« on: July 29, 2006, 10:15:21 PM »
JD_MSA, what made you decide to do both instead of one or the other? In other words, what factors did you take into consideration when making your decision? BTW, I sent you a PM.

Replied to your PM, but I'll post here too in case anyone is interested.

For me, it was a strictly personal decision.  I didn't want to later regret passing up an opportunity.  I passed up a lot of things in college because I was an athlete and didn't have time to do anything else but row and go to class.  I think the most important thing is that I did both because I legitimately wanted to do both.  I didn't really have any "ulterior motives," like job placement.  I know that sounds silly to a lot of people, but, hey, it worked out for me.   :)

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Which primer to get for Crim Law?
« on: July 29, 2006, 08:55:45 PM »
I have to agree with everyone else--Dressler was required for my crim class. 

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General Board / Re: Law Review and Moot Court - advisable?
« on: July 29, 2006, 08:52:03 PM »
I managed to do both and not compromise my grades.  It was stressful, difficult, and frustrating most of the time.  Like most things in law school, time management is key.  If you feel overwhelmed by classes alone, pick one or the other (but do one).  :)

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General Board / Re: Moot Court v. Law Review
« on: July 27, 2006, 10:11:13 PM »
I did both, so it's definitely possible.  Good luck to you!

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Bar Exam / Re: oh my god, Bar prep SUCKS
« on: July 14, 2006, 09:42:35 PM »
BTW, the Bar/Bri torts guy, Schecter...funny as hell.  his voice alternates between Jay Leno and Adam Corolla.

The first hour of his Florida family law lecture was like a stand-up routine.  "On their wedding night, Wanda emerges from the bathroom in her Victoria's Secret lingerie only to find Harry sitting on the bed wearing a diaper and clutching a bottle of Wesson oil."

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: HELP! Bar Review/Social Life
« on: July 14, 2006, 09:39:45 PM »
I don't want to beat this to death, but I am studying for the bar right now, too.  The best advice is to stay as far away from him as possible.  It sounds harsh.  It is harsh.  The stress of preparing for the bar is unimaginable, and keeping it at bay is perhaps the most challenging part of the whole process.  The only reason I am here right now is to take a mental break.

I had to sit down with my husband and tell him that he was not allowed to ask me any questions for the next 10 days, that I would not be taking the dog out, and that household reponsibilites were going to have to wait.  I made him move furniture around so that I could have a better studying environment.  If I could, I would leave the house and stay in a hotel from now until after the exam. 

In two weeks or so, everything will be back to normal.  Just leave me him alone for now.   :)

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Ending early?
« on: December 06, 2005, 05:19:08 PM »
In theory, you should be able to write for hours past the dealine if you treated a hypothetical completely.  You can't be penalized for including too much analysis.

While I think I know what you're saying, I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one.  "Legal vomiting" can screw up a good exam grade just as much as too little analysis, and if you could write for hours past the deadline, it's either taking you too damn long to figure things out ( :)) or you've failed to distinguish the critical issues from the peripheral ones.

There's no shame in finishing early as long as you've given your best effort.  Some people can just analyze and write more quickly.  I was usually one of the first people to finish, and it never hurt me.  I finished an exam thirty minutes early yesterday, and I still wrote everything I wanted to write. 

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General Board / Re: Exam Period = Hysteria
« on: December 05, 2005, 09:28:38 AM »
Okay, maybe it's just me, but I swear you can tell what year someone is just by looking at them this week. 

The 1Ls look panicked:  :o
the 2Ls look pissed:  >:(
and the 3Ls look bored:   :P

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