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Current Law Students / Re: Judge's Chambers
« on: November 02, 2005, 09:22:03 AM »
It also depends on what level you're talking about.  I externed at a state supreme court, and all I did was research and write bench briefs.  I almost had the chance to help write an opinion, but it went to another justice's chambers.  I loved my externship.  Friends of mine externed in the lower courts, and they got to draft opinions on a regular basis. 

Current Law Students / Re: Bluebook Errors?
« on: October 30, 2005, 07:03:46 PM »
The most ironic mistake in the new edition is in the index:

"Mitsakes in quotations, indicated by "[sic]," 69

Yes, that's "mitsakes."

I love it. 

Current Law Students / Re: Back up your notes!
« on: October 24, 2005, 09:36:59 AM »
Yahoo briefcase, folks.

Amen, brother. 

Current Law Students / Re: multiple colleges attended?
« on: October 18, 2005, 10:33:27 AM »
I went to three colleges, and I got in.   :)

Hi folks,

I am the Executive Director of CALI.  Ran across this discussion and would be happy to entertain any questions, ideas or suggestions for materials or content or lessons.  We constantly adding new lessons and have recently started posting short podcasts on some topics.  What topics would you like to see?

Crim pro!

Now that I'm a little over two months away from putting this law school beast to bed, I think I can safely say that it was easier than I thought it would be.  I mean, yes, I worked my ass off, but I didn't pull "all-nighters," I didn't lock myself in the library during finals, and I very rarely took a book home with me. 

I think almost anyone could graduate from law school if they didn't have to do it in three years. 

Current Law Students / Re: CALI
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:17:39 AM »
Would you recommend them over the E&E's or are the E&E's ranked higher in priority?

I love the CALI lessons.  I used them throughout my first two years.  Some are better than others, but generally they're a good review. 

I depends on the subject area.  I tend to prefer CALI because I hate buying extra stuff, but some of the CALI lessons are a bit thin in certain subjects. 

Current Law Students / Re: Lockers
« on: September 29, 2005, 11:44:58 AM »
Any student who forgets his or her locker combination is charged a $20.00 service fee for padlock removal.

Forget that, I'd just buy bolt cutters and cut that little sucker off myself, although I might look a little suspicious walking through the halls with bolt cutters.   :)

Current Law Students / Re: CALI
« on: September 29, 2005, 11:41:34 AM »
I love the CALI lessons.  I used them throughout my first two years.  Some are better than others, but generally they're a good review. 

Okay, I feel compelled to chime in here since I'm a teaching assistant for legal writing. 

(1) Get intimate with your citation manual.  If you use the Bluebook, learn to love (or at least learn to use) the Bluepages.  It can make a huge difference. 

(2) Use good grammar and don't misspell words.  Don't rely solely on spellcheck.  Use the Redbook or whatever your professor uses for grammar-checking.  When you are close to finishing a paper, read it backwards.  Errors that your brain would normally overlook will jump out at you that way. 

(3) No legalise.  Check your library for a book called Plain English for Lawyers.  Learn it, live it, love it. 

(4) Edit, edit, edit.  And then edit again. 

(5) Be professional.  This means, among other things, turn your paper in on time. 

I could keep going forever, but I'll stop for now.   :D

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