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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: CALI
« on: September 29, 2005, 02:41:34 PM »
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. 

General Board / Re: How do you get an A in legal writing/legal skills class?
« on: September 24, 2005, 12:49:14 PM »
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

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: BarBri for 1L?
« on: September 22, 2005, 05:25:53 PM »
The "First Year Review" and "Upper Level Review" (for 2L/3L) books are specifically geared to law students and are different from the bar-study outlines.  I used both books quite a bit, and I'm not a person who relies on study aids a lot (mostly because I don't like buying extra stuff).

The first year book has outlines and review questions for torts, contracts, property, crim, con law (first half), and civ pro.  I think there are sample exams in there as well. 

The upper level book has, among others, the best corporations outline I've seen. 

Socratic Method / Re: "I don't know"
« on: September 22, 2005, 05:16:36 PM »
Replace "I don't know" with "it depends" and you're good to go.   :D

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: BarBri for 1L?
« on: September 20, 2005, 04:04:23 PM »
He's got the "First Year Review" book.  It's got outlines in it for all the first-year classes. 

General Board / Re: Laptops for exams?
« on: September 20, 2005, 11:16:23 AM »
Is there anyone who has actually used a laptop for exams? I would love to know of any experiences out there especially of any problems encountered and what solutions (if any) were found. I was on and found out you have to bring your own printer to the CA Bar exam as well as your laptop if not writing by hand is what you want to do. Good grief- the odds that something might go wrong!

I don't know what software California uses, but both my school and the state where I'm taking the bar (Florida) use ExamSoft.  I've done both handwritten and laptop exams (I use laptop whenever I can).  ExamSoft saves your work to your hard drive every 58 (or 59?) seconds, so there's very little danger of a catastrophe.  If for some reason your computer crashes, you can start handwriting your exam where you left off.  The encrypted copy of your exam stays on your hardrive, and while you can't access it, whoever is adminstering the exam can.

We used to save our exam files to a floppy and turn the floppy in (now we can just upload).  The floppy that housed my contracts exam was messed up, so I had to bring my laptop in to school so that someone could retrieve my exam file.  No big deal at all.

General Board / Re: When do you take the MPRE?
« on: September 15, 2005, 01:39:58 PM »
I took it this summer (which was indeed the summer after my second year).  It's offered in March, August, and November. 

General Board / Re: Question Re: Reading Casebooks
« on: September 03, 2005, 02:48:36 PM »
Buried casebook hypos + busy/lazy professors = exam questions   :o

General Board / Re: What the hell are schools in New Orleans doing?
« on: September 01, 2005, 04:33:44 PM »
Here's part of an email I just got from our dean:

In light of the horrific tragedy unfolding in New Orleans, most, if not
all, of the law schools have agreed to take in 2d and 3d year law
students as visiting students for at least the fall semester.  We at
Capital will gladly do the same.  If you know of any Tulane or Loyola
law students in central Ohio who wish to continue their legal education
this fall please have them contact Associate Dean Shirley Mays as soon
as possible.  As we are in the middle of our second week of school time
is of the essence.  We will work out all of the details around issues of
good standing etc. in due time.  Establishing some sense of normalcy for
these students may be the best we can do in the short run.

We here at Capital (in Columbus, Ohio) would be happy to welcome any Katrina-displaced students.  If you're reading this board and need a place to go, send me a private message and I will get you all the information you need. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 



The Nutshell is decent for overview, although I think it's too big to be called a "nutshell."  There is also a separate Nutshell for M&A stuff.  I'd never used a Nutshell before, but for some reason for that class I found them helpful. 

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