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Current Law Students / Re: BarBri for 1L?
« on: September 22, 2005, 02:25:53 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. 

Current Law Students / Re: "I don't know"
« on: September 22, 2005, 02:16:36 PM »
Replace "I don't know" with "it depends" and you're good to go.   :D

Current Law Students / Re: BarBri for 1L?
« on: September 20, 2005, 01:04:23 PM »
He's got the "First Year Review" book.  It's got outlines in it for all the first-year classes. 

Current Law Students / Re: Laptops for exams?
« on: September 20, 2005, 08:16:23 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.

Current Law Students / Re: When do you take the MPRE?
« on: September 15, 2005, 10:39:58 AM »
I took it this summer (which was indeed the summer after my second year).  It's offered in March, August, and November. 

Current Law Students / Re: Question Re: Reading Casebooks
« on: September 03, 2005, 11:48:36 AM »
Buried casebook hypos + busy/lazy professors = exam questions   :o

Current Law Students / Re: What the hell are schools in New Orleans doing?
« on: September 01, 2005, 01:33:44 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. 



Current Law Students / Re: Any suggestions for Corporations supplement?
« on: August 31, 2005, 09:06:19 AM »
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. 

If there are no canned briefs, try the frozen briefs section aisle of your grocery store.  It works with corn and peas.

LOL . . . although I prefer fresh organic briefs.   :D

Current Law Students / Re: Questions from non-law school friends
« on: August 30, 2005, 08:21:33 AM »
They put this in the context of crazies who wander into the library at least a couple of times of year seeking the solution to all their troubles in whatever law student happens to be in there studying.

This happens more often than you might think, and it's one of the reasons that our school's library is closed to the public.  I work at the library desk and I get a call at least once a month from someone asking for legal advice.  They get really nasty when I tell them that no one can give it to them.  "But I just have one question . . . "

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