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General Board / Re: Legal Dictionary?
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:02:08 PM »
I never bought one and I never felt like I was missing anything.  Your school library will undoubtedly have a giant Black's LD, and is useful for the less obscure stuff. 

General Board / Re: "Law In A Flash" Cards
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:00:24 PM »
Do not buy the old set.  Wait for a new set to show up on Ebay after state bar exams are over, which is when a lot of people sell them.  I got mine in August for $175 (15 subjects, I think). 

General Board / Re: I don't think I got on Law Review...
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:52:27 AM »
Are you going to be a 2L this fall?  If so, then try to write on next year if you can. 

General Board / Re: International Law
« on: July 21, 2005, 10:19:12 AM »
I'm taking International Law this fall.  I'll be sure to post all my ranting about it on this thread.   :D

Socratic Method / Re: Asking questions in class.
« on: July 20, 2005, 09:35:41 AM »
There is not necessarily any relationship between being an "A" student and being talented at teaching.

Amen to that. 

3L job search / Re: Career--CIA attorney
« on: July 20, 2005, 09:29:22 AM »
That job sounds sweet.  Do you know if it's generally open recruitment or if they are just looking for people right now?

EDIT: Nevermind, found more info here:

General Board / Re: Ladies- where are you suit shopping?
« on: July 20, 2005, 09:25:24 AM »
I got a great winter suit on eBay for $20.  I'm a little taller than average, so if I'm buying online, I stick to skirt suits to keep the necessary alterations to a minimum.  For pant suits, I'm a JCPenney/Bon-Ton girl.  I have no need for anything special. 

General Board / Re: How to round class rank plus one other thing
« on: July 19, 2005, 09:05:23 AM »

I would recommend to the OP to put the actual class rank, since you know it and it seems less strange than "top 6%" and more favorable than "top 10%". So something like: Class Rank 12/216 or 12 of 216. Congrats!

That's how I do it, because I too am on a fine line.  On my resume I have something like "Top 30%, 26/100."  (No, that is not my real rank.) 

General Board / Re: Note taking software
« on: July 18, 2005, 02:32:10 PM »
I've used StoreLaw, Juristudents, and Word.  I prefer Juristudents over StoreLaw and Word over both of them. 

I liked the old StoreLaw "Student Edition," but then they revamped it, and I found it too complicated (too much switching back and forth between screens).  I really liked Juristudents because I could see my brief at the same time I was taking notes, and I would recommend it to a 1L who is looking for something that's not Word.  Both of those programs are very case-oriented.  Once I got past my first year and stopped briefing (okay, I still book brief), I found that MS Word was the best option because by that time I knew how to take what I needed from the cases and condense it into outline form.   

General Board / Re: Advice for a 2L on picking classes
« on: July 07, 2005, 09:23:50 AM »
When I was choosing electives, I would look for bar courses first and usually take anything that fit into my schedule.  After that, I took whatever I wanted.  Honestly, I don't know what employers think, but there is a major advantage to taking courses you are interested in: you are more engaged in class, which leads to better learning, which (hopefully) leads to better grades.  So maybe it's a trade-off--a prospective employer may not care that you took American Indian Law, but, hey look, you got another A.  Also, I think interesting courses give you something to talk about during job interviews. 

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