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Incoming 1Ls / Re: What did you learn from PLS II?
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:57:42 PM »
As far as black letter law, the author suggests that while an exam might not focus primarily on black letter law it does serve as a base for your knowledge which in turn leads to understanding.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Go To Safety And Make Law Review?
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:41:56 PM »
Regardless of discrepancy would you claim that the top 10% at school A and school B are the same level of intelligence?

Even in that scenario, the number of students with the potential to be in the top 10% at school A is less; therefore you would be in competition with a lower number of students to be in the top 10%.

I think a scenario of relative discrepancy is closer to reality. If you're ranking schools on a continuum of descending levels of intelligence then the discrepancy at school A would have to be relative to school B and school B to school C with the intelligence of the top 10% becoming lower as you continue further down the scale.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What did you learn from PLS II?
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:05:00 PM »
The book does rant at times but the background seems helpful in establishing the reasoning for some of his suggestions.

His claim that in the past casebooks had primers included, which have since been removed, justifies his suggestion to study primers in addition to your casebook. The reason for doing this before law school is that professors keep you going at such a fast pace that it's easier to grasp the material if you already have some base knowledge.

I think this book has the potential to be helpful. How can it hurt? No one has seemed to answer that question. I already stay current with the news and minored in philosophy (Aristotles The Politics is a recommended read), so it's not like I am failing to addressing those concerns.

For me, if doing this prep work prevents stress (even a small amount) it will be worth the trouble.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Go To Safety And Make Law Review?
« on: April 24, 2005, 08:16:49 PM »
If it is equally difficult to be in the top 10% at two schools separated by 10-20 positions, would it not also be true that the intelligence of the students at both schools is equal? (assuming that intelligence is the main determinant in class rank)

This would undermine the whole ranking system and the manner in which law firms hire graduates.

I think it would be silly to assume that it isn't (in some way) easier to do well at a lower ranked school as compared to a higher ranked school; however, it is also foolish to hedge your bets on being in the top 10%.

I believe the author of LSC advises you to combine your notes from class, highlighted book brief, and information from supplement into a working outline right after class.

I read a thread a while back where a 1L suggested reading High Court Case summaries instead of your casebook, any thoughts on that?

Additionally has anyone completed the LEEWS lecture series? When would you recommend listening to the tapes and what knowledge do you need ahead of time?

Btw, I am also reading PSL II and the writing style is a bit difficult and there seems to be a lot of opinionated superfluous information thrown in. Of course this background material does help in giving you a full understanding of the issues.

Law School Admissions / Re: Case Western, anyone?
« on: April 23, 2005, 12:29:39 PM »
I agree. The number of applicants and their level of desire to attend Case could be deceiving because the application was free. Only now that the seat deposit deadline has passed will they begin to see what their yeild looks like. I believe this should lead to a lot of "hold" folks gaining acceptance.

Law School Admissions / Re: Case Western, anyone?
« on: April 22, 2005, 09:08:11 PM »
I called them earlier this week and they said it will probably be early to mid-May. Last friday was the last day for seat deposits and they are going to wait a week to see how many slots they have left, then start making decisions on "held" people.

:(  You can always have hope until your letter comes

I received my waitlist letter today. Seems to be standard form "your application is competitive but our class is full" to paraphrase.  Included with the letter was a form asking whther I would still like to be considered. I called their office and plan to mail the letter indicating the affirmative.

My hope is that lots of people choose not to attend and lots of people on the waitlist don't want to wait :P

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Strange email from Akron
« on: April 20, 2005, 09:20:25 PM »
I got the same email.  It was tempting for a second to take full tuition and a $10k stipend.

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