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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 12, 2005, 02:34:13 PM »
Hey Traci,

Good work on both the McAlhany outlines followup.  I'm gonna email as well.  Can't hurt to keep asking about it, eh?

SLU is an excellent read as well.  Thanks!

CD

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 08, 2005, 10:32:53 PM »
bump.

For those of you who didn't have this from Traci's post on an earlier thread, here's the linke for UH outlines.

http://www.uhoutlines.com/

http://www.members.aol.com/djmcarter/uhlc.html

Hello all,

Just to let you know, the link to the Robert's UH Law Outlines (the first one) is no longer active.  I don't know what's happened to it.  It's a shame.  The other site (AOL one) is very good, but the other one was excellent.  Oh well.

CD

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 08, 2005, 09:39:41 AM »
Hola Scurvy!

Well I can see you've picked up a little light reading!

Eh, I've read a few books, but I know I won't be able to read everything I want.  Oh well.

I'm going to order my laptop this weekend.  I'll post about when the expect to ship and when I actually receive it.

Any particular reason you choose those particular books & E&E's? Have you 'enjoyed' using those flashcards?

CD




 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 07, 2005, 10:22:15 PM »
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

"GTM" is a somewhat 'deep' read, if ya know what I mean.  I can't say I totally understood everything in "GtM", but then again,  that book requires you to know some law already.  I'm hoping a second read thru will help clarify matters.  I do think it's potential value is tremendous, however.

Really? I thought GTM was a totally fun read. I have a few chapters left still (so I guess I shouldn't say I've finished it), but I find it totally enjoyable.

For those of you who've ordered the laptops, how long did it take to come? I'm trying to let my credit card recover, but if it takes a while, I'll just have to suck it up. Anyone know? 

GTM fun?  Hmmm, never really thought of book that teaches how one should mentally approach an exam as being fun, but to each their own.  It'd be like Krusty the Clown saying, "Hey Kids! Let's Learn How to Take Tests!!!"  ;)

I would read a few chapters of it, and then sit back and reflect on how I would apply the 'template' it gives in various situations.  Plus, I think the book will be a little bit easier as you get a more instruction in the law during your first semester.  If I recall correctly, one of the souls who reviewed the book on the back coveer implied as much (the reviewer said don't wait until one week before the exam to read it).  I would agree.  This strikes me as the type of book that you'd have to read two, perhaps even three times to really hammer home the points it's trying to convey.   Then again, I like reading most books (ie investing and history ones) a couple of times to see if I missed anything.

As to your computer point, I've ordered two Dell computers in the past (both desktops).  Each time it took about two to three weeks for the machines to come in to come in.  I'd think a laptop wouldn't take that long, if for no other reason than the amount shipped (the boxes) would be a lot less.  I wouldn't suggest waiting past next week though.

How're the Flashcards treating you?  I'm a nut for flashcards, so I'm curious if you're finding them at all useful.  What's the brand name of the ones you're using?  Would you pay for 'em if you had too (are they worth it)?


CD

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 07, 2005, 05:08:31 PM »
Cajun- are you going to read any of these books?

For anyone who lives in Houston:  I ordered all of these books and am happy to share them with you as soon as they arrive.

Hey Tragic,

I've actually already read:

- A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr- the story of a recent environmental lawsuit
- Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class by Shana Connell Noyes, Henry S. Noyes
- Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, and Jeremy R. Paul

I've also read "Law School Confidential".

Of the four, I personally thought "Law School Confidential" & "Getting to Maybe" were excellent. 

"GTM" is a somewhat 'deep' read, if ya know what I mean.  I can't say I totally understood everything in "GtM", but then again,  that book requires you to know some law already.  I'm hoping a second read thru will help clarify matters.  I do think it's potential value is tremendous, however.

"LSC" was, to me, just fantastic.  I liked it's practical, down to earth approach about how to proceed in law school. Heck, I've already purchased multiple colors of highlighters to bread down cases with (you'll understand that better once you've read it)

"AYFYoLS" was a disappointment.  Not as practical as "LSC" or as potentially valuable as "GTM". 

"ACA" was, to me, useless.  Once again, it helps if you're already familiar w/ the law (perhaps a 2L or 3L).  I also didn't care for some of it's obvious political slants at times.

The only other book I might purchase is Academic Legal Writing.  Once again, b/t work and home maintenance, I just don't have the hours in the day to read ALL of these missives.  Also, I think it might be a hurculean task to try and read all of them if you haven't started yet.  LSC is rather thick, and GTM is requires some 'pauses to ponder' at times.

Anyway, that's my two cents worth. 

Once again, thanks for sending out the list!

CD

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 07, 2005, 02:35:15 PM »
Has anyone purchased or read any of the books from uh admit site 'summer reading list'?  I've ordered some from barnes and noble.  One of those books is $100!!!  Luckily most of them $20.

Hey Tragic,

Do you mind posting the 'summer reading list'? My old desktop is at CompUSA getting fixed and I'm stuck on a borrowed laptop. My bloodly shortcut to the UH Admit Site is on my old desktop (dumb not to save my favorite shortcuts, I know, I know).

Or if it's easier just to copy and paste the UH Admit Site link (and I'll look it up myself), that'll do just fine.

Thanks 'el mucho' in advance!

CD


Here's the suggested summer reading list:

We highly recommend two books:
- Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study by Karl N. Llewellyn- a classic essay on the law and law school
- A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr- the story of a recent environmental lawsuit

Also recommended are:
Non-fiction
- The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit against the Coal Company--and Won by Gerald M. Stern
- Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States by Sister Helen Prejean
- Letters to a Young Lawyer by Alan M. Dershowitz

Law School Advice
- Academic Legal Writing by Eugene Volokh
- Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class by Shana Connell Noyes, Henry S. Noyes
- Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta Stropus, Charlotte D. Taylor, Rita Stropus, Ruta K. Stropus
- Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, and Jeremy R. Paul
- Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success by Helene S. S. Shapo, Marshall S. Shapo, Marshall Shapo, Helene Shapo

Legal Theory
- Ages of American Law by Grant Gilmore
- Economic Analysis of Law by Richard A. A. Posner
- The Nature of the Judicial Process by Benjamin N. Cardozo

#4 FT Orientation is Aug 16 & 17. I think I'll have a party on Aug 17th


Thank you!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 07, 2005, 02:02:31 PM »
Can someone give me directions to Papasitos? I want Mexican/Tex-Mex so bad! (And I have no idea where I'm going!)

Which one?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 07, 2005, 12:59:27 PM »
Has anyone purchased or read any of the books from uh admit site 'summer reading list'?  I've ordered some from barnes and noble.  One of those books is $100!!!  Luckily most of them $20.

Hey Tragic,

Do you mind posting the 'summer reading list'?  My old desktop is at CompUSA getting fixed and I'm stuck on a borrowed laptop.  My bloodly shortcut to the UH Admit Site is on my old desktop (dumb not to save my favorite shortcuts, I know, I know). 

Or if it's easier just to copy and paste the UH Admit Site link (and I'll look it up myself), that'll do just fine.

Thanks 'el mucho' in advance!

CD

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Houston Roll Call
« on: July 06, 2005, 10:16:16 AM »
I just ordered the straight set-up. I currently have the Dell Latitude 600 with a similar setup at work, and seems to allow me to do everything I want to do. I do not think it will come with the Microsoft Office Suite, but according to the Website you can buy it for $21 from Cougar Byte. Once as it comes, I will take a look at it before making the additional purchase.

Anyone else purchased their computer yet?  Assuming you went thru the UH/Dell link, did anyone get any add-ons to it?  Specifically, I'm wondering if the nearly $500 upgrade for the additional RAM is worth it.

Also, have any of y'all experimented with note taking software, like OneNote or Gobinder?  If so, would you mind posting your thoughts on either one?  They're a couple of other threads about this, but I thought I'd take a stab here as well.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Should Republicans be drafted first?
« on: July 01, 2005, 10:32:30 AM »
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it's been 30+ years, but i highly doubt that you and your fellow service men are models for racial tolerance.
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Well, at least you're keeping an open mind about it.  I didn't ever notice the guy saying anything about his race.  I just figured he was an American.  He could have a Mexican background for all you and I know.

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and of course, when you're in the foxhole, you're not going to have time to be a bigot: that "black" man could save your life. all you're worried about is keeping your ass alive
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Speaking from first hand experience, right?  I think it's more likely that you're speaking out of some other part of your anatomy.

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it's a little more honorable to maintain tolerance in peace time
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Really?  I'm just a regular ol' civilian myself.  I'm guessing you are too.  Seeing as how neither one of us served, I find it fascinating you're able to weight the value of one greater than the other.

These LSD boards rock.  They always provide me with my "you're not going to believe what some people believe" schtick for the day.



i don't need to be a serviceman to see first hand that military people are capable of being bigots and racists, and therefore be able to call "bull" when this guy tries to play the holier-than-thou act.

don't be scared of me because i have an opinion. you can, too, if you put your mind to it.

Look, the MustBe guy could be a total A-hole.  I have no idea.  Neither do you.  But all service people, like your father, ARE somewhat holier-than-thou.  How else could you describe someone who risk their lives to serve their country for very little pay?  Heck, use your own pappa as an example. Ditto for firefighters, cops, and teachers.  We may not like the people personally, but they're doing a job that you and I won't do.

What concerns me are not your opinions.  It's your rush to jump on MustBe withhout giving him the benefit of the doubt. 

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