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General Board / Re: Law school vs. 9 to 5 job...give your opinion
« on: July 01, 2006, 02:25:26 PM »
Law school is not a full time job, people sit in the study lounges and believe those are work hours, but they're really socializing hours.  I don't doubt that some people work it 40 or more hours per week all semester, but it's a small minority.

I say this because I worked full time and took 11 hours of class.  There's no way that adding one more class (which is what the full timers do) would have equalled a full work week.

You should look forward to law school, it's going to be a fun 3 years with some stress thrown in during exams.  The real pain starts when you get to a firm.

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General Board / Re: PT student employment question
« on: June 13, 2006, 01:44:04 PM »
Definitely get a job, I recommend one that pays.  I worked full time and did PT law school and ended up at the top of my class.  I believe there is a breaking point in studying for law school where more studying does not equal better grades.  I spent the whole weekend reading and briefing cases (yes, I'll admit I did it all year) until the end when I would split my time between reading and outlining.)  I did very little work during the week other than going to class and maybe reading 20 pages or so I didn't get to over the weekend.

LRW is tough, but it can be done, generally, it is finished by the time exams come around, so it doesn't interfere with that schedule. 

My only caveat is this, make sure in whatever job you get, you pre-arrange time off for finals, that is the one time you don't want to be working every day of the week.  most jobs will be flexible if you are up front with them about it.

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General Board / Re: Contracts/Torts/Agency/Partnership
« on: April 28, 2006, 03:53:05 PM »
He/she didn't ask about outside evidence, so I didn't mention parol evidence.  It could conceivably apply across any of these questions.

If you have a written agreement and you want to bring in evidence of an earlier oral agreement, or a conversation that would modify the meaning fo te contract, that evidence may be excluded by the parol evidence rule.  Your strongest case is to find an ambiguity in the writing itself.

The parol evidence rule will never exclude evidence of fraud.

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General Board / Re: Contracts/Torts/Agency/Partnership
« on: April 28, 2006, 11:32:08 AM »
You must have the easiest contracts class in the country if these are the questions you're expecting.

An oral agreement can be honored in court but will be subject to the Statute of Frauds (if it cannot be completed in 1 year, for goods over $500, land interest).  Reliance can overcome the statute of frauds.
Courts generally do not like to invalidate contracts due to SoF problems.

Yes, you can rescind any contract due to an innocent misrepresentation.  May have to pay restitution if applicable.

This is duress if you have no reasonable alternative.  The threat is clearly unlawful (only has to be wrongful).

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George Washington U / Re: prospective student question? factory?
« on: April 15, 2006, 07:22:21 PM »
I like it a lot, but I'm not right out of college, so I wasn't looking for a college like atmosphere at all.  People are nice enough and the professors are great.  You can do very well if you work hard just like any other school.  I would not go to a lower ranked school just to get a smaller class size, by the same token, if I had gotten in to GULC, I would have gone there.  Having said that, my grades are good enough to make me a very liekly transfer and I would not leave for GULC now.

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General Board / Re: Last minute drama
« on: April 09, 2006, 04:23:09 PM »
You'll need to be toward the top of your class at Pitt and will have to take out loans for living (I assume).  If you get GW paid for...take it.  I go there part time and I really like it.  The schedule can be tough, but if you're dedicated, you will do fine.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Law School Prep Books
« on: April 01, 2006, 12:17:17 PM »
I used E&E for Torts and Civ Pro and Gilbert for Contracts.  I'm telling you though, you're not helping yourself at all by spending the summer reading this stuff.  You need to read cases and try to learn the law and use these to supplement it.  Also, you'll have plenty of time to do all of it during the semester as long as you're committed to it.  Enjoy your summer and just be ready to hit the ground running in the Fall.

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Also, comparative negligence jurisdictions are generally aplit into two categories, pure and partial.

In pure comparative, the P gets the award minus his percentage contribution.  In theory, if the P's negligence was 90% of the cause of the injury to the P, he would collect 10% of the total damages.

In partial comparative jurisdictions, the P must be less than 50% responsible in order to collect anything, if he is 51% responsible, he gets nothing, if he is 49% responsible, then he gets 51% of the damages.  Of course, these cloae calls don't happen in real life very often, generally juries will find one side substantially at fault or the majority cause.  If they decide 50/50 exactly, jurisdictions are split as to whether there will be any recovery.

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General Board / Re: Recommend ways for me to prep for ls...
« on: March 20, 2006, 10:47:33 AM »
Your success doesn't tell us much though, for instance, how much of a role the curve played in your class ranking.  Briefing cases also has no bearing on doing well come exam time, so it's likely only your exam prep efforts were beneficial.
 

I'm confused by this.  The school curve is about a 3.2, I had over a 3.8, I'm in the top 15% of the class.  I di well with my study prep.  I'm not saying that everyone has to do it like I did, I'm just saying you can be at the top of your class with no pre-law school preparation.  It's a waste of time in my opinion.

How does the school's curve effect the class rank?  Either you get into the ranking you do or not, the curve could be to a 1.0, class rank should still be the same.

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General Board / Re: Recommend ways for me to prep for ls...
« on: March 19, 2006, 12:01:29 PM »
I read Law School Confidential, it was a total waste of time except for the short section on what each of your classes will be about, and you can get that from a Google search.  I did nothing else before gthe first day of classes and ended up in the top 15% of my class after the first semester (they don't tell us any higher percentages than 15).  Don't get me wrong though, I worked like crazy during the semester and read and briefed every case and did tons of exam prep.

My point is this, enjoy your time before law school and just relax, you will study plenty once you get there and you want to be fresh.  Also, if you read too many commercial outlines and stuff, you may be lulled into a false sense of knowing what's going on and be encouraged not to read and go to class.

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