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Current Law Students / Re: anyone here studying for patent bar?
« on: June 16, 2006, 02:55:13 PM »
I'm taking a Patent law class and am two weeks into the BAR/BRI prep material. Although I have been really distracted so far these last two weeks and haven't gotten very far. This weekend is pretty much out too so it'll be next week before I really hit it hard. I guess I'm taking a real Summer break after Spring finals. Chugging sums it up just right. Good luck.

Current Law Students / Re: Loans Available to Pay off Credit Cards?
« on: May 26, 2006, 07:48:53 AM »

Try the rotating credit card game for a bit. So many cc companies send out offers for 0% interest for six months or longer for balance transfers. Doing this will allow you to make huge improvements on your balances. Good luck in the Fall.

Current Law Students / Re: Working with contracts while in Law School
« on: March 11, 2006, 07:18:43 AM »
Ask you old K Prof. or maybe the Dean.

« on: February 21, 2006, 04:07:04 PM »
Are you a lawyer by now, jdmaxey?

Along way from it. Did you notice the "strong disclaimer" in my post? The reader should take my post (and every other post on this site) for what it's worth: mere opinions and conjecture.

« on: February 18, 2006, 10:15:48 AM »
From the facts given: Attorney A does not have sufficient information to "know" that attorney B has engaged in misconduct. Simple allegations by a client or third party are not enough. Also and important for this hypo, the MPRC does not place a duty to investigate on attorney A into the matters relating to the supposed misconduct. Attorney A would be well served by disregarding the matter until further evidence surfaces to cross the threshold into "knowing."

The discussion of the rules is great for us here in academia, but the practical application might be another thing. From what I've been told (note the strong disclaimer) there is really very little "snitching" done between lawyers in this nation with one exception. Frequently opposing attorneys will report "misconduct" to the state in order to gain a tactical advantage at trial.

In this hypo I believe that Attorney A would hurt himself in the legal community by being so eager to report something that he only learned about by testimony of a client fearing litigation. I know I would be hesitant about working with him. Not because I would be doing anything wrong, just because I would be worried he could receive bad information and then I would be standing tall in front of a bar disciplinary panel defending myself. That would ruin my day!

Current Law Students / Re: Assistance Writing a Business Plan
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:52:31 AM »
In your local area you will have a Small Business Association that will assist you developing a Business Plan. I'm almost certain they won't cost you a thing. There's also another organization that uses retirees from the business world who want to work with up and coming businesses but I can't remember their name. Maybe the Chamber of Commerce could point you in the right direction.

If anyone on your team is prior military the VA has some excellent assistance programs you could use to help start a business.

arcturus has a valid point, as law students we are not licensed to practice law and therefore need to be leary of giving advice.

Good luck!

Current Law Students / Re: Anon LS Dean here taking questions...
« on: January 21, 2006, 05:23:37 PM »
I'm not trying to defend the socratic method here, but I don't see what all the fuss is about. In practice you will have to be prepared at all times for whatever situation might come up. Not only must you be prepared, you must be able to argue your position with competence and confidence. Check Rule 1.1 from the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. 

Isn't that what your professor wants in class when they call on you? If your reaction to pressure is a quivering lip then you might want to work on that. And if you can't overcome it then maybe LS is just not for you. I'm not trying to be mean but if you crumble during a trial you could cost your client more than a little embarrassment.

Anonymous_Dean: If you were just graduating from law school would you specialize? If so, which field? If not, why? If you had an engineering background would you run to IP law? I'm still early in my legal education, but when asked what kind of law I want to practice I avoid an answer. My background would point to IP law but my heart just isn't doing flips at the prospect. Not that I have anything against the field, I really don't know that much about it. I am just more of a people person and would enjoy the close interaction that a private practice could provide. But I hear how prosperous IP law is and how some lawyers in private practice barely survive. It's a tough call for me, luckily I have a while before I have to decide. What are your thoughts?

Current Law Students / Re: Getting legal advice from professors?
« on: January 15, 2006, 07:01:27 PM »
You know if you're wanting free legal advice to point you in the right direction you could always do the research yourself. Granted, you're not a lawyer yet, but you do have at least a basic knowledge of how the law works. Especially if it's a K or Property issue that needs to be answered. Of course you can't take your own advice to court, but the OP didn't say that they were going to be taking the professor to court either.

Just phrase your problem like a RWA assignment and do the research and see what you come up with. If nothing else you could take your results to your professor for verification. I think they would appreciate the fact that you had most of the legwork done instead of just coming to them wanting them to do everything.

Also, if you have issues you can't figure out you can always post them here. Lots of eager young legal minds with nothing but free time on their hands!  ;)

But in the end your parents are going to have to hire a real lawyer before they get to court! They just might be impressed if you can give them the answer before they pay someone else to do it.

Current Law Students / Re: LAW SCHOOL, YUCK!
« on: October 01, 2005, 07:18:27 PM »
I've already started book briefing the shorter cases (anything four pages or less). It has really given me a lot of time back! I would suggest that your book briefs be detailed enough to follow in class if called on. You can actually put quite a lot of information in the margins if you write small enough or use good key phrases/words! I'm sure that in the next few weeks I will be book briefing all but the largest cases. I also work full time and go to school at night so it's all about working smarter, not harder. Good luck and hang in there. You've worked hard to get this far, don't give up now.

Current Law Students / Re: Besides a palm pilot, what else is there?
« on: March 18, 2005, 03:42:59 PM »

I don't post too much but you have brought up a topic I can weigh in on. As a computer engineer I have watched the PDA technology develop over the years. I currently have an Ipaq h5550 which is a decent PDA that includes a biometrics fingerprint scanner for secure logon. Slap my little foldout keyboard on it and I'm set for any geek contest.  ;D

I want to caution you before you spend $300 - $700 on a PDA. The PDA market has been in a sharp decline for several years now thanks to smartphones. The current standard for cellphones called 3G is impressive. I don't want to get into the weeds on this, but 3G cellphones come with cable modem/DSL bandwidth speeds, embedded GPS functionality and many other advanced features. What manufacturers have done is take these standards and included features of the common PDA into a phone. These phones have become the cancer to the PDA market because most people do not want to carry a phone and PDA when they can combine that functionality into one device. These smartphones can be costly, but nothing worse than a decent PDA.

Of course it's your money and situation that you have to consider, but don't rule out the smartphone when deciding. I think you will be very happy with one.

If you do decide to stick with a PDA you should test the Palm vs Windows operating system to see which you like better.

I do not work for any cellphone provider or manufacturer. I work for the government, so I'm not trying to sell anything. I don't own a smartphone (yet) and really don't know which provider has the best deal.

Good luck.


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