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Transferring / Re: I've gotta get out of this place
« on: February 08, 2005, 06:40:02 AM »
So with you there guys.  My law school blows too - not so much the students, but the facilities and the professors.  If these professors just got off their d**mn f**cking high horses and put themselves in our shoes, they'd realize what a pain in the ass they are!!!  (Venting again, can you tell?)

Today, I found an empty room w/ some chairs and sofas by the library study area and assumed they had just opened up a new study area (since it's connected to the student study area, there was no sign and the door was open).  Some freaking female dog-Ass came by to tell me that it's a faculty lounge area.  Why the f**ck do they need a lounge anyway?  They have their offices; we're the ones struggling to find any quiet place we can to study - and that's what I am paying here to do! 

Such minor incidents taken together have really started to tick me off.  And forget leaving campus during the break to study somewhere else - it takes at least 1/2 hr circling around to find parking.  But does the school care - No!  Do they ask graduating seniors for donations? - Yes!  Am I going to donate? - f**ck no!

Oh, and the law school is in a bad old town as well.  I haven't heard of very many "big" law schools.  Most post-grad programs tend to be fairly small - the incoming class here is about 300/yr now.  So, no luck there.

Current Law Students / Re: Serious Relationships in Law School
« on: February 06, 2005, 06:40:49 AM »

I am in my 2nd semester, and my bf and I are in a long distance relationship right now.  We had been dating for 3.5 years when I moved and we're fairly serious though no marriage plans.  Even though he only lives 2 hours away, I miss him terribly b/c I don't get to see him much except like every other weekend or so.  I realize would be quite different from your situation if he's in SF and you in NY, but I can give you some general advice.

(1) We talked about him moving closer to me, but at the end decided it may not be a good idea if something happened between us and I didn't want him to feel as if he moved just for me.  However if a good career opportunity came up for him in the area, then I'd love to have him closer to me.

(2) If he was closer, I don't know if I would be able to get any work done!  When I do see him, I hardly get any work done, so it's almost better than he's not here all the time.

(3) We maintained our relationship well after a few setbacks.  With the lack of time during the 1st semester, I would set extremely rigid schedules for myself including phone calls with my bf (I know it sounds crazy), but eventually, I relaxed and and we both adjusted.

Overall, I would advise that if are not already living together that you refrain from cohabitating when you first start law school.  Law school is stressful enough and you do not need relationship stress layered on top.

Current Law Students / Re: Best School for Students Who Hate Law School?
« on: February 01, 2005, 05:04:06 PM »
Hi Nezhin:

Feel your pain.  See my post titled "Keeping Spirits High." 

I agree w/ you that schools need to focus more on the actual teaching ability of these professors rather than how many publications they have regurtitated out.

I have talked to some other people outside of my school and this board about it and have come up w/ this strategy:

1) Grin and bear it
2) Focus more on getting something out of the academic aspect and future career prospects of the school and look for support and comfort from friends outside school.  If I need specific, classroom help, I rely more on myself, then my study group, and then lastly the professors.

I started law school last semester and got $50 in Lexis Gift Certificates and a travel rolling luggage kit from Westlaw last semester.  This semester, I have over 1000 Lexis points (getting pretty close to ordering more certificates) and 92 sweepstakes entries.  I have over 2300 Westlaw points, and hoping to get one of those queen air beds (good for traveling).  Free Stuff is so much more Fun! :)

Current Law Students / Re: Keeping Spirts High . . .
« on: January 31, 2005, 05:50:09 PM »
Well, I haven't really gained weight, but I feel tired and lethargic which equates to feeling fat and gross.  And on top of that, feeling frustrated due to lack of support / resources here doesn't help.

Today, I actually thought about quitting and getting an accounting degree (I am a business undergrad) instead, but decided to just stick it out for the next 5 semesters.

For now, I am just trying to focus on learning this stuff on my own as much as possible and asking questions to other students.  Unfortunately, most professors here do not seem to be a very helpful resource even when I proactively plan, make outlines and stay ahead.

Thanks for letting me vent guys . . .

Current Law Students / Re: Keeping Spirts High . . .
« on: January 31, 2005, 01:37:26 PM »
I have been working out 1-2 times a week w/ a friend and it definitely helps.  I thought this particular professor seemed nice as first too compared to the rest . . . but seriously, are they ALL like this?

Current Law Students / Keeping Spirts High . . .
« on: January 31, 2005, 11:43:47 AM »
. . . has got to be one of the most difficult things about law school.  I am trying and trying.  Eating crap, not getting enough sleep, getting fat, chronic exhausation, lack of time for those I care about . . in short, I am hitting depression.

It's so frustrating - I studied like hell last semester and ended up a 3.29 (T1 school where a 3.34 last yr was top 1/3), so I think it's safe to say I am somewhere around the top 1/2 of the class.  Not terrible for the 1st semester, but a far cry from doing 1/2 the amount of work in undergrad and ending up w/ 3.9s each semester.

I went to see one of my professors today to clarify some things that I was confused about.  She seemed to have this bias that students who use laptops to take notes in class do not quite grasp things as well.  (I have a laptop, but don't agree w/ her there.  I was there w/ another friend who doesn't take notes on a laptop and we were both confused on the same issues.)  When we asked her questions, she would start out w/ saying something like "that's what you have to ask yourself . . . " or "I have said this at least 5 times in class."  Ugghhh - then why the hell are we here asking questions?!

I got some of my questions answered, so that was good, but it's Monday and I already feel rotten.  I realize I am being a bit sensitive and shouldn't take things seriously, but come on . . . I have yet to meet a professor here who isn't at least 1/2 a male private part.  Any suggestions for a frustrated depressed 1L?

Current Law Students / Re: 1st Semester GPA
« on: January 21, 2005, 04:23:49 AM »
I am not sure what my class rank is (we don't get that until August).  However, for last fall's incoming class, a 3.34 placed you in the top 1/3 of the class.

Current Law Students / 1st Semester GPA
« on: January 20, 2005, 07:18:10 PM »
Hey guys:

I got a 3.29 my 1st semester at a tier 1 law school. I plan to go into Estates and Trusts and/or Real Estate, hopefully somewhere in South Florida.

Is my GPA adequate for what I want to do or does it need a significant increase?

Current Law Students / Books - Sell or Keep? Help!
« on: December 14, 2004, 07:13:18 AM »
Hey guys:

Just finishng off my 1st semester at UF.  Any advice on whether I should keep my textbooks or sell them back?

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