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Current Law Students / Re: Once you are on law review
« on: July 11, 2007, 04:39:24 AM »
When they say an editor position, I don't think they mean an executive position, like EIC, whomever is in charge of the article selections, etc.  Just any 3L position.

And to answer the question, the answer is no.  You have to put a minimum of work into the review, no question about it.  If you do really poorly, you will get kicked off, or you'll get some sham job just to avoid having to kick you off.  Otherwise, if you just aren't that good at cite checking, but try hard and get things done on time, nothing will happen.  And unless you have a really overzealous EIC micromanaging everything, it's hard for him or her to know what 2L associates are doing, since their work probably passes through a lot of hands before it gets to the EIC.  Unless you perform so badly that you get consistently poor reviews, and your immediate supervisor is complaining all the time, you're fine.

Just put a good faith effort into everything, and try to improve all your cite checking as the year goes on.

Current Law Students / Re: Comment Topics
« on: July 10, 2007, 08:33:32 AM »
Write about whichever topic interests you more, because if you are writing about something you don't care about, your odds of producing something of publishable quality are zero.  You have to care to do that good of a job.

If both topics interest you equally, write about the one that will get you published.  And consider why you might not want to practice in that field.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Review time committment?
« on: July 10, 2007, 08:30:50 AM »
It really depends on how stuff is assigned.  Some reviews there's a steady couple of hours all the time.  Other reviews, you might get 3 or 4 weeks where you're given 20-40 hours of work to do.

It's generally not the all-consuming beast people make it out to be.

Current Law Students / Re: to the site
« on: July 10, 2007, 04:21:17 AM »
Getting into law school poses much less of a problem.  As long as some sufficient time has elapsed without you getting into any trouble, and you are upfront about everything, you should be able to get into school.  Most schools don't do background checks, but you have to put this stuff on your law school application because if there are discrepancies it can affect your ability to get admitted to the bar.

As for the Florida bar, good luck.  The character and background checks for the Florida bar are, without question, the hardest in the country.  If you're really dedicated to practicing law in Florida, you might be able to do it, but it would be long and arduous, having to answer a lot of questions.  If it was me, I would look to practice somewhere else.

There was a guy in his 70s in last years 1L class.

There are plenty of law schools that cater to the non-traditional student.  In fact, it seems more and more likely that you won't be able to get into Northwestern soon without some significant work experience.

Drop the pass/fail class, pick up a graded class, and take the elective.  And work hard.  When planning for second semester, look for uncurved classes like seminars and writing classes.

Current Law Students / Re: dean's list in law school
« on: July 05, 2007, 04:35:07 AM »
It means you got a high class rank.  It doesn't mean anything more than the grades that got it for you.  But those grades are pretty important.

Current Law Students / Re: MC Law School Exams?!?
« on: July 03, 2007, 04:24:17 AM »
Read carefully, eliminate obviously wrong answers, trust your gut.

That's pretty much it.

Current Law Students / Re: So I didnt make law review...
« on: July 03, 2007, 04:21:25 AM »
You need to do a secondary journal or moot court, just to do something.  I think it's really just to show that you're willing to take on more work that you absolutely have to, which is obviously valuable to a law firm.

On the outlining in September vs. waiting until near the end of the semester, it's all about what you're comfortable with.  If you have free time, and it's eating at you that you haven't started outlining in September, then start your outline.  Just remember, you're going to have to spend some time editing and refining it because there will be connections between the material at the beginning and end of most classes.

As long as you understand what an outline is supposed to be, a personalized summary of the information in the class which mostly gets its value from its creation, you can start it anytime you like.  Just make sure you start it early because it will lose some value if it's simply a list of shortened notes.

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