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Current Law Students / Re: Write-On Competition
« on: April 09, 2007, 07:57:58 PM »
There was recently a write-on competition advertised at our school for the International Law Journal.  You can pick up the packet tommorrow and it is due on the 21st of April.  The main journal write-on does not even start until our semester ends.  Should I try to write-on to this journal?  I do not want to bank on getting on the main journal; but I also do not want to do two journals.  Has anyone done 2 journals here?  Thanks.

2 Journals... do you have any idea how depressing your life would be??  Cite-checking for 2 journals and 2 writing requirements.  If you want to get more involved, do moot court along with the journal.

Transferring / Re: ranking question
« on: April 09, 2007, 02:59:22 AM »
As far as I know, they will say I'm in the top 25%.  :-[

If my grades stay the same do I have a chance at mid T2's? I am looking to go back to the northeast, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova for example.

Do you work?

Current Law Students / Re: Working on Easter-who's with me?
« on: April 08, 2007, 04:00:56 PM »
Brief is due Tuesday, 2 weeks of classes left until finals- no reading days between end of class and start of finals. Literally, we have class Friday and our first exam Monday.

Skip classes the last week and prep for finals

Current Law Students / Re: PLEASE HELP! HUGE PROBLEM!
« on: April 08, 2007, 12:29:33 PM »
Ok, so I handed in my legal writing assignment today, but after coming back from class I was reading it over on my computer again and I noticed CUNTLICKER in between two other words.  Apparently my housemate came back really drunk in the morning and changed it, but he doesn't remember.  I had finished proofreading it and didn't even look it over in the morning before I printed it out.  I am really freaking out and I have never been more furious in my life.  Should I contact the professor?  Will she even let me hand in another copy.  Please help!!


Current Law Students / Re: Advice Needed
« on: April 08, 2007, 12:24:08 PM »
So unfortunately my hard drive somehow got wet the other day and all of my notes, etc. are gone.  I know I should have backed them all up and have now learned my lesson.  My question for you all is whether you think it is worth to email my professors and/or TA's explaining what happened and attempting to get some of their class notes.  Thanks for your advice.

As a TA, if you were to ask me, I would tell you that it is never too late to drop out of law school.  This is obviously a sign from the gods. 

Current Law Students / Re: Where does the bottom 50% end up?
« on: April 08, 2007, 06:28:17 AM »
It is my understanding that LSAC requires you to sign a form indicating that you give up the right to view the rec letters.  It seems that this practice indicates that the rec letters, even if sent directly to the school, are supposed to be entirely independent from you so that the person gives an honest opinion of your quality.

How hard can it be to get someone to take the time to write a letter for you anyways?

Current Law Students / Re: "I don't know"
« on: April 07, 2007, 02:56:37 PM »
About a week ago, a kid in my Torts class got taken to task for dropping that little bomb.  Our prof told us a story about how he was called on virtually every day by his Contracts prof in law school (30-40 years ago).  One day he honestly had no idea about the answer to the question.  He answered "I don't know."  The prof moved on, and never called on him again.  This sounded great at first, but then my prof realized that "I don't know" meant you didn't have anything good to say and you had given up.  So his professor found a new teacher's pet.

Bottom line, even if your teacher hates "weaseling" (another on of my prof's pet phrases), it's always better to BS than give up.

Uh, you are wrong.  Being a "teacher's pet" only makes you hated by your classmates... and honestly most teachers' pets get the coveted C's on the exam.  You don't get graded for classroom participation.

Didn't realize that cross-posting would be seen as obnoxious (or even noticed). Learning. Dupes deleted.

As to your remark about STUDENTS, I am one, now that I have been offered admission and plan to accept it, and my questions pertain to success during law school, not before. Everything I have heard suggests that it's best to hit the ground running. You may know how. Posting to a board of fellow newbies would strike me as a waste of time.

Thanks for the substantive responses. Always good to learn from one's elders.

This presumes:
a) no students post on the pre-law board; which is a fallacy.

b) that studying prior to school will help you. I'd suggest this is, for most, a fallacy, also.

I believe the advice from Red, which is wait to see what you need, is good advice.

And personally, I don't really consider you a student until you've actually attended law school, your current sense of entitlement not withstanding.

I'd carry it a bit further and not consider someone a "student" until they have returned the second semester after learning their grades from first semester.  Anyone can play law student first semester and bomb the finals.

Current Law Students / Re: What are "good grades?"
« on: March 29, 2007, 05:51:19 PM »
I just wish I didn't have to wait three hours between each delightful opportunity.

!!! at that rate, by the year 2009 I'll have an insane reputation score.

Current Law Students / Re: Political Science Advantage...
« on: March 29, 2007, 05:49:04 PM »

In a good PoliSci paper, you need to think of counterarguments for anything that you say and rebut them. Also, because you learn so many different theories, you learn to accept the fact that there are 2 sides (at least) to every issue. You learn that there is never a black and white answer. You learn that you need to use reasoning to prove a point in a paper. You learn to see everything from so many different perspectives and ask the very questions that come in handy in law school. Also, I think that cranking out papers all of the time for Political Science prepared me for law school. I have scored above average on every legal writing assignment this year.

????  Am I the only poly/sci major here who didn't even begin his/her undergrad "poly/sci papers" until I ran out of beer the night before it was due??  I can honestly say, none of what this person said ever even crossed my mind while writing these things.  I highly doubt any undergrad, at least the ones I know, approached their assignments in any way that would prepare them for law school (However, the copious amounts of alcohol consumed did prepare us for the second year of law school).

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