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Current Law Students / Re: tools, spoiled brats and jerks...
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:14:57 PM »
Like anything in the world - it is what you make of it.  If you go into it expecting everybody to be jerks, that is probably what will happen.  Keep an open mind about people.  The person I thought was really weird the first few weeks is now my best friend.  Actually, except for a small minority that you can just ignore, most of my classmates are pretty good people.  It will be OK.  Just clear steer of the super competitive ones - they are the ones that will make you miserable with their subtle put downs and superior nature.  You will figure out who they are within weeks.

Current Law Students / Re: How much time required?
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:11:27 PM »
I went back to finish my undergrad after 20+ years away.  I had a very tough, hard science major but even that didn't prepare me for law school - it is just different.  I do feel your pain about competeing with the youngsters that have NOTHING to be responsible for except themselves and law school.  Family obligations are hard to meet.  I have a husband and college aged son that are very committed to what I am doing and have no problems with my family.  You simply must get your family on board!  That is the only way to do it.  Many of my classmates have young families and I think the ones that are most successful are the one that have spouses/partners that are really taking on the burden of most of the day to day childcare and family stuff.  Is your husband ready for that?  Does he have any idea what this is about?  Even though your classes will end by 3, that is no guarantee you will be home.  There are study groups. research, meetings, etc.  Don't count on being able to be home early consistently. Also, that is just one have no idea what it will be like next semester or next year.  I suggest that you join a group for non--traditional law students - that is not just the "old" ones like me, it is also for ones with families, etc.  They can be very supportive and provide the social opportunities for your entire family that will help your husband realize that he is not alone and you are truly not neglecting him.  My biggest advice is to just simplify your life.  Get things like routine doctor appointments and back to school shopping out of the way.  Do not in any way shape or form accept any out of school commitments such as PTA. Keep up with your work so that you are not desperate around finals.  Be disciplined and don't let ANYONE guilt you into anything.  Most important, sit your husband down and lay it out for him. Quite frankly, I have also made a conscience decision to accept lower grades.  I have realized that I don't have to study very much except at finals to get average grades and that when I do bust my butt I barely made the top third anyway.  My life is easier now that I have accepted the middle.  Oh yeah - don't forget that summers are not time for play.  You must get internships or you will be at a terrible disadvantage when it comes to getting permanent employment.  If you would like to discuss anything, feel free to e-mail me privately.  Bottom line is, you can do it.  It won't be easy, but you can.  Don't be afraid to admit you need help and when someone offers help, take it.  One more thing - you mention you are used to a lot of reading.  That is good, but this reading is different, it is more tiresome and diffiuclt to plod through.  You are not reading for "facts" so much as reading to reach a process of analysis and learning how to (dare I say it?) "think like a lawyer".  I, too, used to be able to read and read and read.  Not anymore.  Plodding through about 50 pages a night doesn't seem like much for voracious readers, but when it is a law school casebook it is pretty tough to do day after day.  Just a warning.

Current Law Students / Re: Building outlining tool for MS Word
« on: April 24, 2006, 06:29:57 PM »
This is what makes me nuts...the "add to dictionary" feature.  We use a lot of words that word highlights as incorrect spellings.  (For the life of me, can't seem to think of one now!)  Anyway, if I add it to the dictionary, I would love that all forms of the word be added, like the plural form, etc. 

Also - when doing an outlining format...well that whole thing is just cumbersome and wish it could be a lot easier.  I made a basic document and just use that whenever I start a new outline....but it is still a pain.

Saint Louis U / Re: SLU, anyone?
« on: April 20, 2006, 09:42:15 PM »
I am a current 2L at SLU and a lifelong resident of the area.  Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.  Some asked about the light rail near SLU. The closest Metro Link stop is the Grand Avenue stop. (Metro Link runs from teh airport by the way.)  From that you can hop a SLU shuttle to the law school.  But, the shuttle does not run all the time.  Will have to check out that schedule.  It is really too far to walk and, quite frankly, I would not like to be at that particular stop alone late at night.  Daytime is just fine. If you do not want a car and do not want to do the Lindell Towers or COronado...then I suggest an apartment somewhere in the Central West End.  You can ride the Lindell public bus line right to the door of the law school.  Most people do have cars, but I know several students who get by just fine without one.  I happen to live in Illinois, right across the river. (the MIssissippi that it.)  Anyway, during late night study sessions, I often envy those people that live in the Lindell Towers or the Coronado.  They can right over for lunch/dinner, take breaks during the day and sleep till the last minute in the morning.  In fact, I seriously considered renting an apartment there just for the heck of it...even though I live only 25 minutes away. There is also a newly renovated apartment building called the Moolah temple that is just about a block down.  Very close fact, closer than most of the parking.  As far as the has really been coming back and within a couple of years, it is going to be even better.  real Estate there is very hot right now, but there are some great rental deals.  I certainly wouldn't rule it out, especially the Washington Avenue area.

Current Law Students / Re: question for the female law students
« on: August 06, 2005, 10:13:47 PM »
Here's a novel way to resolve this, the same way the men do....find a husband that wants to stay at home and raise his kids. 

Current Law Students / Re: entering 2nd year -need advice
« on: July 07, 2005, 05:20:11 PM »
I have figured out that I just can't grasp writing these darn exams.  I have gone to academic services and worked with them on the IRAC type analysis of exam writng.  They, and all my first year professors, really emphasize writing practice exams.  I found that to be an exercise in frustration as that was very time consuming and the only feedback I got was "you are on the right track".  Obviously, I wasn't.  Feedback from professors was also very sketchy and not really helpful. I never had trouble spotting the issues.  THe trouble was mostly analysis, but I didn't really feel like they were that bad compared to some of the top exams I was allowed to compare mine to.  My question is the LEEWS system.  I have 4 friends in the top 10% and every single one of them swear by it.  I am willing to spend the money on it.  But, is it just as helpful for 2nd and 3rd year exams?  It only seems to be marketed to first years.

Saint Louis U / Re: New SLU Students
« on: May 01, 2005, 09:51:22 PM »
I am a current 1L at SLU.  Please e-mail me and I will be happy to give you any info you want.  And don't be scared away by the talk of the bad neighborhoods around the school.  It is really not a problem.

Current Law Students / Storelaw
« on: February 21, 2005, 11:46:46 PM »
I know this subject has been discussed before, but.....does anyone use Storelaw?  I am particularly interested in using it to organize my class notes and prepare outlines.  I am also wondering how the flashcard software works.  Can you generate flash cards automatically from the outline?  Any info would be appreciated.  I do not really care about the briefing part, just making outlines.  I used Flashlaw for a little while, but didn't find it very useful.  Is Storelaw similar?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Props to Non-Trads
« on: May 20, 2007, 12:37:52 PM »
I, too, am also quite alarmed by the naivete of some of my classmates.  But, what I find most alarming is that the girls have seemed to regressed in their attitudes about motherhood and working.  So many are saying they will not work once they have babies - and I gently remind them they should wait to make that decision until that time comes.  After all, it might be more practical for the dad to stay at home or, even to hire a nanny.  You would think I was suggeting infanticide with the reactions I get.  Then they go on and on about how they don't understand why they didn't get an internship at BIGLAW with their fantastic resumes and grades and I tell them it might have something to do with the first question out of their mouth being about the maternity policy.  It is a bit scary...I fought like crazy for repect for women in the workplace when I was in the trenches in the late 70's/early 80's.  Now, so many of my female classmates want to just blow off their expensive educations and become full time mothers.  They treat law school like a very expensive match-making endeavor.  Now, this is not all the females, just some, but an amount that alarms me.  On a lighter note - if you really want to impress your classmates - go on a bar crawl with them and drink real shots like tequila instead of the wimpy things they call shots.  That will teach the children how to really drink and give you a whole new source of respect.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / I'm finally off a waitlist!
« on: June 19, 2004, 11:49:11 AM »
Well, finally, I get to say I am going to law school.  .

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