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General Board / Re: What can you do to push and motivate yourself?
« on: May 20, 2005, 12:04:45 PM »
I don't like anything that I have to "develop a taste for"--there are enough things to spend money on and add calories to my diet that  I like naturally (like chocolate!!).  Why add more?

Coffee, wine, caviar...blech. Developing a taste is a waste of time.  :)

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General Board / Re: What can you do to push and motivate yourself?
« on: May 18, 2005, 06:48:15 PM »
Alcohol is also expensive and high in calories. And wine tastes bad.

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General Board / Re: What can you do to push and motivate yourself?
« on: May 17, 2005, 01:05:47 PM »
Nope. :)

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General Board / Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« on: May 17, 2005, 01:04:27 PM »
If you do your outlines too far in advance you won't remember anything and you miss out on some of the experience.  My thoughts--organize your notes in an outline like form weekly or each time you finish a major topic.  Use your syllabus as a guide for this.  Do your REAL outline later, when you have more perspective on the course/big picture.  I start about 3 weeks before finals. 

Also, don't do what we advise if it doesn't work for you.  Some people don't outline at all. 

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General Board / Re: Need Advice- Character and Fitness Q's
« on: May 17, 2005, 01:02:06 PM »
There should be someone at your law school who can help.  They wouldn't have accepted you after disclosing all that if you definitely wouldn't be able to sit for the bar in your state. They don't want grads who can't take/pass the bar.

At our school, they did something at orientation about this--and told everyone that if you had concerns you should go talk to a designated person at school.  There is no sense in spending three years and a bunch of money just to find out you can't take the bar.  They also told us that what you did before law school matters much less than what you do once you've chosen the legal profession.  Having good references and a clean record throughout law school should help.  BUT--don't get into any more trouble! 

Finally, in some states I know you can do character and fitness stuff early, during 1L.  Do that, because they'll let you know right then if your history is already too much. 

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The LSATs aren't a perfect predictor of first year performance, though.  Don't be so concerned with prestige/transferring that you forget that your best is all you can do.  No matter where you go, 90% of your class won't be in the top 10% at the end of year one (or year two or year three...).  I think that it's great to think for the future, but go to law school if you wanna be a lawyer, and realize that you might not get to transfer out.  I never planned to transfer, but I know a lot of people who did, and it only made it that much worse for them when they didn't get the grades they needed.

Many a successful attorney has come out of a lesser ranked school.

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General Board / Re: Does practicing law require a lot of patience?
« on: May 11, 2005, 12:15:20 PM »
I think that life requires patience.  My advice to you is to ask a lawyer these questions rather than posting on this board with law students.  We don't really know what it will be like to practice because we've never done it before!  :)

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Law Firms / Re: I'm Looking For Law Student  to take on case
« on: May 10, 2005, 11:08:00 PM »
Dude, this is scary.  I know it's old, but I just thought it would make sense to remind everyone here that you can't practice until licensed.  Who would want a law student on a homicide case alone anyway!?!!?!?!  SPOOKY!

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Definitely get your resume in shape, and update it as 1L progresses.  Actually, this is something all adults should do.  You should always have a current resume available.  Every time you change jobs/responsibilities or get an honor of some sort, add it.  You never know when someone will ask for a copy.

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General Board / Re: Government Work and Politics
« on: May 07, 2005, 12:40:19 PM »
When I meet people who are employed to serve the community around them, but act like everyone else is doing something wrong when they work for a for-profit organization, it just makes me think that THEIR motives aren't "pure."  If the point is that you're doing the work because you find it personally satisfying and beneficial to others, you'd probably leave it at that.  If you have to put other people down for having different goals, I don't know that the public service work is about helping people so much as it is about covering up your own guilt about the fact that you aren't really as "noble" as you'd like to appear.  Those who are truly noble wouldn't treat other people like that.

Just a thought.

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