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1L job search / Re: Is it frowned upon to study abroad....
« on: May 05, 2005, 10:15:42 PM »
No, it's not frowned upon.  If you want to do it and can afford it, go!  It'll thrill interviewers to have something so interesting to talk about and you'll have the time of your life.  Law schools encourage it for a reason....take the opportunity while you have it. 

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1L job search / Re: summer before law school
« on: May 05, 2005, 10:14:00 PM »
Try your undergraduate school's alumni office or career services office and find alums who are lawyers in the area.  Use that as your "hook" in a cover letter explaining how eager you are and why you'd be a great asset to a firm.  Mention in your cover letter that if that firm doesn't have any needs right now, you would encourage that alum to pass your resume on to another firm.  Maybe you'll get some suggestions. 

Also, it wouldn't hurt to ask some alums if you could have lunch with them sometime and discuss the legal profession.  Never too early to start networking. Focus particularly on people who went to your undergrad institution as well as your chosen law school. 

Good Luck!  Just remember, having legal experience before law school really isn't that important.  If it's what you want to do, great...but if you have ever dreamed of leading white water rafting excursions down the Colorado or whatever...this might just be your last chance (with any luck!!).

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General Board / Re: Government Work and Politics
« on: May 05, 2005, 05:24:38 PM »
This thread has me wondering how many people in law school end up doing exactly what they thought they would do...

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: subliminal studying?
« on: May 05, 2005, 12:31:13 AM »
I wonder how deeply you sleep if you're dreaming about puzzles.

I know that last semester I would study civ pro until my eyes wouldn't stay open, and then I would dream about hypos while I slept.  I would wake up and still feel so tired--like I had already taken a test.

Also, I personally tried this as a child with vocal music tapes (I thought I could learn the french lyrics faster that way).  I don't think it helped.  In regard to studying for law school, other than listening to pre-purchased exam prep materials, just making the tapes to see if it worked would be a huge waste of time. PLUS, unless you only studied while asleep or did this a whole bunch of times, how would you know that your brilliant performance was from the recording?  Maybe you studied better while awake or were just a Con Law pro. (insent course you're taking now there...)

Just my thoughts. 

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General Board / Re: Are most exams open book?
« on: May 05, 2005, 12:23:51 AM »
Most exams at my school are closed book. 

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General Board / Re: Help in deciding summer employment!
« on: May 05, 2005, 12:23:02 AM »
I am a law student and I would say take the paying job.  What you do this summer matters far less in finding employment in or after law school than you think it does.  Make some money and relax.  :)  Keep the AG in mind for after 1L year or during the winter break, though. 


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General Board / Re: What exactly is "Black Letter Law"
« on: May 04, 2005, 07:54:19 PM »
The reason people talk about black letter law (which is essentially what the others here posted--the law) is that it's easy in law school classes to get caught up in what all the different courts say and miss the basic principles that the cases are in the books to teach.  Those principles are the black letter law.

Depending on the professor (some like to hear about all the cases, but most don't) you'll want to put that black letter law in your outlines, memorize it, and apply it on the exams, rather than analyzing the cases (the Goetz court said this, but it was wrong because...). 

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General Board / Re: What can you do to push and motivate yourself?
« on: May 03, 2005, 04:52:37 PM »
More keeping people in check?  You're gonna be an awesome parent one day!! :)

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General Board / Re: Things you wish you would have known as a 1L
« on: May 03, 2005, 04:38:01 PM »
Hey, I didn't say that I'm encouraged by the 200,000th generic post about "what kind of laptop 1Ls should get"--just that it doesn't infuriate me, either.

Thanks for saying I'm a sweet person (or seem like it or whatever). ;)

Edit:  also, not everything is crap that people here say.  I just don't understand the whole "yeah, I memorized the elements of every tort before I even started law school" or the "I'm gonna make a million dollars and you're going to be poor and live in a trash can because you don't go to (insert school here) like me" stuff.

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General Board / Re: Lexis and Westlaw Points
« on: May 03, 2005, 01:20:48 AM »
You must not have to do very much research at your school...

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