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I just turned 40 and am in my 3rd year.  It depends where you go to school.  I am friends with 22 year olds, but don't try to be them.  I don't party with them, and I kid them about what they put on their Myspace accounts.  They can learn a lot from you, and vice versa.  My technology knowledge has increased dramatically.

Just be yourself and don't try to go back to your 20's.  I wouldn't want to go there even if they paid me!!

Current Law Students / Re: Federal IncomeTax Code and Reg. Question
« on: August 18, 2007, 07:22:41 PM »
Talk to you prof - but, you should be OK with 2006-2007. 

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 22, 2006, 10:03:08 PM »
I love it - but you do have to type in a bigger font because printing it out in 12 point hurts your eyes when you read it - you have to try it to see what I am talking about

I found it on Ebay for $15 - this was a year ago.  It made my life much simpler, and everyone uses it, so it is easy to trade notes with classmates.


Current Law Students / Lexis-Nexis Representative
« on: May 31, 2006, 07:59:25 PM »
DOes anyone out there have any experience as a L-N or Westlaw rep?  I am considering applying for a position, and wanted to get some feedback.  THanks

Current Law Students / Re: Engineers in Law School
« on: January 02, 2006, 02:14:33 PM »
My best friend at school has an undergrad in engineering - I think electrical.  She ended up being the star in the class and got a 3.9. 

my study group consisted of 2 other people.  We did our own outlines, but just started talking about the whole course from beginning to end - we put in 10 hour days - we were fortunate enough to have 2 - 3 days between finals.  I found I needed to see the info, hear the info, write the info, and talk about the info.  I was fortunate because the other 2 people also found that this system worked for them.  But then again, everyone is very different.  I think it is a waste to have a study group to prepare for class, but will try and do review sessions with my group every Friday morning just to make sure we are all getting teh same info out of classes.

I was petrified about being put on probation - I don't know if I put it on this post, but my school puts you on probation at 2.5 and you are out 2.1.  I don't want to hear how unfair it is for a T4 to do this, blah blah blah.  THis is the school that I am at, and there is nothing I can do about it.  Everyone told me I would be fine, and I didn't believe them.  And lo and behold they were right.  The funny thing is my best grades were in Legal Writing and Civ Pro, both of which I struggled with during the semester.  I had been out of school for 15 years, so my writing skills are more than rusty....  Torts was my worst grade, which seemed like the easiest class to me, so you just never know.

We were lucky enough to get our grades by Dec 16 - I can't imagine not knowing until January!!!

Get in a study group early on.  My best friends at law school are the type who like to study on their own.  They are talented enough to read it and absorb it.  I did horribly on midterms  - what a wake up call, and hooked up with an awesome group after Thanksgiving and did quite well. 

Other lessons learned......
Outline earlier, brief less, don't worry so much about being prepared for class, be more concerned if I don't understand something in class, review every week, legal writing is a giant pain in the ass, outsiders actually think we know something after only one semester of law school!

It will never be as hard as it was the first 8 - 10 weeks of school - we now have a clue and know what the teachers want from us.

Current Law Students / Re: books before starting law school
« on: December 31, 2005, 01:37:23 PM »
Save the money, and go get a massage the week of orientation.  I read about 6 books, and other than One L, which only managed to scare the *&^% out of me, they were useless.  If you want to read anything, trashy novels are a good bet.

Current Law Students / Re: Full Time or Evening?
« on: November 10, 2005, 11:50:54 AM »
I am older than you ( I am not saying how much older), and I go full time during the day.  I think you are so mentally drained, spent, however you want to word it, after reading so much material and listening to the professors, that it would be extremely difficult to then give 100% at a job.

You need to look at what would happen if you went at night, and screwed up at work - you don't need a bad recommendation from your place of employment.

This semseter has FLOWN by - everyone you are with at school is poor too, and there really is no time to go out and spend money anyway.  I also think 4 classes at night vs 5 during the day is not enough of a "break".  I would say go full time the first year - then decide what you want to do.  I have spoken to upperclassmen who didn't work at all first year, took a couple of classes in the summer, and then took 4 classes eash semester second year and worked part time.

You will either end up having huge loans if you go full time, or huge amounts of stress in addition to the ordinary stress you have now if you try to go at night - you need to decide which is more tolerable for you.


I attend St Thomas and have Makdasi for Property

I met with him and he told me to memorize the following chart - I write it down as soon as I get to a test.....

Interest                 depends on...

Vested Remainder          no condition precedent

Contingent Remainder      condition precedent

Executory Limitation       Condition Subsequent

Right of Reentry          Condition Subsequent

Possibility of Reverter    Condition Subsequent

Reversion                 No condition subsequent

then I list the 3 condition subsequents in alphabetical order and match them up with their "Siamese twin" ( one of Makdasi's terms)

Executory Interest          matches with Executory Limitation

Possibility of Reverter      determinable "as long as"

Right of Reentry             condition subsequent

just follow the chart.  This method makes it much easier.

Makdasi also focuses on train drawings - the older editions of his books have it.

Everyone trashes T4 schools, but I think it is kind of ironic that the upper tier schools are using a book written by a Harvard Grad that teaches at a T4 school.....

I can't give you much help with Shelley's doctrine, doctrine of worthier title, etc.  At this point Makdasi just wants us to concentrate on the basics if we don't know them by now.

Hope this helps!

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