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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!

Current Law Students / Re: Law Firms - Background Check?
« on: July 13, 2005, 06:46:39 AM »
I work for a law firm where we have had problems with clients not mentioning prior arrests when they were going for background checks for guardianships and bond applications.  What I have learned is this - DO NOT LIE!  if they ask on the application, put yes.  WHen it comes up have an explanation.  It is a simple as that.  People think they won't get caught, but you will, and if you lied, you are immediately disqualified.  They don't care if the lie was about jaywalking and you were embarrassed - they see your integrity in the situation and that you will lie when asked to speak the truth.  HTH

St. Thomas (Florida) / Re: Anyone in the Fall 1l class?
« on: July 12, 2005, 04:49:55 PM »
I'd like to try and revive this thread - any takers??

DId you use recorders in undergrad?  I graduated a long time ago, and just finished 5 paralegal courses at my local community college and did it without recording them.  I have no experience with the digital recorders and just wonder if it is really necessary/worthwhile.  I just don't have enough hours in the day to relisten to them due to family obligations.  Any additional info would be appreciated.  Thanks


I think you need to use what you feel comfortable with.  Mess around witht he programs this summer and see which one you like best.  Word and Wordperfect are a lot alike, however, like I said it seems like law firms tend to use WordPerfect - again, that may just be with the ones I have been in contact with.  Any typing skills will serve you well as a lawyer - even if you have an assistant and paralegal you will still do a tremendous amount of typing.

  I am not familiar with One NOte - what is the recording feature?

I did look into Dragon Naturally Speaking - a friend mentioned that recording and then having the computer transcribe it sounded like a good idea, but the more I looked into it, I didn't think it would work in a lecture hall.


YOu really need to work on your anger management and variety of responses

If this is YOUR thread ( I didn't realize we would claim ownership to a thread) then stay on topic if you don't want anyone else to go off topic.

We use Wordperfect at the office to do merge documents with Time Matters and TIme Slips which a lot of legal offices use - the experience working with it in school will be positive for the "real world".  ALso, there is a Legal Toolbar on wordperfect which sets up an outline and other features which I have yet to use. 


Current Law Students / Re: Day vs. Evening Programs
« on: June 20, 2005, 06:14:48 PM »
my .02 - I turned down FIU evening program ( price tag $8k per year) because it was 4 nights a week for 4 years, and am going to St Thomas ( $25K per year) for 3 years - I just want to get it over with.  I have 2 kids, so my situation is different than yours.  I think if you can swing not working for 1 year, and then working PT the next two, suck it up for 3 years and go days- that way you may be poor for three years, but you will have a chance at a life and some time with your sweetie.

Good luck in whatever you decide

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