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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Planet law School II
« on: February 12, 2006, 10:57:05 AM »
I'm nearly done PLS II. The first thing I would say is that it's actually 2 books: (1) on how to prep for law school and an intro on what lawyerly analysis consists of (2) Aticus' bitter rants about law professors and law schools. These two are obviously related (in that if you prep the screwed up games you profs play won't work) but need not be. From the reviews I've read here and on Amazon it seems that people are so turned of by the bitter and accusatory tone of the book that they don't consider the rest of it.

I actually like both parts of the book. Even if the second is a little paranoid and bitter it's a nice counterbalance to those who deify law school and law profs while ignoring some of the blatant bs both prepetrate. It is often very funny, loaded with juicy annecdotes (the one about the former Boalt dean is particularily unreal), and driven by by what seems like a genuine concern for future law students.

But putting this part of the book aside (which i think understandably makes it a non-starter for so many) it is a great, great resource. The materials he recommends and the study schedules he proposes are very helpful. Also there are a few chapters where he is able to give people a good initial sense of just what law school and the legal profession consist of. In one breaks down a case from the perspective of the lawyers involved (i.e. the case between the fans who claimed rightful ownership of Barry Bonds 73 homerun). In another he prints and critiques a student's answer to an exam question (the exam question itself takes up 5 pages) and then provides his own answer. Chapters like this are very entertaining and informative.

So obviously I really like this book. I guess after my first year I'll be able to evaluate it better.

I'm finsihing up Planet Law School II. I've read Delaney's book on legal reasoning (seemed a little too basic) and am halfway through the Aspen primer on Civil Proc.

I think for the most part I'm going to follow what PLS says. I might be overkill but I'd rather me more prepared. I play in a band and I hope to continue  this during law school so I figure if I can make life easier on myself next year by prepping now it's worth it.

Oh Canada! / Re: NYU/York joint JD/LLB program
« on: February 11, 2006, 07:42:57 AM »
Thanks so much for the info ehm!

The Stone Roses and not coffee (because my f-ing roommate drank it all)

Oh Canada! / Re: NYU/York joint JD/LLB program
« on: February 08, 2006, 11:35:42 PM »
Yeah, what the @#!* is that loan program?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Quoted GAK
« on: February 05, 2006, 04:41:43 PM »
what is GAK?

Acceptances / Re: In at NYU!
« on: February 05, 2006, 04:23:46 PM »
I got in too!!!  First acceptance.  

Only 28 days between sending the app and getting the acceptance...

I had been out drinking that night, and come home at 3AM to find the big manilla envelope- so of course we had to go out and celebrate the next night too.  

Only thing that worries me about NYU is its ultra-liberal reputation, but I see they have a Fed Soc. chapter there, so there must be some sane people...

Wow. You sound so f-ing stupid.

Acceptances / Re: In at NYU!
« on: February 05, 2006, 03:49:15 PM »
If I went Complete there on Dec. 2 and haven't heard anything, and they've accepted a boatload of people who applied long after me, does that mean I'm pretty much dinged?  That's the feeling I get.

Take a look at last year's acceptance/rejection trends in LSN to got some idea. But it seams to me that if you were "pretty much dinged" they would ding you. They just need to marinate on some applications more than others.

Acceptances / Re: In at NYU!
« on: February 04, 2006, 10:36:01 PM »
Thanks!  Congrats to you too!!

Way to go man. My first was NYU as well. Don't make the same mistake I did and blow lots of cash celebrating.

Oh Canada! / Re: NYU/York joint JD/LLB program
« on: February 04, 2006, 07:31:39 AM »
I need to decide between NYU and Columbia. I'm leaning towards the former but no point in deciding until I check out admitted students day at both.

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