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Current Law Students / Re: Anyone need a discount code for
« on: September 22, 2005, 07:26:21 PM »
I don't use any templates.  I tried the briefing one, but like to do my own style.  I have each class in a folder, a page for a major topic (ie personal jx.) and then subpages for each class assingment.  I type class notes in w/ my briefs using different bullets so I know if I heard it in class, the Prof. said it, or its part of my notes.  I also changed the NoteFlags to represent briefs, hypos, important, question, definition, so i can find those categories quickly by doing a search.

The one thing I have not been able to figure out is how to make a shortcut to use symbols.  any suggestions? 

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone need a discount code for
« on: September 22, 2005, 09:10:01 AM »
I am sticking with OneNote, and loving it.  I have heard a lot of bad feedback about storelaw.

Current Law Students / Re: Undergrad school recommendations
« on: September 22, 2005, 09:07:40 AM »
I agree with what everyone said, and would like to add one more suggstion.  If you have a option between relatively similar schools go with what is cheap (look at both cost of living and tuition).  I went to a public school for undegrad.  I worked part time in school, pulled a good gpa, and after 1 year of working post graduation (also as a paralegal) I managed to do the amazing: go to law school debt free.  Good luck.

Current Law Students / Re: law school depression
« on: September 13, 2005, 12:39:24 AM »
Having now started law school it is definately the pretentious gunner types than the frat boy types that create law school depression in my world.

For example, somehow the most obnoxious guy in class got elected to be class rep.  Here is an example of the types of e-mails he sends us over the list serve...

 "As I mentioned at the end of CivPro last week, our section's breakfast
is in fact this Wednesday
morning from 9-10.30am.  Not being there will constitute circumstantial evidence
of being square. 

(jerkoff's name omitted)
1L Section Rep"

Just needed to vent.  It is frustrating that the person who got elected is a gunner, being elected worsened his gunner tendencies...

Current Law Students / Re: Am I studying enough?
« on: September 03, 2005, 12:17:07 PM »
I'm really confused as to why you're bothering to even copy the legal lines briefs at all instead of simply bringing them to class.

At my school students try to avoid bringing Legalines and Casenotes series in class, they do not want to be seen by other students and professors using canned briefs.

Same here.  They seem really taboo, but everyone seems to be using some type of supplements.  I think more for competitive reasons people are holding out on what they have.  I saw a guy handing a classmate the E&E's and comm. briefs he had borrowed, and it seriously looked like some type of illegal drug deal was going down.

Current Law Students / Re: Question Re: Reading Casebooks
« on: September 03, 2005, 12:09:51 PM »
I have actually been typing brief answers to the hypos in my notes.  Then I have tried to talk to fellow students about what they thought about a particular hypo, and it seems no one else is reading them.  I think it is more important to learn the BLL and apply that to hypos than know every detail of  a fact pattern of a particular case...  Of course I am 3 weeks into my 1L year, so what do I know?

Has anyone tried  I have not resorted to canned briefs yet, but after reading a few especially convoluted cases this weekend I was wishing I had them.  I am going to try to hold out a little longer...

Current Law Students / Re: This is a strange question...
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:14:35 PM »
Our classes are either in 1 hour or 2 hour blocks.  I have not seen anyone attempt to take a break in a 1 hour class so I am assuming it is taboo.  The 2 hour classes always give us a 5 minute break halfway through.

Current Law Students / Re: Briefing method - HELP CLEAR UP CONFUSION!!
« on: August 26, 2005, 08:23:22 PM »
I am a 1L, and thus far briefing has really helped me.  I was called on in class last week, and everybody came up to me afterwards and asked me how I prepped.  My response was, "I had a really good brief."  It was only 1 page, but I somehow got lucky and everything the Prof. refered to was on there.

I also tailor my brief to fit the prof.  For example, my torts Prof. is really big on policy, my property prof. always wants to hear each sides argument and point by point what the court did in response.  So I have a different brief template for each class.

As of yet I have not bought canned briefs.  I have looked at them in the bookstore and may purchase them later.

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone used stanford law library?
« on: August 26, 2005, 07:11:15 PM »
I have not used Stanford, but I have used USF just to study in.  My school is doing library renovations, so the part of the library still open is pretty packed.  They told us at orientation we can use any school library with a current student ID, so I assume the same will apply.  People have even been going to UCSF's medical library. 

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