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General Board / Re: How are you taking notes?
« on: August 26, 2005, 04:45:57 PM »
I am using OneNote, and have had a lot of ppl ask me about it.  If I have a good outline I do not take many notes.  If a professor talks about a topic I have in my outline I put a special bullet next to it just to confirm it is important to the prof.  I also sometimes write definitions in a prof's particular wording in an attempt to impress them later by quoting them on an exam.  If I am taking a lot of notes I know I missed something important in the reading, and try to go back through it later.

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If you can get an LSAT score in that range then you will have plenty of law schools to choose from later. Have your senior year and give yourself a full range of choices.

I agree.  If you are concernced with finances you have a good chance of getting offered a decent chunk of money from some good schools.  Also I think you spent 3 years making friends, and you would miss an opportunity to enjoy graduation.  Plus, I got a ton of gifts at graduation, and you don't want to miss that big pay day.

I had to choose b/t going straight into law school out of college or taking a year off.  I took the year off, traveled a lot, worked in a law office, had a prestigious summer internship, and for me I am really glad I didn't rush in to LS.  Good luck, you have 2 good options.

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General Board / Re: Preferred junk food/stimulant of law students?
« on: August 26, 2005, 12:29:36 PM »
Rock Star energy drink is a close tie with plain coffee.  We have a rock star vending machine, and I have only had to hit that up once (for LWR)

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General Board / Re: OneNote users...
« on: August 21, 2005, 09:52:31 PM »
I have been toying with this program for the last week trying to find the best way to work it. 

I also have each class in a folder.  Then I have pages for briefs, class notes, outlines.  Sometimes I type my class notes right in with the briefs.  So depending on the class they have all sort of morphed into a unique pattern.

I motified my flags to denote things like briefs, hypos, and anything important the Prof. said. That makes them easy to find. 

There is also a lengthy thread on this on OneNote on the other side of the board (Pre-Law) in the general discussion.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Study group- Yay or Nay?
« on: August 07, 2005, 06:15:33 PM »
I have a study group and it works for me. At the begining of the year, our group works on outlines and towards finals we do pratice exams. This seems to work well for our group. Our group has the #1, 5, 8, 12 rankings.

However, study groups do have a tendency of getting off subject. Our group has a rule that we get our studying done and then we go have lunch or get drinks after we are completed.

Like most things in law school, you have to find out what works good for you. If working in a study group works for you, stick with it. If studying on your own works for you, do that.

That sounds great.  How did you acquire such a sucessful study group?  I am worried if I join one it will turn into junior high group projects in which I inevitably did all the work.  I am interested in joining one if I can develop one that is with organized and motivated students.  Any suggestions?

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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: June 18, 2005, 12:18:13 AM »

See you in a couple months...Do we have a mascot? We need one. I'm campaigning for a Hastings mascot.

We will have to work on that.  My high school mascot was an Oiler (I am from Huntington Beach originally an oil town).  I don't think I could do worse.  I also was a thrift store kid.  Now I come home with $150 jeans, and my mom was like I remember when you would not pay more than $5 for jeans.  It will always haunt me.  Now I drop 10x the money for clothes that look vintage.  lol.  I feel like a sell out.  I also have a couple big tats, but luckily they are all easily covered.  We definately need to hang out.  When are you moving up there?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: LEEWs vs. Law Preview
« on: June 17, 2005, 03:33:46 PM »
Law Preview doesn't "teach" you the subjects.



I just did the early section for Law Preview, and did find it very helpful.  They did teach the subjects.  They had real professors in a simulated law classroom.  I had a great experience with it.  I understand it is expensive, and I have not tried LEEWS yet, just wanted to clear up some misinformation.

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I just ordered PLS2 to see what all the hype is about.  The orginal poster looks apparently like a promoter for the book.  From all accounts Atticus is a real jerk.  Regardless I am unfortunately going to see if I can find anything useful out of the book.  I have already taken a Law Preview class which I found very helpful.  Most of my friends in law school have told me to relax this summer, and do some reviewing if needed.

I want to read as much as I can, but I also want to study smart (I'm such an Atticus Falcon protege).


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General Board / Re: law school depression
« on: June 16, 2005, 02:06:06 PM »
I am a 0L and this site is definately confirming my worst fears.  I went to Law Preview last week, and noticed right away how diff. these ppl are from undergrad, and we were not even competing for grades. 

I went to a liberal undergrad and studied social work.  We like to talk about our feelings and how evil Republicans are.  It is a totally different genre of ppl.  I still have happy hour once a month with my previous classmates.  When I tell them about law school and my jobs in law offices they look at me horrified.

In addition, I am attending a school with a bad rep for being hostile and competitive (Hastings).  I am not sure how true the rumors will be.  I feel like I need to go drop $1,000 at Lacoste and totally sell out to fit in.  Hopefully I will find a few like minded ppl. 

Anyway nice to have a place I can relate to some ppl. I really enjoyed everyone's perspective especially the frat boy jokes.  I have a magnet on my fridge with a picture of GW that says "Making the world a safer place for frat boys"

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General Board / Re: Dating lawyers
« on: May 30, 2005, 01:54:59 PM »
I worked at a family law office where the 2 divorce attorneys who had each been divorced a few times themselves, were dating.  It was VERY ugly.  I believe they are still dating, but have not been married because they are fighting about a pre-nup.  Everything was calculated to be kept as separate property, it was very sad.

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