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Studying and Exam Taking / Fleming Exam Prep. Course
« on: September 07, 2005, 03:48:27 PM »
Has anyone taken this course?  Was it worth it??

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San Diego / Re: how's the meal plan at usd?
« on: June 21, 2005, 05:41:25 PM »
Anyone have advice on this?  I'm curious as well.  Might be nice in a time crunch...

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San Diego / Re: Buying a Surf Board?: A Poll
« on: June 16, 2005, 12:41:43 PM »
I'm hoping to do a lot of surfing to relax and as a study-break in SD.  Can't wait to surf somewhere that I won't need my wetsuit.

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San Diego / Re: USD roommates
« on: June 09, 2005, 03:37:31 PM »
I just got my notice that I got one of the Presidio Terrace Apts.  I know most 2L and 3L students would not recommend living there, but I wanted the easiest route to get settled (one thing off my mind!) for this year.

Anyone else already know they will be living there?

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I am glad you started this thread, Mary.

I also hate speaking in front of crowds, and it only gets worse the older I get.  I was okay with it in undergrad, but now that I have been out of college for 4 yrs., it terrifies me. 

I was surprised when I first learned we would have to get up and argue in front of judges the first year of law school, and it scares me half to death, but I think it will be good in the end because I will have conquered a fear.  I think it is a vast MINORITY of people that are naturally comfortable with public speaking, so we are mostly all in the same boat.  The thing I try to remember is that I always think I sound dumber than everyone else who is listening does. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Best Commercial Outlines
« on: June 07, 2005, 01:35:36 PM »
I bought Gilbert's... but I haven't started reading them yet so I don't know if they will be helpful or not.  However, they were the ones that a law student friend of mine suggested.

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I have read most of PLSII, but have not bought all of the books and aids he advocates.  The book itself is very lengthy, and most of the time he is going on and on about how law schools don't care about you, and how the professors want to make your life a living hell (without being at all helpful, of course).  He is so cynical it's amazing.  The main reason why I didn't buy the rest of the books is because so many law students have said that you can prep and prep all you want, but it will all go out the window your first week of school.  Also that it can be risky because if you are, in effect, teaching yourself, you may concrete principles in your mind that you actually have quite wrong, or have misunderstood.  Then you have to re-learn, which is always tougher. 

In any case, I take everything AF has with a grain of salt.  I don't plan on going through his VERY comprehensive pre-law schedule, because I don't want to be sick of studying and have a fried brain before my first day even starts.  I like PLSII for the book suggestions (which I'll likely utilize once school has started) and for his advice on briefing cases (ie dont waste all your time briefing, concentrate on understanding the black letter law and doing your outline). 


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San Diego / Re: what's the student atmosphere like?
« on: June 07, 2005, 11:43:00 AM »
That is good to hear.  When I was deciding between USC and USD that was the main factor.  When I visited USC everyone seemed to be so stressed out and unapproachable, but when I visited USD I met a few nice students who answered my questions and told me that the environment was not cutthroat, that students WERE friends and helped each other out.  Just seemed like a better place to spend 3 yrs... and stay somewhat sane!


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San Diego / Re: are finals at USD generally issue spotters?
« on: June 03, 2005, 01:29:32 PM »
Does USD have good programs for 2L's and 3L's to help out the 1L's?  Seems to me the best way to navigate new territory is with the help of people that have already been there...

I have read so many different posts with novel ways to go about the studying.  Some say read every case, some say just read primers, and then there are those that swear by summaries and commercial outlines and will tell you not to buy the casebooks or bother with them at all.  I am so confused with all of this!  Hopefully I will find what works for me once I actually get to USD and get started... but for now it feels like I'm being led around a maze. 

Thanks for any advice!

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San Diego / Re: Looking Forward to Fall
« on: June 03, 2005, 01:24:58 PM »
I'm not moving until about 3 days before orientation.  Probably not smart but I don't have much of a choice with work!

See you guys there.  I hope some of you are in my section, there are nice people on this board (or so it seems...  ;) )

Anyone else from the Pacific NW attending USD?

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