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Incoming 1Ls / The Official Seton Hall Law 09 Thread...
« on: August 11, 2006, 03:42:48 PM »
Well since theres a thread for every other school out there... peer pressure prevailed and here is the official SHU Law Thread... so who here is ready to embark on the Hall?

Incoming 1Ls / What else should I buy for One L
« on: August 03, 2006, 10:17:36 PM »
So as law school draws near, I am wondering what else i should buy to be completely ready for law school... i have the laptop, text books, but what about supplies? What should i get at office max? binders? how many higlighters? date book? anything you can think of cause my mind is going blank right now. Also, should I buy hornbooks and study guides right away, or wait till later on in the semester...

if anyone can list some essential materials and supplies for one L i would really appreciate it...


Incoming 1Ls / 1L Questions About How Law School Really Works...
« on: July 12, 2006, 01:30:24 AM »
So as I sit and realize my first year of law school, pretty much the first year of the rest of my life, will begin in a month and 5 days, the excitement is befuddled with anxiety. I am a good student, intelligent, and have a strong work ethic, but I feel completely unprepared for law school. Maybe unprepared isnít the right word, lets say... clueless.

In Undergrad (which I am coming straight from) I breezed through my classes. I never had an in-depth study habit... I read what I needed to read when I needed to read it, and maintained good grades. I feel at a loss now, as I prepare for law school...

Pretty much what I am asking in this thread (now that I rambled too much already) is how exactly to handle law school. I know I can do it, I just donít know how it all works... how the sprockets of the machine work and what gears to turn and follow... How does it all work? You go to class... you read the assigned cases... you outline them... and then you move on? Then come final time you re-study all the material and take a 3 hour long hypothetical examination? Is that the basic jist of it? Is it a mere barrage of rules, situations and hypotheticals thrown at you... and the real task of law school is being able to interpret, analyze, and remember the aforesaid? What are the points of study groups? To bolster the understanding of topics and rules? To study? 

Iím sorry I canít word the question in a cognizant form, I am just so curious as to what I have in store for me, for I believe it will be COMPLETELY different then undergrad. Iíve seen the countless threads on this board about study habits, i.e. how many hours to devote per class, whatís a good schedule, what materials are best.... but the one thread and topic I am in search of... is how law school all works. How is work assigned? What are the procedures followed? Pretty much how does law school work... from a studentís point of view... what is the Blueprint of a first year of law school?

I am sorry for the drawn-out topic and forgive me if I've carried on... but any help, insight, or advice into this would help me greatly.

Please, anyone, feel free to chime in and I would be happy to elaborate if necessary...

Thanks again everyone!


Incoming 1Ls / ThinkPad T60 vs. Thinkpad R51 for Seton Hall Law
« on: July 06, 2006, 05:02:01 PM »
Ill be attending SHU Law in the fall and just recieved the specs for laptops. As other posts also explain, SHU requires (or rather strongly recommends) the Lenovo IBM T60...

I have an IBM R51 from the previous year of undergrad which was given to us by Seton Hall Undergrad... i reimaged it so its like a brand new computer, but im curious if this will be enough for SHU Law or should I just splurge and by the new one...

can i get by with my R51 or is it smarter to get the t60...

Incoming 1Ls / Can someone help me with a contract?
« on: May 27, 2006, 08:38:23 PM »
I posted this same topic in the "Students and Graduates" board, but thought I would drop a line here as well.... hope somebody can help...

"This soon-to-be 1L could use some help from his peers and elders if possible... I will be moving into my new apartment starting June 1st with two other roomates. I would like to draw up a contract basically stating each person will have to pay his share of the rent ($1,550.00/3). One of the guys isnt so reliable, so I could really use an "air-tight" contract in case he decides a few months down the road he wants to skip out on the rent and bills. If someone could draft me up a thorough and legit contract for this... i would be so greatly appreciative. Seeing as how I have yet to start law school and have that wonderful contracts class, this could really help. Thanks again, and to clarify, each person would be responsible for 517.00 in rent plus 1/3 of the bills (gas, electric, cable, internet, phone). Thanks you so much to anyone who can help!


if more info is needed PM or post"

Has anyone heard anything about Rutgers Newark Deferrals? I thought in early April we would start hearing but according to LSN, no one has heard anything after being deferred...

does anyone have any info on this?

With my subpar stats (152, 3.6) I didnt think I had a shot at Seton Hall... i was all set for Pace or Duquesne...but lo and behold I get a phone call from the Dean of SHU Law saying I was admitted into the Part-time day division! I cant believe I got into a T2 school which is ranked 70 in the country!! I just had to vent my excitement guys!!! Looks like I will be a Pirate in the fall!!!

Quick question about PT-Day, do we take classes with the FT students, just one less? and are we still eligible for federal financial aid?

Thanks guys again... gotta head out now to celebrate!!

Like the title suggests, is it really a disadvantage going part-time if you can go full time (for those who dont need to work full time and go to law school.)

I have the chance to go to a school full time and afford it, but i also have a chance to go to a school i like slightly better but can only afford it part-time...

i dont want to make a decision towards full time now influenced by my finances, then regret it for the rest of my life...

is part-time going to have any negative effects whatsoever, aside from having to go an extra year? will i miss out on summer job opportunities? will i be ranked with just the part-timers? will employers look at me differently since I went part-time? will i be able to join organizations and law reviews?

pretty much im asking the age old question of what is the difference between part-time and full-time pro and con wise...

if anyone who could shed some light on my questions i would be greatly appreciative... its coming down to the wire and I need to make a decision and this would help a bunch.

thanks so much everyone and I really appreciate it once again!


Just like the topic states, where can I find the past couple of years rankings? does anyone have them? I would really appreciate it!


Choosing the Right Law School / Duquesne Law? Pros/Cons PLEASE help
« on: March 12, 2006, 08:38:04 PM »
Well the decision needs to be made in 2 weeks, and Im leaning towards Duquesne, but could anybody give me any outside opinions about the school? All I know is what I read from viewbooks so Im clueless to outside opinions. I heard some people talk about Duq haveing tons of required classes? Also what is Duq specifically known for? Does it excel in anything? Has it always been a Tier 3? Think it will ever move down to a tier 4? I could use all the opinions and info i could get pleeeeeeeeeease... the decision needs t obe made soon and im stuck. Thanks so much!


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