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For a clueless soon to be 1L, are there any subjects where it is unimportant to have the most up-to-date suppliment?  For example, would an E&E for Civil Procedures from the mid to late 90's be as good as the most recent edition? 

I was scoring 167, the AC died during a heat wave. I got a 161, still good, but not what i wanted....

that is a "serious bummer" :(
It would be interesting to know how others in that testing room did compared to their practice tests.

I got a 154 on my diagnostic.  I took the Kaplan course, and by the end, I was testing consistently in the 165-167 range; I even got a 171 on one practice test that had a very forgiving scale.  Test day I was confident and I thought I did great.  I was fairly stunned to see I got a 161.  When I reviewed my test I saw that I blew an entire logic game (simple game, but I missed a rule or something) and that cost me 5-6 points. 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 13, 2006, 06:09:53 AM »
I'll be 33 when we start in September.  I'm married with two little girls.

I'm going full time and I'm looking forward to spending time with 22 year olds.  In a lot of ways, my age and work/life experience will give me an edge over them and I'd much rather feel like the old guy with the edge than to feel like I was the same as everybody else and have to worry about where to get an edge.  And besides, young people aren't so bad.  Of course they can be annoying, but they've also got a lot of energy and they're attractive - better than hanging out at a nursing home, or your typical office for that matter.

Do firms really take moot court seriously?  Honestly, I don't see much of a difference between moot court and drama club. 

Make the fact that you droped out of dental school work in your favor, tell them in the PS that something that happend in dental school prompted an epiphany and you realized that you really wanted to go to law school.

No, getting sued is NOT a good reason to drop out of dental school and think Law School.

Who said anything about getting sued?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How old is too old to begin law school?
« on: May 31, 2006, 06:08:11 AM »

personally the main things i would be wary about beyond simply 'fitting in' in law school would be how i would take being at a firm and having peers who were superior to me.  I'd see it as a difficult work situation if i had superiors who were 5-10 years younger than me at the firm with significantly less real world experience - but perhaps my views will change over the next decade.

This is really weak.  Why would you care about the age of your "superiors".  If you've got a hang-up with that, I'd say it is going to be a problem for you at some point, regardless of your age when you enter law school.

I know for IL and many other states you can see the exact questions on the websites. If you disclose everything and display a level of cantor on your application, you will not have any problems(assuming you are not ken lay,or the creator of "bum fights").

So now we have to be able to sing?  Are they gonna make us dance too?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: potheads
« on: May 24, 2006, 04:49:10 AM »
any lawschool-bound potheads out there who are trying to quit over the summer?

TRYING to quit?  Are you serious?  You're talking about pot here, not heroin.  You don't TRY to quit, you simply stop doing it.

Tort law, crim law, who cares?  How about common sense?  He's a freaking baby.  Charging him with this and ruining his future makes no sense.  Tragic accident, but little more.

He's not a baby, he's 8 years old.  8 is old enough to know you shouldn't be sneaking onto a bus, let alone messing around with the brakes.  I'm not saying it would be appropriate to lock the kid up and trhow away the key but I think it would be less appropriate to let the kid walk without charging him with anything.  I expect the parents of the victim would agree.

Financial Aid / Re: Financial wizards, your advice is needed!
« on: May 18, 2006, 12:39:16 PM »
... OK, at the risk of sounding crazy...

If a person has significant cash reserves before starting law school, is there any reason to hold that cash and still take the max Stafford loan ($18,500) each year?

I guess I was thinking, what if I want to buy a house right out of law school and mortgage interest rates are higher than the Stafford interest rates?

Or will the interest I'm paying on my Stafford loans during law school cancel any possible savings from decreasing a (possible) higher interest mortgage loan after graduation?

I'd appreciate opinions on this from anyone with financial know-how.

Why not buy a small house or condo right now? 

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