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How do you feel, having completed the first semester?

I am pumped!  Contracts is my female dog!  I am pumped for this semester!
 17 (14.8%)
It has been a generally positive experience; I learned a lot.
 29 (25.2%)
I sent out my application to B-school last week.  Any more questions?
 16 (13.9%)
It has been an experience filled with both positive and negative impressions and experiences.
 26 (22.6%)
I must learn to sacrifice myself for the better good of mankind.
 27 (23.5%)

Total Members Voted: 93

Author Topic: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!  (Read 37954 times)

TLFKARG

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I thought it would be nice for the pre-laws to hear about our experience in the trenches thus far.  Share whatever comes to mind.

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2005, 11:49:44 PM »
aaw thanks Ruskie for putting choice number 1 in there for me

(yes, I know, i lied.  i'm going to bed now.  i had forgotten to read my client letter crap for legal writing)

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2005, 11:57:25 PM »
my first semester i took the weekends off. my rank is 150 out of 250. not horrible, but not great either. This semester i will no longer take the weekends off.

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2005, 04:14:39 AM »
I liked it! I just found out that I did really well in research/writing, but I'm still waiting on my other 3 grades. This semester's shaping up to be a LOT more work though! :(

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2005, 09:58:06 AM »
i don't have any of my real grades yet (we had 2 finals and a midterm), just the midterm, and i did fairly well in that. not grade-onto-law-review well, but above-the-median well. of course, that was a midterm, only worth 20% of our final grade in that class, so no one actually spent more than a day preparing for it. it was also two days before the 5 credit property final, which is where most of my effort last semester was spent.

that said, i really enjoyed my first semester, but like taterstol, this one's going to be much more work. we get our appellate brief assignment in legal writing next week, and then have a month to do it. i'm really looking forward to that, because i do enjoy the research and the writing, even if the constant revisions and redrafting is really tedious.

my general schedule has been to wake up on saturday, and do all the reading for one class for the next week. repeat on sunday. on monday, i had only one class last term, so i'd do all the reading for a third class that day (i think i'll do that on friday this term), and for the last class i'd spread it our during the rest of the week. it meant my weekends sucked, but i usually had two free nights during the week where i could just relax and watch tv.

i was very proud of the fact that i never skipped class (okay, i missed the last section of one class before thanksgiving, but more than half the class did!) and did every single page of assigned reading for every class (before it was discussed in class). if you can manage that, i think it puts you in good shape, because on effort alone you'd be in the top 1/4 easily.

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2005, 01:04:34 PM »
Keep the 1L experiences/advice coming.   ;)

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2005, 01:26:50 PM »
(just posting here so it'll be in my unread replies.  great idea, ruskie!)
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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2005, 01:32:35 PM »
(just posting here so it'll be in my unread replies.  great idea, ruskie!)

Ditto - very interested in hearing from more 1L's!  Thanks!
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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2005, 01:33:05 PM »
I also would like to reiterate the praise for ruskie...thanks!!!  With school starting in 3 weeks this should be invaluable.   ;D :-*

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Re: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2005, 02:51:59 PM »
Bump

(aka want to put this under "unread replies")  :)