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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%)

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Author Topic: 1L's - Talk about your first semester, your experiences and impressions!  (Read 38369 times)

Harrahs

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the good news is that your body can adapt very quickly.  i have been a teacher for the past two years, and now, even though school has ended, i still have a tough time sleeping past eight in the morning, regardless of when i go to bed. 

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For those of you 1Ls with early classes, how long did it take you to make the adjustment to waking up so early? My schedule now has me out until 3am and I am not functional the next day until at least noon. I want to have fun with my friends this summer before school but it takes my body a while to get used to schedule changes. Anyone care to comment???

Your "schedule?" Is that a work schedule or a party schedule?


It's my sleeping schedule

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Taggity tag for later. :) 'Notify' button doesn't seem to work for me.
Sayonara LSD! My final decision has been made. Yay!

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Thanks everyone for the info.

one more question, did anyone "go away" during the first semester. I am planning on going to homcoming at my ugrad for two days....if I plan and make sure to study more during that week can I make it away from LS for two days?  Or am I crazy? What about two weekends? 
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If you prepare to be gone it shouldn't be a problem.

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tag.

What books did you guys find useful when preparing for your first year? What things would you have done differently the summer before law school?

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Grading in law school is completely arbitrary. When they try to objectify it a little bit (multiple choice exams) you are twice as much screwed .. go figure .. I guess it's the forced curve that makes things so bad ...

Ah...the 'B' student's lament!

This guy is an idiot.  My buddies just graduated.  They spent their whole law school time studying together. They had the exact same outlines, brief's, flow charts.... They even took the same notes into the tests.  One of them graduated cum laude, one did not.  It might not be totally arbitrary, but its awefully close.

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Grading in law school is completely arbitrary. When they try to objectify it a little bit (multiple choice exams) you are twice as much screwed .. go figure .. I guess it's the forced curve that makes things so bad ...

Ah...the 'B' student's lament!

It's not some kind of thing that a "B" student would naturally say ... why? Can you imagine law school teachers giving As to a black woman, like me, for instance? Well, I'm telling you, I can outperform probably each and every one of the 30% of the students ranked above me, yet I am not officially being recognized for who I really am!

Maybe you should try to whiten your skin, like MMJ (Michael Molester Jackson) did? LOL ;)

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Don't most law schools do blind grading (so it wouldnt matter if you are black, white, male, female, etc.)??  Or even if your prof. hates you in class?  My undergrad blind-graded, and it was a big asset for me since I didn't do a whole lot in class and tended to irritate my profs. with my poor attendance. 

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As a result, students are extremely grade-conscious, driven partly by the desire for scholarship money, but largely by the very real fear of flunking out. This carrot and stick incentive system means we worked very hard. And the harder everyone worked, the more difficult it became to ensure a decent GPA under the forced curve (because the curve is a measure of performance relative to your classmates). So everyone worked even harder. It was a vicious cycle, capped in the end only by your desire for sleep.

This goes to say that students "conspire" to go to the exams without studying at all, there would be a lot of people who would get decent As and Bs knowing very very little -- almost nothing -- about the subject! Law school grading is indeed an idiotic thing!

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jale, your hypo is very interesting, so I'd like to hear from anyone why it does not actually happen? :)