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First day reading?
« on: August 14, 2006, 04:07:33 PM »
On average, how much to expect?
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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006, 05:02:03 PM »
Mine range from 15 to 40 pages.
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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2006, 08:34:48 PM »
I got a decent amount! Also  I was lucky enough to have the known toughest professor in the school for my Torts class!! His first day assignments are SICK! I already have to brief cases, and do research on websites and outline!! "outline"! a few sections in the book. He was nice enough to show me the proper procedures to outline though. haha Interesting!! Can't wait to take him on in Sacratic Method!
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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006, 02:47:54 PM »
I think I have about 40 pages to read for the first day as well as a four page paper due next thursday. Haven't even started class yet  :P

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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006, 04:32:39 PM »
I think I have about 40 pages to read for the first day as well as a four page paper due next thursday. Haven't even started class yet  :P

40 per class, right?
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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006, 09:38:06 PM »
I think I have about 40 pages to read for the first day as well as a four page paper due next thursday. Haven't even started class yet  :P

Dont stress on that "paper." Don't waste more than 30 minutes on that paper either (I'm assuming it is the Legal Writing Paper regarding ethics). Also, don't worry about citing anything either. The profs supposedly use those papers to "gauge" their class, but you will never hear back regarding the paper. You will learning quickly what the term "for credit" means in legal writing....
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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006, 10:09:21 PM »
I think I have about 40 pages to read for the first day as well as a four page paper due next thursday. Haven't even started class yet  :P

Dont stress on that "paper." Don't waste more than 30 minutes on that paper either (I'm assuming it is the Legal Writing Paper regarding ethics). Also, don't worry about citing anything either. The profs supposedly use those papers to "gauge" their class, but you will never hear back regarding the paper. You will learning quickly what the term "for credit" means in legal writing....

Right on the money. I haven't put much thought into it... more worried about the reading at this point.

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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006, 10:37:42 PM »
Whatever the reading is, make sure you do it. At least be able to stumble through the facts. Your prof. probably won't expect much more than that. (Except for the guy w/the insane torts prof.)

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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2006, 12:15:37 AM »
40 per class, right?

That's about right - more for legal writing, just about that for Torts and a bit less for Contracts. It takes awhile though b/c the content and objective is different than just reading for fun or the kind of reading we did as undergard's (or even as an MBA student). The good part is that the reading is mostly pretty interesting - real cases and real people...

Means if you have 3 classes the next day (I have 3 classes each day, except Tuesday when I only have 2 classes), you have to read 120 pages???? That is insane amount of reading. 
I have notice that casebooks contains more than just cases, large portion of them is general writings on broad topics like 'what is negotiation' or 'the defense of legal insanity' or the author's 'notes' on a particular case.  How much emphasis do we put on those?  Do we only read the cases carefully and just skim through these 'extra' stuff?

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Re: First day reading?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2006, 12:52:57 AM »
40 per class, right?

That's about right - more for legal writing, just about that for Torts and a bit less for Contracts. It takes awhile though b/c the content and objective is different than just reading for fun or the kind of reading we did as undergard's (or even as an MBA student). The good part is that the reading is mostly pretty interesting - real cases and real people...

Means if you have 3 classes the next day (I have 3 classes each day, except Tuesday when I only have 2 classes), you have to read 120 pages???? That is insane amount of reading. 
I have notice that casebooks contains more than just cases, large portion of them is general writings on broad topics like 'what is negotiation' or 'the defense of legal insanity' or the author's 'notes' on a particular case.  How much emphasis do we put on those?  Do we only read the cases carefully and just skim through these 'extra' stuff?

I found 40 pages to be a long assignment.  Typically, each class ran 20-30 pages per night.  But remember that the speed at which the reading can be done also varies.  Different books and different sections of books are printed differently, some cases are much easier than others, etc.  As for the extra notes and stuff (what were commonly referred to as squibs in my school), yes, read them, and think about their implications.  Their purpose is to briefly introduce and discuss related developments or subtleties in the law, and you can bet most professors will want to hit on them at least some of the time.  Some of my professors emphasized these squib cases about as much as the principal case excerpts.
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