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Current Law Students / Practice Guide for NY
« on: October 23, 2009, 08:02:42 AM »
Hello there folks:

Anybody know of a nice free resource for practicing law in New York?

I am trying to find a guide that includes stylistic rules like that of the blue back for motions and such.

For instance, I found the following, however, I am uncertain as to whether there are any other NY civil practice rules of which I should be aware.


Current Law Students / Sole Practitioner
« on: August 14, 2009, 12:07:48 AM »
Hello there folks:

A. Do any of you graduates have any experience with going out into the legal world alone, working for yourself, your own practice? If so, was it a good choice? Is there a lot of success to be had, and by success, I mean financially... or is it a steep slide to failure from which it is difficult to recover?

B. Are there any articles, support materials or blogs that are favorable towards the idea of building a practice from the ground up?

*** I just entered my 2nd full-time year at school. I believe it is important to start creating a long-term strategy. I was thinking of going into either criminal defense or personal injury. Criminal defense because the work seems to interest me or personal injury because the financial rewards are potentially great. Please let me know if I am incorrect --- looking for your guidance. Thanks!

Current Law Students / What does my B mean DAMNIT!?
« on: January 22, 2009, 06:49:11 AM »
Hey everyone - I hope everyone is doing well.

Just got my first grade for the very first 'wonderful' semester here at law school.

I earned a grade of B in Contracts. What does this really mean? I know that every school has their own way of doing things; one grade can mean something totally different at another school. So, what does it all mean? Does this B mean that I am part of the riff-raff at my institution?

Link to our curve scheme:

I feel like crap, particularly at the prospects that this B is really a C or a C- perhaps.


Current Law Students / Question to law students
« on: June 16, 2008, 10:50:31 PM »
Hey there folks:

I'm going off to law school in August, and I would like to hear any suggestions you may have as to the academic preparation one must/should undertake to have a more comfortable/successful transition into law school. As you all have already realized, the rigors and demands of law school is quite high and I would really like to ease myself into that sort of environment.

I was curious as to whether it is possible to familiarize oneself with certain topics that would undoubtedly be analyzed during the first year, or even the first semester. Maybe there are specific books I can read; cases, statutes, legislation I can glance over?

Thoughts? Comments?

Thank you!

Current Law Students / Car Accident: How do I proceed?
« on: May 01, 2008, 03:17:10 PM »
Location: New York

Thank you folks for taking a look at this thread. It is long, but I felt that detail was necessary to show the true extent of the circumstances. I look forward to your comments. The following may seem like the average 50/50 fault, but I ask you to consider the other factors in the case.

Image of accident scene layout:

Link To Image


The intersection has stop lights for every direction of traffic.

I was on the main road (car marked: ME) going straight east bound on the map I made.

I had passed the light on green, which is of course... disputed by the other individual involved.

To my main road, there was a perpendicular road to my right. In this perpendicular road, there was a truck in the left lane (truck marked T) and a white sedan was in the right lane (white sedan marked X).

Before I passed the truck that was waiting for his/her red light in the left lane of the perpendicular road, I realized and saw simply by the extra set of tires that there was another vehicle to its right. I saw that it was inching forward and I dramatically decreased my speed fearing and sensing that the car may either make a right on red (which is legal on Long Island) or simply blow through the red light without taking any additional precaution.

My suspicion was correct and before I could make anymore substantial adjustments to my speed, the car leaped out onto my lane resulting in an accident. According to the police report, the driver was intending to turn left.

The front right of my vehicle was damaged, airbags were deployed, and the windshield was cracked on the right as a result.

As far as the other car is concerned, I am not sure about the damage of the other vehicle. I remained in my seat waiting for the officer. The driver of the vehicle is well enough to come out and yell at me for "running a red light." I am not personally injured, but I did not want to leave the vehicle at the moment in case something was horribly wrong with me.

I found this little tidbit about vehicle operation law in New York State:

1163. Turning movements and required signals. (a) No person shall
turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in proper
position upon the roadway as required in section eleven hundred sixty,
or turn a vehicle to enter a private road or driveway, or otherwise turn
a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway
unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety. No
person shall so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in
the manner hereinafter provided.

There were no witnesses and no tapes, so the light can be easily argued by both sides.

My Reasoning:

However, since there was no clear way for him to go straight, his only options were to turn right, bear right, or turn left. Therefore, I feel that since the truck was creating an obvious obstruction for his view while it was stopped, he should have exercised more caution before entering the intersection on the main road. If he did not see me, he may not have been able to see any pedestrians that were crossing over from the left to the right of the truck he was next to or in the crosswalk which I had passed. This in my opinion is an example of the driver's carelessness for maintaining reasonable safety standards. I believe that he would have seen me if he was looking out for pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection. I exercised caution and tried to mitigate the damage by lowering my speed before the accident.

My insurance company has stated that I am not at fault. I do not want my insurance company sued for something they are not responsible for.

Please offer some of your thoughts.

Current Law Students / Criminal Defense Attorneys?
« on: March 30, 2008, 07:53:57 PM »
I do hope there are a few established Criminal Defense Attorneys here.

If there are any, I have some personal questions I would like to ask you.

If you can, please provide your AIM/MSN or ICQ via PM or within a response to this thread.

Thank you!

Choosing the Right Law School / T1? T2?
« on: March 27, 2008, 08:08:34 PM »
Are all schools in top 100 considered Tier 1? I thought the first 50 were Tier 1, and the second half were Tier 2 institutions?

According to the site of USNews, Hofstra is Tier 1?

Please clarify, thanks!

Law School Admissions / Saint John's
« on: February 29, 2008, 07:38:12 PM »
You think it is possible to change my Saint John's program choice from full-time to part-time before I get REJECTED?

152, 3.8 GPA.

I understand that the average length of time it takes to defend a client from a felony/misdemeanor charge is difficult to produce, but generally speaking, what do you folks think the duration is?

I am trying to crunch some salary numbers for criminal defenders, and this information would be quite useful.

Your guess:
  • Average duration to defend a felony through trial --- ?
  • Average duration to defend a misdemeanor through trial --- ?


Law School Admissions / To write an addendum or not...
« on: February 09, 2008, 11:33:45 AM »
Okay, here we go.

LSAT = 152 with a cancellation.

SAT = 1090

UGPA = 3.8

Strategy = These standardized exams don't have a strong correlation with my academic performance.


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