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Current Law Students / Re: Expected financial aid
« on: December 15, 2005, 04:06:52 PM »
When you say, "get from the government" I suppose you mean federal financial aid. Graduate students aren't eligible for grant money, like in undergrad.  Almost all get the guaranteed $18,500 in loan money, and many get other federal loans that are based on need.  Some get work-study money also.  Of course, there are private loans available as well.  Basically, if it's not a loan, or work-study money, then it's not from the government.  Of course, law schools give out scholarships based on need and merit. 

Current Law Students / Re: Books for this fall
« on: July 28, 2004, 01:37:26 PM »
I just finished my 1L year.  I spent a lot of money on new books the first semester, but much less the second semester.  This is mainly because I thought I needed to have new books so I could highlight what I thought was important.  It is nice to have new books, especially if you are "book-briefing."  However, if you have time, go to the bookstore and try to find clean used books, or at least fairly clean.  You would be surprised how many people don't highlight much in their books.  I found many used books my second semester that were in great shape.  It takes time but it is worth the savings.  If you can't find any with light highlighting then buy new, because all the colors can get distracting.  Also, a word of advice concerning commercial outlines/study aids considering they will increase your book expenses:  Definitely use them, but find a good one and stick with it!  You will hear many people talk about how great their commercial outlines/study aids are and you may be tempted to buy them because you don't want to be at a disadvantage.  However, remember you will have plenty to read from your casebook and too many study aids results in books not being used simply because you do not have time to read all of them.  Ask a 2L what study aids they used and then make your own decision.  Most are the same, except they may have a different format.  If you find out that your prof gives multiple choice questions on his/her exams then find a study aid that ask multiple choice questions.  Also, try the bar review books since the presence of multiple choice questions on the bar is why profs use multiple choice questions on their exams.

I would check the school's policy on military service.  Most seem to work around any problems due to deployment, etc.  I had a friend who was called up after his first year.  He was activated for a year and then came back and finished up.  He was even allowed to be on law review when he returned (he made it after his first year).  It worked out for him, but you have to be willing to take the chance. He was only a couple of weeks into his second year when he was called up. I'm sure it would have been worse if he was near the end of term, and then had to leave. The school would probably make you complete all the classes you just sat through, because you weren't there for the exams. Of course, the Dean may be willing to work with you.  Just things to think about...


Thanks for the info.  I guess I need to make a decision quick since the other school is asking for my deposit.  I made law review once, so I guess I can make it again!  :)  You've been a great help, thanks.

Transferring / Re: Decision Time
« on: July 08, 2004, 08:13:45 AM »

Good Luck!

This is actually for lawgirl.  Congrats on your success.  I am in the same position as you were after your first year.  I am in the top 10% at my Tier 4 school, and I will be on law review. I am considering transferring to a Tier 1 school 50-60 miles from my current school, and probably plan on staying in the general area after I graduate. I was waitlisted at this school last year (also based on a bad LSAT day), but now they are happy to offer me admission. My concern is that I am giving up too much to attend this school, just to save a little money and move up to a better school. My old school just offered me a nice scholarship also. I'm pretty sure I can do well in the Tier 1 school. I think it is just a matter of working hard and applying yourself. How did you ultimately make the decision to move up?  If I plan on staying in the general area of both schools is it better to graduate in the top 10% of a Tier 4 school, or maybe top 1/2 of a Tier 1 school?  I also have a chance to write-on to law review after my second year.  How did the law review issue work into your decision-making process?  Thanks for your time. It seems you have been a great help to many people, so I thought I would ask. Thanks again.

Transferring / Re: Decision Time
« on: July 08, 2004, 06:03:38 AM »
Thanks for the insight.  Maybe all that matters after a few years is the name.  I never thought of that. Good luck to you this year! Study hard and you will be filling out transfer apps. also. Thanks again.

Current Law Students / Re: LS ranking (tier?)
« on: July 07, 2004, 11:45:11 AM »
If you put any stock into them try (look on the left side under "rankings and guides") or
LawSchool 100 only does the top 100 schools and "lumps" the rest.  US News will break each school into 4 different tiers.  Hope this helps.

Transferring / Decision Time
« on: July 07, 2004, 11:04:40 AM »
I have just finished my first year at a 4th-Tier school, and did well. I have been accepted to law review, but I am considering transferring to a lower 1st-Tier school (mainly because of the cheaper cost, and it is still "local")  They are more than willing to accept me now, even though they waitlisted me last year. My problem is that if I leave my current school, I lose law review and my rank.  If I go to the "better" school I have only a chance to make law review after my second year.  What is more important: the school rep., or law review?  Any help would be great.

I found that MS Word worked great for me. I used StoreLaw my first semester, but I noticed it wasn't very user-friendly. Plus, when I went to create my outlines it was a pain getting everything into a usable outline format. Instead, I just placed everything into Word anyway (so I spent a lot of time cutting and pasting). My second semester I just took notes right into Word, so my outlines were updated daily. It just needed a little tweaking at the end, which meant more time to study. The new StoreLaw 3.0 just came out so maybe it is better, but I think I am sticking with Word. Hope this helps.

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