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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: GMU and ABA badgering
« on: February 22, 2009, 06:19:42 PM »
Conservative =/= not diverse. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Getting Ready for the 1st Year
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:54:32 PM »
Tweeti - Exactly what does your program offer?  Does it have a website?  Can you provide us with any more information?  No offense, but we've had more than a few scams posted on here, most of them using free e-mail addresses (Like G-mail).  For me to decide whether or not I can help test this program, I need to know exactly what it is that you're offering, how it's delivered, what's required of me, etc.   Who's writing it?  Do they have any credentials?  What sort of information do you collect regarding your test subjects?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: AAAAAHHH!! Mercer v. Case? CHOICES?!
« on: February 22, 2009, 03:04:08 PM »
The only thing that frightens me is job prospects....That being said, you do have a good point.  Most voters simply don't care about which law school the person they are voting for went to.  I think that the prosecutor positions would similarly not care - the US DOJ Honors program hired Mercer graduates last year...So I guess I'm still leaning towards Mercer.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: U.S. News may go under
« on: February 22, 2009, 11:39:35 AM »
Were the US news rankings to go under, we would clearly adopt the old bastion of legal scholarship, the EMMM Rankings.  The EMMM rankings (Which, of course, stands for Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, the creators of the system), have long been shown to be as accurate as any other ranking system and, in some ways, perhaps even moreso.  By doing away with the entire LSAT/GPA/Hair color system used by publishers like US News, they individually tailor each of their rankings to each individual student, completely taking out any factors of background, achievement or geographical location.  Imagine - a wholly unbiased ranking system!  It truly is blind to the attempts of alumni to bolster their own school's ranking as well - another major problem with US News.  All in all, it is rather shocking to me that the EMMM system has not been adopted elsewhere - clearly, it has major positive points that should be considered.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ''Getting to Maybe'' or Law School Confidential''
« on: February 22, 2009, 11:34:22 AM »
  I've read several cases, some of them being the ones that are generally assigned to 1Ls, and I didn't seem to have trouble with it.  While it did take a bit longer to read, I looked up some commentary on it and I feel that I got the important parts...

  Your first paragraph didn't make sense with regards to the rest of the post.  What exactly are you trying to say?

While on the subject of older English literary works: Chaucer in the original Old English has to take the cake, IMHO.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ''Getting to Maybe'' or Law School Confidential''
« on: February 22, 2009, 08:41:36 AM »
Oh, yeah, now that I remember, they do recommend nights going later into the evening...But I thought that was quite a bit of hyperbole, especially since I'm a fast reader.  I'm sure that's the case at some points, but not the norm.  Eventually, you simply run out of helpful things to do.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ''Getting to Maybe'' or Law School Confidential''
« on: February 21, 2009, 05:36:22 PM »
  Yeah, I'm a 0L, and perhaps I do have an overstated idea of how much time that I'll need to spend, but...I don't tend to cram, and I do tend to do extra stuff on my classes.  I was planning on basically putting in a 9-to-5 between classes and the library, then not thinking about law at all by the time I get back home...

Choosing the Right Law School / Questions about Moritz's quality of life
« on: February 20, 2009, 04:54:26 PM »
  Another question to the assembled members of the forum..I recently received a very generous scholarship offer (one which is significantly greater than what my numbers alone deserve), and I was a bit curious about the quality of life in Columbus.  My parents are very concerned that my accent and background will make me look like a hick and put me at a disadvantage...I think that it's probably a vast overstatement, but I am curious - how would you all describe the quality of life in Columbus?  Any help would be appreciated.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Unique studying strategy
« on: February 20, 2009, 09:23:10 AM »
True, but the question is, how long does it take to read caselaw, once you're good at it, versus reading a hornbook?  I've done some paralegal work in which I wrote some appeals based on caselaw, and I had no difficulty completely understanding the judges' opinions with reading less than 15 minutes...Of course, these aren't landmark cases, are short and are written in modern language, but regardless, I don't feel that reading cases takes THAT much time, if you can learn to be efficient.  For example, the procedural history and facts of the case can usually be read over just once, where the actual ruling itself may need more scrutiny...It's also probably advisable to focus more on opinions regarding the class topic at hand rather than to read every contention within a case - chances are, only one or two of those points will be important, and the others will be useless. 

Of course, I guess this should be taken with a grain of salt as well - I am a history major used to dealing with primary sources written in long-dead styles of writing, so the legalese doesn't phase me as much, nor do particularly obsolete words. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Unique studying strategy
« on: February 19, 2009, 09:35:54 PM »
I read this a while back, and I thought it sounded like good advice, but something was bugging me about it...Now, I'm a 0L, so take my advice with a few pounds of salt, but it seems to me that one of the biggest points in law school and one of the key skills that you are supposed to learn is how to read caselaw.  If you are skipping or skimming the actual caselaw, then you lose that skill...You may ace the final, but there's no hornbook or Examples and Explanations for the actual practice of law.  Therefore, while you may do your grades a service, you are probably doing your career a great disservice.  I agree that hornbooks and E&Es have their place as very useful study aids, but to stop reading the casebook is to toss the baby out with the bathwater.

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