APHill wrote: betasteve wrote:
APHill wrote:betasteve, what does Drunken Sheriff do on here (if you are a mod as I assume) and what is your class rank if not a secret?
Moderators just do menial shit like ban spammers and the occasional people that get way, way off topic or offensive, or are otherwise extremely detrimental to the forum. Class rank is very, very good. I won't say specifically in the open, but if you really want to know, you can PM me.
very very good sounds like you are up up up in there, lol. no wonder, you are definitely covering all your bases in the answers. well, good luck in biglaw or wherever else you are trying to go to.
OK. I'm going to say this once, as slowly and clearly as I can. I really hope it sinks in. If it doesn't, well, you won't be alone.
You mention being impressed with beta steve's answers on what the law is. You discussed what the law is. You learned a bit. You may or may not remember it.
Beta steve, who I fully believe is an intelligent and success law student, likely derived none of his success from the abilities displayed in this thread. Learning the law, by and large, isn't hard. Minimum contacts, fairness, don't burden anyone. Done. Check. Easy money. Put it on a flash card, tattoo it on your chest, repeat it as you jump rope every morning.
But here's the secret: A LOT
of people who didn't tattoo/flash card/jump rope civ pro 24/7 did extremely well on their exams. Some top of the class well. And a LOT
of people who DID tattoo/flash card/jump rope civ pro did terrible on their exams.
Stop and really think about that for a second. Does it mean extreme amounts of studying hurts you? Absolutely not. Does it mean you'll do better if you don't study? No!
But it means you're thinking about it the wrong way, and that wrong way of thinking has a chance of not just causing you to fail but also causing you to be miserable.
You do NOT win by knowing the most law. You don't win by knowing the most law soonest. You don't win by remembering the case names, you don't win by memorizing all of the squibs. You don't win by being able to recite your outline from scratch.
OK? So now you're probably wondering "fine, disco_barred, how DO I succeed in law school if it's not by out-studying my peers?" You're probably skeptical. I would be too - in fact, I was! Studying hard is great. It yielded dividends in the past. Hard work and determination got most of us the opportunity to start at a great law school.
But once you are IN law school, it's just not enough. Not enough by half. It's so insufficient that if you know what IS sufficient you don't really need either hard work or dedication. Once you get the secret, you can phone it in and be on top of the class.
I know, it sounds unbelievable. I don't expect for a second that reading this will cause you to change your habits or your mind. But it's true.
Only two skills matter in law school:
The first skill knowing enough law not to embarrass yourself. I'll grant that if you COMPLETELY blow off reading, class, and outlining you won't have a leg to stand on.
The second skill is being able to effectively communicate your capacity to think like a lawyer in writing, under a time limit, when presented with a novel fact pattern.
And guess what? Reading your casebooks cover-to-cover 20 times before you get to law school might kind-of sort-of help #1, but you could be the fucking gand poo-bah of skill number one and still be bottom 10% without enough of skill number two.