If you could do your 1L over again...

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If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby sneijder » Mon May 02, 2011 7:29 pm

Whats going on TLS? I'm new to the forums and this is my first post... Sorry if this is a thread somewhere else.

2Ls and 3Ls, If you could go back to your 1L year what is one or two things you would do differently (class and test Preparation wise)?

thanks in advance! And good luck on Finals!!

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Knock » Mon May 02, 2011 7:30 pm

sneijder wrote:Whats going on TLS? I'm new to the forums and this is my first post... Sorry if this is a thread somewhere else.

2Ls and 3Ls, If you could go back to your 1L year what is one or two things you would do differently (class and test Preparation wise)?

thanks in advance! And good luck on Finals!!


Interested in this as well, and wouldn't mind more broad answers besides just class and test prep.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Cavalier » Mon May 02, 2011 7:35 pm

Not come to law school.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Grizz » Mon May 02, 2011 7:36 pm

Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Veyron » Mon May 02, 2011 7:36 pm

ABANDON ALL HOPE

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby bjsesq » Mon May 02, 2011 7:38 pm

I would have focused more than I did on the topics I disliked. Other than that, nothing.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Arrow » Mon May 02, 2011 7:44 pm


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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby random5483 » Mon May 02, 2011 7:49 pm

Studied more like I did the first semester the second semester.

I rocked all my exams last semester, and I am not so sure I did all that well this semester. Could just be pessimism though since I tend to think I did (or will do) badly in exams.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby sneijder » Mon May 02, 2011 7:52 pm

Arrow wrote:http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19378



thanks!

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Baylan » Mon May 02, 2011 9:08 pm

Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.


TITCR.

Though that may be my property exam on Thursday speaking.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby conn09 » Mon May 02, 2011 10:53 pm

Take the full ride at a lower ranked school.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Charles Barkley » Mon May 02, 2011 10:55 pm

I wouldn't.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby prezidentv8 » Mon May 02, 2011 10:56 pm

rad law wrote:
Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby keg411 » Mon May 02, 2011 11:05 pm

Baylan wrote:
Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.


TITCR.

Though that may be my property exam on Thursday speaking.


Seriously, for OP, this is the worst time ever to start this thread :lol:.

Most of lawl skool isn't bad (and can be enjoyable at times, at least for me). Exams make me feel like jabbing a rusty spork in my skull.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby dakatz » Mon May 02, 2011 11:07 pm

Its like asking someone about their marathon on the 25th mile, when their head hurts, can barely breathe, feet are calloused and swollen, dehydration is at its peak, and you just all around question your own sanity for putting yourself through such torture. You don't exactly get an unbiased perspective in such moments.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby prezidentv8 » Mon May 02, 2011 11:10 pm

keg411 wrote:
Baylan wrote:
Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.


TITCR.

Though that may be my property exam on Thursday speaking.


Seriously, for OP, this is the worst time ever to start this thread :lol:.

Most of lawl skool isn't bad (and can be enjoyable at times, at least for me). Exams make me feel like jabbing a rusty spork in my skull.


I'll say this:

I've had some nice experiences and met some good people.

But I could have done that elsewhere, while doing something actually productive, making money, and enjoying my early 20s. And frankly I've realized that I can't stand the legal industry and am very unsure about how long I'll last as a lawyer. 3 years + $$$ = oops.

Would not make the same decision again.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby keg411 » Mon May 02, 2011 11:20 pm

prezidentv8 wrote:I've had some nice experiences and met some good people.

But I could have done that elsewhere, while doing something actually productive, making money, and enjoying my early 20s. And frankly I've realized that I can't stand the legal industry and am very unsure about how long I'll last as a lawyer. 3 years + $$$ = oops.

Would not make the same decision again.


Yeah, see, I did that before going to lawl skool, so I don't have those types of regrets.

I just hate exam stress and feeling like I'm at the mercy of the curve and that I just got "lucky" last semester and am going to end up on the 'bad' stair this time :? :.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby random5483 » Mon May 02, 2011 11:24 pm

keg411 wrote:
prezidentv8 wrote:I've had some nice experiences and met some good people.

But I could have done that elsewhere, while doing something actually productive, making money, and enjoying my early 20s. And frankly I've realized that I can't stand the legal industry and am very unsure about how long I'll last as a lawyer. 3 years + $$$ = oops.

Would not make the same decision again.


Yeah, see, I did that before going to lawl skool, so I don't have those types of regrets.

I just hate exam stress and feeling like I'm at the mercy of the curve and that I just got "lucky" last semester and am going to end up on the 'bad' stair this time :? :.


I know how you feel. I aced all my exams last semester, but I am so sure I am going to do worse this semester.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby prezidentv8 » Mon May 02, 2011 11:25 pm

keg411 wrote:
prezidentv8 wrote:I've had some nice experiences and met some good people.

But I could have done that elsewhere, while doing something actually productive, making money, and enjoying my early 20s. And frankly I've realized that I can't stand the legal industry and am very unsure about how long I'll last as a lawyer. 3 years + $$$ = oops.

Would not make the same decision again.


Yeah, see, I did that before going to lawl skool, so I don't have those types of regrets.

I just hate exam stress and feeling like I'm at the mercy of the curve and that I just got "lucky" last semester and am going to end up on the 'bad' stair this time :? :.


Well...not gonna say I regret it, but I would definitely have chosen to do something else with my time. Can only move forward though.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby sneijder » Mon May 02, 2011 11:36 pm

:D Yea this wasnt the best timing but oh well. Ill continue to check it haha and maybe after exams blow over I will get better stuff..

Already got a few Ideas and good input, so thanks again

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby traehekat » Mon May 02, 2011 11:47 pm

Poor guy was just looking for some advice on how to do well in law school, and now he gets a bunch of people telling him to run. :P (not to say that there isn't justification to some of that advice)

As far as class/test prep goes, I guess I would have taken more practice exams and finished outlines a little earlier. You don't have to start outlining right away (if you are going to outline at all), but I suggest starting on at least one or two classes about midway through the semester.

I also would have started getting ready for the summer job search a little earlier so I was in a position to send everything out on December 1. I can't complain about what I have lined up, but I feel like some doors were closed because I applied a little later (early January), and that irritates me a bit that I let that happen.

It's funny, I was talking to someone the other night about how law school is difficult for all the "wrong" reasons. It really isn't the material itself that is so difficult, but it is the way it is presented, the hide-the-ball tactics, the pressure of the curve, the pressure of the economy, the pressure you put on yourself, etc. Law school just doesn't have to be this hard. Nonetheless, it is an experience and certainly a challenge. Most importantly it is how you become a lawyer. So despite all the bullshit, it's still worth it, assuming you know you want to be an attorney.

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby sneijder » Tue May 03, 2011 12:05 am

traehekat wrote:Poor guy was just looking for some advice on how to do well in law school, and now he gets a bunch of people telling him to run. :P (not to say that there isn't justification to some of that advice)

As far as class/test prep goes, I guess I would have taken more practice exams and finished outlines a little earlier. You don't have to start outlining right away (if you are going to outline at all), but I suggest starting on at least one or two classes about midway through the semester.

I also would have started getting ready for the summer job search a little earlier so I was in a position to send everything out on December 1. I can't complain about what I have lined up, but I feel like some doors were closed because I applied a little later (early January), and that irritates me a bit that I let that happen.

It's funny, I was talking to someone the other night about how law school is difficult for all the "wrong" reasons. It really isn't the material itself that is so difficult, but it is the way it is presented, the hide-the-ball tactics, the pressure of the curve, the pressure of the economy, the pressure you put on yourself, etc. Law school just doesn't have to be this hard. Nonetheless, it is an experience and certainly a challenge. Most importantly it is how you become a lawyer. So despite all the bullshit, it's still worth it, assuming you know you want to be an attorney.


Outlining earlier is something ive heard from many people not just on this forum. And no worries man I have some friends that are 1Ls and I understand why some people are irriatable at this point of the year :)

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby Baylan » Tue May 03, 2011 12:13 am

keg411 wrote:
Baylan wrote:
Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.


TITCR.

Though that may be my property exam on Thursday speaking.


Seriously, for OP, this is the worst time ever to start this thread :lol:.

Most of lawl skool isn't bad (and can be enjoyable at times, at least for me). Exams make me feel like jabbing a rusty spork in my skull.


It isn't the first time dealing with exams, this is literally the home stretch for everyone. My last exam is Thursday, I start LR write-on and work the following Monday. I have moot court tryouts on the 20th. But I get three, glorious, law-school-less days until all that starts again. They will be filled with alcohol, volunteer work (damn me for committing to that months ago), and hopefully more alcohol. Then the grind starts again, but in a different way.

OP should ask this in a month, too, like, once we all get grades back and have decided whether to WIN (transfer up/LR grade on) or Meh (median) or /self (curvepwned at TTT)

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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby sneijder » Tue May 03, 2011 12:21 am

Baylan wrote:
keg411 wrote:
Baylan wrote:
Cavalier wrote:Not come to law school.


TITCR.

Though that may be my property exam on Thursday speaking.


Seriously, for OP, this is the worst time ever to start this thread :lol:.

Most of lawl skool isn't bad (and can be enjoyable at times, at least for me). Exams make me feel like jabbing a rusty spork in my skull.


It isn't the first time dealing with exams, this is literally the home stretch for everyone. My last exam is Thursday, I start LR write-on and work the following Monday. I have moot court tryouts on the 20th. But I get three, glorious, law-school-less days until all that starts again. They will be filled with alcohol, volunteer work (damn me for committing to that months ago), and hopefully more alcohol. Then the grind starts again, but in a different way.

OP should ask this in a month, too, like, once we all get grades back and have decided whether to WIN (transfer up/LR grade on) or Meh (median) or /self (curvepwned at TTT)


my original question was to 2 and 3Ls, because they would have already fully experienced their 1Ls...but yea I agree, people that are still in their 1L this is a hard question unless you had something to share that you changed from 1st to 2nd semester..
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Re: If you could do your 1L over again...

Postby whymeohgodno » Tue May 03, 2011 12:22 am

Thread is incredibly depressing.




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