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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby justkeepswimming794 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:04 pm

chuckbass wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:
sublime wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:I find it lol that he allows you to either admit to being unprepared, or try and double down.



Yea, you will find that not uncommon though. A lot of profs allow you to do something like admit to being unprepared prior to class and take one absence, or if you get called on and are unprepared, you take two.


So are the "I didn't brief a single case and got A++++++" people lying bastards? Or is Greenfield the only one who says 8+ absences will drop your grade?

Other profs don't make you have briefs at the ready, and all have different attendance policies. I book briefed (underlined/took minimal notes in the margins) for all of my classes and that was more than enough for me generally, but I also wasn't trying too hard to be prepared for class or trying to nail cold calls.


this is good advice (for someone who didn't have greenfield). for the record, greenfield literally makes you hold up a paper print out of a brief, so, TCR= if you have greenfield , do a written brief, or hope that you're having a lucky day. book briefing will simply not work in his class.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby chuckbass » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:10 pm

LET'S GET IT wrote:
hoos89 wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:
sublime wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:I find it lol that he allows you to either admit to being unprepared, or try and double down.



Yea, you will find that not uncommon though. A lot of profs allow you to do something like admit to being unprepared prior to class and take one absence, or if you get called on and are unprepared, you take two.


So are the "I didn't brief a single case and got A++++++" people lying bastards? Or is Greenfield the only one who says 8+ absences will drop your grade?


Briefing cases helps far more with cold calls than the actual exams (and doing well on cold calls is not going to help your grade). Briefs are generally unnecessary unless the professor will actively penalize you for not doing it (Greensfelder Greenfield might be the only professor with that sort of policy). The only possible exception to this might be Mandelker, since his exam is very case heavy.


Ftfy. I see OCI season is even getting to the elders.

Lolololol I didn't even notice wow.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby hoos89 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:22 pm

Ahh got me. I didn't have Greenfield but wouldn't just holding up the same paper printout of a brief work every day (particularly if you're in the back)?

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Postby LET'S GET IT » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:34 pm

hoos89 wrote:Ahh got me. I didn't have Greenfield but wouldn't just holding up the same paper printout of a brief work every day (particularly if you're in the back)?


This is actually a valid point and would probably work. Reminds me of the advice a 2L gave me about Mandelker last year. "He can't hear at all so if you don't know the answer, just mumble something a couple times and he'll move on."

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby theycallmefoes » Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:37 pm

Thanks for the input to those of you who replied to my initial post! Anybody else have input/suggestions/tales of horror about Sadat (both International Law & International Criminal Law), Smith (Employment Discrimination), and Levin (Immigration Law)? Also, has anyone had the Socialist Law in Transition Seminar with Foster (or any professor, for that matter)?

Any and all thoughts and/or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Postby Total Litigator » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:06 pm

At the end of the last day of Admin law class Prof. Levin wished us all best luck on the final. Then he paused, and said, "As they say in contract law... once more into the breach."

First joke of the semester, but I thought it was hilarious. I think a significant portion of the class didn't get the joke simply because their consciousnesses could not believe the man had actually told a joke. Levin is dry, but a good professor, and as someone noted, his exams are difficult but fair.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby Banshee » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:08 pm

For Rosen's Evidence class, he has 1 required text (the Fed Rules of Evidence) and 3 recommended books. Can anyone share if you actually need anything out of the recommended books or if they are helpful

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Postby hoos89 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:50 pm

I didn't get any of them and did fine.

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Postby sublime » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:54 pm

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Postby bulinus » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:26 pm

Same here. The Learning Evidence text is on reserve at the law library if you still want to look at it.

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Postby Banshee » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:12 pm

Thanks everyone!

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby PeanutsNJam » Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:48 am

tips for holding in farts in the janite lee reading room?

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Postby chuckbass » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:26 am

PeanutsNJam wrote:tips for holding in farts in the janite lee reading room?

90% chance that you won't be using the reading room to study after the next week or two.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby Outis Onoma » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:30 am

PeanutsNJam wrote:tips for holding in farts in the janite lee reading room?


Don't bother. You probably won't see any of these people when your three years are up anyway.

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Postby laujam204 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:56 am

Did anyone not use supplements during 1L? It sounds like they're commonly used, but I'm not completely sold on them just yet. Would it make sense to wait until later in the semester to see if I need them?

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Postby LET'S GET IT » Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:38 pm

laujam204 wrote:Did anyone not use supplements during 1L? It sounds like they're commonly used, but I'm not completely sold on them just yet. Would it make sense to wait until later in the semester to see if I need them?


I didn't use any second semester and did better than first semester when I used them. Spent more time with outlines and taking practice tests instead. I think they are a bit overrated, mostly because you want to tailor your exams to the prof as much as possible.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby hoos89 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:00 pm

laujam204 wrote:Did anyone not use supplements during 1L? It sounds like they're commonly used, but I'm not completely sold on them just yet. Would it make sense to wait until later in the semester to see if I need them?


I've never used a supplement, and I don't think they are generally necessary (some people might disagree, though). Honestly it probably just depends on the person.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby PeanutsNJam » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:04 pm

Supplements are probably helpful for dumbs like me who read a case and go "whut?" (I wouldn't know yet)

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Postby hoos89 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:11 pm

PeanutsNJam wrote:Supplements are probably helpful for dumbs like me who read a case and go "whut?" (I wouldn't know yet)


Online case briefs are usually helpful enough for figuring out the point of the case if you're lost (and everyone will be lost at some point). Also class.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby bmmccb223 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:23 pm

Want to bring up a perhaps sensitive issue...for those in bottom 20% at Wash U, what drives you to continue your legal education? I've been hearing a lot of absurd answers to this question (from other schools) and am curious how WUSTL students will respond.

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Postby konar » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:36 am

bmmccb223 wrote:Want to bring up a perhaps sensitive issue...for those in bottom 20% at Wash U, what drives you to continue your legal education? I've been hearing a lot of absurd answers to this question (from other schools) and am curious how WUSTL students will respond.



First off, nobody in the bottom 20% is going to answer this question, especially given the way you asked it. Also, I highly doubt most employers could tell someone is in the bottom 20% at Wash U based off their resume/GPA given the massive grade inflation. There's really the top third and then everyone else.

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Postby chingwoo » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:46 pm

bmmccb223 wrote:Want to bring up a perhaps sensitive issue...for those in bottom 20% at Wash U, what drives you to continue your legal education? I've been hearing a lot of absurd answers to this question (from other schools) and am curious how WUSTL students will respond.


Because I love learning and I'll get a job with a WashU degree. Most people get something.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby PourMeTea » Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:26 am

chingwoo wrote:
bmmccb223 wrote:Want to bring up a perhaps sensitive issue...for those in bottom 20% at Wash U, what drives you to continue your legal education? I've been hearing a lot of absurd answers to this question (from other schools) and am curious how WUSTL students will respond.


Because I love learning and I'll get a job with a WashU degree. Most people get something.

This. Consulting is just as rewarding.

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Re: WUSTL Recent Grad (and others) Taking Questions

Postby RareExports » Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:34 pm

This is a question for those who have taken (and hopefully done well in) DeGeest's Contracts.

The syllabus indicates that he gives up to ten students up to three bonus points each for "excellent contributions in class." If anyone knows -- does he notify the recipients? And is it a system where each excellent contribution is one point and up to three are acknowledged, or is there a gradient of excellency in which two or three points may be earned for a more excellent contribution?

Also curious if anyone has general insight for success with DeGeest, Hollander-Blumoff, or Drobak (Property). There has been some discussion in the applicants' thread in the past, but I imagine there are some here who didn't see those posts and could contribute.

Thanks!

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Postby PourMeTea » Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:39 pm

For Hollander-Blumoff, just attend every class and do all the practice problems she assigns (I think there are 6 throughout the semester). Her exam looks very much like her practice problems, and you'll be rewarded for doing them, especially the optional ones. Freer is also helpful if you ever get confused.




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