Summer Reading Before 1L

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby Ohiobumpkin » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:27 am

kalvano wrote:If "summer prep" means anything other than reading Game of Thrones by the pool with a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy close at hand, you are doing it very, very wrong.


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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby acrossthelake » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:24 pm

Increasing your typing speed if you're a slow hunt & peck typer is worthwhile just because life is easier when you can type at roughly the speed at which you can think of what to type, but it's not really necessary for law school. If you want, just get Mavis Beacon.

I had one class where I was in over my head, and the prof. spoke slowly enough for me to basically transcribe the class, so I basically transcribed the class and would re-read lecture at my own pace to understand it afterward. That was sort of useful, but the # of times that happens in law school should be close to 0 for most people.

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby AllDangle » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:28 pm

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby AreJay711 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:48 am

Bildungsroman wrote:
AZN MegaPoaster wrote:
emkay625 wrote:
jim-green wrote:Can anyone please post the best website to learn speed typing?


as an incredibly slow typer, I would like this too.


Just go to best buy and purcase one of their typing programs for 20$. I used Mavis Beacon the summer before 1L. I got to 60-70 wpm before school started, and then from typing throughout the semester I got up to 80-90 before exams. So i though it was definitely worth it.

Yeah, don't get too paranoid about typing speed. I'm a pretty slow typist (idk how many wpm, but my typing style is embarrassing and it can't be more than 60wpm), and I didn't feel disadvantaged by my typing speed at all. Getting up to 70-80 wpm is likely plenty. Some people swear by typing 120 wpm for the entire exam, but there's a reason, at least in my experience, you don't see a lot of 30 page model answers.

Edit: Just checked the longest exam I wrote 1L year. I spent about 1/3 of the time reading and outlining, so I averaged 36 WPM.


This is credited. I got an A- on a 90 min essay portion of an exam with 1100 words. Idk how much time I spent outlining and reading and I really might have caught the good side of the curve in that class but that is only 12 wpm. I think around 50 is where you want to be. I can type faster now but I think the most I ever wrote only averaged to about 46 wpm.

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby jim-green » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:28 am

aren't any of the free websites good? Do I have to buy Mavis B?

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby laxbrah420 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:37 am

typeracer breh

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:38 am

jim-green wrote:aren't any of the free websites good? Do I have to buy Mavis B?


I haven't seen any that are as good. I learned on Kid's Typing & Mavis Beacon in 1st grade. Kid's Typing was pretty fun actually. I recommend that if you can find one. :lol: Mavis just had a lot of diff games that focused on different skills. I appreciated the one with the penguin.

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby Calchexas » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:39 pm

As a 0L who knows nothing about law school, yet everything about speed typing, the "ideal" place to be for general tasks is when you are typing roughly at about the speed at which you think; that is, you can actually say the words to yourself at around the same speed as you type them (plus or minus a couple seconds). While you shouldn't beat your brains out over getting to that standard, when it comes to maximum efficiency + effectiveness, typing fast is very, very useful. At the very least, being able to type fast makes it so that you can be neurotic and edit your posts over and over again. Additionally, I would say that the best resource to up your typing speed is just one of those "learn to type" programs. Fork out the bucks if you have to, but for heaven's sake, actually PRACTICE typing - don't just read about it in a book!

I will make the bold assumption that law school is nowhere near a "general task," though, so fellow 0Ls, take everything I say here with a grain of salt.

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby Borhas » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:05 pm

Learn Dvorak, peasants

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby Scotusnerd » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:13 pm

Borhas wrote:Learn Dvorak, peasants


His ass isn't worth the time. Spend it on a worthwhile composer, like Bach. :)

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby jim-green » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:59 am

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby krushktk » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:13 pm

Claude Debusey- clair de lune

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby Reprisal » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:12 pm

Read, and apply, The Winning Brief.

You will crush your LRW class and have two good writing samples for OCI and clerkships.

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby junaman » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:53 am

Do any of you have any advice for what an international student should read to get himself up to scratch with what would be presumed knowledge about the US legal and political system and its history?

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Re: Summer Reading Before 1L

Postby hopper123 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:13 am

What if your school doesnt have lrw? Should you still practice grammar?




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