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Course suggestion?

Postby jmjm » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:55 pm

What course can someone from engineering background take to best prep themselves for future law school? If needed, assume very little humanities coursework and mostly sciences coursework done during undergraduate education many years ago.
I live in the Bay area near stanford and was planning to take an evening class there.

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Re: Course suggestion?

Postby samcro_op » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:44 pm

jmjm wrote:What course can someone from engineering background take to best prep themselves for future law school? If needed, assume very little humanities coursework and mostly sciences coursework done during undergraduate education many years ago.
I live in the Bay area near stanford and was planning to take an evening class there.


If I could go back I would take a basic writing/grammar course. Somehow in my education (CA public schools) I did not learn a lot of basic grammar rules/concepts and it has made LRW harder for me than it should be. I know that some places offer legal writing prep classes but I don't know if those would be valuable because from my experience in LRW you just need to do EXACTLY what your professors wants you to do.
As far as your substantive law classes there really isn't very much to prep for.

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Re: Course suggestion?

Postby jbagelboy » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:58 pm

samcro_op wrote:
jmjm wrote:What course can someone from engineering background take to best prep themselves for future law school? If needed, assume very little humanities coursework and mostly sciences coursework done during undergraduate education many years ago.
I live in the Bay area near stanford and was planning to take an evening class there.


If I could go back I would take a basic writing/grammar course. Somehow in my education (CA public schools) I did not learn a lot of basic grammar rules/concepts and it has made LRW harder for me than it should be. I know that some places offer legal writing prep classes but I don't know if those would be valuable because from my experience in LRW you just need to do EXACTLY what your professors wants you to do.
As far as your substantive law classes there really isn't very much to prep for.


No offense to this poster, but if you struggle with basic English grammar - and Im not saying you do - law school (which is basically entirely reading and writing) might not be a great career choice, since at top schools, everyone else in your class will be an excellent writer.

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Re: Course suggestion?

Postby J-e-L-L-o » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:14 pm

I am currently an engineering student and want to be a lawyer. My school has a minor in Rhetoric that I plan to get even though I am a decent writer (plus a lil gpa padding). I usually get A's on my essays for my GE crap.

I would look into the schools with extension, I think Berkeley has one. They offer classes in writing and technical communication. Found a link. Getting a certificate would be nice but by no means necessary.

Writing, Editing and Technical Communication
http://extension.berkeley.edu/public/ca ... eaId=15550

check your local community college class as well for cheap courses at night.

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Re: Course suggestion?

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:20 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
samcro_op wrote:
jmjm wrote:What course can someone from engineering background take to best prep themselves for future law school? If needed, assume very little humanities coursework and mostly sciences coursework done during undergraduate education many years ago.
I live in the Bay area near stanford and was planning to take an evening class there.


If I could go back I would take a basic writing/grammar course. Somehow in my education (CA public schools) I did not learn a lot of basic grammar rules/concepts and it has made LRW harder for me than it should be. I know that some places offer legal writing prep classes but I don't know if those would be valuable because from my experience in LRW you just need to do EXACTLY what your professors wants you to do.
As far as your substantive law classes there really isn't very much to prep for.


No offense to this poster, but if you struggle with basic English grammar - and Im not saying you do - law school (which is basically entirely reading and writing) might not be a great career choice, since at top schools, everyone else in your class will be an excellent writer.

I agree that you'd better have basic grammer down pat, but I do think that a class in copyediting could be useful. It reinforces the nitpicky grammar that most people, even good writers, often miss, and translates directly to journal shit.

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Re: Course suggestion?

Postby jmjm » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:33 am

Berkeley would be long and hard commute after work. I looked at the stanford link. https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/ ... tegory.php

The stanford link doesn't have many classroom (not online) courses outside of obscure arts courses or business ones. It'd be interesting if such a course could help me with an sterling academic rec as I have been out of academia long enough to need a new academic rec. Have many years of tech industry workex, so I could perhaps do without business courses. Without these, at stanford link I can't find a course that would fit the bill.

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Re: Course suggestion?

Postby samcro_op » Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:58 am

jbagelboy wrote:
samcro_op wrote:
jmjm wrote:What course can someone from engineering background take to best prep themselves for future law school? If needed, assume very little humanities coursework and mostly sciences coursework done during undergraduate education many years ago.
I live in the Bay area near stanford and was planning to take an evening class there.


If I could go back I would take a basic writing/grammar course. Somehow in my education (CA public schools) I did not learn a lot of basic grammar rules/concepts and it has made LRW harder for me than it should be. I know that some places offer legal writing prep classes but I don't know if those would be valuable because from my experience in LRW you just need to do EXACTLY what your professors wants you to do.
As far as your substantive law classes there really isn't very much to prep for.


No offense to this poster, but if you struggle with basic English grammar - and Im not saying you do - law school (which is basically entirely reading and writing) might not be a great career choice, since at top schools, everyone else in your class will be an excellent writer.


I am probably exaggerating a bit as I just finished my first semester and did well. However I think I would have done better if my writing was better because during exams you don't have time to edit.




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