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Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:06 pm
by Brownadam26
Due to the tenor of TLS about pre law prep. I think I should do a non-conventional approach to pre law prep. Also, I have a flexible schedule.
I have not received my score yet and expect it 1/10/2011. I will not prepare beforehand by reading esoteric material that i'm not even sure is required text for class.
However, I will prepare myself by abusing the flexibility I have in choosing my classes this upcoming semester. The classes I have choosen are as follows:
1. Constitutional Law (obvious asset to success in law school).
2. Shakespeare (This english class will benefit my interpretation of complex writing and writing skills, that are imperitive to my first year).
3. Business Law ( this test will build the foundation of the "specialty cake" of law that i'm interested in)
4. Money & Banking (This just seems like fun since i'm a political science major and will aid to my knowledge of financial markets which will be important since i'll be doing an independent study).
5. Independent Study ( Analzing the Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act- History, current policy efficiency, and future prediction on the hard market or just future effect on America).
6. Piano -I like piano.
Read some book every two weeks from the normal pre law reading list

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:05 pm
by dakatz
Its not actually going to help you in law school, but if it makes you happy, then go for it.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:12 pm
by Emma.
dakatz wrote:Its not actually going to help you in law school, but if it makes you happy, then go for it.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:14 pm
by bk1
G. T. L. Rev. wrote:Facepalm.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:15 pm
by Teoeo
bk1 wrote:
G. T. L. Rev. wrote:Facepalm.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:19 pm
by thecilent
Lol. I hope I go to ls with you. What tier you looking at?

ETA: None of those classes will help you for law school. The best prep: get mad organized and read success threads.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:20 pm
by Grizz
facepalm.jpg

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:21 pm
by bk1
thecilent wrote:The best prep: get mad organized and read success threads prepare yourself for models and bottles.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:26 pm
by thecilent
^ I can live with that edit

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:26 pm
by johnnyutah
Brownadam26 wrote:3. Business Law ( this test will build the foundation of the "specialty cake" of law that i'm interested in)

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Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:33 pm
by dakatz
Yeah, OP, here is some actual advice to get ahead before you start. While the mindless mass of "gunners" will try and read supplements and commercial outlines, you can totally one-up them if you are smart about it.

1. Improve your typing skills. You have no idea how much time-pressure there is on an exam. A few higher words per minute could buy you valuable time at the end of an exam.
2. Get your resume and cover letters spruced up. If you wish to apply for judicial internships or firm jobs, you pretty much have to apply right when finals are about to start. Having this stuff done will totally give you a leg up with regard to the amount of time you have to study.
3. Read about and understand what a law school exam entails. Probably the best advice I can give. This will allow you to approach the material in a different way than most of your classmates, most of which will be studying as if the exam was undergrad-style. I suggest getting your hands on at least one exam very early in the semester. That way you can tailor all your studying and outlining to the exam that awaits you (and this is one of the many reasons why substantive 0L prep is pointless).
4. Network. Get in touch with lawyers from your area who went to your school. They will be happy to chat with you about their experiences. These contacts can be invaluable when it comes to searching for internships/jobs.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:12 pm
by Let1Equal0
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Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:19 pm
by ResolutePear
OP, don't listen to any of the haters. You're doing it right.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:21 pm
by Grizz
Let1Equal0 wrote:Bro-That-was-a-cool-story.jpg


Hey great bump dooder

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:37 pm
by mths
nothing's gonna help

law school is a special kind of hell

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:43 pm
by Lawquacious
:lol: about all the face palms. I think going through some substantive material (maybe reading an E and E for some of the 1st year subjects) is not such a bad idea, but I know the general advice is not to bother. I can see it as a slight advantage already being familiar with some of the concepts, but I'd take it pretty easy and realize that it's important to focus on how your professor teaches the material once you get to law school rather than trying to develop a comprehensive independent understanding of each subject.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:43 pm
by Lawquacious
mths wrote:nothing's gonna help

law school is a special kind of hell

:lol:

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:07 pm
by $$$$$$
If you want to do corporate law, being able to talk about the markets is definitely a good idea. Instead of the intense prep (if you are going to law school next year, then chill out) read too big too fail, barbarians at the gate, the wall street journal and talk to friends that you have or alumni of your future school that are involved what you want to do. Investopedia is really useful also. Most law students have no idea about banking and the corporate world and having some knowledge will show that you are interested and understand at least the basics. From my experience is is definitely a good thing.

Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:50 pm
by Let1Equal0
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Let1Equal0 wrote:Bro-That-was-a-cool-story.jpg


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Re: Should I study before law school this way.

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:55 am
by flcath
OP, I strongly recommend a course in public speaking, to prepare you for all the jury arguments you'll be making, as well as getting cold-called in class.

Also, classes in Reasoning & Critical Thinking and Symbolic Logic have been proven to raise your LSAT score by 10-12 points.