0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby Nova » Thu May 30, 2013 5:31 am

JXander wrote:Do you think there is any value in general, basic 0L prep? Do you think the same premise applies to preparation that utilizes more general resources (Delaney's books, LEEWS)?


Read LEEWS. Its a way better use of your time than Supps. It will get your mind right for the end game.

The law is not hard. Almost everyone will know it. You get separation by writing good essays.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby danitt » Thu May 30, 2013 7:05 am

I'll probably work until the week before school starts. Meanwhile I'm developing good habits so I can stay healthy in law school, trying to get my F1 visa (I suspect this will be the bulk of my stress this summer) and wrapping up all my projects at work.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby JXander » Thu May 30, 2013 9:09 am

I have read PLS II last summer (which was very excellent, albeit a tad long) along with Thane Messinger's "Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold." For those who have read either of these in addition to GTM, would you still recommend reading GTM? Is there anything that might significantly set it apart from PLS II (aside from length)?

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu May 30, 2013 9:26 am

JXander wrote:I have read PLS II last summer (which was very excellent, albeit a tad long) along with Thane Messinger's "Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold." For those who have read either of these in addition to GTM, would you still recommend reading GTM? Is there anything that might significantly set it apart from PLS II (aside from length)?

Yes. GTM is a useful (if not earth-shattering) discussion of how to take exams. PLS II is a bitter conspiracy theory piece of crap feeding on 0L fears which really really really needs a decent editor.

(I agree that general prep like GTM, maybe LEEWS, and maybe some of the general legal reasoning stuff can be useful. Reading supplements is a waste of time. I mean, if you have nothing better to do, go for it, but it's absolutely unnecessary. The only reasonable counter to this I've seen is advice to read the Civ Pro E&E, because Civ Pro really engages concepts that are entirely unfamiliar to 1Ls, so with the already-given caveat that you might learn it wrong and your prof might cover very different things, I would maybe give a pass for that.)

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby lawhopeful10 » Thu May 30, 2013 10:06 am

I have been reading E&Es and hornbooks but I'm not worried about every legal nuance at this stage, I'm just getting an idea for everything. Then I find sample tests online with answers, berkeley has some, and you can find outlines online and I take practice tests. While I think really drilling material is a waste at this stage getting a general idea how to apply law might help or at least that's my reasoning.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby CaptainLeela » Thu May 30, 2013 11:29 am

Nova wrote:I read GTM and LEEWS. I would recommend reading them. It felt sufficient.


This makes me feel good. I'm considering Delaney's? I'm also getting Circus Ponies, figuring out how it works, setting up binders, notes and pre-printing some things, etc. Most because I LOVE organization (my undergrad notes were a wonder to behold) and it gives me something to do with my nervous energy than because I think it's some sort of substanative advantage.

And..practice tests? Yikes :|

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby BlueJeanBaby » Thu May 30, 2013 11:30 am

CaptainLeela wrote:
Nova wrote:I read GTM and LEEWS. I would recommend reading them. It felt sufficient.


This makes me feel good. I'm considering DeLaney's? I'm also getting Circus Ponies, figuring out how it works, setting up binders, notes and pre-printing some things, etc. Most because I LOVE organization (my undergrad notes were a wonder to behold) and it gives me something to do with my nervous energy than because I think it's some sort of substanative advantage.

And..practice tests? Yikes :|


What is Circus Ponies?

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby CaptainLeela » Thu May 30, 2013 11:31 am

BlueJeanBaby wrote:
CaptainLeela wrote:
Nova wrote:I read GTM and LEEWS. I would recommend reading them. It felt sufficient.


This makes me feel good. I'm considering DeLaney's? I'm also getting Circus Ponies, figuring out how it works, setting up binders, notes and pre-printing some things, etc. Most because I LOVE organization (my undergrad notes were a wonder to behold) and it gives me something to do with my nervous energy than because I think it's some sort of substanative advantage.

And..practice tests? Yikes :|


What is Circus Ponies?


A note taking program; basically the Mac attempt at One Note. I'm a little (a lot) ashamed of how excited I am to play around with it...

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby JXander » Thu May 30, 2013 11:38 am

CaptainLeela wrote:This makes me feel good. I'm considering Delaney's?

Delaney's is outstanding. The Law School Exams work seems particularly helpful, and it is wonderfully brief in comparison to other guidebooks. I highly recommend it.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby ariadne328 » Thu May 30, 2013 11:48 am

CaptainLeela wrote:A note taking program; basically the Mac attempt at One Note. I'm a little (a lot) ashamed of how excited I am to play around with it...

That sounds interesting! I will have to check it out, thanks for the tip. :)

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby CaptainLeela » Thu May 30, 2013 11:54 am

ariadne328 wrote:
CaptainLeela wrote:A note taking program; basically the Mac attempt at One Note. I'm a little (a lot) ashamed of how excited I am to play around with it...

That sounds interesting! I will have to check it out, thanks for the tip. :)


Absolutely. Also: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 2&t=183450

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby BlueJeanBaby » Thu May 30, 2013 12:18 pm

I have a PC- do I need to download One Note? I actually haven't even opened my new laptop yet that I'll be using at school. It has Windows 8, which I've never used. Now I'm thinking I need to open it and start playing with it to get used to the style. I am technologically challenged, too :(

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby Hspeaksfriend » Thu May 30, 2013 12:21 pm

lawhopeful10 wrote:I have been reading E&Es and hornbooks but I'm not worried about every legal nuance at this stage, I'm just getting an idea for everything. Then I find sample tests online with answers, berkeley has some, and you can find outlines online and I take practice tests. While I think really drilling material is a waste at this stage getting a general idea how to apply law might help or at least that's my reasoning.


How are you already taking practice tests? Like how would you even know if your response is a good one without learning the law and without knowing what your professor wants?

Not trying to be a smartass or rude in any way. I'm genuinely curious as to your thought process on this.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby CaptainLeela » Thu May 30, 2013 12:22 pm

BlueJeanBaby wrote:I have a PC- do I need to download One Note? I actually haven't even opened my new laptop yet that I'll be using at school. It has Windows 8, which I've never used. Now I'm thinking I need to open it and start playing with it to get used to the style. I am technologically challenged, too :(


I think, and sweet jesus, don't take my word for this...that One Note is part of some of the Microsoft Office Suites. I'm sure UGA (right?) has a discount on purchasing, so I'd definitely get it through school if it didn't come on your laptop, which I don't think it does most of the time (?)

There's an amazing looking One Note tutorial here: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=127496

Also, I have tons of friends in law school who act like I'm absurd when I talk about note taking software...they use word. I know it is something I will make use of, find helpful, and enjoy. Don't let my love of color-coding, collating, and organizing add another thing to be stressed out about to your list!

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby danielr » Thu May 30, 2013 12:39 pm

I only have a little bit to add to some great ideas about activities/shows to engage in before law school.

1. Someone mentioned that "The Wire" was recommended to them. YES!--everyone should watch this show. It is amazing. I won't say anything else so as not to spoil the experience for anyone who may actually check it out.

2. Yale Open Courses are incredible, and I recommend sampling topics that are not law-related. I've found history courses are interesting, and sometimes do touch on historical sources of law and law-making. Political Science courses also are interesting in their own right, and help illuminate much about current law. http://oyc.yale.edu/courses

3. GTM seems like a great book so far (I'm in the midst of reading it). I would recommend it to other 0Ls.

4. Personally, I am also watching TV shows (Arrested Development--goes without saying), gaming, reading, working, and drinking about a liter of coffee per day and anywhere from 1-3 pints of beer per night. Some of this (the coffee and beer, the reading) will persist into and throughout law school; some (probably gaming) will not.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby Bronck » Thu May 30, 2013 12:48 pm

lawhopeful10 wrote:I have been reading E&Es and hornbooks but I'm not worried about every legal nuance at this stage, I'm just getting an idea for everything. Then I find sample tests online with answers, berkeley has some, and you can find outlines online and I take practice tests. While I think really drilling material is a waste at this stage getting a general idea how to apply law might help or at least that's my reasoning.


You sound insufferable. Enjoy being the annoying gunner everyone hates in class.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby lawhopeful10 » Thu May 30, 2013 1:03 pm

First in response to the person who said I would be the gunner people hate in class idk how since I don't plan on talking much in class especially since there is no reason too.
Second, way to make a judgment about me based on that one post, I don't think it is too outrageous to study a little during the day, I hang out with my buddies, play basketball and see my girlfriend the rest of the time like anyone else.
Finally, I write responses using things I have gleamed from LEEWS and GTM and use online outlines as the law just to get the hang of how to take tests. I have only done like 5-6 but I feel like you start to learn generally how people write them.
So yea fuck yourself clown for calling me insufferable when you don't know shit and in an online forum.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby Bronck » Thu May 30, 2013 1:23 pm

lawhopeful10 wrote:First in response to the person who said I would be the gunner people hate in class idk how since I don't plan on talking much in class especially since there is no reason too.
Second, way to make a judgment about me based on that one post, I don't think it is too outrageous to study a little during the day, I hang out with my buddies, play basketball and see my girlfriend the rest of the time like anyone else.
Finally, I write responses using things I have gleamed from LEEWS and GTM and use online outlines as the law just to get the hang of how to take tests. I have only done like 5-6 but I feel like you start to learn generally how people write them.
So yea fuck yourself clown for calling me insufferable when you don't know shit and in an online forum.


lol, keep telling yourself that

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby lawhopeful10 » Thu May 30, 2013 1:31 pm

I was just trying to be helpful, but what really is a loser quality is you not even being a 0L coming in just to joke on someone online. Get a life, like who wastes time browsing forums just to argue with people. I'm done bro but you seem like you're a fucking miserable person.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby DorthyMantooth » Thu May 30, 2013 1:32 pm

Where are you getting your online outlines from?

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby Bronck » Thu May 30, 2013 1:33 pm

lawhopeful10 wrote:I was just trying to be helpful, but what really is a loser quality is you not even being a 0L coming in just to joke on someone online. Get a life, like who wastes time browsing forums just to argue with people. I'm done bro but you seem like you're a fucking miserable person.


cool

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby danielr » Thu May 30, 2013 1:35 pm

Bronck wrote:
lawhopeful10 wrote:I have been reading E&Es and hornbooks but I'm not worried about every legal nuance at this stage, I'm just getting an idea for everything. Then I find sample tests online with answers, berkeley has some, and you can find outlines online and I take practice tests. While I think really drilling material is a waste at this stage getting a general idea how to apply law might help or at least that's my reasoning.


You sound insufferable. Enjoy being the annoying gunner everyone hates in class.


I usually try to avoid spats like this on TLS because they are extremely petty, but I don't really understand why you are so bitter at this guy for sharing on this forum what he has been doing to prepare for law school in the fall. Seriously. Wtf is up your ass?

Jerk-offs like you are truly insufferable--those who sit around posting on TLS about inane bullshit and get pissy and spew nothing but bile on people that they decree are "gunners".

Now I'll take my turn as the subject of your incisive criticism. I must be some annoying gunner, too, right? Yes, go ahead and insult me on an anonymous internet forum. My feelings are really fragile, so take it easy please.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby North » Thu May 30, 2013 1:38 pm

I can't believe it took four pages for the above posts to happen.

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Postby CaptainLeela » Thu May 30, 2013 1:39 pm

North wrote:I can't believe it took four pages for the above posts to happen.

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Re: 0Ls: How are you preparing for school this fall.

Postby lhanvt13 » Thu May 30, 2013 1:39 pm

Also, arrow's list + a few more . Got nothing to do this summer but relax. Also, connecting with family friends who are lawyers




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