EricBerry wrote:I've got a few questions for current students and future students in the know:
1. Is LRW graded? What's the structure of the class? Any other quirks in the curriculum I should know about?
2. Are previous exams available in the library/online?
3. Will Macs work with the exam software?
4. I'm planning on living in the direct vicinity of the law school. Is this a good choice? Are there decent restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance?
5. What kind of grades do you need for the study abroad programs?
6. How do students get football tickets?
7. Any good fishing areas nearby?
Thanks! Looking forward to my visit!
Doesn't appear anyone who actually has knowledge has replied to this... so:
1. Yes. First semester revolves around legal research and an "objective" office/court clerk memoranda in which you do the research (based on the skills you learned) after the judge you clerk for directs you to give him the dirty on some sort of motion before the court (ours was a motion on the pleadings involving a settlement dispute). Second semester jumps write into persuasive writing and preparing you for your appellate brief. It sucks, but it's also awesome. It takes a lot of your time (mine's due in a week and a half). Another quirk in the curriculum is that FSU has followed Harvard's lead in introducing a Legislation/Regulation class second semester. This class is what you and your professor make of it. Some hate it, some love it. It's really very interesting stuff, but I can see how someone would see it as dry and boring.
2. Yes, there's a little computer with past exams. I never used it and I'm in the top 5%. All our professors gave practice exams at least twice in the semester (one just gave us a bunch of old exams to look through), a couple of them gave us mini practice exams regarding certain portions of the material. None are graded, most professors will review them and give feedback if you go to office hours (one this semester told me s/he wouldn't, but only because it may be perceived as unfair by those too shy/lazy to do the same).
3. Yes. It's a mac. It just works.
The software is Exam4 if you want to check it out (you can play around with it in practice mode)
4. No. The apartments are trashy old motels (I'm not really sure why there were motels in such a fratty location). There are better places to live.
5. I don't know if there is a requirement. A girl I know who botched last semester is going.
6. You get them online and print them out. One per student, guests are $50, but if you can get someone to give one up for your guest, they don't usually check student IDs.
7. The Gulf is like an hour away.