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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:15 PM
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Law school is weird.
I'm on my lunch break, in the student lounge -- 2Ls and 3Ls are chatting happily; 1Ls are wrapped up in their reading. I did some reading, and someone panicked because "we didn't have any reading from that book for today!" I did the reading for the next class, because I have time now and I'm trying my hand at this "discipline" thing.

Apparently I'm not supposed to do that.

I talked to another student (she graduated from the same high school I did! 9 years later! In a different century!) and she was panicking because she got 14 pages of reading for Torts at the last minute. A lot of the 1Ls are panicking. Why? Panic panic panic why?

I think I'll go take a walk outside before my next class.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:19 PM
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1. They're children.
Just remember that. :)
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:22 PM
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2. It's what 1Ls do
especially those who've never held down full-time jobs & thus never learned time-management skills. FYI, they'll really get nutz around exam time. Things will calm down next semester & the next 2 years, but when it comes time to study for the bar, expect the same people freaking out then that are freaking out now. Enjoy the show!

dg
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:27 PM
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4. Heh...I plan to be far, far away from the law library during exams.
(Well, unless I actually need something that's only in the library.)

These are the same people who were complaining that they got assigned to an 8:45 a.m. legal writing class.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:30 PM
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7. I remember being a student. I was the same
I'd moan about having three 9am lectures a week, which was absurd since prior to University I'd been at school every day at 8:45am for fourteen freaking years! :crazy:
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:27 PM
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3. That's how I remember it.
The 1st years is all work all the time. It is really a total institution. This is to weed out those not really suited for it. It is not so bad the next two years because the work is less demanding and because the only students left are those suited for it who have learned to survive in the law school environment.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:33 PM
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9. Aside from contracts, nothing seems even remotely unmanageable.
(Famous last words, I know.)

Contracts, on the other hand, seems like it will kill me, at least a little bit.

(I'll bookmark this thread, come back to it in February, and laugh when I get my best grade in Contracts and my worst in Crim Law, which so far makes the most sense.)

Someone told me: "You're going to be spending 40 or 50 hours a week studying! Gasp! Panic! Socratic method! Gasp! Panic!" (I worked as a teacher right out of college, and have been working as an editor ever since. 40-50 hours a week is nothing (and I think they were underestimating, too.) And making an ass of yourself in front of 90 other people who are glad it's not them is nothing compared to making an ass of youself in front of 30 15-year-olds.)
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:51 PM
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13. If you like contracts, you'll love UCC.
I took that during the summer following my first year. To my astonishment, it was my only law school "A." Property was my most difficult and annoying first year class, partly because it was taught by this bizzare, senile old dude who was just marking time.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:27 PM
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5. Well...seeing as only weirdos go to law school...
that makes sense. :hide:


:hi:
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:29 PM
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6. I'm weird?
who's the one who puts brown sugar in tomato sauce? ;)

:hi:

dg
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:31 PM
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8. Why, Grandma Rosa does!!
:P :hi:
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:35 PM
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10. This is true.
:hi:

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huskerlaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:37 PM
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11. Sounds pretty typical.
You already see the advantage you have. You've been out in the "real world"...you know when to panic and when not to. For the most part, the rest of the 1L's are just kids. That's why they're freaked.

Ok...back to preparing my freak out the kids...errr...welcome to law school...introduction speech! (have I mentioned how much more fun this law school thing is when you're a professor?) :evilgrin:
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:45 PM
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12. Hey, good luck to you!
I'm having fun. I can't speak for anyone else today. It's good to be back in the classroom.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:26 PM
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14. mmmmm... torts


It's strange, you'd think they wouldn't panic having been through it all getting their undergrads. Either way, I'm sure you'll be partying down with them at the freshman mixer in no time!
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