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Is it better to go on exchange in 1st or 2nd semester of 3L?

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I would like to go on an exchange semester in 3L, but also secure articles and not screw myself over in any way with regard to bar admission studying/exams. Recommendations?

I also can't find a thread talking about what courses are best to take while on exchange (i.e., better to take international law courses, or better to learn about local law?). I understand that these vary by university, but what have people found to be more useful?

Thanks! :)

 

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First semester of 3L, as that’s when everyone else does it (essentially). Spend the last semester fuming over how burnt out you are etc. etc. — but with everyone else there to keep you company. 

Exchange is best viewed as a holiday. As in, don’t try to learn anything. Enjoy the locale and travel. 

Edit: Okay, a bit harsh. There are more and less academic schools. But few that compare to U of T. If you want to learn law, it’s often best just to stick around. There may be a few exceptions. (Singapore? Centre for Transnational Legal Studies?)

edit 2: you’ll likely have a pretty good sense if you need articles by the time you apply to exchange (I.e recruits are mostly done). may not be good to go if you still need a 2L summer position at that point.

edit... 3: maybe if you really want to learn EU or Chinese law exchange is a great idea regardless.

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20 hours ago, onepost said:

Spend the last semester fuming over how burnt out you are etc. etc. — but with everyone else there to keep you company. 

I can't wait!

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On 3/30/2018 at 10:58 AM, onepost said:

First semester of 3L, as that’s when everyone else does it (essentially). Spend the last semester fuming over how burnt out you are etc. etc. — but with everyone else there to keep you company. 

Exchange is best viewed as a holiday. As in, don’t try to learn anything. Enjoy the locale and travel. 

Edit: Okay, a bit harsh. There are more and less academic schools. But few that compare to U of T. If you want to learn law, it’s often best just to stick around. There may be a few exceptions. (Singapore? Centre for Transnational Legal Studies?)

edit 2: you’ll likely have a pretty good sense if you need articles by the time you apply to exchange (I.e recruits are mostly done). may not be good to go if you still need a 2L summer position at that point.

edit... 3: maybe if you really want to learn EU or Chinese law exchange is a great idea regardless.

Burnt out? 3L?

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