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  1. Here's a man who knows how to dress: http://www.planetrulers.com/images/rule ... jongil.jpg
  2. A suit is a lawyer's uniform. I have a suit from Moore’s. It cost $249. I will buy two more in slightly different dark shades. I will also buy 6 identical white shirts.
  3. At the U of A, Legal Research and Writing involves being randomly paired with a classmate with whom you will write a factum. You will each get the same grade on the final product. That’s the only required “group work” in 1L. I think it’s the same at other Canadian law schools.
  4. Some people have a book fetish; they like to own certain books because if the comfort they derive from being able to hold the answers on their bookshelves, or they like to display the volumes as a means of telling the world what sort of person they are. Unless you are one of those people – or you have no access to a library or the world wide web – don’t buy any book of any kind, least of all a dictionary.
  5. So, I watched a couple of these YouTube videos of high school debating competition. It reminded me of something I recently read: “[Harvard] produced students who were smart, but not intellectual; people who could solve the puzzle, parse the case, and construct the arguments, but who could not or would not put problems in larger perspective. It is the enormous potential of the Harvard Law School that makes its failure the cultivate the best in its students a failure of enormous proportions” from: Broken Contract by Richard Kahlenberg
  6. I need to know how this story ends!
  7. Two books (memoirs, not novels) I found interesting are: "My Brief Career - Trials of a Young Lawyer" by Harry Mount and "Double Billing" by Cameron Stracher
  8. Hey, I'm giving up a government sinecure making 90K/a for law school... What do I get? you get my best wishes
  9. If it were possible, I would gladly trade you my 2 years of law school for your government job earning 45K. Almost every day for the past 2 years I ask myself why I thought law school was a good choice. The pep talk I give myself is that this is the least bad option. Of course, there are plenty of people who are positive about their law school experience; perhaps the majority. Just want to let you know that it’s not a dream come true for everyone.
  10. if you think "2nd year" or "third year" is a concern for potential confusion, why not just say that you "will be graduating in April of 2011" or that you "have just completed your second year", etc.?
  11. If you are looking for a deal on some used 1L books, I may be able to help you. Unfortunately, I did use a highlighter in all my books last year, so I am offering them at a price lower than the what the bookstore charges for used books. The prices listed after each book are: New price > bookstore’s used price > my price. Foundations (Prof. Gall): The Canadian Legal System: 63.75 > 47.80 > 35.00 Criminal Law (Prof. Penney): Criminal Law and Procedure (Roach):105.45 > 79.10 > 55.00 Constitutional Law (Prof. Carver): Constitutional Law (Rotman): 126.35 > 94.75 > 70.00 Property Law (Prof. Kaplinsky): Property Reader (Ziff): 98.90 > 74.20 > 55.00 Property Law (Prof. Kaplinsky): Principles of Property Law (Ziff):110.95 > 83.20 > $60.00 I also have a Contracts casebook by Boyle and Percy that Prof. O’Byrne used last year. Apparently she is not using the same book this year. But it might be useful as another source of commentary. I will sell it for the bargain price of $20 (I am sure it cost something over $100 new) [email protected]
  12. Gabong, where do you go to school? U of A
  13. With a whole semester of law school behind me, I’ll offer a few opinions on a few of the questions that have been raised in this thread. 1. Preparatory reading . Indroduction to the Study of Law by Waddams is a good book. You might also want to brush up on your Canadian Constitutional History. Take a look at a popular history of Canada, and refresh your understanding of this nation’s political and constitutional foundations. Read up on the history of the Quebec sovereignty movement. Maybe skim through the Constitution Acts 1867 and 1982. Check out the web-sites for the Provincial courts, the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliament and see if you can find something that you didn’t already know. If you have free time, there is no harm in getting a little better acquainted with our legal and political institutions. Of course, none of this is essential background reading to success in law school, but like I said, it can’t hurt. 2. Writing style. You don’t need to be an English major to do well in law school. I don’t think one gets extra credit for a flowery turn of phrase. (though you will encounter a few jurists who are well known for the florid quality of their writing) In fact, the stripped down, utilitarian style of scientific or technical writing might be more akin to legal writing. 3. Socratic method / class participation. None of my professors ever called on a specific student to answer a question. Most of them give lectures (and respond to any questions from students). Two of my professors often throw questions out to the class as a whole, and usually there will be 3 or 4 volunteered responses. There are about 6 or 8 students who can be depended upon to have an answer ready. I don’t think there was anyone who was too annoyingly keen to answer the questions. More than half of my classmates volunteered answers at least once during the semester. Our torts prof would sometimes ask a question to which there was nobody eager to take a stab at. But, he would just stand there looking at us squirm, until he got a volunteer.
  14. Go buy a modest house in Toronto or Vancouver. Pay you taxes, etc. Get youtself a couple kids. And, then tell me that $100K a year is a lot of money. I am not complaining. Its enough for me. But I do not understand why people use the phrase, "doctors and lawyers" when they are referring to people who earn lots of money. Of course, there are plenty of poor and struggling people. But on the other side of the widening divide between the "haves" and the "have nots", there are plenty of suburbanites with high school diplomas making as much as lawyers. Not a complaint. Just an observation.
  15. Why do people think lawyers make a lot of money? There are plenty of tradespeople and unionized workers who make just as much or more. $80 or $100K a year is not wealthy. Its comfortable middle class.
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