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  1. AnomanderRake

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    It would be great from a marketing perspective.
  2. I am a 1L in my second semester. The following is reflective of my experience, and may not be universal, so keep that in the back of your mind as you read: 1) Your classmates are, for the most part, really nice people. I have to come learn that I can always ask for help from almost anyone in my section (small group) and expect to have that help immediately. There is competition, but in my opinion it is healthy competition where people try to outdo rather than destroy each other. 2) At the same time, a the majority of my classmates are neurotic overachievers. There is always this "thing" that is going on that may make you feel inadequate/behind others/worried/etc. It certainty affected me (because I'm neurotic too). For example, at the beginning of the year it's all about the number of hours everybody spent on this reading or that reading, closer to the exams it will be about who got their CANs finished first and who has done the most practice exams, after Christmas it has mostly been about people applying to ten jobs a week (or at least that's what it feels like). However, I am slowly learning to ignore that part of law school culture. I have been attempting to move away it and focus on what I care about and my own goals (and I have had some success). 3) You get out of law school what you put into it. I am a strong believer that my law school experience has been significantly improved by the time I have invested in non-necessary, non-academic activities (including extracurriculars and firm events). The extra time that I spend at the law school has led to the development of stronger connections with the people here, and that, I think, is part of the reason why I don't feel nowhere near as stressed as I should be feeling (considering how much work I have to do and how much I procrastinate). 4) Academically, I have one suggestion: LISTEN IN CLASS. I kept getting distracted by miscellaneous websites during class, and therefore never really engaging with the material during the semester. It was only during my pre-exams reviews that I realized how superficial my understanding of the material was and how much I had lost by not paying attention in class. Just for reference, I was doing all of the readings and going to all the classes. There are a lot of other stuff that I can say, but I'm hungry so this is where I'll end it. Feel free to PM me.
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    What are law school classes like?

    I agree with this. After getting back my 1st semester 1L marks and comparing it with a friend of mine (whose grades were all with 5% of mine), I could easily see exactly why I had lost or gained points on any exam.* Each exam has a number of issues, each issue has a number of facts, and each fact can be analyzed using some of the cases we read during the semester. The more issues a person touches on, the more facts a person engages, and the more authorities they use to do a better analysis, the better they are going to do. Now, I believe different profs expect different kinds of analysis from you (for example, one prof may want you to bring up all the different arguments and present them as accurately as possible, while another might want you to pick one argument and try to show that it's better than all the other ones), but this doesn't mean that they grade subjectively. At the end of the day, every student in class A gets evaluated based on the standards of class A. Class B's prof might have different standards, but that doesn't mean the whole grading system is arbitrary. * With the exception of Legal Research and Writing. LRW grading was an arbitrary dumpster-fire closer to a third-world kangaroo court than objective and free of discrimination. And no, this opinion has nothing to do with my grade in that course.
  4. Currently 1L at UBC. I did my undergrad here too, and I don't feel like there is any throat cutting going on at all.
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