Tag Archive: 1L

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Law School Transfer: Solid Plan or Utter Fantasy?

Much like college applications, there are reach, match, and safety schools when applying for law school, and for a lot of people, there’s that one dream school. Things might not work out as planned, though — whether because of a low LSAT, GPA, or some other reason — and you might not get into your dream school. When that happens, some people choose to go to a lesser school than their dream school, while planning to transfer later, and the intake numbers at higher-ranked schools reflect this.

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Your First Set of Law School Finals

January’s rolled around, which means new year (oh yay!) and also new semester (oy vey). You’ve survived the worst finals ever, buuuut you’re looking down the barrel of more finals in a few months. Did you get anything out of that terrible experience, besides a fallback conversation piece with your classmates? Do things get better?

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Logical Reasonings / 9.10.15

A) Copyright law ruins everything (such as these YouTube videos of the hardest Super Mario levels ever). Kotaku

B) Here are some tips for new 1Ls other than “do the reading and work really hard.” Above the Law

C) Pats fans and haters are both totally unhinged, as evidenced by these letters to the Deflategate judge. Deadspin

D) In the vein of interview horror stories, here’s one about a callback gone terribly wrong. Above the Law

E) This couple got hammered and made a video about how they met in the style of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. #relationshipgoals Time

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Logical Reasonings / 8.20.15

A) LSAC has released some data regarding the number of people taking the LSAT, and it’s still in decline. Here are some potential conclusions. Above the Law

B) Ever wondered what being a Supreme Court intern is like? Here’s the inside scoop. National Law Journal

C) Texas Tech School of Law is introducing a “brain training” program for 1Ls. Hmm… Lubbock Online

D) Someone going by Deez Nuts is the top-polling Independent candidate for president in some states. America, F yeah! The Guardian

E) In related news, you can watch about a million news anchors solemnly say the phrase “deez nuts.” Deadspin

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What To Expect In Your First Week of Law School

If you, like me, are headed into your last week of freedom summer before starting your first year of law school, you may be trying to figure out what those first few weeks of school will look like. Because I’m more neurotic than you, I’ve saved you the trouble and pored over blogs and forums and orientation workbooks myself. Here’s what I’ve dug up:

Don’t worry too much about memorizing the Constitution or anything before class. Many students think they need to either catch up on obscure statutes or try to get an edge over their classmates; neither is the case. In fact, the general consensus seems to be that you should appreciate these last couple casebook-free weeks. Hit the beach, read some Nick Sparks, enjoy the end of your summer.

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What I Learned from My 1L Summer Job

I was in LA for my 1L summer. I got an offer to work at the Los Angeles DA’s unit that handles gang murders: The Hardcore Gang Unit.

You think, oh LA; that’s Hollywood, the Walk of Fame, Chinatown, Koreatown, beaches, sunshine, surfing. Sounds fun. After a few weeks at the DA’s office, LA seemed a helluva lot more dark. People really do get killed for being in the wrong neighborhood, for wearing the wrong color shoes, and for no particular reason at all. The gangs of LA are quite brutal.

Part of the reason is that killing someone gets you increased status within the gang. The other part might be the fact that about half of all murders in LA County go unsolved.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.12.15

A) Preparing for the October LSAT? Check out this great deal on our awesome online course. Blueprint LSAT

B) Aside from your beloved teddy bear, here are the non-obvious things to bring with you for your first year of law school. Law School Toolbox

C) Michael Jordan is in court – and during jury selection, when asked if anyone considered Jordan his or her personal idol, only one potential juror said yes. We’ve come a long way since the days of Space Jam. ESPN

D) Hillary Clinton recently released a plan that involves lowering student loan interest rates – but here’s the downside. NPR

E) Here are some tips for viewing the best meteor shower of the year tonight. iO9