elwen: (...)
I had another bar exam nightmare this morning. Totally came out of nowhere.

Sometimes I really hate the suspension of skepticism that happens when you dream. My dream involved writing out my essay on a newspaper covered in ads, in blue and pink pen, not to mention non-law student friends taking the exam with me. But none of these things shook the feeling that "I am taking the bar exam" and the panic that grew out of things going wrong.

I woke up when I heard my mom's car leaving to send my brother to school. Turns out I'd forgotten to set an alarm last night. So I guess it serves me right... the alarm probably would have either preempted the dream or pulled me out of it sooner.

7 days.

Jul. 21st, 2009 05:46 pm
elwen: (studying and classes)
This morning was the official "one week until doomsday" point. Of course, actual studying cuts off well before that, so I am feeling the pressure. Overall, I am feeling relatively comfortable with where I am. I need more practice to tweak parts of my approach, but I don't think there are any gaping holes. I hope.

I've been taking walks in the morning to get used to walking before writing, since I'll be walking to the exam site (at least, that's the plan). In the process, I've kind of rediscovered my neighborhood, not just the physical area but the people, too. It's such a sheltered, idyllic place. People jog with their dogs or take walks, smile and greet each other when passing. Not like my sense that people just coop themselves up indoors these days -- that's just my own family, apparently.

Today I walked to the nearest Starbucks (about 1.3 miles) for a free pastry. It was a good simulation because, unlike walking to the overpass behind the elementary school, it's along a big busy street, much like I'll be facing in San Mateo. The only thing missing is the super-sketchy signalless highway onramp crosswalks. Ironically, both the local neighborhood setting and the big busy street setting are more pleasant than walking in downtown San Jose. (I'm saying this to assuage my guilt (?) that this fall I'll be taking the light rail straight to the courthouse instead of my strategy last time of parking in a huge-ass surface lot on the edge of downtown, 10 minutes walk away.) Not a good indication of San Jose's vitality.

Along those lines, I was interested to see the kinds of businesses I walked past today. There was an entire block of real estate and title companies. I wonder how much business any of them are getting these days. I saw a bunch of remodeling places advertising different things -- kitchens, curtains, etc. And a funeral home I've never noticed before.

Anyway, my brain mostly generates random disjointed thoughts like that, where I'm not trying to cram it more full of bar knowledge. I really just want it all to be over.

Until then, I'm mostly cutting off live contact with the outside world. I'll still read LJ and check Facebook because I can't help myself, but this week is really about hunkering down and getting 'er done, I suppose. Except no burning the midnight oil because it's more important in my case to get on a sleep schedule that roughly approximates the bar. (Up at 6:30 means bed by 9:30... so antithetical to my usual.)
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BarBri today was epic.

We were scheduled to take a practice all-day MBE (200 multiple choice questions, 6 hours). We would then submit the scantrons for electronic grading and be given our ranking versus the rest of BarBri students in about 5-10 days.

Now, to begin with, the bar exam itself is in 13 days. *tries not to panic* So I would say that finding out your ranking is a good way to induce panic without providing any information that can be helpful at that point. I would look just to know, but it wouldn't do me any good.

But I am spared that temptation because...

I took the wrong test!

You see, there are two books that contain full-day simulated MBEs. And apparently I had forgotten about the other one and left it buried at the bottom of the box in which all the materials originally came. Most of the rest of the various workbooks and outlines are scattered across our dining table, because I have actually been using them during the course. But apparently I was supposed to find this never-before-used thing, the Multistate Maximizer.

So, I could have just grabbed the scantron, come home and taken the correct exam, and mailed in the scantron myself. But why bother? I think I am doing fine on the MBEs. Granted my score today was not as good as before, but it's still the least of my worries. And, like I said, I don't think the ranking is informative. So I'm not going to waste postage on it.

So I just turned in my scantron from the wrong test. Now we'll see how far off I am from random. :D

But if that epicness wasn't enough, there was more.

Last night, James nagged me to help drink his milk and eat the tapioca pudding he made. So this morning I had sugary cereal, sugary pudding, and sugary frosting. Which led to a spectacular sugar crash about 80 questions into the exam. That was okay, and since I finished the morning session early, I just sat there and dozed the last half hour (much to the amazement of the guy next to me). But apparently lunch didn't help, and by the afternoon I was falling asleep in the middle of questions.

That may have contributed to my lower score. It is good to know, though. It is entirely possible that multiple choice questions, being more passive than essays, are not enough to keep me awake, even with exam-day adrenaline. When I actually take the simulated MBE I was supposed to take today, I'll have to do it on a better night's sleep and a healthier breakfast, and see if that helps.

In the meantime, I can't go to class tomorrow because they'll be going over answers to an exam I didn't take. Good thing I was planning on watching these lectures online in the first place. Do they really need to spend 12 hours going over the answers? We've already gone through this process a couple times, and although it's marginally helpful, I find I only need half an ear for it most of the time. So I think I'm going to sit at my computer and train some Pokémon while I'm at it.


Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:06 pm
elwen: (studying and classes)
BarBri is eating my life. It's strange how, for a while, it seemed manageable, and then I fell behind one day and since then it's like I can't manage to get anything done. Maybe it's just that this is an endurance test, and I am losing.

It's not that I'm not absorbing information anymore. (Though I haven't tested retention lately.) More that I just can't find the willpower to study instead of goof off.

It doesn't help that the BarBri system frustrates me for various reasons. First of all, they grade some of your practice tests, which is immensely helpful, but they front-loaded the grading, so that I've turned in everything now, and at that point I had only gotten one graded essay back. Which makes it quite useless in incorporating feedback and tracking progress.

I also got my one graded performance test back today, and it pissed me off because the grader gave me barely any feedback and then failed me. On one of the parts where I failed, use of cases, there was one comment that said "Use Robins," and that pissed me off because (1) I did, later in the answer, and (2) their own damn put-every-last-thing-in answer didn't mention Robins even once. WTF?

I know. This is a minimum competence test, and BarBri is a lowest common denominator program. But I think they're not helping anyone's mental condition by jerking us around first with the harsh grading and then giving us the lecturer who reassures us that anyone can pass as long as you can make up a rule and apply it to the facts. (He said it so many times, I bet most people started to believe him, when we all know the pass rate is around 50%.) I waffle between trying to reassure myself and panicking that I suck at the performance test and I don't know how to improve because none of the practices I do will be graded and apparently I don't know myself what to be looking for.

I think I'm almost better off not looking at my graded essays and just pretending to myself that I am passing. Especially since only now am I beginning to fully internalize the IRAC structure and oh look, they aren't going to be able to tell me how I'm doing.

It's too bad BarBri is a big, heartless, money-grubbing monopoly, and wouldn't care about how they could improve their program because it works well enough. Like I said, lowest common denominator.

...okay, I feel a little better now, I think. The ranting was cathartic, and not what I had originally planned to write. What I did want to write was: BarBri lecturers randomly mention Caltech as a euphemism for top scientists and engineers. Most of these people aren't even from California, and I wonder, "How do they even know about Caltech? Why aren't they using MIT instead?" Is it just because this is the California BarBri class? Do they think it's like supporting the wrong sports team? I just don't understand.

In case you're curious, the two instances when Caltech came up were:

1. In the torts lecture on trespass, he emphasized that there must be something physically entering onto the plaintiff's land. And people had asked him about smoke. "'Smoke is made out of particles,' you say. You guys must be from Caltech. Let's keep it simple, okay? Maybe if it's really dark and drops soot."

2. In today's community property lecture, we got to classifying businesses that a spouse had owned and run before marriage. The key is whether the increase in value to the business is attributable to the spouse's skill and labor or to his making a good investment. The example of the second was a wife claiming she had just been in the right place at the right time, had hired some brilliant "Cal Tech" programmers, etc.

I don't know. I just can't help making a fist-pump when Caltech gets mentioned by these people. Perhaps it's just an indication of how awful the rest of BarBri is.
elwen: (studying and classes)
Are you sick of Fanime-related posts yet? Unfortunately, the only other thing I have to offer is BarBri classes. This past week was the Multistate Preview -- take practice questions and then learn the substantive law by reviewing the answers. I'm not too worried about the Multistate portion of the exam. It's multiple choice, and I'm already doing around target level (65%), so I once I learn all the nitty gritty details of the law (and about mortgages), the section should be a good score-booster.

Tomorrow we start the regular program, which consists of straight-up substantive law lectures and homework of practice questions and whatnot. I've been trying to build up my discipline to follow the program and study when I'm at home, but it's been hard. Especially since I've wanted to do other things like post Fanime pictures, update my Hawaii Scrapblog (in anticipation of reprinting it because the first run from Shutterfly was too cropped for my liking), and catch up on the anime episodes that I missed during Fanime (ironic how that works). But I have started making flashcards for various random things that I think I need to know. I'm not going to outline; they may have paid off somewhat during law school, but the time versus return is not worth it.

One exciting thing I did related to BarBri was debind their in-class workbook. It's this massive thing that contains all the lecture handouts. I understand their desire to make things "foolproof", as in, always bring this book to class and you'll be good. (Except for the first week, when we used the Multistate Preview book.) But it is seriously huge, and chances are I'll be carrying around the Conviser Mini Review book everyday, too, so I decided I'd do like they said we could and just bring the relevant section each day. The book is perforated, but tearing out 1000 pages of their glossy cheap paper sounded like a nightmare -- I tore out the 7 answer forms for the Multistate Preview question sets, and that was annoying enough -- so I decided to debind the book using the ol' Tokyopop microwave trick.

I've never scanned manga before, but having been involved with scanlations so long and having entertained the idea now and then, of course I've heard of the various tricks like using a microwave or an iron. I decided to go with microwave, though since the BarBri book was about ten times as massive as a tankoubon, I was a little worried it wouldn't work. As it was, I think I probably had to get the pages hotter than usual to loosen the glue -- that or the cheap glossy paper just does that -- but it worked quite well.

Debinding isn't really foreign to law students either, I guess. I've known several people who debind their casebooks and put them in binders. That always felt a little sacrilegious to me, plus I like to try to resell my textbooks. If I have so many qualms about even highlighting them, how are you going to convince me to chop the spine off? But hey, I have to return the BarBri materials at the end anyway -- in any condition, but with the pages inside the appropriate covers -- so I might as well make my life easy. Plus, I don't think debinding casebooks is a do-it-yourself affair, at least not for most law students, but BarBri books are less durable.

8 more weeks until the bar!

[BTW, I'm going to keep using the "law school" tag for bar classes, because I consider it a part of law school, and I don't really want to create another tag for it. I think of it as 塾 (cram school) for law students, but the native-speakers on Lang-8 tried to correct my usage, so maybe the irony doesn't come across?]
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When I first started composing this post in my head, I was only casually contemplating cosplaying for Fanime. I figured that this was one of the few times that I'd have a mostly free week right before a con, which made it good for making a costume on short notice.

But who to cosplay? My hair is short now, so Yankumi is out. I could do Honami from Rental Magica, but I doubt we could get my sister into Adilisia shape in a week, which defeats the point. I'm not a big fan of wigs or hair dye, so I try to stick to people with hair styles and colors approximating mine. The only person I could think of in recent shows that fit the bill was Shuri from Asura Cryin', and even if I really understood her character, I don't think she's the type I'd want to cosplay, and right now I don't even know what's up with her. (Although episode 6 helped a great deal, and she is all science-crazy.)

Anyway, as you may have guessed from the way I started this section, I did end up deciding to do a cosplay. As Xellos. I've always wanted to do it, my hair is as close to the right style as it's ever going to be (stupid anime characters always having bangs), and it's soon enough after the mini-revival of Revolution and Evolution-R that it's pseudo-current and not some dredged-up classic.

The devil is in the details, of course. In broad brush-strokes, it didn't seem that hard, but now I'm running into all sorts of issues. Should I sew or paint the border on the cloak? Should I get gloves? Where am I going to find the red jewel-y things for the brooch? And why is papier mache always harder to get in the right shape than I think it will be?

At least I've found some temporary purple hair spray that will probably show up enough against my black hair to satisfy me, and save me from having to dye my hair. (I was seriously considering it -- this is probably the last time in my life I can get away with it. Except I have a concert next Wednesday and my choir director would kill me, so I'd have to dye it black again right after anyhow.)

So, it will happen, in some form or another. Probably not as grand as I imagined, which is how most of my craft-y projects turn out, but good enough. At least I have a decent amount of experience at making cloaks -- including lined cloaks -- after Ditch Day. (Haa...)

Speaking of Fanime, though, I don't suppose any of you are coming?

...bar classes.

As I said in the comments of my last post, graduating from law school is not really an exciting moment because it means you are soon to begin bar classes, which last all summer. Then after the bar exam, you can kind of relax, and people usually go on a "bar trip" (mine will be in Japan). But you don't actually find out if you've passed the bar until November. By that time, at least in the past, you had started working, so no time for a big celebration. So... there's not really a good moment to be like, "Yay!" after law school. But between graduation and bar classes isn't even in the running, I'd say.

Like 99% of my classmates, I received a huge box of study materials from BarBri in April. I finally opened them the other day, on BarBri's advice that I skim the outlines for subjects that I hadn't taken in law school. ...which was apparently every subject on the state bar. (I've taken most of the subjects on the multistate, though I probably have a lot of relearning to do.) After looking at some of the outlines, I realized that it's not that bad, as I do know some agency law, civil procedure includes the federal rules, and hopefully I am at least vaguely familiar with corporations, partnerships, and professional responsibility. But community property, remedies, trusts, and wills will be all new.

I won't ask myself, "So what did I learn in law school?" because I was busy with IP, of course, but the bar exam is almost like the traditional chemical engineering curriculum that Caltech axed the year before mine -- the one that ended with everyone having to design a refinery and all. I thought we liked specialization and diversification.
elwen: (studying and classes)
You have bizarre dreams about the Supreme Court devising some crazy standard about asylum and sanity, where admitting (?) [something] more than 70% is a yes, less than 10% is a no, and in between is a fuzzy grey standard. Also, Scalia is involved in some way. And you can't really remember any more than that when you wake up, even though it made a whole lot of sense in your dream, and even once you realize it's a dream, it leaves you feeling unsettled and as if you're forgetting something really important for the rest of the day.

To avoid outlining, you check Facebook, see that one of your friends has joined the "You Might Be In Law School If..." group, start reading the description, get to the item "You know and understand the complicated epistemological and metaphysical differences between a conspirator and an accomplice." and suddenly realize that you don't know the difference between a conspirator and an accomplice anymore! (Though it immediately makes you think of the not-very-helpful definition of coconspirator you put down in your Evidence outline just hours ago.) And then you feel the urge to look up the answer, so you don't have to go back to dealing with hearsay rules.

But I guess the hearsay rules are calling to me after all... *sigh*
elwen: (studying and classes)
Y'know, I've always had the problem of writing enough to meet the minimum word requirements for papers and such. I never had the problem of going over the maximum until I had to write legal briefs. And actually, in legal writing last year, my partner and I were easily under the limit, apparently both being very concise writers. But the limits in federal pretrial lit are just suffocating! I can't cover all the facts and 7 prongs of 2 tests, in 2400 words, especially when he wants lots and lots of repetitive signposting. Everything becomes ridiculously conclusory. I hate having only one paragraph under each heading, and they end up being pretty short paragraphs at that.

I hoped this class would give me some new writing samples -- though I'm still pretty fond of my memo and brief from last year -- but right now I feel like I'd have to double the length of any of them before I felt satisfied giving them to a firm. Otherwise the reader would probably just say, "But you didn't explore any of the issues in any depth at all! How can I assess your legal analysis skills?" And by the time I need any of them as a writing sample, I'm not going to remember enough to be able to flesh out the briefs coherently by any stretch. Bah.

Well, I guess it's a good sign that I don't run out of arguments to write about? (And I don't get anywhere near the "reach" or Rule-11-sketchy arguments.)
elwen: (objection!)
Dear law school,

The following is not particularly the best way to demonstrate that you are not like high school:

1. Banning people from an announcement-only list for sending out commentary regarding announced events.

2. Triggering further commentary regarding censorship on said announcement-only list, all of which is carefully phrased in announcement-of-an-event format.

3. Eliciting in said commentary regarding censorship various legal concepts such as state action and viewpoint neutrality in regulating speech.

In the future, please consider methods that highlight ways in which you are more, not less, mature than high school.

Nostalgic, but not that nostalgic, for High School

P.S. In your favor, I will note that you still run your mailing lists better than Avery did.


Dec. 12th, 2007 07:23 pm
elwen: (studying and classes)
46 pages this time. Gah, I really need to stop dumping in every single thing from my notes.

I just hope that with a subject as mushy and policy-oriented as trademarks, it will be at least somewhat helpful because I can discuss things by example or analogy... if I can find it in those 46 pages.


Dec. 7th, 2007 10:18 pm
elwen: (studying and classes)
I can't believe I just finished a 49 page outline. Holy crap. That's going to be totally useless on the exam. D:


Dec. 7th, 2007 05:57 am
elwen: (studying and classes)
At 37 pages, my patents outline is already 20% longer than any other outline I have ever written, and I still have more than a quarter of the course to go through. I wish I could say this is because patents is a complicated subject, but I think it's really just because I've forgotten how to be discriminating and am just throwing in a bunch of unnecessary crap. Like, do I really care that Congress passed § 112 ¶ 6 to overrule the Supreme Court in Halliburton, which held that functional claiming was not allowed at the exact point of novelty, or do I just care what § 112 ¶ 6 does?

The other exciting part is that this outline will remain up-to-date for, oh, maybe two months before the Supreme Court or Federal Circuit or Congress decides to mess with patent law some more. D: At least we didn't talk that much about exhaustion (of patent rights, not of me), which is the thing that the Supreme Court is looking at for sure.

One day left, at least some of which needs to be spent (1) sleeping and (2) reviewing past exams. Hmm...

And I just know there will be something about the doctrine of equivalents on the exam, because we spent so much time on it and it's so mushy and perfect for an open-ended exam question, and I really don't get it any more than I did before. Hopefully it comes up in the policy question, because I get the policy, I just have no clue what the hell the Federal Circuit is trying to do with it doctrinally. (Other than kill it, that is. That part is pretty clear. But the important part is how.)

Gah. Why do I keep doing this to myself?
elwen: (studying and classes)
I forgot to mention this when it happened:

Sometime last week, I was dozing off at a carrel in the library again. Some people (a class?) were watching some film in a room off the main study room, which apparently has pretty crappy soundproofing. Still, it wasn't loud enough that I couldn't fall asleep perfectly well.

The next thing I knew, I awoke to the Ride.

They must've figured out it was too loud at that point, because I don't remember hearing anything else after that. No chasers. =/
elwen: (facepalm)
So the writers of my trademarks book (Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy, by Dinwoodie and Janis, 2nd ed. 2007) had way too much fun writing it. Most of their fun comes in the form of insulting sports teams, which mostly goes over my head, but I seem to have hit upon a treasure trove of groan- and/or chuckle-inducing excerpts today.

[Possibly this is because I have been reading several "Notes and Comments" sections in a row with no cases in between, so it's as if I've read a week's worth of material actually written by the authors. Rant about Notes and Comments sections. )]

So here are some fun ones...

Said the [Federal Circuit], "[T]he relationship between cooking classes and kitchen textiles is more akin to the relationship between restaurant services and beer," . . . which is the sort of thing we expect will show up some day as an LSAT question.

Fortunately, LSATs don't have an analogy section. Since most lawyers never took the GRE, I guess the authors must have been thinking of the SAT but blocked out the memory of such a test ever existing.

[OMG, I just snarked a textbook author's snarking of the Federal Circuit's snark. How awesome is that?]

More... )

So does the fact that I've been able to remember and dig up all these examples of snark -- by linking them to the relevant legal topics -- mean that they actually have pedagogical value? Or does it mean that I'm being way too distracted by them? Can I sue when, during the exam, all I can remember is that the Federal Circuit writes LSAT questions and not that relatedness of goods is a relevant factor in assessing likelihood of confusion?

Well, in any event, I guess I should get back to actually finishing the reading assignment now. ._.
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Random excerpt from a journal entry in 2003 that I stumbled across just now and found interesting:

So for my birthday today, we had lunch at Todai -- free lunch makes for a good birthday tradition.  Our waiter there turned out to be someone I knew from high school, not well, but I recognized him in spite of a very different hair style, and back then he was one of those friendly Asian guys who knew my reputation.  We chatted a couple times when he came by or we crossed paths; he knew I was at "CIT", and he asked me how it was.  When I told him that it was hard, his eyes kind of widened and he asked, "It's hard there?  Even for you?"  It was almost a second before I remembered, 'Oh yeah, back in high school I was considered to be among the best students.'  I guess two terms at Tech, even on pass/fail, is enough to make you forget.  Kind of like, "You mean, there was a time when homework and classes were easy?!"  No, really, I don't even know how I compare to others at Caltech; it's not the kind of place where you bother to tier yourselves very much.  . . . .  It's what I wanted: to be studying with the best minds, to be challenged, to not be singled out as the one to be "taken down" if one wanted to be the best.  And I don't regret that one bit.  It was just kind of weird to be reminded of . . . hm, what?  Who I used to be?  I don't think I've changed that much personally.  Of what my surroundings used to be, I suppose.  I'm in a totally different environment now.

I would muse some more -- about how I'm still in a world that's much like Tech: full of very smart people but not all that competitive; about how I seem to masochistically seek out places where I will feel inadequate -- but I really should get some work done. Not least of which is writing thank you letters to a firm where I would definitely feel intimidated and outclassed by the level of talent and from which I would really like an offer. Somehow, I just can't seem to escape this pattern.


Jan. 11th, 2007 07:52 pm
elwen: (...)
We got our grades today.

Last semester, everyone told me, "Grades are unpredictable because they depend on how you do relative to everyone else, not how well you do on some absolute scale. Don't try to game the system. What you think is your worst class probably won't be your worst grade."

And I scoffed, "Well, of course it won't be completely predictable, but surely you can have some sense of how well you did after the exam. I'm pretty sure I know where I did better or worse."

Well, now I believe them.

I expected my grades to be like this:
Criminal Law < Torts < Contracts < Civil Procedure

I felt pretty good about civ pro. Torts and contracts were kind of neutral, and I was pretty sure I did horrible in crim. I think it was mainly because it was the first final, and I wasn't quite sure what I was doing yet. And he had 5 short questions instead of the 2 or 3 longer ones in my other classes. And, it just felt like this year's questions were harder than any of the old exams I'd practiced on. *shrug* Anyway, I did relatively fine in all my classes, so I'm not going to dwell on it too much. Of course I will regret and think, 'I was this close to 3King that class!' even though it was second on my list, after torts. 'I should have followed the "3K your first exam to ease yourself into the ordeal" strategy!' Things like that. But yeah. That's just me and never being satisfied. As it is, I did better than I thought I would, so.

But anyways, my actual grades came out like this:
Criminal Law < Civil Procedure < Contracts < Torts

Man am I glad I didn't 3K torts. o_O I'm not sure how to react to getting my best grade in a class I never finished studying for. In fact, one of the questions was on something I hadn't studied, just printed out my class notes for. -_-;; Just goes to show how true people's advice was, I guess.

Now, I don't know what the grade distributions were in each class, so maybe what I got in civ pro is still relatively high or something. I didn't pay attention to who were "clumpers" or "spreaders", so I have no clue. I guess I just have to wait until they post model answers and hopefully grade distributions, too.

But I really shouldn't be obsessing. Yeah right. I've been telling myself that since frosh year at Tech.


Dec. 18th, 2006 10:02 pm
elwen: (V)
I'm done with my first semester of law school!

It was pretty giddy and exciting afterwards, when they were serving drinks in the lounge. They made these really cute shot glasses for us that say "Class of 2009" and "1.5L". (But remind me not to do a shot of rum ever again. Man, did it burn.)

But as we split up to drive to lunch, we talked about how it was hard to be happy, per se, especially without grades. It was more like, "That was long, and it sucked, and now I'm done. God, I'm tired."

Now we all disperse for the holidays. People seem to be having more trouble than usual coordinating transportation despite the fact that the vast majority of us are leaving tomorrow from either SFO or SJC. Apparently my flight is one of the later ones, so I bumped my schedule up by half an hour so I can give two other people a ride. I guess that's the only token gesture I can offer the environment at the moment.

...yeah, I'm kind of free-associating right now. I took a nap when I got home, but the sleepiness is descending again. It's mostly okay -- since I'm DONE -- but I do still need to pack. Will be off to join my family in Hawaii for a week, then back to do job applications, report for jury duty, and hang out with high school friends.
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I just realized I forgot to share this email from '04 that was forwarded to law-announce:

Hello Friend

I have noticed a disturbing trend among the Property 3Kers: studying.

This cannot continue. As the reigning 3K King, let me tell you about your duties as 3Kers: do nothing.

Example: if Kelman asks "Does Chloe have any future interest in her mother's property?" you should proudly write "Perhaps, if she could do something about those shag rugs and avocado countertops."

The best 3Kers will supplement with emoticons, even when they are bluebooking. :) ;) (An additionally excellent 3K move would be to draw a picture of Chloe with a thought balloon above her head with a house inside.)

Last semester, some of you received excellent grades not because of your brains, your academic devotion to the material, your attentive notetaking in class, your frequent discussion with classmates and professors, your study of secondary materials cited in the casebooks, your nice clothes, your good posture, etc. Rather, in fact, you received your high grade because of my especially low grades.

Someone's 3.9 was the direct result of my 3.0. (Applying similar reasoning, somebody must have gotten a 5.8 due to my courageous 1.7). I was happy to do it. I fulfilled my duty. If it means that no one hires me and I end up divorced and living in my 1999 Dodge Minivan, so be it. Such is the code of the 3Ker.

In sum, good luck. Honor the code. You will pass. See you in Milwaukee (I'll be the guy in the sleeping bag in the Dodge.)

See, I didn't 3K because I could never live up to that.

Only comment on finals, since I'm not supposed to think about them afterwards for fear of carryover effects on subsequent performance: holy crap, 4 hours is a long time to type continuously. I got a neck cramp from staring down at my laptop screen. It's definitely nothing like hunching over and scribbling equations in a bluebook.


Dec. 10th, 2006 02:59 am
elwen: (studying and classes)
Done at last with contracts, at 34 pages (by one line -- I'll fix it before printing if it's still like that after the review session), with 2 pages of TOC and a little over 3 pages of checklists. Apparently we talked about a whole crap-ton of doctrines with a billion factors each, and yet the application of all of them is so fuzzy I didn't really have that much to write about under any of the sections. Compare this to crim, where I got more and more carried away with how the doctrines were applied and how things could get fuzzy.

For some reason I had always thought I'd be the kind of person to have outlines that were "short and sweet", so to speak. I thought my civ pro outline after the midterm boded well: straight listing of tests, with an amazingly short section listing the cases that developed personal jurisdiction considering how many days we spent on it in class. But I guess all the sections just add up. Also, I'm apparently more meticulous about including summaries of all the cases we discussed -- this trend must not continue for torts, considering we went through several cases a day, and often had in-depth discussions of the note cases, too. Then again, I got pretty good at making one-line summaries of tort cases...

So at this point I was supposed to be done with all my outlines and starting in on practice tests for crim on Monday. Which means I have no effing clue when I'm going to do my torts outline. I might try to fit it in between exams, if they don't totally stress/freak me out. I think I would be fooling myself if I thought I could get it all done next weekend in time for the exam Monday morning. And that's ignoring other important things like, say, taking practice exams and being well-rested.

*sigh* Somehow this whole "behind at the last minute" thing doesn't really surprise me all that much. All-nighters it is. -_-;;

I am not even going to think to myself at this point that I should have 3Ked torts. Even if I had, I'd still want to do more than rely on someone else's outline, even if I might ultimately be forced to do that without the benefit of 3K.
elwen: (studying and classes)
Still barely halfway through contracts. Apparently at some point we started going through a new doctrine every day. T_T No wonder my outlines are around 30 pages: there were 40 class sessions and most sections of my contracts outline are about 3/4 page. It's just that in civ pro and crim some of the sections (like personal jurisdiction or felony murder, respectively) were really long because it took us multiple days to cover it.

Some people who started outlining contracts early were saying that we had been tricked into thinking everything made sense, but upon looking at the notes they didn't. I guess that's kind of true. Or more that I thought I wrote down a lot more than I did.

I feel like I understand all the issues and all the individual tests, and would do okay applying them on an exam, but for the life of me I don't know how to organize it in an outline. Maybe I should just follow the one I'm cribbing and give up attempts at hierarchy and avoiding redundancy. For example, I think I mostly get all the policy concerns, but I keep rearranging my outline because they're all interrelated and sometimes one subsumes the other. For example, is competitive pathology an information problem or is it about inadequate market incentives? Do inadeuqate market incentives always result because of incomplete buyer information? Does that mean I should just get rid of the market incentives section and dump it all under information? But information problems can also lead to unequal bargaining power, so maybe I should have an overarching heading of "Information" and put both under that. But unequal bargaining can also result from other things that have nothing to do with information, like wealth. Aaaargh. *tears out hair*

And this is the class that I said I liked. And I do. It's just such a tangled mess. And if I can't sort it out on my outline, how am I going to sort it out on the exam?


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March 2015



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