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Old 07-24-06, 02:48 PM   #1
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Law School Finals

SO I am winding down the summer semester and my second year of law school, and have my first final of the summer tonight. Tonight, I spend 3 hours scrambling to write down everything I know about Criminal Procedure, which will inevitably take up approximately 3 blue-books... for those that dont know, a blue book is about 15 pages long. So I will spend 3 hours writing about 45 pages of material.

I ask you... how in the world does this accurately determine my knowledge of law?

Law is all abotu applying legal principles to facts, using all available resources. If it were up to me, all law finals would be take home, and allow about 3 days to complete them. No doubt take home finals are more difficult, but at least we would be judged on our real lawyering skills, not vomiting out everythign I know in a flurry of ink and paper within 3 hours. FIghting off hand cramps and hunger.

Anyway, just my rant... but it seems so silly that in this day and age, we still test people like this. Whether it be out of heritage, or people's lack of ability to try new things, this all adds up to a society of lawyers who have been judged on a cram and slam test taking ability.

and to that... I bid you adue.

wish me luck.
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Old 07-24-06, 06:00 PM   #2
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No test accurately determines your knowledge of law. Not a law school exam, not the bar exam. Law school doesn't teach real lawyering skills. Law practice does. Law school and the bar exam are just what you have to go through in order to get the license to practice. Why? Because I had to, so you do to. That's why.
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Well, you got the whining part down. You'll be a great lawyer!

Good luck dude!
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Old 07-26-06, 01:55 AM   #7
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How did they go?

ps. I'll have you know I skipped out on law school for grad school JUST because our PhD intro exam is take home...yes!
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As a reasonably successful lawyer who has to decide whether to hire virtually untrained monkeys, I mean associates, at inflated salaries I can say this:

The ability to do well at the mind numbing, detail oriented tasks required in law school correlates well with the ability to do well at mind numbing, detail oriented tasks required in a law firm, even if the tasks aren't all that similar.

You'll learn how to write at your job. And take home exams are worthless - no time pressure.
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Old 07-26-06, 02:48 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the good luck... last one tonight.. Real Estate Transactions. Fun times!

There will be some beer consumption afterwards... oh yes... there will be beer!

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