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Winding Down

Posted by Javier Macias
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Year: 1L, Class of 2015 Undergrad: B.B.A. Marketing, University of
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on Sunday, 13 April 2014
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It's that time of the school year. My Law Review note is complete. I'm at the end of my assignment lists for my classes. Finals are around the corner. I will soon be registering for my final year of law school...I can already feel the dry, Texas air in my lungs. It's amazing how quickly time flies, and how much I've learned these last two years. Go Titans! ...
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Writer's Block

Posted by Kelly Carranza
Kelly Carranza
Year: 3L Evening Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland Un
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on Sunday, 09 March 2014
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I remember sitting in one of the prospective student open house presentations before starting law school listening to a member of the administration who tried to warn us about the amount of writing that we would do in law school.  I didn't understand how much of an understatement that was.  I've been working on the same document today for about nine hours and it hasn't grown much in length at all.  So, it seemed like a good time to...
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Upper Level Courses

Posted by Javier Macias
Javier Macias
Year: 1L, Class of 2015 Undergrad: B.B.A. Marketing, University of
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on Thursday, 20 February 2014
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At this point, courses are in direct preparation for the bar exam. It's more than a year away, but I can already feel the wealth of knowledge seeping through my pores. Whether it's Article 9 this or Probate that, the takeaway is simple: learn the law and apply it on the bar. I may go through my entire career and never revisit some of the concepts I'm currently learning, but that makes me want to soak it in even more. The law is incredibly interes...
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The Most Common Question

Posted by Kelly Carranza
Kelly Carranza
Year: 3L Evening Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland Un
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on Wednesday, 29 January 2014
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About a week or so back I had the opportunity to meet with several prospective law students.  It had been a while since my schedule allowed me to participate in showing off UDM and talking to people about some of the great things it has to offer, but I was quickly reminded of one particular question that never fails to come up.  Each time that I have been able to meet prospective students I have always been asked: "Is it hard to do law...
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It's All Downhill From Here

Posted by Javier Macias
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Year: 1L, Class of 2015 Undergrad: B.B.A. Marketing, University of
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on Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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That's the general attitude among 2Ls. We're officially more than halfway into law school. It's a great feeling knowing that in a year, graduation will be a big priority. Just as importantly, the talk of studying for the bar will take up every syllable that comes from our mouths. In the meantime, our law review articles are in full-swing. I think we all feel they are currently just a ton a words that aren't saying much, but hopefully that leads ...
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24 Hour Break! Awesome!

Posted by Kelly Carranza
Kelly Carranza
Year: 3L Evening Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland Un
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on Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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Work as hard as you can to study for finals.  Don't waste a minute.  It will be worth it.  You can recover after the last final for two whole weeks.   All of the above is usually true.  In past years, all of those statements have been true.  This term, however, my break just started about an hour ago and it will end at 8pm tomorrow when I return to class. If you did the math, then yes, that really is only about 24 h...
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Issues, issue spotting, and issue muddling

Posted by Julia Belian
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Associate Professor Julia Belian, although less than a century old herself, find
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on Friday, 20 December 2013
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One of the things we learn to do in law school is to "spot issues," as they say.  The label is somewhat misleading; you probably already see issues all around you.  The skill we learn in law school is really more of a skill at distinguishing issues:  Distinguishing similar issues from each other, distinguishing relevant issues from irrelevant, distinguishing issues that require one set of legal rules to solve from those that requir...

The Product of Late Night Studying

Posted by Kelly Carranza
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Year: 3L Evening Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland Un
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on Saturday, 30 November 2013
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‘Twas 10 Days Before Finals   ‘Twas 10 days before finals, and all through the halls, Smartphones began chiming, but not for phone calls. Each student looked down, and tried not to shout, but it was too late, another mass email had just come out.   The look of sheer panic, and an occasional pout, each student read what it said: Go study or flunk out! The gunners, they scrambled, they knew just what to do, the real issue is, wh...
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Semester 3

Posted by Javier Macias
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Year: 1L, Class of 2015 Undergrad: B.B.A. Marketing, University of
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on Tuesday, 19 November 2013
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The third semester of law school has a strong focus on getting a Summer Associate position for the following summer. It's an exciting process that involves sending applications and networking with firms. The more interviews the better, so you can take what you learn from one and correct it for the next. After focusing on that, you remember you still have classes to worry about. This is that point in the semester where reviewing for finals is a p...
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What is all this hype over Moot Court?

Posted by Kelly Carranza
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Year: 3L Evening Undergrad: B.A. Latin American Studies, Oakland Un
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on Monday, 18 November 2013
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The hype is about the fact that UDM's Moot Court board has reached the point in the fall semester where its National teams start hitting the road, the Advanced Advocacy briefs are coming due, and the Ernie Goodman Mock trial competition takes place.  Basically, the Moot Court board is BUSY! First, in the past two weeks two teams have gone out to represent UDM's Moot Court in two National Competitions.  Yesterday, we received some very ...
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