Tuesday, August 22, 2006

In the Beginning

Share your first week 1L stories here.

Personally I saw one with TWO copies of the Bluebook.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about transfer stories? I saw someone carrying four casebooks today and none of them were for 1L classes. Had to be a transfer.

8/22/2006 8:45 PM  
Blogger Willie said...

In the bookstore, I tried to save some misguided 1Ls from buying the $40 legal research survival guide and the Fed R Civ Proc. When I asked if they read this blog, one excitedly asked if I was Armen, only to be grimly disappointed when I informed her I was not. Time to cash in on your celebrity man.

8/22/2006 10:16 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Aw man, when we were 1Ls there was a Boalt Briefs article about how 1Ls were buying Black's Law Dictionary and the User's Guide to the Bluebook ("which is a lot like a user's guide to the phone book.")

If there are 1Ls out there, take heed: You can get a free copy of any Fed rules for free from Lexis. The law dictionary is online, but you will never use it. All LRW and WOA materials are useless. ALL!!!!

Gotta run...celebrity blog signing coming up at Zeb.

8/22/2006 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

armen: "Absolutely ma'm, I'd love to sign your baby"

1L: That's not my baby! That's Mel Eisenberg.

armen: well that explains the ear hair.

8/23/2006 12:11 AM  
Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

I remember that line about the user's guide to the phone book! Has to be one of my favorite Boalt Briefs moments.

I'll agree about most LRW/WOA materials, but I'll stick up for the reader. I remember using some of the sample memos as templates, which was helpful. Other than that...useless. And I'm still mad about the $80, 40-pound copy of FRCP I lugged around for a week until Lexis gave me the pocket version.

8/23/2006 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude! the very same starry-eyed 1L here. guess what? when i got to LRW, prof said "the survival manual, in particular, is ESSENTIAL." So I went back and bought it. Harumph.

8/23/2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

RETURN IT!!! Think of all the extra coffees you can buy.

8/23/2006 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, starry-eyed 1L, the LRW prof was lying to you. i bet you also bought all the "recommended" materials.

8/23/2006 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever. It's still a drop in the bucket against the $25/$35K we're all paying.

Now if someone knew some way we could return those "Professional Fees" because we'll never use them . . .

8/23/2006 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm applying to law school but have only heard the worst stories about 1L, that there's no time for anything other than reading and studying for class and for that year our personal lives barely exist. Is this true or an exaggeration?

Thanks for the info - I would like to be somewhat prepared.

9/14/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Armen said...


9/14/2006 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for the quick reply but can you be more wordy and give an idea of the reading and study time required per class hour or something on that order.

many thanks.

9/15/2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

See, here and here. Needless to say this is unique to Boalt. If you go to Hastings, who knows what kinds of competitive jerks you'll run into. Now your ISP's telling me you're in SF so for all I know you are a competitive jerk from Hastings.

9/15/2006 10:55 AM  

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