Paper Chase law school competition.jpgWe recently offered some helpful hints for new law students, distilled from over 200 reader suggestions. We now have an addendum to our list of tips, based on an ill-advised email that found its way into our inbox. Some background:

Today, all members of last year’s Law Review Editorial Board at [George Washington University Law School] — who have since graduated — received the unsolicited mass email (reproduced below) from a current 1L student whom no one knows or has even met….

Talk about a great example of what not to do as a 1L. What a way to endear yourself to your new classmates, not even a month into the school year! Can you say G-U-N-N-E-R?

Check out the Gunner’s email, after the jump.


Here is the email (Gunner’s name withheld — please keep it that way):

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008, 00:07:19 -0500
To: [All 2007-2008 Law Review Editorial Board Members & 2008-2009 Senior Editors]
From: [redacted]
Subject: 1L Classes

Good Evening:

I am a 1L and am currently taking Contracts with Cunningham, Torts with Turley, Civil Procedure with Tyler, and Criminal Law with Kerr. I am up to date on my reading and have begun outlining and reviewing Law in a Flash cards for each subject. However, I was wondering if you have taken any of the aforementioned professors and have any words of wisdom to impart upon me, with respect to the favored treatises, etc. of the respective professors, as well as tips on how to do well in their courses and what you might have done to put yourself at the top of the curve.

I would greatly appreciate any tips that I can get from past students, so if you have any or if you know of any one who does, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thanks so much and I hope that you are having a great week.

Some friendly advice to law students: don’t send out emails like this one. Good luck!

P.S. Per standard ATL policy, please don’t out Gunner (or tipster) in the comments. If you see any comments that engage in or encourage outing, please let us know by email (subject line: “Comment Removal Request”). Thanks.

Earlier: Advice Round-up: The law school saga begins

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