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  CLEO Blog - 2010 Sophomore Summer Institute
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August 2, 2010
  A Head Start in Our Journey
Tomorrow is our last day in the program! This was such a great experience, I'm so glad I was given this opportunity. We have been given such a head start in our journey to and through law school. We've received so much inside information. We've heard from law school admissions representatives, law students, law professors, practicing attorneys, and so many important people.

We've experienced a taste of law school classes and law school exams. I feel that, because of this program, I'm going to be ahead of the game. Leaving tomorrow might be a little sad but I'll be happy to see my family again.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 08/02/2010 03:46 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  The Last Four Weeks
I have really enjoyed the last four weeks here at CLEO's Sophomore Summer Institute. Thanks to the last four weeks, I feel better prepared for the LSAT, have some knowledge of Contract, Criminal, Torts, and Property Law, and have gained information that will prove to be very valuable during the next couple of years of my life.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 08/02/2010 03:42 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  An Experience I Won't Forget
I have greatly enjoyed my time here in the CLEO program. Everything about it was worthwhile. I learned a lot from the contracts course, the criminal law course, the torts course, the property course, the logic course, and from each person who came in to speak with us. All of us CLEO scholars definitely worked hard this month, but we also were able to form strong bonds with one another and enjoy each other's company. We all became like brother and sisters. This experience is something that I will never forget.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 08/02/2010 03:39 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Bitter-Sweet
Though it was bittersweet, I have really enjoyed my final full class day.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 08/02/2010 03:14 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  My Last Full Day
Today was my last full day of classes in the CLEO program, and I am honestly very sad to say by to all of my professors. I have has such an amazing time in the Logic Instructor's class through the course of this month. I have learned so much from him and his teachings have inspired me to take a logic class before I graduate.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 08/02/2010 03:12 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Day 23
I still can't fathom all the interesting and new things we were able to learn already. CLEO has really inspired me to continue onto my road to law school! I will never forget what I have learned.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 08/02/2010 03:05 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

July 20, 2010
  Third Day - Logic
I feel like the Logic class has really helped me to think in a different way. It has forced me to pay close attention to what I am reading and really figure out what the right answer is. Also through this class I realize how an argument can be hard to identify at times which is really interesting to me because I thought I could identify arguments easily.

As for the contract class I feel that every day I learn something new that can be applied to everyday life and everyday conversations. But I must say I am curious and a little nervous about the test

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/20/2010 04:03 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  July 10 - The LSAT
So the LSAT this morning certainly was draining like some said it would be. However, once we got started the time in each section seemed to fly by. I am sure that one of my main problems today was time management. I tried not to spend so much time on one question but it always seemed to be two or three in each section that really stumped me. Nonetheless, I am greatful for the opportunity to take this practice test.

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/20/2010 04:02 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Day 3!
July 6,

Even though I woke up late..today has been AWESOME! I really enjoyed both classes! The instructors are FABULOUS! I still am in awe at how much we learn and how interesting everything is. The homework has not been as bad as I thought because we have really gotten the hang of the briefs!I have also started to get the hang of the "logic" activities..(SO SURPRISED..lol). I am ready to see how the practice LSAT on Saturday will be and how I will do. I can't wait to see what's in store next!

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/20/2010 04:00 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  EXCITED!
Even though we have a lot of work to do for Criminal Law Class, I hope I will enjoy the class! I cannot wait to experience the other classes as well. When I go to law school I feel as though I will be MORE than prepared! I cannot wait to put what I learned to use! Can't wait to experience real law school!

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/20/2010 03:59 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  First Week Is Over
Ok! Week one is OVER! It has been a week; I challenged and pushed the limit. I made it! It wasn't that bad, just had to discipline myself and stay focused. I am looking forward to next week, but I saw the Criminal Law homework and it is no joke!

Posted By: UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomore Summer Institute Student

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/20/2010 03:58 PM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

July 6, 2010
  Journal #13
June 21, 2010

Besides Agency Law class, I think that my favorite part about the CLEO Program so far is the series of panel discussions. It's been really helpful talking to students who are on different steps of their law career paths. We've talked to a judge, lawyers in practice, law professors, law school admissions committee members, and today we talked to some first year law school students.

Posted by: Bianca Barrios

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/06/2010 10:03 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Monday
Legal Writing

This morning's academic activities began with LSAT writing. I feel good about my results from the last practice excercise. Professor Hunter gave us another chance to take a practice LSAT. Overall, I feel that the practice that I've been getting through the Legal Writing is preparing me well for the real deal. I hope to stay disciplined througohut my preparation for the LSAT.

Posted by: Doanh Tran

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/06/2010 09:58 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Last Week- Day 1
The day started with writing an LSAT Essay for Law Professor Hunter's Writing and Analysis course. We turned in the 5 page memorandum for our case that we will be doing the oral argument on this week. I am not sure if I am ready for that but I have no choice really, it must be done.

Posted by: Cedric Pulliman, Elon University

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 07/06/2010 09:57 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

June 12, 2010
  Second Day

We have only conqured two days of the program, but I feel like I have gained a ton of knowledge already. Today we officially began the academic lessons of the CLEO Program. First order of business began with a practice LSAT. Followed by the practice exam, we had a lunch break that lead straight into a lecture with Professor Hunter. The topic of discussion was "How to Write Briefs". And now, I am sitting in the RES TECH office waiting for my fellow Cleo Scholars ge their internet fixed. (Mine works now and I am SO Excited to be connected to the world again)

Thoughts about LSAT

The LSAT seriously kicked my butt. But I am definitly grateful that I had an opportunity to take it. I am hoping to practice, practice, practice. The main areas I am concerned about is being able to answer the questionares in a timely manner. The logic portion threw me off. However, I love the writing part, but of course I am aiming to perfect my structure. Overall, main point- "Practice makes perfect"

Thoughts about writing briefs

I really enjoyed working with Professor Hunter. She is very kind, and helps me with questions without making me feel intimidated to ask. I love that she gives such a comprehensive outline on what to do. I am ready for our stack of briefs to write tonight. =)

I have already started to read the book "Law School Without Fear" an love the guidance given thus far.

Road to Law School, here I come

Posted By: Doanh Tran

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 06/12/2010 03:16 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Day 2
On the second day, anticipation seems to be turning more into enjoyment. I'm not even sure I saw that one coming. I'm attempting to come out of my box and remove myself from this comfort zone I've spent years building, and I find myself becoming more comfortable with that.

The work load is crazy! I just spent an hour and a half briefing two whole cases!!! And I still have two more to go! All is well though. The work doesn't phase me, like Ms. Cevallos said, anything worth having is worth working for. That's a motto I try to live my life by, and I won't stop now.

Even more exciting are the people here. A lot of them don't know it yet, but I'm eagerly waiting the opportunity to get to know them. I'm still kind of breaking ice with some people, but I'm sure it'll get better.
Eagerly anticipating enjoying another day.
Until then, back to work I go!

Posted By: Frederick Curtis

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 06/12/2010 03:14 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  The FIRST Day
Today was our first FULL Day. We took a practice LSAT exam at 9 a.m. but everyone was eager to get going and everyone was at the dining hall for breakfast at 7:45 a.m! I was really surprised when I saw so many people at breakfast becuase as I mentioned earlier our practice LSAT did not start until 9 a.m. When upper classmen in college are wide awake at 7:45a.m. on a MONDAY its something special.

After wrapping up the test we went to lunch and return to the law school for our first class. We were assigned to brief a good number of cases which I am going to brief before the night is done. It didn't seem like too much work but it takes longer that it would appear especially if you really try to understand the subtleties within and among the cases. It takes time to sink in.

I found my way into the law library in the afternoon. It was VERY quiet! I was so concentrated on the cases I was reading that I was startled by the librarian when she came around to let me know the library was going to close in 15 minutes.

I hope all the days of this program are as good as the first. I am sure they wil be academically challenging and socially intriguing. As I wrote this I had trouble concentrating because I was carrying on a fun 2-hour conversation with one of the other scholars. With all the new people from so many different places it is a little like freshman year. Everyone is excited to meet everyone, we are all living in the same hall, and eagerly anticipating the coursework.

Posted By: George Griswold

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 06/12/2010 03:12 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Journal #1
June 6, 2010

Today was a really awesome day for me. To start off, I fell head-over-heels in love this morning. No, not with a boy, but with the beauty of the city of Chicago. I have never been to Chicago before, so I may be more in awe and stunned than I am in love. I went for a long bike ride today along the beach and then went swimming in the vastness of Lake Michigan before I met up with my fellow CLEO participants at the airport. I had so much fun soaking in the culture of the city as I rode past concession stands, neighborhood parks, the lake, and picturesque buildings. Despite all of this, i was still very excited to get to the airport and finally meet everyone.

Cleo exceeded my expectations by a mile. Everyone I have met so far is a great. It's really cool to be able to meet other students from all across the country who are pursuing similar goals to my own.

I am blown away by all that CLEO has to offer its participants. From the online LSAT Prep Course, to the opportunities that come with being a CLEO Fellow, it seems that this program is like a priceless gem. Not to sound cheesy but WOW. Help with our law school tuition! This is so incredibly amazing. I am urging to get as much of the classes here as possible. I know it will be challenging, but I am looking forward to the rewards that will come out of all my hard work.

Posted By: Bianca Barrios @ 06/07/2010 12:06 AM

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 06/12/2010 03:10 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Second Day- Motivated and Ready
Tuesday- I feel ready to learn and motivated to continue with the journey to law school!

Meeting Professor Walton in the morning was a good way to start the second day of the program. Professor Walton is very impressive and the way he presents himself is outstanding! The way he speaks and teaches law motivates me to succeed and go onto the legal field. Learning about agency and the different perspectives it contains was interesting, and I can only imagine what his exam will contain. Professor Walton is a role model, and as a person of color I felt that if he challenges us, the CLEO students, it is because he wants us to succeed in law school and be prepared for the future.
I also admire Professor Hunter and I definitely appreciate the way she teaches law and the way she explains things during class. She explains law in a way that makes me feel comfortable and secure about who I am, a student who is here to learn. She remains, professional while at the same time approachable for us. I enjoy learing about the statutes in Illinois and the different Legal Systems in the U.S. I am very excited to continue learning from her.
I am excited for tomorrow's "Selecting a Law School Panel Discussion".
THANK YOU CLEO FOR THIS AMAZING AND REWARDING OPPORTUNITY!


-Isabel Cortes

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    Posted By: matthewniziol @ 06/12/2010 03:08 AM     2010 Sophomore Summer Institute     Comments (0)  

  Day 3
Day 3... Today was exciting, we begun the day with going to Professors Walton, class. Professor Walton is amazing; the way he speaks motivates you and makes you pay attention. We went over the Agency that we briefed last night and it was really interesting. After that we went to lunch. After lunch the TA's showed us how to use the IRAC when we are reading a case.
After lunch we attended Professor Hunter's class. We learned about the court system in the United States. I like how Professor Hunter breaks everything down so it's clear and easy to understand.
So far my experience at the SSI was amazing. The classes we took so far gave me an insight of what law school will be like and it motivates me to work and study harder so I can do well on my LSAT. I am really excited for tomorrow and the classes we have tomorrow.



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