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Current Law Students / Re: Denied for the Bar Study Loan...
« on: June 27, 2010, 10:15:41 AM »
perhaps check into whether you have any loan eligibility remaining (any difference left between what your school sets as its estimated cost of tuition and living expenses, which is usually the max a lender will loan you, and what you actually borrowed your last year). This is a better option than bar loans anyway because (1) lower interest and (2) bar loans are so difficult to get now.

However, it may be too late since you already graduated though. Worth a shot trying your financial aid office and seeing if you have any loan eligibility left. Most they can say is it is too late.

It's not keyed to any particular book, but I used Glannons Guide to Bankruptcy and found it very helpful at tying everything together and explaining it.

Current Law Students / Re: Supplements
« on: September 18, 2009, 09:08:55 AM »
Chemerensky is a must for con law. I'll throw Crunchtime into the arena for Crim Pro.

Current Law Students / Re: Barbri vs. Kaplan for bar prep?
« on: September 18, 2009, 09:06:42 AM »
Considering it is the bar, I am not going to gamble with someone who is new to full bar review. BarBri for me. 40+ years experience versus what, one in some states and absolutely zilch in others.

My understanding of loan certification is that this is when the school verifies you are attending and certifies what the cost of attendance is, as you cannot borrow more than the cost of attendance, which includes tuition, books, living expenses, etc.

Current Law Students / Re: How many credits to take with Law Review?
« on: August 13, 2009, 06:52:14 PM »
I agree. As everyone else said, not only do you have your regular courseload and law review work, but also OCI to contend with.

Current Law Students / Re: Question for 2l and 3L
« on: August 01, 2009, 08:35:44 AM »
I agree it is a personal preference. I bought new my first year because I didn't want to be distracted by others' notes. Now, I don't mind having some highlighting/notes in books. But beware of those books that had highlighters literally explode in them. As for supplements, used will be fine, plus in some subjects you may be able to save a little more buying older editions (torts, for example, doesn't change much, whereas constititutional law is almost constantly changing in some aspects).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Buying books from Amazon/
« on: August 01, 2009, 08:27:47 AM »
I never had a problem ordering from Amazon, Half, ebay or wherever. But definitely read the description carefully. Some sellers will list an older edition under the listing for a newer edition.

Personally, I don't think you need to purchase a Black's Dictionary. You have access to it thru Westlaw, as everyone else has said. I purchased the pocket version and used it maybe twice, only because I wasn't at my laptop at the time and was too lazy to get up and do it. If you feel you must have a copy, I would suggest just getting the paperback pocket version instead of a hardback copy. This way, if you want to take it with you to class for some reason, you can throw it in your bag.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: buy laptop now, or wait for windows 7?
« on: August 01, 2009, 08:23:17 AM »
Matthies is right. A lot of retailers are giving buyers the option to upgrade to Windows 7.

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