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Current Law Students / Re: worried about amending application
« on: August 08, 2006, 05:11:13 PM »
I was told to email the dean with the amend letter because I have not yet moved (doing it this thursday), so I sent the letter. I guess all I can do is wait now.

Current Law Students / Re: worried about amending application
« on: August 08, 2006, 08:10:06 AM »
yes I have to amend the one I am about to start at. I am just sure I checked no because when I read it it again it said are you in the process of, or have you ever been charged with .... I missed the have you ever portion. I really hope they are forgiving.

Current Law Students / Re: worried about amending application
« on: August 08, 2006, 07:20:44 AM »
Something that I forgot to say earlier was that this incident involved possession of an item that was prohibited under university housing policy, but is not illegal to posses. An example would be having legal fireworks in university housing where they prohibit fireworks in their building. I will have to amend the application, but what do you guys think the schools perspective will be?

Current Law Students / worried about amending application
« on: August 07, 2006, 10:46:59 PM »
I am about to be a 1L this fall. I got a letter about law school applications being compared to bar applications. I did have a very minor problem in undergrad that resulted in me being put on probation for a month or two; it was expunged by the university judicial officer. I donít remember for sure, but I assume that I checked no where it asked me if I have ever been put on probation in undergrad. Would my school revoke my admission if I amended my application?

1425, 712.5 + utilities each for a 2 bed 2 bath in the south loop of Chicago. living with one other person

I can't imagine a more perfect subject post. 
What laptop should I buy?  I know what an annoying question that is, but it's really all I can come up with.  I'm 28 years old and have never owned a computer, laptop or otherwise.  I know absolutely nothing about them, except of course how to gamble and look at porn. At this stage in my life, I think it's safe to say that I'm not some closet techy who just never nurtured that aspect of my personality, so I don't think I need anything too flashy.  At the same time, I don't want my laptop to put me at any kind of a disadvantage. 

I hope it's OK, I'm copying Northwestern's suggested laptops.  Should I get one of these or would I be better off buying one on my own?  If I do purchase one from the school, which one should I get?  Any significant difference?   COnsidering your credentials (you are a self-proclaimed computer expert posting annonymously on the internet) I am ready to take any advise you give me and buy it almost no questions asked.  That's how ignorant and desperate I am.  Thanks in advance.


Option One: Latitude D620 -- Powerful and Flexible

    * Intel Core Duo T2300, 1.66GHz, with 14.1 WXGA Display
    * 80GB Hard Drive
    * 1GB DDR2-533 RAM
    * 8x DVD+/- RW Drive
    * Internal 10/100/1000 Network Card and 56K Modem
    * Windows XP Professional SP2
    * 3Yrs Onsite Labor (Next Business Day) w/CompleteCare Warranty
    * Main 8 Cell/85WHr Battery
    * Second 6 Cell/48Whr modular battery
    * Internal Dell True Mobile 1490WLAN (802.11a/b/g)
    * Ethernet cable
    * MicroSaver Retractaqble Security Cable
    * STARTING @ $1266 + tax + s&h

Option Two: Latitude D410 -- Lightweight and ultra mobility [NOTE: As of July this model will be replaced by the dual-processor D420 with WXGA Display]

    * Mobile Pentium M Processor, 1.86GHz with 12.1 XGA Display
    * 80GB Hard Drive
    * 1GB DDR2-533 RAM
    * MediaBase with 8x DVD+/- RW
    * Internal 10/100/1000 Network Card and 56K Modem
    * Windows XP Professional SP2
    * 3Yrs Onsite Labor (Next Business Day) w/CompleteCare Warranty
    * Main 9 Cell/80WHr Battery
    * Secondary 9 Cell/80WHr Battery
    * Internal Dell True Mobile 1490WLAN (802.11a/b/g)
    * Ethernet cable
    * MicroSaver Retractable SecurityCable
    * STARTING @ $1510 + tax + s&h

Recommended Upgrades
Your laptop will not include Microsoft Office 2003. Microsoft Office 2003 will be available for ordering online in August 2006 through the Northwestern University Student Software Program. Ask any Northwestern Law Information Technology staff member for further details: off-campus: 1-312-503-7000, on-campus: 3-7000.

Beginning in August 2006, you may order the software at this link:
Northwestern University Student Software Program

How do I order a Dell notebook?
Northwestern University Law students wishing to order one of the Dell notebooks will do so through the Northwestern Law Dell Premier page. You will find more details about the notebooks, be able to place an order, and check the status of your order.

Note: We suggest that you place your order in or after June, 2006, in order to extend your three-year warranty through your graduation date.

Get your own, your school is basicly wasting your money. First of all, if you get anything through dell then don't add on any upgrades which can be purchased from somewhere else, because Dell WILL charge you way more then you need to pay. 90 percent of the laptops have a mobile processor ranging from 1.5ghz to a little over 2 ghz. There is very little difference between the lowest and highest processors. Dual cores are nice if you are running multiple applications at once, but probably wont be very useful for what you are doing in law school. You really don't need much as far as hardware (although as I stated earlier 1gb of ram might be nice, but you can do it cheaper by upgrading after you buy the computer). You really just want to look for something that is reliable and light weight. Toshiba's, Lenovo's are good. Sony's are ok but too expensive for what you get. Dells are great if you are looking for a bargain and they have moderate reliability. Probably tomorrow I will compile a list of laptops that I would recommend.

I'm computer illiterate and don't want to spend money on an external hard drive or anything else like that. I have heard that it is possible to back up files on gmail. Is this practical and is there a downside?

You can use gmail but it only holds 1 gb. It would be fine for documents, but you will not really be able to back up your whole system.

BTW uploading a decent size file to you email like 500mg-1gb will be very time consuming (depending on how you access the internet).

Will my 80gig hd, 1gig  ram with cdrw/dvr gateway that I got for xmas be ok for law school in fall of 07, or will I need to upgrade, cause I love this laptop.

You will not need to upgrade.

A bunch of people have been asking questions about what type of computer to get so I figured I would offer my advice if anyone wants it. I have been working with computers since I was 12 (mostly on the hardware end such as building systems, but a little on the software), I also work at a retail computer store in sales. If you have any questions I will give you a no bull response where applicable.

Please donít ask me if you should get a Mac or PC though. For taking notes get what ever the hell you want. The ONLY issue regarding this is the lack of exam taking ability on Macís. There are ways of dealing with the exam problem, so this decision should only be made by you.

You can take law school exams on a Mac

The majority of schools have an examsoft program that locks out access to your desktop and monitors you while you write your exam. Most of these schools do not let you use macs, because the Mac os is unix based which offers a significant amount of control. If you know what you are doing, you could possible find a way to get around the program and cheat. So Even though you can find ways to run the exam program on a Mac, most schools do not allow their students to use them for this purpose.

hey John, I was thinking of getting a Toshiba laptop.  what is your impression of Toshiba, in terms of system reliability and battery capacity? 

In the latest report I read, Toshibas are one of the most reliable of all windows based notebook makes. Battery life is going to be dependent on which model you get. Just make sure you get a Centrino or Turion processor, The celeron M and semprons eat battery life like crazy.

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