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Current Law Students /
« on: June 22, 2006, 07:18:01 PM »
Anyone heard of these guys?

Is any of there stuff, well worth the cost? Yes I am an incoming 1L with nothing better to do this summer.


I got my booklist today and I am trying to figure out which would be cheaper. Does anyone have a good online source I could check out?


Incoming 1Ls / Office 2007 Beta - Anyone tried it?
« on: July 19, 2006, 07:18:57 PM »
Has anyone tried this? How did it run? Was it stable? More importantly (I think) is was it worth your time?


Incoming 1Ls / Who is going to be using Microsoft Onenote this fall?
« on: June 18, 2006, 12:54:25 PM »
I'd like to get some sort of "users group" going. I haven't found many resources explaining the use of the program. As the school year starts, I am going to have questions and I am sure others will as well.

Most of the people I now here locally actually use Word and are a bit apprehensive using anything else. I understand the advantages to Onenote over Word but I don't know jack yet about using them.

So who's with me?

Incoming 1Ls / The case for the convertable tablet PC
« on: April 22, 2006, 08:11:47 PM »
Tonight I had one of those "epiphany" moments with my new laptop. All the seemingly vague justifications for purchasing a tablet gelled together into something tangible. When I bought my IBM/Leveno X41 covertable tablet my expectation was that the tablet functionality would be good for.....

1( Reading - This has mostly panned out. I regulary read long documents in PDF format and find tablet mode the most comfortabble. In this way my tablet feels like an electronic book. It is light enough to make this something other than a idol sentence. This evening I had to read from three different sources and write a essay on a fourth windows journal page. Cutting and pasting from these three different sources was effortless. I saved REAL time doing things this way VS reading paper versions and typing on a "normal" laptop.

2)Taking notes - This has been helpful during meetings at work. I have gotten over the whole "geek factor" thing (ie showing up to a meeting with the tablet instead of a pen and yellow pad of paper). The result has been less clutter around my office. I use this sticky note program to jot quick things down. You can set it to pop up when you boot your computer saving you a few seconds over setting something up in Outlook. I purchased the Onenote program but I still haven't had any time to use it. Most of my note taking takes place in Windows Journal.

3) Navigating - unless I have some serious typing to do, I usually use the computer in tablet mode. I have my own set number of internet pages I visit. I use the pen to navigate as I hold the computer like a book. Pretty comfortable deal on saturday mornings to veg in bed click through LSD, reading emails and such without having to lay ackwardly to do so.

I realize that tablets aren't for everyone and that people has their own definition of what is "must have." Thst said, after spending this past 6 weeks using this computer, I wonder why more of these types of computers are not sold. Every single one of the points discussed above could produce real benefits to the law student.



Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Budgeting Software
« on: April 05, 2006, 08:53:25 PM »
What do you all use to budget your finances? I have tried (and failed) to use Microsoft Money and Quicken at various times. They both are much to involved for my needs. Does anyone have a different software solution?



Incoming 1Ls / Note-taking - paper or plastic?
« on: February 26, 2006, 09:01:34 PM »
I have had the opportunity to sit in on a few 1L classes and it seems that the majority of student use their laptops for note taking purposes. Way back in the stone ages when I was finishing my undergrad I would note take on paper then revise, sometimes twice, in order to commit concepts to my brain.

I watched students clicking away on their keyboards and instantly felt lost. The gentleman I was paired with was using an "internet explorer" type text organizer to take his notes with separate tabs for each class. I was bewildered in a way, even though I had no problem following the discussion I wondered just how I was going to be able to organize my notes so cleanly on a computer.

How the heck to people learn note taking? Will it be that different from my undergrad experience? I have a Medical Technology background. There were only a handful of people in his 1L class who still took notes by hand. One girl started that way but soon converted to notebook note taking.



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