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Title: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: lexinash on July 15, 2006, 06:51:31 AM
On a budget and don't want to waste money....input appreciated!
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: greengrl on July 15, 2006, 08:13:10 AM
vodka, gin, tequila, rum if ya like it sweet.

oh, right. sorry. I thought about this, too. honestly, outside of your laptop I wouldn't buy a whole lot outside of hanging file folders if you're planning on using a filing system of any sort, some writing pads (notebooks can be a pain to smoosh into an otherwise full bookbag, but legal pads fit quite nice), your favorite pens (i'm neurotic and will only use one kind of pen), highlighters, maybe some of those colored post it page markers to mark your case books for quick reference (these things are great, get some if you've never used them). Outside of that I wouldn't sweat it--leave maybe a small portion of your supplies budget for things you won't know you need until you develop your study patterns and then you can get it then
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: greengrl on July 15, 2006, 08:13:48 AM
OH--and backup printer cartridges, black and color if applicable
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: @#$%, Fire, and Damnation. on July 15, 2006, 08:25:10 AM
Other than your used books and commercial outlines you mean?

Get a disk on key and back up often.  I also recommend an external hard drive to do full scale weekly backups of your laptop.  Need to follow my own advice more carefully on that last thing...
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: @#$%, Fire, and Damnation. on July 15, 2006, 09:53:01 AM
BAFF

I definitely started that.

tmyk
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Strong on July 15, 2006, 11:29:26 AM
Other than your used books and commercial outlines you mean?

Get a disk on key and back up often.  I also recommend an external hard drive to do full scale weekly backups of your laptop.  Need to follow my own advice more carefully on that last thing...

This is exactly what I'm going to do.

Backup to 1gb memory stick nightly, backup to external HD weekly.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: @#$%, Fire, and Damnation. on July 15, 2006, 11:58:30 AM
It's from the time back when BAFF actually showed his face around here... *sigh* nostalgia

Those were the days weren't they...

He sure got a raw deal on xoxo though.  I can't blame him for not coming around especially with people calling his phone to give him *&^%.  I was around when he was relatively popular on here with the really old crew.  He was good dude.  A little thick, but a good guy nonetheless.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Strong on July 15, 2006, 12:10:16 PM
It's from the time back when BAFF actually showed his face around here... *sigh* nostalgia

Those were the days weren't they...

He sure got a raw deal on xoxo though.  I can't blame him for not coming around especially with people calling his phone to give him sh*t.  I was around when he was relatively popular on here with the really old crew.  He was good dude.  A little thick, but a good guy nonetheless.

Yeah, I never had a problem with him, I remember when Baffing first became popular.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: shaz on July 15, 2006, 12:35:08 PM
why did he use his pic as an avatar and then tell people where he went to school? 
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: tacojohn on July 16, 2006, 10:01:51 AM
Highlighters, pens, pencils, post-it flags, paper clips, stapler.  Pretty basic stuff.  Maybe some folders to organize things.  If you want one special thing law students need, buy nice bond paper as soon as you find a good deal for printing your resume.  It'll save a lot of stress when a deadline is coming up and you need to head to kinkos at 2 am to print it off, or you get ripped off for a ream when you need to have it the next day.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: jacy85 on July 16, 2006, 10:28:42 AM
I second most of what's been said.  Having a back up system for your computer is an absolute necessity.  This is said over and over again; yet no matter how many times a classmate loses half a semester of notes and information, it will inevitably happen again to someone else.  And again.  And again.  People never seem to learn.

That aside, I used a ton of highlighters, pens (get different colors for editing your work), legal pads, etc. 

Aside from the basic stuff, I had a good supply of binder clips, and found myself using them fairly often.  A travel mouse is nice if you hate using a trackpad.  And a decent planner is a necessity, IMO.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: OingoBoingo on July 16, 2006, 05:29:53 PM
OH--and backup printer cartridges, black and color if applicable

Thank you for reminding me of this. One question: Did you spring ofr a Laser Printer? I have a really, really good Canon inkjet that I do not want to replace (you really can't tell it isn't laser)

Oingo
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: lexinash on July 16, 2006, 05:32:23 PM
Thanks for the input to all!!!!! 
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: OingoBoingo on July 16, 2006, 05:34:48 PM
I second most of what's been said.  Having a back up system for your computer is an absolute necessity.  This is said over and over again; yet no matter how many times a classmate loses half a semester of notes and information, it will inevitably happen again to someone else.  And again.  And again.  People never seem to learn.

That aside, I used a ton of highlighters, pens (get different colors for editing your work), legal pads, etc. 

Aside from the basic stuff, I had a good supply of binder clips, and found myself using them fairly often.  A travel mouse is nice if you hate using a trackpad.  And a decent planner is a necessity, IMO.

About the planner......every tempted to use Microsoft Outlook for this purpose? It worked for Matthias but I wonder how much of a pain in the a$$ it was to have to go back to the laptop everytime you wanted to check your schedule or added something?

Oingo
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: jacy85 on July 16, 2006, 05:54:29 PM
I used MS Outlook for things like bills or anything that has an extremely important deadline.  I need the constant pop up reminders.

Otherwise, I like having a physical planner to use.  I like having something I can just pull out and write in, as opposed to waiting for my laptop to start to put a meeting date in.

I think as long as you have some sort of organizational system to keep aware of what you need to get done when, you'll be ok.  I know a few people that went out and got the cell phone/computer/planner things, and they seem to like that.  (sidekicks or whatever they are now.  I don't keep up)
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: OingoBoingo on July 16, 2006, 06:06:25 PM
I used MS Outlook for things like bills or anything that has an extremely important deadline.  I need the constant pop up reminders.

Otherwise, I like having a physical planner to use.  I like having something I can just pull out and write in, as opposed to waiting for my laptop to start to put a meeting date in.

I think as long as you have some sort of organizational system to keep aware of what you need to get done when, you'll be ok.  I know a few people that went out and got the cell phone/computer/planner things, and they seem to like that.  (sidekicks or whatever they are now.  I don't keep up)

Thanks man. Even though I have a tablet and planned to try and use it for this purpose, I am somewhat reluctant though because of the whole ackwardness factor. I've been imagining the scene, where I bring out the tablet to make an appointment and the person I'm meeting with looks at me in horror, shielding themselves from me with their Franklin Planner :)

I might just try a dual system (planner plus outlook) and go from there.

Oingo
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: bass on July 16, 2006, 06:09:11 PM
The dual system is SO annoying.  I had it going for a while, and it sucked big time.  Outlook either becomes redundant or useless.  The point of outlook is to simplify, not to complicate.

The solution is a PDA or phone that syncs with outlook.  I have the MDA, and it's fantastic.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: OingoBoingo on July 16, 2006, 06:39:16 PM
The dual system is SO annoying.  I had it going for a while, and it sucked big time.  Outlook either becomes redundant or useless.  The point of outlook is to simplify, not to complicate.

The solution is a PDA or phone that syncs with outlook.  I have the MDA, and it's fantastic.

Eh....I am so trying to not spend any more money this summer. The stupid thing (on my part) is that I sold my PDA (an iPAQ 3835) earlier this year in an attempt to "simplify." Perhaps I'll buy a cheap used Sony Clie or something or the other.

bah

OIngo
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: greengrl on July 16, 2006, 07:45:31 PM
OH--and backup printer cartridges, black and color if applicable

Thank you for reminding me of this. One question: Did you spring ofr a Laser Printer? I have a really, really good Canon inkjet that I do not want to replace (you really can't tell it isn't laser)

Oingo

I didn't spring for a Laser yet either. I'm going to rely on regular printer head cleanings and a little TLC to see if I can get my current printer to hang in long enough. I figure if there is anything I really want to look nice (resumes, cover letters etc...) then I could always take it somewhere to be printed
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Law2k6 on July 16, 2006, 09:02:03 PM
Regarding backing up, see this thread: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,67438.0.html (http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,67438.0.html)

You don't need a laser printer if you have a high quality inkjet. But, you don't want a low quality inkjet. High quality ink jet or a laser.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: jacy85 on July 17, 2006, 04:12:41 AM
To me, a printer is a printer.  But I was glad I had a laser and was able to print all my own resumes and stuff instead of having to go to Kinkos or whatever.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Kevin26.2 on July 17, 2006, 07:56:45 AM
whats so important about laser printers???

i agree with the prevailing sentiment in this thread about PDAs + Outlook. its worked well for me so far.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: queencruella on July 17, 2006, 08:27:10 AM
Lots of law schools allow free unlimited printing to their printers that can be accessed from anywhere, so that's probably what I am going to do. My master's program and one of my jobs required a serious amount of printing that I had to do on my own, and it got really expensive to have to replace the cartridges all the time. Regardless of which type you have, it's going to cost you to replace a cartridge or toner.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: rubberbandman on July 17, 2006, 12:06:19 PM
Rather than use a bunch of sporadic post-notes, 3M has a program that allows you to put electronic notes up on your desktop.  Mine are color-coded (bills, assignments, etc.) so it is really helpful.  The download was free, but I downloaded it about a year ago - just google "post it notes".
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Law2k6 on July 17, 2006, 08:49:41 PM
I use Outlook + 4x6 cards that I stand up using little holders I make out of those large paperclips. It's worked well for me over the years. I have to always be able to see the reminders to keep them at the front of my mind. But maybe that's just me.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: lexinash on July 17, 2006, 09:02:25 PM
Not sure if anyone has a gmail account (email) but I read a couple of months ago several postings where current students save all of their materials on thier gmail accounts and it has worked well for them.  I'm not sure if that will do the trick or not, but I do have access to gmail.  If anyone needs an account, just lemme know.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: bass on July 17, 2006, 09:22:04 PM
Not sure if anyone has a gmail account (email) but I read a couple of months ago several postings where current students save all of their materials on thier gmail accounts and it has worked well for them.  I'm not sure if that will do the trick or not, but I do have access to gmail.  If anyone needs an account, just lemme know.

You can invite yourself with a text message now.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Law2k6 on July 18, 2006, 12:36:24 AM
Not sure if anyone has a gmail account (email) but I read a couple of months ago several postings where current students save all of their materials on thier gmail accounts and it has worked well for them.  I'm not sure if that will do the trick or not, but I do have access to gmail.  If anyone needs an account, just lemme know.

Yep. You could do that. If that's the approach you want to take, I might suggest you look into this: http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm (http://). It lets you drag and drop to your GMail account and basically use it like online storage through the Windows Explorer interface. (But, take note of the caution on that site about it being an experimental tool.)
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: lbritton on July 18, 2006, 08:19:22 AM
Don't spend any more money on a printer than you must. Most schools have a printing allotment and anything you print from Lexis or Westlaw is not counted against that allotment. You will spend far more time printing cases and other research than your resume.

Different colored highlighters are definitely required.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: stephanie says... on July 18, 2006, 09:51:56 AM
BS different colored highlighters are required. i HATE highlighters. i dont plan to even own one.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: blocke123 on July 18, 2006, 06:20:07 PM
BS different colored highlighters are required. i HATE highlighters. i dont plan to even own one.

I had a lawyer friend who told me to write with highlighters instead of pens... I'll let you guess why.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: Law2k6 on July 18, 2006, 07:38:46 PM
BS different colored highlighters are required. i HATE highlighters. i dont plan to even own one.

I had a lawyer friend who told me to write with highlighters instead of pens... I'll let you guess why.

People can't copy your notes.  Genius.

Color copier? Scanner? :P
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: law123 on July 18, 2006, 07:44:48 PM
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Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: bass on July 18, 2006, 08:20:05 PM
To show the important parts of a piece of paper.
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: beer gunner on July 18, 2006, 11:20:26 PM
To show the important parts of a piece of paper.

lol!  Just taking some notes on the back of my hand until I break out the typewriter - old school like that. ;D

j/k

Law School Confidential breaks it down - basically bring the laptop, 5 highlighters (like the book says - different highlighter for different parts of the court case) and get the supplemental study materials after the first 2 weeks
Title: Re: What "school supplies" are really needed for a 1L??
Post by: greengrl on July 19, 2006, 06:19:06 AM
To show the important parts of a piece of paper.

lol!  Just taking some notes on the back of my hand until I break out the typewriter - old school like that. ;D

j/k

Law School Confidential breaks it down - basically bring the laptop, 5 highlighters (like the book says - different highlighter for different parts of the court case) and get the supplemental study materials after the first 2 weeks

I've got to agree that I hate colored highlighters--yellow I can deal with but the rest give me a headache. I'm a lil' old school--I'll probably use an index card for each case and write out the important elements--highlighting gives my brain permission to zone out. Writing is a much more active tool