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Congratulations on the baby-on-the-way!

As far as encouragement - I'd just like to echo the words about baby's first year.  I'll be 30 when I start law school this coming year, and I have two kids.  I love 'em both to death, but I am glad that our youngest will be close to one year old by the time I start school.  Four years in, it's become obvious to me that parenthood will never be 'easy.'  It is certainly rewarding.  But the first year of a child's life can be particularly challenging, and your entire family will likely find itself in transition.  If you were to take on law school and new parenthood at the same time, you could easily end up shortchanging yourself, your family, and your legal education all at once.

So don't be discouraged.  This year's LSAT score may have put you in good position to get a great start on both parenthood and your legal career.

We had our first child at the end of my first semester. It was a very difficult period. While I cannot in good faith recommend doing it, our family is proof that it can be done. I graduated in May and as I study for the bar, our family is expecting a second child late in the fall. Good luck to all on the LSAT!


Focus on doing the best that you can. 145 is not a bad place to start. I did not end up with much higher before attending a T3. Now that I have my JD and a job, I can say that the LSAT really is a worthless measure of potential. Focus on what you want law school to do for you and go to a place (rankings be damned) that will allow you to do just that.....


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best laptop to get for law school?
« on: May 24, 2009, 08:11:53 PM »
you guys are real f-ing comedians :)
In all seriousness, if you buy an Apple, you could find yourself having to buy a copy of Windows as well, because despite all the smear ads, they have less than 10% market share.
As for as buying a computer with Windows, don't rush to buy one now.  As early as July there should be free Windows 7 upgrade programs for computers sold with Vista.

Source?  Not challenging you, I'm actually very interested.

I'd be sure that whatever exam software the school uses works with Macs if i were to contemplate using a Mac.

Then again, I'd never contemplate using a Mac.  If you don't know Windows now, do yourself a favor and learn it, because unless you start up your own private practice, the firm you work for probably won't support it.

Yet, with snow leopard (due out next month?) and native exchange 2007 support, this may be a moot point.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best laptop to get for law school?
« on: May 24, 2009, 05:29:47 PM »
Be sure to check out


University of St. Thomas School of Law (MInneapolis) is a Catholic law school. Heck, there is a chapel in the law school building.....


Yeah, 2L year was the hardest. I had some pretty long days (12-15) hours 6 days a week, 7 during exam period. 3L was sooo slack - I only got mildly irritated at the end b/c of conflicts with job interviewing.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Program(s) for Note-Taking/Outlining on Mac
« on: May 16, 2009, 05:36:39 PM »
VMWare or Parallels + Onenote 2007


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote,Etherpad
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:56:25 AM »
Several threads about Onenote out there. Not sure about the collaborative notetaking function. Wait 'till lawschool starts before committing to any one style. I stopped taking extensive notes after my 1L year. But do what works for you....

Oingo J.D. (Wow...neat to be able to write that)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Do people actually work during law school?
« on: December 25, 2008, 01:06:39 PM »
You know, give the guy a break. As a 3L looking back on a 1L year, I wonder how I managed to waste so much time. I had a few friends doing engineering and web development work during their 1L year and they did fine. Although ill advised, it is not impossible, especially if you enter law school with good time management skills.

Most people do not get time management and law school until their second year. Perhpas this is the reason for the policy.....


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Windows Vista - opinions
« on: August 12, 2008, 07:45:47 PM »
I wonder how those using Vista feel about the sleep/wake functionality of Vista? OS-X is solid in this regard - My Macbook Pro wakes up from sleep and grabs the internet within 3 secs or so. Not so with my former XP laptop. Its poor performance in this regard drove me to OS-X.


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