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I got my T42 through the Express program. If you click on "Express Models," it takes you to a list of common configurations (which are somewhat customizable) that are considerably cheaper than building your own from scratch. I also used a friend's employee discount, so I got mine quite cheap. I've had my T42 for about a year now (there was no T43 back then), and I absolutely love it. The technology isn't quite as "cutting-edge" as you can get on the Dells, and the price is slightly higher, but the IBMs are like a completely different animal. I work very closely with a lot of Dell portables (take a look at my email address), and they almost seem like disposable computers, after using my Thinkpad.

I agree with you on almost everything, but I wouldn't quite say that thinkpads aren't as cutting-edge as dells, they just don't have all that multimedia crap that most Dells do.  Processor and videocard wise, Thinkpads are pretty much on track, plus you can get a cool fingerprint reader :)

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I totally agree with what the above poster said.  When it comes to job oppertunities, clerkships, OCI, etc. reputation is what matters, not ranking.  There won't be a big rush to start grabbing up a school's graduates because their ranking score went up one point, which yielded a 5 place jump. 

You know, that was my feeling too.  In the bay area, Santa Clara (for instance) still has a better overall rep than McGeorge.  I was wondering, when the new rankings came out if I should put McGeorge higher on my list, but my inclination was to still value Santa Clara's rep over theirs.  I don't know.  I am crossing my fingers that I get into someplace better than both  ;) then I won't have to make that decision.

I seriously disagree that Santa Clara has a "better overall rep" than Pacific/McGeorge. USNWR reflects that Pacific has a better overall reputation, and placement rates for grads of both schools of those inetrested in working in the Bay Area are roughly equivalent. I would, however, say that Santa Clara, as a local school,  tends to have "hometown" advantage in the Bay Area, and if one had their heart set on working in SF, Santa Clara would be a wiser choice. But to suggest that Santa Clara has a better reputation, per se, is inaccurate. Nevertheless, Santa Clara is an excellent school for IP, even though it is dwarfed in prestige by Boalt and Stanford in that regard.

You are certainly welcome to your 2 cents, but I will not cop to my statement about Santa Clara's overall rep being inaccurate.  I have worked in the Bay Area legal field for years and generally the attorneys i worked with thought Santa Clara was a better school.  McGeorge has a reputation for letting anyone in and then brutally weeding them out after the first year.  McGeorge only just crept into 2nd tier this year.  I am not saying they are a bad school at all, but I know the impressions I have from dozens of attorneys (several of which are McGeorge grads and only have mediocre feelings for the school).  I can't think of a better indicator than feedback from grads of the school  :)  Again, your welcome to your opinion, just as I stand by mine.


What you said above was my main reason for not wanting to go to McGeorge.  Historically, wasn't McGeorge a T1 at one point?  Sliding from T1 to T3 is a pretty big deal...

Despite McGeorge slipping back into T2, it is still considerably easier to get into than either USF or SCU.  Looking at their US News numbers alone will tell you this.

I've always heard rumors they weed out the first year class pretty hard, one of my friends that goes there claims they don't do this anymore...  :-X

One thing that bugs me is they inflate their admissions stats by offering a fee waiver to anyone who applies online to their school, which has to be like 90% of applicants.  I know I wouldn't have applied there if it wasn't free.

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whats the lowest price you've gotten?

i'm having so much trouble with the sales reps...

honestly, i'm abuot to just look at dells...

anyone have a similar experience?

how do i go about getting the educational discount?

Just curious, why are you going for a T42?  I just got my T43 in the mail last week and absolutely love it.  This is my first PC in awhile, and the build quality is so much higher than my old Dell Inspiron it's incredibly (and the Dell Latitude I use at work).  I just hope Lenovo doesn't shove the quality down the crapper.

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Guess what?  I got a fever.  And the only prescription is more cowbell.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: June 13, 2005, 06:33:16 PM »
I'm a mac fan, but it looks like I won't be wasting my money on a powerbook until the x86 switch next year.

I'm between getting a Thinkpad and holding on to it, or buying a cheapie Dell 700m.

FYI, I hate Dell laptops, I've had so many problems in the fast and so many parts die.

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My $0.02...

If you have subsidized loans and you consolidate them before you go to law school, you can get them deferred BUT you will be accruing interest while in law school.

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Wait List / Re: Bad news for Santa Clara waitlisters
« on: June 10, 2005, 07:49:17 PM »
What do they do if too many people want to attend?

I better not get bumped, I paid my 2nd seat deposit like 3 months early.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: school rankings mean nothing
« on: June 07, 2005, 06:44:20 PM »
I do think the LSAT and your undergrad GPA are fairly reliable indicators of base intelligence and work ethic, thus siphoning better students into the better schools as ranked by USNWR.  While I'm sure you could get a good education at any law school, going to a higher ranked school will help you greatly in finding the job you want the most, simply because better trained lawyers have come from such schools in the past.

There are always counter examples though.  I mean, look at engineers.  Most engineers have way lower GPAs that most social science people and usually have to work way harder.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: New Laptop Models??
« on: June 02, 2005, 07:05:07 PM »
I've read most places that if you buy an apple when your school works on a pc system (ie exam software) you will be screwed.  besides unless you have some weird affinity for mac's they are more expensive and more trouble to get help with.

That's a silly argument, but one that seems to have legs.  First off, by simply reading the USD web site (who uses Exam Soft), you'll see that you are allowed to use any law school computer for the exam.  The rationale seems to be "Don't buy an Apple, because for ~12 hours per semester, you will be forced to sit in front of a *gasp* desktop PC to take exams."  Twelve hours vs, what, ~300 hours in class?  I wouldn't let that dictate my computer choice.

You'll find me using a superior Apple product in class (I also own a Sony VAIO), and either using my VAIO or the school's desktop for the exam..  I'll probably go with the desktop as I like typing on a real keyboard. 

So you would use a Apple laptop in LS, no compatibility (i.e. file transfer problems?)

What file transfer problems would I have?  This should be funny. :)

I'm just waiting for the new powerbooks to come out, I really hope they do by August, but I'm guessing probably Sept.  Heck, maybe the new iBooks will be cool and convince me to pick one up.

It's going to be nice using a mac in law school, especially with OmniOutliner, etc.

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Access Group gave me LIBOR + 3.95%... which is their worst.
CItibank gave me Prime, which is their very best rate.... go figure.

(FYI I have very good credit).

Make sure you shop around.

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