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Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much homework do you have for the 1st class?
« on: August 09, 2005, 01:20:27 AM »
haven't gotten anything yet.  but orientation is on the 17th.

keyboard....screen. =)

i've read that having a battery that lasts a miniumum of 3 hours is important. As is the following:

at least a 12.0 inch screen.
at least a 600 MHz processor
at least a 10 gigabyte hard drive
Jesus Christ...What decade are you living in?

Hey man, I just copy-and-pasted that from a law school's welcome packet. who knows what some kid might drag to school =)

but back to the OP concerns.  The answer?  It's all relative.  To some, it's all about minimizing size & weight, as well as durability.  For others, this is their only computer, so they need a desktop replacement, and are considering 17inch monsters.  But if you're 6'7'', 220lbs, it may be your version of a thin-and-light.  i, on the other hand, am a feather-light pipsqueak.    so it depends...

almost any new notebook off of a website (dell etc) or from a mainstream retailer should be able to sidekick along with you through law school.  i think your biggest criteria will come down to:  what's a good size for you?  personally, i've heard over and over again that mobility is crucial, and with all the casebooks you'll be lugging around, every pound really begins to matter. 

a possible compromise i've seen (and am doing myself) is getting a smaller one (the dell 700m with extended battery, about 5 lbs altogether) and using that at school; but at home, hooking that baby up to an external monitor and keyboard. 
best of luck to you. 

keyboard....screen.  =)

i've read that having a battery that lasts a miniumum of 3 hours is important.  As is the following:

at least a 12.0 inch screen.
at least a 600 MHz processor
at least a 10 gigabyte hard drive
i think you already mentioned a wireless network card and/or Ethernet
and some schools ask you to have a 3 1/2 floppy drive, either built-in or extension, for exams.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 05 scores are up
« on: June 25, 2005, 08:42:55 PM »

AR: -0
RC: -5
LR: -3, -3

i accidentally bubbled two answers on the same line in the first LR, so i had a row with 2 bubbles and a blank row and got those both wrong.  incedentally, i got the answers themselves right and therefore should have had a 170.  f-ing sh*t.

it might be worth it to see if you can get your scantron hand scored.  they may actually count those points for you...

Okay, thanks for the advice - I'll definitely follow it.  It'll be more fun to write as well as read.  Now, a couple more questions.

First, apparently some schools have optional diversity essays you can write to tell them how you're different and will diversify the class.  The missionary stuff is pretty much the only special thing about me, so I'm wondering if I'm allowed to repeat that or just write "See PS" in that essay.  Will I have to think of something else special about me? 

Second, my desire to go to law school has nothing to do with my childhood experiences.  Does that matter?  Should I make up some tenuous connection?

Third, I'm afraid writing my PS about that will make me sound like some fundamentalist Christian (I'm not - the heavy religion in my youth is why I'm an agnostic today).  Will that hurt me?  If so, how can I clear that up without going on a tangent or sounding defensive/pretentious/too far the other way?  Should I try to?

Thanks for all your help.

I like topic #2.  But you have to be careful not to let the part about your youth override the entire essay.  they want to know more about you now than when you were a pipsqueak kid.  but using the missionary experience to highlight your background, where you came from,  your frame of reference, that would work great. 

also, the point you made about that experience leading you to be an agnostic today--that's writer's gold.  you could write a really deep, original essay about questioning...even the highest authority you know.  yes, it's slightly controversial, but if it's done right, it could be excellent.   

you can use the same topic for the diversity essay--just with a different spin, a different thesis.  if the first essay is how you learned to think... make the second one about being the odd one out after you finally graduated from being home schooled. {i'm making stuff up.  i don't assume to know your experiences.  i'm just trying to give you examples)

and also, about making a tenuous connection with law.  i see a lot of potential connections, but then again, i don't know your experiences.  but rest assured, most essays take four-seven revisions.  the connection will make itself clear after a few edits and the focus of the essay is sharpened.  don't worry.  if you need more help with your essay, PM me.

It depends on the slant of your current essay.  Do you have one written yet?  If you're finding it easy to go along without mentioning the economics program to which you're also applying, then you probably have something interesting enough to say.    but i figure if you are willing to spend that much time in school, your motivations must be strong and distinct, and the adcomm would benefit by knowing them.  so:  try writing two rough draft essays, one addressing spending that much time in school and the other not.  see which one works for you better.

according to a program on npr this morning, the compensation received is at the 'government issued rate' (?), which, according to the expert guest, is sig. lower than real market value.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Asian American Female
« on: June 20, 2005, 11:14:03 AM »
Can you at least tell us what kind of Asians?

I'm not sure if you're talking to me, but if you want to know what's considered URM and not at most schools, here is a partial list...

URM Asians
Most Southeast Asians

Non-URM Asians
Korean, Chinese, Japanese

i thought the general understanding even SE asians aren't considered URMs.  where did you get this information?   

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: East Indians
« on: June 20, 2005, 11:10:14 AM »
technically not URMs, but that doesn't mean you can't play it up in your diversity statement.  =)

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