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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Cost of books for first year?
« on: July 13, 2005, 11:48:43 AM »
My school already posted book adoptions by each professor, so I purchased all of my books on half.com (all latest edition, but used) for a little over $200.  But I also purchased primers, outlines etc. that would add the total to closer to $400.  But just for casebooks and the legal research/writing books, it was $215. I believe all of them were in the "like new" category as well.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: LEEWS
« on: May 20, 2005, 12:07:40 PM »
Now, before classes.  You won't have time before finals!  I think you could review the LEEWS techniques before finals, but as for listening to all the tapes and working through the primer, you should do that now. 

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Acceptances / Re: TEST FOR INCOMING 1L's
« on: May 11, 2005, 03:14:55 PM »
Frank might be negligent...he owed Steve a duty of reasonable care (driving within the speed limit, driving safely etc.) and breached that duty, which resulted in the car crash.  However, in this situation, the "emergency doctrine" applies to Frank...the reasonableness of his actions should be considered against the circumstances...How would a reasonable person act in an emergency situation like the one Frank was in?  We might drive faster than the speed limit in an effort to get Steve to the hospital as quickly as possible.  But even if Frank breached his duty of reasonable care under the circumstances, what damages is he responsible for?  Steven did not sustain any additional injuries as a result of the crash.  So what can Steve realistically recover as a result of the crash?  Mental anguish, emotional distress?   

In terms of liability for medical malpractice, I don't know that "but for" Frank's negligence Steven would NOT have been the victim of medical malpractice.  If Steve wasn't already injured and Frank's careless driving caused an accident to which paramedics responded and took Steve to the hospital where he was a victim of malpractice by the doctor, Frank would definitely be liable for injuries sustained as a result of malpractice.  But for Frank's negligence, Steve wouldn't have been in the hospital in the first place.  But in the actual situation, Steve was on his way to the hospital to be treated anyway.  Frank could have driven carefully and arrived at the hospital only to have the same inept doctor treat him.  Was there only one hospital in the area?  Did the paramedics take Steve to a different hospital than Frank would have taken Steve too?  I don't know that Frank is liable for the injuries sustained from the malpractice...

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I would have switched my LSAT test date from Oct to Dec!  I prepped the first time, but my prep before the second test was more directed and more inline with realistic testing conditions.  My score jumped 9 points the second time around. It infuriates me that had forgone the Oct test and just taken the Dec. one instead, I'd probably have at least some acceptances from my reach schools instead of all waitlists!  eh, whatcha gonna do, right?  :)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: No BSing...whats your score?
« on: April 27, 2005, 10:10:21 PM »
tanuki: Some doctoral students at my alma mater are doing fascinating research using Stroop and the MWCST, and have had some successing demonstrating a role for the hippocampus and the anterior cingulate in those tasks. Even though looking at success at those tasks as largely indicative of frontal lobe function is parsimonious, I don't think it tells the whole story.

And just like that, we're the most boring people on LSD (which is, itself, absolutely rife with boring people).

-Ty

tee hee.  I was a psych geek in college.  It's been 5 years since I graduated, but the brain still fascinates me.  I'm not surprised about the anterior cingulate...i remember it being important for attention (and isn't it technically part of the frontal lobes?  I know its beneath the cortex, so maybe it's considered more midbrain that frontal cortex.  It's been a while since I've had an anatomy class...)  I realize I oversimplified the Stroop/frontal lobe explanation, but the hippocampal involvment surprises me.  I'd ask you some questions about it, but I don't want to hijack this thread anymore than i already have. 

And I should probably stop while I'm still just kind of geeky and not unredeemably so.  ;)     

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: No BSing...whats your score?
« on: April 27, 2005, 12:18:21 PM »
Well, the real Stroop test is designed to test frontal lobe function. It tests "response inhibition"...that is, your ability to repress the standard response (answering what the actual word reads rather than the color of the target word.)  People with frontal lobe damage have a very difficult time inhibiting the response, and perform just as poorly on other tests involving concept shifting such as card sorting tests where the "correct" answer changes without warning.  Subjects with frontal lobe damage are unable to take the new information and apply it to their understanding of the game.  They perseverate on the first concept...the first rule they were taught and cannot adapt to the new situation. 


So the good thing is that *most* of you don't have a problem with your frontal lobes!  ;) Fun! 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: No BSing...whats your score?
« on: April 26, 2005, 10:52:34 AM »
88%, but only because I majored in psychology and I've seen a Stroop test a dozen times before :)

-Ty

When I saw it, I immediately thought of the Stroop test too!  (I was a psych major...)

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I very clearly identified myself as being a part of a military family, and mentioned that my husband has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in my post on this thread.  Being part of a military family involves much more than "doing what you have to do because its right."  It also involves receiving a phone call during which you are told no one can confirm whether your husband is alive or dead and the subsequent waiting for hours praying for the phone call that finally confirms that he is alive.  Everytime my husband deploys we have to discuss "final arrangements", update his life insurance and make sure his will is current.  I live with the reality that he might die during our separation every single day, and I found your analogy not only in extremely poor taste, and but dismissive of what military families deal with on a regular basis. 

I really feel for what you and your husband and family go through each time your husband is deployed. But to be completely honest, the woman who made the analogy was in no way trying to demean what you go through, nor do I feel she had any intention of insulting anyone. You make sacrifices, and I great appreciate the men fighting for our country and their families who support them and miss them. But preaching is unnecessary, and I found it vaguely insulting.

You're right.  Preaching is unnecessary, and it was not the intent of my post to do so.  I wasn't trying to garner sympathy either.  I posted a response because I wanted to let the OP know that there are people who really deal with the situation she mentioned, and to treat it as being similiar to her own was callous, intentions or not.  I felt making a joke about increased odds of dying was insensitive and wanted to make it clear that I, as a member of the community in question took issue to it. 

I'm sorry if anyone found my post insulting.  There aren't too many things that get me riled up, but this did, and I felt I needed to say something. So I did.

That's all.  Now back to your regularly scheduled post.  :)

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Think of it like being a military family: you do what you gotta do, because it's right. (On the upside, however, neither of us has increased odds of dying due to our separation...)

I very clearly identified myself as being a part of a military family, and mentioned that my husband has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in my post on this thread.  Being part of a military family involves much more than "doing what you have to do because its right."  It also involves receiving a phone call during which you are told no one can confirm whether your husband is alive or dead and the subsequent waiting for hours praying for the phone call that finally confirms that he is alive.  Everytime my husband deploys we have to discuss "final arrangements", update his life insurance and make sure his will is current.  I live with the reality that he might die during our separation every single day, and I found your analogy not only in extremely poor taste, and but dismissive of what military families deal with on a regular basis. 

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Back to the apartments.  There are lots of really great, relatively inexpensive places to live in and around Boston, but you really do need to start looking ASAP, because the housing market is a little insane.  A lot of schools have a "off campus housing" website or service where people list apartments or rooms to rent.  I would check to see if your school has something similar...

Coolidge Corner is wonderful!  I never lived there, but I always wanted to.  It has easy access to the T, and has lots of great shops and restaurants.  Ditto for Davis Square and Central Square (Cambridge).   Beacon Hill is also beautiful, but it can be expensive.  

If you're looking to get away from undergrads, stay away from Allston and most of Brighton (along Commonwealth Ave). I lived in an out of the way neighborhood in Brighton which was great for having a car (always found a spot, usually right in front of my apt!), but it wasn't a great location for public transportation.

If you're worried about being "had" by the broker, I think it's still possible for you to find an apartment on your own.  You are looking to move "off peak", so once the just settles from the summer, there may not be as much competition for the remaining apts.  You might have better luck if you are willing to have roommates and are alright with picking up on a lease already in progress (does that make sense? :)  )  

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