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General Board / LSC-rainbow briefing
« on: August 26, 2006, 06:10:05 PM »
Has anyone tried the rainbow briefing method described in Law School Confidential? It seems more efficient than writing out your own briefs.

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General Board / Sum and Substance CDs
« on: May 07, 2006, 06:26:05 PM »
How helpful are they? I got a few really cheap, and I've started listening to the Civil Procedure lectures (Arthur Miller has a pretty good sense of humor, and he makes it entertaining). But I'm beginning to wonder whether this will just confuse me if the professors teach the classes in different ways. Or are there certain key rules and cases that will be common in all 1L classes?

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General Board / Register for BarBri as 1L?
« on: May 04, 2006, 07:58:37 AM »
Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I'm wondering if it makes sense to register for Barbri as a 1L. Locking in a lower rate sounds nice, though there's plenty of things to spend my limited money on in my first year of law school. Are the law school course materials provided by Barbri helpful?

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General Board / Current GW students
« on: May 03, 2006, 04:32:46 PM »
I'll be starting GW this fall. I'm really psyched for it, but obviously don't know what to expect. If anyone who currently attends GW is on this board, please post any professor reviews, tips, or words of caution that you wish you received before 1L.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Good Dell sale
« on: May 31, 2006, 08:05:51 AM »
I just bought an Inspiron 710M, 1gig RAM, CD/DVD built-in, for about $1,000. Dell's offering $400 off Inspirons, plus its standard free shipping, and the sale ends today. I've been tracking Dell sales for the past few months, and this seems to be the best so far. Maybe Dell is getting ready to roll out new models, so it's giving deeper discounts on the older ones.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / CD/DVD necessary for law school?
« on: May 26, 2006, 12:14:54 PM »
I found a great, ultra-light computer, but it doesn't have a CD/DVD player. I really don't feel like spending extra money on an external. But do you ever really need one any more?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / IP for non-science majors?
« on: April 26, 2006, 12:20:40 PM »
I'll be at GW this fall, and I'm very interested in intellectual property law. But my bachelors is in economics, not a hard science. Is it worth pursuing an IP education for copyright/trademark law? I've mainly associated IP with patent lawyers who have a science background. It would be great if us non-scientists could specialize as well.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Parental data for federal loans
« on: April 25, 2006, 09:33:14 AM »
I'm married, and I'm going to be 28 when school starts. My parents haven't given me a dime of financial support in seven years. But it looks like GW is going to require me to provide their tax returns and financial information. If I don't, then I don't qualify for federal loans, apparently. Isn't this kind of odd? They say that anyone under 30 must provide parental information.

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Where should I go next fall? / GW vs. GMU
« on: April 24, 2006, 01:45:19 PM »
So I just got into GW (applied really, really late). I'm already in at GMU, and I'm an in-state resident. I'm attending part-time. So the tuition difference is 11k/year at GMU vs. 23k/year at GW. That's a huge difference. But GW is more established and higher ranked (GW is 19 vs. GMU 37). Here's the question: is GW worth the extra money? I probably don't want to go into Biglaw, but I would like a government job or in-house counsel. I know that rankings mean everything. However, graduating without 100k in debt also would be nice. I'm leaning toward GW, but I just want to make sure I make the right choice.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Latitude vs. Inspiron
« on: April 23, 2006, 03:35:19 PM »
I've configured two computers on Dell.com - one Inspiron and one Latitude. They're pretty much the same price for the roughly equivalent features. I'm trying to figure out what the difference is between the two lines.  I'm no techie, but I know there are plenty of you on this board. Which model should I go with for a law school laptop?

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