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Current Law Students / Mac users - what software do you use?
« on: July 16, 2007, 02:53:46 PM »
It looks like "OneNote" is the de facto standard in the Windows world.  But what are Mac users doing?  Anyone use Omni Outliner for anything serious?  I haven't learned how to use it yet.  Otherwise, I use Open Office for outlining and writing for my job.

Current Law Students / A Linux geek's law school computer set up
« on: July 16, 2007, 12:43:55 AM »
Hey all,

I'm a new 1L, and am thinking about what kind of hardware and software to put together for the note-taking in class,

Any other hackers / Linux users / computer programmers out there? 

I'm thinking about ideas that will let me be the most safe with my data and most flexible - not having to carry stuff around.  For example;

* Buying a used $300 mini-laptop, and putting Ubuntu on it.  Using either emacs or open office, etc.  This is the computer I'd schlep to class, and leave in a locker there.

* Keeping all of my actual data online on a secure webdav/ftp server the school makes available.  Maybe use a combination of subversion + rdist.

* I currently own two computers: new 15" Mac Powerbook Pro, and a 15" Thinkpad T-42 with Ubuntu, but I don't want to drag those around everywhere I go.  So I'm thinking I'll leave them at home, and at work, and just always have access to my notes via the online server.

Another thing I like about all this is *not* really depending on some great-ass laptop.  I believe it should be an expendable device --- the data is what's valuable.

Anybody else going to use open source?

Hi all,

Can anyone who's in a night / weekend part-time program give some feedback about what the experience is like?

I had been planning to go to a full time day program, because (1) I'd been looking forward to focussing only on school, and (2) looking forward to the connections with other students, building relationships with the faculty, etc.

But now, for some life reasons, I'm considering attending a law school's night / part-time program.  I'm hesitant because I imagine it being much more like a commuter college atmosphere - people come in for a class or two, and then take off.  They've got families or kids and a job, and that's where they're focussed.

Any feedback?

I'm researching law schools, and it looks like there's a dilemma that most applicants face:

* You can look for a challenging academic atmosphere; a student body with people who are also on your level (and maybe for once in your life!), where there are discussions that will be thought-provoking, etc.  But in this case, you're probably at the median of the student body.  Possibly your class rank will be median as well. (?)


* You can go to a school where you're well above the median (for example, LSAT-wise), where you'll be more assured of a good class-ranking, and where you'll probably be given more money for attending.  This will help ensure a more solid financial future (maybe), but it might also mean a less stimulating environment, and fewer peers.

So I ask you, law school students - is this a false dilemma?  Or did you face it?  What decision did you make?  And finally, looking back, are you happy with your decision?


Hi all,

Lewis & Clark suggests that one write an additional essay if applying for any of their six categories of scholarships.

(I checked off several of the boxes for what to consider for, and am deciding between aiming my essay towards the Business Law (which has IP as a component) category or Public Interest.)

Anybody have any thoughts about the content of an essay like this?  I have a ton of experience as an IT consultant doing a wide range of work of business process analysis, software implementation, etc.

I'm thinking about doing a write up of a recent project I did - (I'm preparing this for publication anyways) - and submit it, as it highlight my analysis skills, ability to abstract, and in the context of software and business processes.

I think that's probably a good route to go, but I'm a little unsure of how to frame the essay - whether to introduce it by saying exactly the above, or whether to let the reader come to their own conclusion, etc.

Thanks for any feedback!

Hi all,

I've created a new law school ranking site and blog.  I'd appreciate any feedback on it:

I decided to make my own site because I'm really into math, and I'm also kind of annoyed by a lot of the rankings that are out there - for the usual reasons.  My goals are (1) to create new reports / rankings with useful information, and (2) to be scientific and open about my data sources, metholodgy, etc.

Thanks in advance!

Studying for the LSAT / So you have to pay another $100 for LSDAS?
« on: June 28, 2006, 01:32:54 PM »
Ok, maybe I'm stoopid, but I couldn't figure out why I was unable to "request transcripts" on the LSAC web system.  I've entered in my undergrad info, and I've checked every possible box saying that I want to share my info, etc.

And now I just noticed some screen that does say something about a $100 or so fee for LSDAS distinct from any testing fees.  And, although one's data will be kept for a certain amount of time, no action (ie. reviewing transcripts) will happen unless the LSDAS fee is paid.

Have I got it right?

Come on - you've had a week to recuperate!  Only 14 months until 1L!!

"Take this sh*t back to the prelaw board where it belongs..."

Where's the love??,4627.0.html

Studying for the LSAT / Another Post-ABA Rule Change Prediction
« on: June 16, 2006, 11:31:46 PM »
I predict,

that the LSAT scores will become more stratified - more divided into two distinct groupings, in a way that will be very helpful for LSAT-obsessed people like us.

Once word gets out that "only the highest score counts", a whole new wave of test-takers will appear: People who take the test with little or no preparation "just to see what they get".  I have to admit, I was nearly one of these people.  Long ago, I signed up with LSAC, and nearly sent in my fee, thinking, "I'm smart - I can do this."  Until I picked up a practice test...  Under the new rule, though, I might have still gone ahead and taken the test.

The result:  The number and distribution of scores in the 164+ range will stay relatively unchanged. These are the people represented by us - the people who take this seriously, who are going about the process as if it's an important life changing event.  (Which we all know it is.  :) )

But there will be an influx of scores recorded at the < 160 level, from this new wave of "try and see" test-takers.  And this will only help out the curve for us.

The only question is,

Will word get out in time?  Will there be a massive influx of unprepared test-takers in September?  Time will tell.

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