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What kind of study supplements/aids, if any, do you plan on buying (Law in a Flash, E&E, etc..)?

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Just saw this, looks like it'd be a cheap alternative to a tablet PC and pretty useful for taking notes. Anyone try/use one before?

"8.5" X 11" Cyberpad Digital Notepad & Graphics Tablet (2 in 1 combo unit)"

http://www.ecost.com/detail.aspx?edp=3398497&store=ecost&source=ECOSTCJ&adcampaign=email,ECOSTCJ

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There's much talk about Biglaw employment in here so I figured I'd be the best place to ask.


What's the relative success rate of lawyers who go into private practice with regards to being successful? Granted there are a lot of variables to that question but in general how much of a business risk is entering into private practice, with a partner, by oneself? Does it carry the same prerequisites as law firm jobs (rank of school attended)? I imagine building up a client base is one of the most important things but what are the other decisive factors?

Discuss pls.

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just wondering...


I see everyone spending extra money to lighten their laptops by 1-2 lbs and making a big deal out of weight. I didn't know if everyone here was frail and had the body of Iggy Pop or if they were perhaps doing triathlons with their computers.... :D

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Are all 1L's really study Nazis?
« on: February 26, 2007, 11:25:56 PM »
I see people on here say that they plan to or that they study hours on end a day as a 1L. Is this more the rule than the exception for the majority of law students or is it vice versa?

A quick scan at everyone's numbers on the board shows that most of the individuals here are in the top class ranks. Is the general consensus about study hours somewhat skewed because most on here are those that tend to "excel academically" or is it the norm for all law students?

Are the people in the 40-50% of the class rank putting in these kinds of study hours and still falling short? Or are they showing up for class rarely, every so often cracking a book and so on?

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Financial Aid / I'm Not Understanding This Whole EFC-0-Need-Based-Aid Thing
« on: February 23, 2007, 06:09:02 PM »
Maybe it's me but I'm not understanding how Fin Aid works out for people with EFC of 0.

Most people who are working part-time or during the school year will have an EFC of 0 since FAFSA classifies grad students as independent.

So although I live with my mother and 4 other siblings and she makes 30-35k a year, since my EFC is 0 there's nothing separating me from John Q. Goldstein with an EFC of 0 whose parents make 100k+ a year. So where exactly does the need-based aid take effect? Unless of course none such aid exists :( .

(I'll be at Albany next year.)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / How To Pay For Your Law Degree
« on: February 23, 2007, 11:52:31 AM »
So I purchased that book "How to Pay For Your Law Degree" online a week ago and yesterday it finally came in the mail. So I'm skimming through the grants and fellowships sections (100s of them mind you) and I didn't qualify for a single one because I'm not A)Black or Hispanic B)Italian or Jewish C)Disabled or D)International.

What a waste of 30 bucks.

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I see a lot of people on here with DUI stuff or similar incidents, but the underlying theme is that they seem to be the only thing on their records or maybe 3-4 at most.

My situation is somewhat the opposite. I have probably 6-10 misc traffic violations, 4 of which are suspended licenses because of unpaid traffic violations. Theres a few other misc things on there but nothing crazy bad. Does the amount of things, although minor violations, look worse to AdminComm than say one or two big incidents?

I'm hoping traffic violations dont weight heavily in their eyes

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Where should I go next fall? / How Far to Reach for a Reach School?
« on: November 02, 2006, 03:56:06 PM »
I was just wondering what your opinions are for how much of a chance to take apply to schools out of your league so to speak. My #s (ugpa - 2.7) of lsdas 2.6 gpa/ lsat 153 don't put me in a very good position to get into a lot of places. Although I played a Division 1 sport for four years I doubt I'll include an addendum for my gpa.

My prelaw advisor said a reach school would be a school 2 points median average higher than my own lsat score. But looking at somewhere like Stetson I don't think I'll even be looked at seriously when GPA comes into play.

I set aside money to apply to about 10 or so schools but I dont wanna be throwing money into app fees for no reason. Anyone have some insight? Thanks in advance, wish I found this place sooner.

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