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Current Law Students / Best study aids for Evidence & Con Law?
« on: June 05, 2009, 09:15:20 AM »
Law in a Flash?

Let's hear 'em.

Current Law Students / Is it ever too early to start outlining?
« on: March 18, 2009, 02:29:40 PM »
I'm about 6 weeks out of finals...

I found a chunk of time to make some good outlining progress, but last semester I did most of my outlining within about 3 weeks of each exam.

I felt that having the outlining process fresh was good for the exam...and wonder if the value in prepping an outline now will be a bit stale come May?

More classes and more finals this semester is prompting me to get a head start on it though - I'm just hoping I'm not jumping the gun.

Current Law Students / Anyone have their own laser printer?
« on: January 13, 2009, 01:04:37 PM »
I'm looking to purchase one and would love to hear some reviews.

After starting the 1L job search over break, I'm quickly realizing how many hundreds of pages of cover letters, resumes, labels, writing samples, etc... that I'll be printing in the next couple of years.  Instead of paying $0.10/page at school to get laser quality (I only have a mediocre inkjet at home right now), I'm seriously contemplating a laser printer in the $150-250 range.

I've spotted a couple at Sam's Club, Costco, and Best Buy that seem reasonable, but I'd love to hear some feedback here if there is any...

A couple that pique my interest:
Samsung SCX-4725FN for $275:  All-in-one coppier-scanner-printer, has wireless capability
Brother HL-2170w for $145:  Just a printer, but also wireless and is relatively small.  I'm curious if its print quality is as good as some of the others though.

Any others that anyone recommends?

I've particularly enjoyed Glannon's E&Es for CivPro and less so for Torts, and I'm wondering for next semester if anyone has any particularly strong recommendations for any supplements for Crim Law or Crim Pro that they found helpful. 


Incoming 1Ls / "Black's Law Dictionary" - Useful?
« on: June 21, 2008, 08:17:12 PM »
A relative knows I'm heading to Law School and was considering purchasing this for me as a gift if I thought it'd be useful...what say you, LSD?  Do people use this, or does the internet suffice for this type of material?

Incoming 1Ls / Men: Buying a suit...
« on: April 25, 2008, 06:36:32 AM »
OK, so here's where I get to admit that I've made it this far in life without purchasing a real suit. Sure, I've had jackets, nice pants, plenty of shirts and ties, but never a complete, solid suit.

I'm in an area where there are plenty of stores to chose from. Any brands/stores that stand out as being ones I should check out first?

What do I need to know? Where do I begin? How much should I expect to pay for a well-made, well-styled, well-fitting suit?  I have a fairly thin, athletic build, so I don't doubt I'll need some alterations to make it fit properly...what to look for?

I've been "awarded" the standard 20,500 combo of subsidized and unsubsidized loans for my first year.  I'll likely be taking out the full $20,500 (and possibly more through a PLUS loan if needed...that is still to be determined though).

On my school's financial aid website, it says I must accept or decline each of the two loans for the upcoming year.  In accepting, I am to select my lender and that is where I have a question.

The lender options are as follows:

Federal Direct Loans:
---Default Fee:  n/a
---Origination Fee:  2% (less 1.5% after disbursement)
---Total Fees:  0.50%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for auto-debit

---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  1%
---Total Fees:  1%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for auto-debit

Bank of America:
---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  0%
---Total Fees:  0%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for BofA customers

---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  1%
---Total Fees:  1%
---Borrower Benefits:  0.25% reduction for auto-debit

US Bank:
---Default Fee:  0%
---Origination Fee:  0%
---Total Fees:  0%
---Borrower Benefits:  1% credit of original principal after 12 consecutive on-time payments


We are allowed to use other lenders if we chose, but these are the ones listed so I figured I might as well start with these.

My understanding is that Stafford (whether subsidized or not) are all at a fixed rate of X percent and that rate won't vary among lenders... only with the reductions for things like auto-debit, etc...

So my question is this:  Why would anyone pick any lender other than USBank or Bank of America, given these choices?!?  Isn't it clear that these two offer the best deals, making the coice simple?

I thought the easiest and most cost-effective loan would be straight through the fed (via the first option listed) but that seems to not be the case with their various fees. 

If someone could clear this up, I'd be very grateful.  Thanks!

Incoming 1Ls / KU Jayhawks Class of 2011
« on: April 09, 2008, 05:08:06 PM »
Any here?

I just sent in my seat deposit last week and intend to follow up with the second one next week.

Incoming 1Ls / Attending an "Admitted Students" Open House > ?
« on: March 20, 2008, 02:10:04 PM »
I'll soon be attending an "Admitted students open house" at the school that I'm about 90% certain I'll be attending. 

What is some good information to seek out?  We'll have time with professors, the dean, current students, and of course fellow admitted students. 

What are some good questions to ask?  If you are currently in law school, what is some information about your school/program that would have helped you out had you known it sooner?

Law School Admissions / Question about the "Waitlist"
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:28:03 PM »
[I first posted this in the LSAT forum by accident, thus the repost here]

Once someone is put on the waitlist, does that indicate that the school has made as many offers as they have slots and they're just waiting for some of those accepted to decline, after which they'll act on the waitlist?

The reason I ask:  I've seen several applicants on LSN that have recently been waitlisted at my target school and I'm still awaiting initial word on my recently completed application.  After seeing several waitlisted, it got me wondering about the dynamics... 

Thanks ahead of time.

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