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I am trying to build my laptop right now, and don't know much about computers, so I don't know how much of everything I should add..don't want to overkill if I don't have to. Now it is a toss up between about a Dell Latitude D630 (best discount through my school) or the pricier XPS 1330. Anyway, the recommended minimum  is 1.8 ghz processor, 2 gb RAM, and 80 GB hard drive. I do have another older laptop that I hope to use for music/pictures/"play"....but who knows how long it will hang on...and I want to give myself  enough room so that I don't experience problems in the 3 yrs I'll be using it. For the most part I'll be using the computer for basic stuff- internet/microsoft office programs. Should I add more memory, more harddrive, both? How much?

Also, what are the best websites to look for laptop discount/coupon codes. Not seeing any out there right now for the XPS..which is fine, because I'm waiting until the beg of August to buy...but would like to get the extra savings if possible.

Thanks for your input! Really appreciate it.

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Law School Applications / Got into a tier 1 but...retake?
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:45:40 PM »
If I already got into a tier 1 school (UF) with in-state tuition, am I stupid to reapply with hopes that I'll get into a higher tier 1 school for cheaper?

I don't expect to hit the 170s considering my first diagnostic was 150... but I think I might be able to get mid 160s? The idea of studying for the LSAT again makes me sick but I'm actually trying to consider it.

I think I'm having issues of pride.My LSAT was a lot worse than I expected it to be. I went to UF for undergrad and I know its a good state school and its cheap, so am I being stupid to want to go to a higher ranked school like UNC or Emory, or even a T14 like UVA or Duke, when I PROBABLY will end up working in Florida or Atlanta anyway? I think these boards have gotten me obsessed with the idea of ranking. Plus I'm  still not exactly sure where I want to end up (who really does?) so I'm feeling kind of limited to Florida right now. I also don't know exactly what I want to do, but I'm interested in copyright and entertainment law and probably would prefer working in-house rather than at a big law firm, but really its hard to predict that now.

At the same time I'm concerned about debt. I wont be getting any scholarships from UF but I'm a FL resident, so relatively speaking, it is pretty cheap. But I'm thinking that maybe I could get more scholarship offers if I score a bit better on the LSAT since I have strong GPA (3.8, 3.9 major)and decent soft factors. Am I really going to get a better value (education and money wise) than UF? Is it worth it to wait a year and see?

Lots of questions. Any input is appreciated.

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Where should I go next fall? / lots of Financial Aid/Debt questions
« on: February 20, 2008, 02:57:23 PM »
Curious about how others are paying for law school, and have a few specific questions as well. If you can answer 1 or all..it would be a big help :)

How much debt do you plan on being in (providing you have a good idea of where you are going)...including COL expenses and tuition?

Also, how much money do you have saved for law school, if any?

Will parents be helping you at all, and if so, how much?

The need-based applications I've filled out so far ask me about the car I own. My car is not in my name (I don't own it) so that I can be on my parents' insurance plan, so I'm not listing that I own a car. Will that help me, hurt me, or do nothing?

Also...let me make sure i have financial aid right. I don't expect to get much need-based scholarship $ because my parents have too much money/assets. So does that mean I probably wont get any of the stafford unsubsidized loans? And then, if not, I can take out a max of 20,500 in fed. subsidized loans a year? And the rest, if needed, would be taken out with private loans? I'm just looking into it, so not really sure if I have it right.

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Where should I go next fall? / Question about Scholarships
« on: February 19, 2008, 11:20:58 PM »
I got into UF but I doubt I'm going to get any merit scholarship with my lsat (157). I'm wondering if anyone knows if UF or schools in general give scholarship money for 2nd and 3rd years if you do well? And how well exactly? I know it varies, but I'm just curious to hear what people know. Or...is scholarship money generally just given your first year and renewed?

Thanks:)

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General Off-Topic Board / Law School and Your Body.
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:45:02 AM »
Don't worry. You'll be able to afford lipo someday.  ;D

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Where should I go next fall? / Teach for America
« on: February 11, 2008, 06:29:03 PM »
Sorry, I had no idea where to post this.

I am applying to both Teach for America and law school (well, applied, now I'm just waiting). I'm doing both to see how each option turns out as far as placement/admissions/money. I know all about how it works...I've been researching it for awhile.  But I was wondering if anyone is currently doing TFA or has a friend that is doing it, and is also planning on law school after they finish. If so, could you tell me about your experience (and not in a way that every TFA blog reads). Was TFA what they expected it to be? Has it helped them get into schools or in any other way? Have they been able to save money? For those that are in the same boat as me...what is going to be your deciding factor in picking TFA or law? Have you done your interviews, and if so, what were they like? etc....

I have no interest in having a career in teaching, as most people assume. I just think its a really great cause and am wondering if I should  work a few years to gain some direction instead of going into thousands of debt right away. At the same time, I've never lived outside of FL before, nor have I  worked full-time, and the idea of going straight into law school is somehow less scary that living on my own and working in a poverty-stricken area for 2 years...

well any input is appreciated, i'd especially like to hear from those who are applying or participating.

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Where should I go next fall? / Applying to Stetson?
« on: February 05, 2008, 01:07:47 PM »
I applied to all of my schools at the end of December and beginning of January (bc I took Dec LSAT). All have gone complete except Stetson. In fact, I have gotten NO emails at all from Stetson. I've called w/o giving my name twice, and they said that they are a few weeks behind, but I'm wondering if others are in the same boat? I know you're supposed to receive an e-mail with a status checker password, but I haven't gotten that either. How long has it taken y'all to receive notice from them?


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Where should I go next fall? / Random Q for the pros
« on: February 05, 2008, 12:12:32 AM »
I've got a few questions that may seem dumb to you LSD/LSN pros, but bear with me, I'm new.

1. what does "index" mean? (I saw it on LSN and have seen people mention it on here)

2. why do schools "defer" you? and what does it actually mean to be "deferred" by a school. it's better to get waitlisted, right?


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Where should I go next fall? / 157/3.8 any new suggestions
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:08:09 AM »
i took a bunch of practice lsats and the highest I ever got was 159, so I decided to apply this year with my 157 Dec LSAT and a 3.8. I have a concentrated background in publishing (leadership positions, 2 internships) and a fairly strong personal statement (in my opinion :) so far, I've applied to...

Reaches
UNC
Emory
Tulane

Target
UF (FL=home)
FSU

Fallbacks
Stetson
University of South Carolina

I've considered Chicago-Kent and DePaul, but I kinda would like to stay in the south and I'm worried about money. I don't know how much money I can get from the schools that I'm applying to even if I get in. Any input about other schools I should consider? I thought about Denver but I'm interested in Intellectual Property (not the engineering, IT side, the creative/arts side) or health, or family law...and they don't have any special certificate programs in those areas...plus I hear its fairly expensive for being a lower-ranked school. Well any advice is appreciated.

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