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Temple / Re: Laptops
« on: June 28, 2007, 08:36:11 AM »
I'm sure they'll be compatible with Vista eventually, but I'm not going to gamble on whether it'll be done by the time the first exams roll around.

One thing I've considered is buying a Vista system, then installing XP pro in a dual-boot configuration. Of course, if you don't have an XP install disc, you'd have to shell out the money to buy that. And, you'd have to know how to partition a hard drive and do the install.

Plus -- I'm not even sure that would work, because the software they use for the exams is a very, very low-level application, which apparently accesses the most fundamental parts of the system. So, a dual-boot configuration might pose a problem. I'll try to find out.

Florida Coastal / Re: Attending Florida Coastal Fall '07
« on: June 25, 2007, 06:03:40 AM »
I could comment on any specific neighborhoods you might be curious about. I've lived in Jax most of my life. (Although I'm moving to Philly in the fall to go to Temple Law.)

I live in Springfield, which is an historic, urban neighborhood. Good if you like big, turn-of-the-century houses for relatively low prices/rent.

For pure pleasantness, I'd recommend Mandarin or any of the new housing in the area of Butler Blvd. and 9A. For charm and atmosphere, I'd suggest San Marco or Avondale. Or, Riverside, which is similar to Avondale, but less refined and less expensive. These last three are all "historic" neighborhoods, which is something of a novelty in Florida. Not many old houses in a state where life was miserable before central air conditioning became commonplace.

Generally, apartment rent and house prices are pretty reasonable in Jax, so you should have plenty of choices, but you're likely going to be doing a lot of driving. Jax is very "spread out." I'm sure you've read by now that the city covers an entire county and is the largest in land mass in the contiguous 48 states. And people really do drive all over that area and beyond for shopping, movies, etc.

You might think you could find cool apartments downtown, but there are very few apartments or homes of any kind downtown. The ones that you will find tend to be very new (there's a recent drive to add housing there) and very expensive, upscale places.

I'd suggest you go to the campus, then drive out from there looking for something nearby. The school really is in a pretty good spot for being "central" to the places you'll want to go in town. Honestly, I'd probably choose a place somewhere along 9A or Gate Parkway if I were moving to town to go to FCSL.

Florida Coastal / Re: FCSL 2010
« on: June 25, 2007, 05:50:23 AM »
I'm not going to FCSL, but I've lived in Jacksonville most of my life. So, I'd be glad to answer questions about neighborhoods or the city generally. (I'm moving to Philadelphia in August to attend Temple Law.)

Temple / Re: Healthcare ?
« on: June 25, 2007, 05:29:43 AM »
I'm going with the university's insurance. I'm going to choose the most complete coverage plan. It seems pretty good to me. Better than some other schools I looked at.

Insurance was one of the criteria for my selection of a law school. A small one, but I looked into it nonetheless.

I'll be insuring my whole family (wife, kids, me). So, I'll be pumping a lot of money into it. For a single individual, it's not too expensive. I think it's a good deal either way though. Comparable to what I've had in my full-time job for the past several years. Better in some ways.

Temple / Order of the Coif - Why not Temple?
« on: June 20, 2007, 06:03:39 AM »
Why doesn't Temple Law have a chapter of Order of the Coif?  And, does it matter? 

The people who graduate from a member school like to list this honor on their profiles. I'm sure it's not going to have a big impact on anyone's career. But, it's frustrating to see Villanova with Order of the Coif while Temple is not a member.  Maybe the faculty at Temple have some sort of philosophical objection to the Order of the Coif.

East fall is good, there is regional rail that goes through there (30 minutes from T.U.), and the previous poster is correct view areas first.  Most of it is fine. Some higher value properties there. Up the street from the park and bike trails.

If the SEPTA schedules are correct, it's only an eight minute ride from East Falls to Temple (and vice-versa) on the R6 regional rail line.

I've never asked locals about this, but it looks to me like it would be possible to ride a bike from East Falls to Temple fairly easily too. But, that's just a guess. Maybe there's a 45-degree incline along the route or rabid dogs or swarms of killer bees something like that.

Temple / Re: Laptops - Mac or not?
« on: June 05, 2007, 02:29:26 PM »
When I was at the admitted students day, someone asked this question while the tech guy was in the room and he said the official Temple Law position is that they do not support the use of Macs, even with Windows installed on an Intel system, because they haven't been able to get the exam software to work on them yet. You can use them for anything other than exams, of course. He said they're trying to find a way to make the exam software work on the Intel Macs, but couldn't guarantee that it would happen next semester.

Temple / Anyone living in Chestnut Hill or Mt. Airy?
« on: May 29, 2007, 02:14:24 PM »
Are there any Temple Law students or alumni (like you, perhaps) living in Chestnut Hill (where I will be living) or Mt. Airy or adjacent neighborhoods? 

I'll be one block from the Wyndmoor station on the R7 regional rail line. How reliable are the SEPTA trains through there?  Do they fall behind schedule often or just plain break down? Will I be able to tolerate the ride from there to Temple for three years?

My wife and I found some surprisingly affordable, nice, two-bedroom apartments in East Falls, Mount Airy, and Chestnut Hill. All those neighborhoods have convenient SEPTA rail stations. There are other good neighborhoods in this area (Northwest) also.

We chose an apartment in Chestnut Hill, one block from the train station. It's one of the nicest communities in greater Philadelphia. But, if you're renting, and don't mind a 20 or 30 minute train ride to campus, it can be affordable.

Temple / suburban, small-town living in Ambler
« on: May 15, 2007, 04:20:47 AM »
Another really suburban, pleasant locale is Ambler, PA, just to the north of Philly. There's even a very nice Temple campus up there. I think you could use their facilities if you wanted, for weekend recreation, for example.

Rents are pretty low in Ambler, and it really is a quaint, small town.

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