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General Board / Re: what bag has worked for you?
« on: July 07, 2007, 11:17:41 PM »
i use a swiss army backpack with a built-in laptop sleeve.  it's great for me.. on bad days I couldn't fit everything in it, but I used that as motivation to get my Con Law done at school before I went home!

i just looked for it online, and couldn't find it, but i'm pretty sure i bought it at office max or staples or something like that.  just go to your local office store and check out the backpacks there.

good luck, and look back fondly on the time of your life when backpacks were your greatest worry

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Socratic Method / Re: True Horror Story
« on: June 26, 2007, 08:26:08 PM »
This is why I'm a HUGE believer in the pre-emptive strike.  I usually volunteer for about 10 minutes or so, then I'm done for the class, unless something being said is particularly interesting.

gunner

this isn't a gunner play.  it's called the "man up theory of law school"  my contracts class was with a real tough old-school socratic method prof.  a friend and i had a contest to see who could get called on most every day. 

he ended up winning two days to three, (final score: 7 calls to 5) but at the end (this was in september of my first year) he said "Mr. M, put your hand down.  I'm going to ask people who don't know."  we did it to amuse ourselves in class, and we didn't care if we crashed and burned, which we both did, but it definitely had its bonuses.

I spent the rest of the semester in peace and quiet.

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Socratic Method / Re: Do u get called on once or more than once???
« on: February 25, 2007, 12:34:29 AM »
i subscribe to the "man up" theory of law school.

i raise my hand all the damn time, and after two or three classes, the professor is burnt out on me
and won't call on me again all semester.

after that, i just go about my business
maybe raise my hand to "volunteer" one every couple weeks

it's the perfect crime

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General Board / Re: I'm starting to feel like a jacka$$
« on: November 08, 2006, 10:23:43 PM »
jesus are you the guy that sits next to me in property?  captain hypo?  adam?

haha- i think the sad part is that i started trying to formulate an answer to your hypo as opposed to an answer to your question

as to your concern- no, i don't think there's anything wrong with you, except that maybe you're a little bit more geeky than your law friends.  you'd fit in fine with mine, though.

i'm right where you are.  everything that comes up now is filtered through the law school lens.  honestly, i think it's just that it's all we've been doing for the past 3 months, and it's really starting to rot our brains.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Albany Law 2010 thread
« on: June 26, 2007, 08:58:42 PM »
I though on a whim I'd check the pre-law discussion forum...

Welcome to Albany Law!  I'm a 2L (still hard to not think of myself as a 1L) and I really like the school.  I don't have much of a problem with the administration, other than raising the price every year.  The school is definitely on the way up, and while I can't talk about jobs in NYC, I've got a pretty sweet job with the State this summer.  That is definitely Albany's strength.

In terms of apartments, I wouldn't exactly know, because I live in a house about 10 minutes away.  What I can tell you is that driving in every day does not suck, and that unfortunately you might be too late to get good apartments off of Lark St. I'm sure you'll find something you can stomach for the year.

You don't get to pick any classes until your second year, but actually I'm pretty grateful for that.  There are definitely some professors who are better than others, but most are decent. 

Anyway, good luck this year; see you in the halls.

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i just finished my first year of law school with a mac, and I had very few complaints.  here are a couple points:

first, about 10-15% of my class uses a mac.  my school is not mac-friendly when it comes to exams, but to me, it's worth it.

someone has already mentioned http://www.maclawstudents.com and i second that.  it's a great site that i used to find nice software.  also, it has an okay list of what schools do or do not support macs.

bottom line for me is this:  i'm a mac guy and I think they're better computers for all kinds of reasons.  i decided that it was worth it.  I had 8 finals my first year (four per semester) at about 3-4 hours each.  let's say i spent 30 hours taking exams versus 5,000,000,000,000 hours studying through those semesters.  on my mac.

even if they don't support it, it's worth it to not have to fight with windows.

also- i was lucky enough to commandeer my wife's windows laptop for exams, but i found out that the requirements are VERY modest, and I knew a couple of people who bought old crappy laptops for $100 that used exam software.  you can check that out too.

hope that helps. 

also- i know you're all worried about law school and what to do and what to study and how to prepare.  my advice to you: read "One L" by Scott Turow and nothing else.  Enjoy your last summer of freedom; make some money.  I bought Planet Law School and read about 2 pages.  I spent 40-50 hours researching how to be a law student and made a 100 page book of tips, tricks, and hints that I NEVER LOOKED AT AGAIN.  "One L" is the most accurate account of law school you'll see.  Just know that when you get to school, nobody will know what they're doing, and the people that spent a bunch of money on preparing won't know what to do either.  you just have to get in it to figure it out.  it's not about learning tricks.  it's about changing the way you think.  enjoy your last days of freedom. you'll read enough next semester.

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A couple of the law schools I have applied to...I talked to them and they don't allow students to take exams on Macs, even with bootcamp...even though it works...they just don't allow it. Which is pretty annoying/stupid/short sighted of them. I really want to get a Mac, but I don't want to have to buy another computer (PC) just to take exams...and I would not want to rely on borrowing/renting one that might break down. Even buying a "cheap" one... it's still not that cheap, especially after shelling out 1 or 2 G's for a brand new mac. So I just don't know!

it's worth it to me- i don't mind borrowing one for 5 or 6 hours a semester

5 hours a semester x 6 semesters = 30 hours.
there are 26,280 hours in the 3 years of law school (summers included)
which means that i need a pc for 0.114% of the time in law school

i'm not messing around with windows for 3 years just so i can use required software for 30 hours

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...I know the hardest part of the LSAT for me was the part with the words..

dude, not to rag on you too hard, but that could be the single greatest excuse i've ever heard.  i'm gonna use that for everything from now on

"the hardest part of getting a date is the part with the girls"
"the hardest part of throwing a slider is the part with the ball"
"the hardest part of getting a job is the part with the job"

thanks for making me laugh

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half the reason i'm excited to go to law school is that i get to buy a new macbook

i love it

and now with bootcamp, we should be able to take exams just fine

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