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Current Law Students / Best Outlining & Note-Taking Software?
« on: October 14, 2006, 09:34:33 AM »
In the process of compiling my notes into outlines, and Word just isn't the most efficient software.  From reading some other posts, I see that some people recommend "StoreLaw" and some people like "Juristudents".  The posts I read discussing this are from back in 2004, so I'd like a fresh, more current view of what works for today's law students.  Feedback is much appreciated.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How easier are part-time/evening programs?
« on: June 07, 2006, 07:15:11 AM »
I'm in the same situation (PT-eve) unless something changes.  I would have thought that it would be easier to rank higher in PT programs because (most of) the people you attend class with have been working all day and have less time to prepare/study.  I also thought the transition would be easier, and I figured I would do better concentrating on fewer classes with more time.  After reading that post, I'm not so sure that it will be as easy as I thought. 

I'm tentatively planning on changing employment status to a contractor, hopefully no more than 20-30 hrs/month while I'm in school, for the first year.  Then I'd like to transfer to the FT program next fall and graduate in 3. 

I sent in my 2nd deposit to Mercer this morning to keep the option in place.  Would it be unconventional to contact the Dean at GSU to get an official response regarding their recent drop in rankings?  It might be attributed to something as simple as a very high profile professor leaving. 

Although I was unimpressed with their "campus" and the personnel they have running things, location and price are attractive.  I'm sure Mercer is represented well, but is it worth all the money?  It would be nice to graduate with a minimal amount of debt.. But the rankings situation is disturbing. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Ga State's fall and Mercer's rise
« on: May 28, 2006, 12:58:55 PM »
Per the new rankings, Ga State has dropped 8 spots to 97, while Mercer has jumped 12 spots to 87.  It appears the tables have turned very late.  Could be a game time decision. 

I don't think that a ranking difference of 10 really matters too much?

Choosing the Right Law School / Part Time or Full Time?
« on: April 25, 2006, 06:01:46 PM »
I was under the impression that part time programs were harder to get in because they were in higher demand.  Is this true? 

Are you sure you were at GSU? The whole law school building is wireless. Most of the classrooms have outlets in the tables. The whole school is being renovated to be completed in 2008 I think. I love the school. The faculty and students are extremely friendly and enthusiastic about their school. True, the school is downtown, so if you're looking for some kind of pastoral experience it probalby isn't for you but the value and reputation of the school at least in state makes it a great place to get an education.

Ok, well the outlets at all the tables threw me off about the existence of wireless - that's a relief.  My UG was Ga Tech, so I know what inner city college is like.  However, the openness of the campus (if you can even call it a campus) is very different from what I'm used to.  Did you find the law library facilities acceptable?  Library staff friendly?  Where else do students go between classes to study?  I agree that it is an exceptional value and that GSU has an excellent in-state reputation.  I'm just trying to get myself little more excited about it.  Thanks for your input! 

I visited their campus a few weeks ago and was thoroughly disappointed.  Right now the only thing keeping them at the top of my list is location, economics, and ranking (relative to my other options). 

- The campus is pathetic.
- Classrooms are the most low-tech of any schools I've visited.
- Facilities are in need of serious renovation.
- No wireless internet throughout the law schoool.  Are we still in the 90's?
- The law building is shared with other schools
- Have you seen their law library? (no need to elaborate)
- Inner-city location that is completely open to whatever.   

Opinions from anyone planning to attend Georgia State this fall (or current students) are appreciated. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Advantages of staying "in state"
« on: April 20, 2006, 09:03:03 PM »
I visited GA State a few weeks ago and was very unimpressed.  From harrassing bums on the sidewalk to trashy buildings/classrooms & low-tech facilities, I was absolutely appalled.  Granted, their in-state tuition is about as cheap as it gets - but something has to be said for quality of experience right?  I was initially leaning towards Samford because I know a lot of people there AND their campus (library, law school, integrated technology) are top notch (not to mention all the undergrad eye-candy). But law school isn't about an experience, it's about an education - or at least I'm trying to convince myself of that.  I have heard it's very difficult finding employment in a different state than your law school.  Anyway, I suppose I will reluctantly take the economic, more convenient option in lieu of a fun, friendly, higher quality atmosphere.  I wish I had never visited Samford - they obviously have more money than they know what to do with, and those Birmingham folks know how to roll out the welcome mat.  Staying in Atlanta has it's advantages though, so hopefully I can get past the runned-down look.  I've got until June to decide. 

Have no fear - I was accepted to GA State just yesterday.  I was late sending in apps though. 

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