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Current Law Students / Re: Should I take an Logic course? Yes or No?
« on: March 31, 2005, 07:37:27 AM »
If you do take a logic course, think about taking an introductory course in symbolic logic.  Symbolic logic is the more math-like type, and it can be a little freaky to look at, but it isn't any harder than a high school math class.  The majority of what you'll learn won't be directly applicable to the LSAT, but the process of learning to transcribe natural language into symbols that can be governed by formal rules helps you think more clearly.  That skill makes it easier to separate the structure of an argument from the content, and I found that helpful on the LSAT. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Anyone Still Waiting on GMU
« on: June 21, 2005, 07:13:31 PM »
I'm accepting.  I'll notify Catholic as soon as I've received the packet from GMU.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / I'm in!
« on: June 21, 2005, 10:44:32 AM »
I'm in off the WL!  Phone call around 12:30.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Anyone Still Waiting on GMU
« on: June 02, 2005, 03:30:34 PM »
I'm still waiting.  I paid my deposits at Catholic, but I would rather go to Mason. <Addendum>I applied PT -- I'd love to know if anyone admitted to the evening program has recently declined, or is planning to do so...</addendum>


I've been so blessed throughout this process and I haven't given God his due.  To all of you who are stressed and pissed/disappointed that you didn't get into the school you wanted, just remember to keep thanking God.

He know's what He's doing!!!

Brilliant.  Do you write Grammy acceptance speeches?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: William and Mary
« on: March 24, 2005, 05:54:10 PM »
WL'd today.  Probably doesn't matter, since I just landed a great job, but it's still nice.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Florida
« on: March 23, 2005, 06:29:31 AM »
Casca: Out of curiosity, how long have you been out of school? Are you on LSN? I'm amazed Miami WL anyone w/ a 174.

Border: Not sure who your question was addressed to, so I'll answer it, too.  I used my PS to talk about my work ethic and how I developed it.  I only briefly referred to my undergrad GPA.  I was shooting for a "my apparent weakness is my strength" kind of thing. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law school Computer: iBook vs. IBM Notebook
« on: March 22, 2005, 03:58:08 PM »
Maybe you are right. I have never had a virus or a major problem with spyware, but I am very careful.  My laptop from 5 years ago still works fine and I used it almost everyday up until a year ago.  I would just hate to have to rent or borrow a laptop that I am not used to take a test or something.  PC for me.

Are you thinking about Miami?  We applied almost the exact same schools.

I live in DC and neither my wife nor I want to move, so I'll probably end up at Catholic.  I'd love to go to Miami, but it's hard to justify the move.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Florida
« on: March 22, 2005, 03:56:24 PM »
Didn't think they'd be able to get over the GPA (Since about half of it was earned there).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law school Computer: iBook vs. IBM Notebook
« on: March 22, 2005, 02:07:42 PM »

Real world market share matters nothing, we are talking about law school here.  You will use this computer for a 3-4 years while in school, and by the time you get out, you will need to buy a new one anyways (any OS your heart desires).  Get the laptop that is most compatible, a pc, and just make sure you don't open weird emails.  I mean, who has time to do anything but type and internet research on these things anyways?  Any computer today can do that without much trouble.

If only resisting the urge to open weird emails were all it took to keep a Windows machine clean... I'm a tech guy at a large law firm.  I spend hours every week cleaning spyware off of Windows-based computers.  Every now and then we get hit with a virus and I spend the better part of a day running around removing from it from some of our computers (despite multiple layers of anti-virus software). 

It seems to me that the only real compatibility issues are caused by exam software and possibly the limits of your schools tech support.  TCP/IP networking certianly isn't limited to Windows, and even Windows-specific networking constructs (e.g., Win2k domains, Active Directory) are supported in Mac OSX.  I'd say get the computer you want, whether it's a Mac or a Windows-based machine. 

On the other hand, if you buy a Mac, don't count on using it at any law firm large enough to standardize on hardware and a software image. 

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