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Hi,

I will be attending UC Hastings and my apartment at McAllister Tower will not be available until August 28th.  The problem is classes start on August 16th for lL.  I have been looking at the housing site at UC Hastings and found the residence clubs to be the most affordable.  I can rent a room with a private bath for $300/week.  They also have shared rooms and shared bathrooms like a lot of youth hostels.  Has anyone had any experience with residence clubs in San Francisco?  I am specifically interested in the ones around UC Hastings/Union Square/Downtown.  A few recommeded by UC Hastings are 1) Harcourt Residence Club, 2) Kenmore Residence Club, 3) Monroe Residence Club, and 4) San Francisco Residence Club.

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LSAT 162, 166

3.33 overall from UCSB; my grades weren't that great from my first two years, 2.9.  I did turn it around my junior and senior years, 3.5 & 3.9 respectively. 

10 years as a researcher at a biotech company.


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I received a phone call today from UC Hastings informing me that I was called off the Wait List and offered a place in their entering class for 2004.  Yipee!!!  My deposit check has already been FedEx. 

To everyone out there still on a Wait List; Good things can still happen.

Ciao.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: thinkpads.com
« on: June 23, 2004, 01:42:36 PM »
Okay, here is why I think this computer is not adequate for school.

  • The Pentium 4 is a power hog that would drain your battery very quickly, less than 2 hours.  Go with the Pentium M (latest series is the 700's) that will give you 4-6 hours of use if you can't plug it in somewhere.
    1 GB of RAM is great
    4200rpm HD is slow, new laptop HD run at 7200rpm which translate into a quicker computer.
    WXGA resolution is the lowest quality out there.  Go for a better monitor if you are going to have to work on your computer all day.
    I have not heard good things about HP's service.  IBM has the best service in the industry. If my computer was to malfunction, I want the best service to get me going again as quickly as possible.
    In conclusion, Thinkpads are generally recognized by the computing magazines as the best quality and IBM as having the best after-purchase service.  That is why IBM can sell their laptops at a premium.

 
IBM is too expensive.

             How is this for 1609 (w/o Tax) from Compaq

Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 3.00 GHz w/HT Technology         
Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home       
Memory 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)           
Hard Drive 40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive           
Primary CD/DVD Drive 8X DVD Drive         
Networking FREEUpgradeto54g(TM) Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN !!           
Display FREE Upgrade from 15" XGA to 15.4" WXGA (1280x800)           
Graphics Card 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) 9600         
Productivity Software Microsoft(R) Works/Money         
Primary Battery 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery           
HP extended service plans 3-year HP Express Repair extended service plan

   I am not sure about the quality of compaq, but they offer almost double the features for the money.

Also, are you guys buying any specific cable locks/tracking software or plates for your laptop? What about privacy filter, anyone tried those?


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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: thinkpads.com
« on: June 22, 2004, 07:56:52 PM »
IBM shareholders can get up to 15% off laptops.  www.ibm.com/shop/us/spp You need to get the code that was included with the annual report in order to purchase.  Otherwise if you know an IBM employee, you can ask them for their employee's number and get an employee's discount. www.ibm.com/shop/us/epp

Good luck

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / UC Hastings & UC Davis Waitlists
« on: June 21, 2004, 09:10:50 PM »
Has anyone been offered a spot off the waitlists at UC Hastings or UC Davis?  If you did, did you contact them beforehand? 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law Dictionary
« on: June 21, 2004, 09:06:20 PM »
I suggest getting a paperback law dictionary.  The computerize version would work great during the school year, but maybe not on exam day.  In my case, Santa Clara has informed me that on exam day that I would have limited use of my laptop.  They will install a program for the test and another one to block out all other functions on my computer.  An electronic dictionary would be pretty useless.  My guess is that a PDA would probably not be allowed either.  Check with your school.

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Turn down the offer.  Tell them you appreciate the offer, but have already committed yourself to the program by moving to Pittsburg.  The $1000 is meaningless in the long run.

Several people I know were offerred full scholarships ($30K/year) for all three years if they deferred at Loyola because of over-enrollment.  That is a great deal.  Going from zero in money to $90K for waiting a year is pretty easy to do.  One has to consider that interest could run another $30K-90K over the life of the loans.  If you could get a deal like this, then defer.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law Preview
« on: April 27, 2004, 01:54:25 PM »
I have signed up for the LA early session (June 7-12).  It's the only one I can make it to since I will be out of the country for the rest of the summer.  There is a $100 rebate for each person you recommed to Law Preview that ends up taking their course.

Some people are taking Bar/Bri.  You may want to check that out. 

I have talked to several law students and law grads.  All said they wished they had taken a prep course in the summer before law school.  Some incoming 1L on this board have cited the cost ($1000 or more) as one factor as to why they wouldn't do it.  They feel they can prep themselves with books such as Law Planet II, Law School Confidential, etc.  I would disagree.  Nothing can replace classroom instruction.  Real law professors giving me their perspective as to what is important in torts, civ. pro., etc. and what to expect in my 1L would be an advantage entering law school.  The LA early session have profs from USC and UCLA.

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Law School Applications / Re: Getting my LoRs back
« on: April 23, 2004, 01:48:06 AM »
Just ask your recommenders if you are curious.  If they wrote you glowing letters, they'll most likely let you have copies, unless they have a policy against it.

Just because someone said they wrote a strong letter doesn't mean they did.  Even highly educated people overestimate their writing ablilities.

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