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Current Law Students / Re: What do you use your laptop for?
« on: April 22, 2005, 03:10:37 PM »
A few things --

I'm going to wait until just before school (mid-August or so) to buy a laptop.  That way I'll get more technology for less money.  And even now technology is moving really really fast with laptops.

Pitt has discounts on laptops.  The law school has an IBM, a Sony, a Toshiba, and an HP/Compaq last year.  And you can get discounts through the University of Pittsburgh for Dells, Gateways, and Apples. 

I do believe you can now use pitt's exam software on apples, but you may want to check on it before you get a laptop.

Last, I wasn't quite sure about whether I'd use a laptop for notes.  Until I did a little experiment to see how my typing speed compared to my handwriting speed.  Quite nearly twice as fast.  I was surprised. 

Pittsburgh / Re: Getting state residency while in school
« on: April 19, 2005, 08:06:38 AM »
Well, I know in Michigan it's really difficult to get in-state tuition.  In fact, I have a friend who followed all of the rules to the letter to get residency for the University of Michigan as an undergrad.  He worked in Michigan for over a year, he registered to vote, changed his licence, paid state income taxes, got utilities in his name -- did everything.  And he still was denied with no reason given. 

He appealed though and he was given residency on appeal.  And I've heard of more than just my friend having a similar experience at the U of Mich.  It's like they just deny everybody who's even borderline and see if they appeal. 

My point is that if you aren't given residency and you think you've fufilled the requirements, you should appeal.

Current Law Students / Re: Need Advice...
« on: April 13, 2005, 11:56:24 PM »
Well, Princeton certainly isn't strictly an undergraduate school.  But it limits grad programs to academic PhD programs, and so it doesn't offer professional programs -- business, medicine, law.

I think it's interesting that some (not all) of the pre-law folks come to this board looking for advice and then completely disregard what actual law students have to say. 

You're so right.  It's funny that student after student can say the same thing, but all of us future 1L's just ignore it.  Anyhow, I definately am listening to what you have to say. 

You know, for all that people talk about reading books about law schools and trying to figure out the "secrets" of doing well, not many people talk about just showing up and doing what the professor advises.  But the professors actually do want students to succeed -- to become good lawyers -- don't they?  Would it be that crazy just to listen to them, instead of listening to something you bought at your local Borders?

It might be easier to keep believing in fighting for freedom than fighting for an A in torts   :D

Seriously though.  It'll be interesting to have you at Pitt.  I never really experienced any "older" students in UG (went to U.Michigan).  So even though you're not exactly elderly, you're going to add a lot with your experiences.  And of course the military experience is just really cool to have in a law class. 

Reread your post and noticed you talked about the army.

I understand that it's necessary to compare LS to something, but I think it's going to be a very different type of intensity than the army would offer.  I mean, it may actually be less stressful than the army, especially than Iraq.  But the type of intensity that law school will cause may actually burn you out faster.  Because even though there's less stress -- and the consequences of not succeeding are, in some ways, not as great -- the constant intellectual rigor (as opposed to physical rigor or emotional stress) may actually be worse than what you come up against in the army.

I'll be interested in seeing how you compare the two experiences after a semester, though.

Yes, I hear you.  The first year of law school is going to be intense.  It's easy to forget how such intellectual intensity can wear on you.  When everything is new and nothing is routine, burnout can be a factor.  I think a relaxed summer is worth protecting against that.

I also think it's necessary to make sure you spend some time with your family and friends (especially your sig other).  Because if you have to deal with difficulties in those relationships while you're trying to deal with your first year of LS, it'll be a disaster. 

So relaxing it is for me.

I haven't read all three pages here, but I think I get the idea.

I might read a book about law school before I start.  But that's about it. 

I do think that recently graduating from UG (I graduated in May '04 BTW) does probably correlate with not "preparing" for school as much.  But I don't think it really is a matter of priorities.  I think it's more a matter of feeling academically confident.  B/c let's face it -- if it's been several years (or for some people, more than eight or nine years) since you've been in school, you probably are a bit more nervous about going back.  And you probably don't remember quite how academics can burn a person out in a way that a 9-5 job can't.  But this is just my opinion, of course. As always, I reserve the right to be wrong.

Pittsburgh / Re: Getting state residency while in school
« on: April 05, 2005, 10:44:48 PM »
I don't think it would guarantee it, but I'm pretty sure you'll have a good chance.  I have a friend at Pitt who said that she knows people who've gotten in-state after the first year.  I don't think it's impossible, and you seem to have as good a claim as anyone.

Pittsburgh / Re: Where to Live in Pitt
« on: April 05, 2005, 08:48:04 AM »
I just got back from Pitt, in fact.  I picked out a really great apartment in the heart of Shadyside.  But squirrel hill is really great too. 

And I think Regent Square is really a great place to look for a house/condo.  There's a decent amount of activity and shopping in Regent Square.  And it's a really short hop to Forbes and Murrey in Squirrel Hill. 

I personally think Greenfield is a little too boring, a little too far out, and a little too hilly (winter is probably hellish if you live in Greenfield) for my taste.  I'm not sure I'd be too hot on buying there myself.  And Lawrenceville and the strip district do seem a little shady.  I think I'd be sketched out to have to walk there at night much.

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