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« on: May 28, 2006, 08:16:02 AM »
Yup. Done with 1L. Just another 60 years or so and I'm all done with law. Yes!

I won't give any legal advice because I'm not a lawyer yet. However, you can go to your local law library or public library that has a legal librarian and ask if they have any treatises or other books with standard rental contracts and forms. All this stuff is complicate so you really need an attorney, but that will give you a start.

« on: May 28, 2006, 08:04:36 AM »
The timing is different at different schools and it's also contingent on what paperwork is required and when you complete that paperwork. I had all of my paperwork in before the deadline and I still had to wait after the add/drop period for a disbursement. So, and my memory is a little fuzzy, I don't think I got my 1L fall disbursement until three or four weeks after orientation. It didn't help that the law school was on a different academic schedule from the undergrad, but the financial aid was on the undergrad schedule.

To make a long story short: ask your financial aid office for a disbursement schedule and be prepared to pay your expenses without financial aid for at least one month.

Current Law Students / Re: Loans Available to Pay off Credit Cards?
« on: May 26, 2006, 05:54:39 AM »
A personal consolidation loan isn't always a bad idea. You can often get a lower interest rate on a consolidation loan than what you're paying on your cards, and the total minimum amount due each month is usually lower. Like giraffe said, you'll be paying it back during school so you'll want to be really careful about the numbers and how they'll fit into your budget. I wouldn't totally rule out a personal consolidation loan, though. You should of course avoid those places that advertise debt consolidation loans and talk to your bank. Credit unions often have much better rates for personal loans, so you could look into that as well.

So, I would look at consolidation loans through my bank, then compare those with supplemental private education loans to see which is the best the deal. You might want to see if you have that repayment insurance stuff on any of your cards and if you can use that for loss of income due to starting school full time. I haven't seen any that cover voluntary unemployment of any type, but it doesn't hurt to look.

Current Law Students / Re: moot court/ law review
« on: May 15, 2006, 05:58:16 PM »
All you really have to do is look at job postings on Findlaw, in a newspaper or elsewhere. Job postings usually say law review or moot court preferred. I know some people who do both and manage to get good 2L grades, but that's all they do. They don't participate in any other student activities for the most part because there's no time. I'm not sure if one activity is any better or more prestigious than the other, but I'm sure having both is impressive to the prospective employer. It demonstrates a high level of versatility.

Current Law Students / Re: Is law review really worth it?
« on: May 15, 2006, 02:25:50 PM »
You might find something that you like to do on Law Review. I didn't like the editing, but I'm mostly reading and reviewing articles now which I love doing. As far as writing the note, I don't know anybody who liked the write-on competition, so I don't think you're unique in that respect. However, since you're an excellent writer you'll have a good chance at getting published. This could be an opportunity for you to sharpen your academic writing and get published before you graduate which is a huge plus for whatever career you enter.

Ultimately, it's up to you, and I think you know you'll do well no matter what you choose. You're in the top 20% at a great school which is a huge accomplishment unto itself. However, everybody I talked to (professors, friends who graduated from law school, other students) after I was invited on, and feeling frustrated with the workload told me that law review is defintely worth it and is the only way to get your foot in the door for many jobs.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Schools To Avoid At All Costs!
« on: May 13, 2006, 08:31:37 AM »
I have a friend who attends Nova. She has a great scholarship, a paying job this summer and plenty of career opportunities. Her husband works in the area, so it was convenient.

These lists are all pretty stupid. People have different reasons for attending school, and it's all pretty subjective.

Current Law Students / Re: Women In Law School
« on: May 13, 2006, 08:27:55 AM »
Remember that people can usually opt out of being listed on Dean's List, too, and just leave the annotation on their transcripts. I didn't opt out last semester, but if I make Dean's List this semester I will. So, you probably don't know that she didn't make Dean's List or even that the rumors about her GPA are well-founded.

That said, I strongly believe that attractiveness influences hiring decisions, especially for firms who need litigators. 

Current Law Students / Re: LEEWS
« on: May 06, 2006, 08:20:06 AM »
For me, LEEWS helped as an overall approach to taking exams. I didn't follow a lot of the specific advice and I don't make outlines the LEEWS way. Out of all the supplements I tried, LEEWS and the Civ Pro E&E were by far the most helpful.

Current Law Students / Re: Building outlining tool for MS Word
« on: April 25, 2006, 07:05:09 AM »
Well, I don't know what VBA is, but the worst thing about Word is its ridiculous "auto-format" and "auto-correct" features.

Dear Microsoft,




You can turn that off, or customize it so it only corrects what you want it to correct.

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