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Transferring / Re: Stetson vs. Chicago-Kent
« on: August 04, 2006, 07:15:58 AM »
Based on everything you've said, I would go to Chicago-Kent. They have a decent rep in the Chicago area, and you're going to make plenty of contacts while you're there. It doesn't matter what state you take the bar in as long as you take the BARBRI course for that state. Also, as far as rankings in specific areas go, most employers don't even know they exist. Don't primarily base your decision on rankings.

Whatever you think will make you happy is the answer of course, but I'd start looking for housing in Chicago. Good luck.

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 26, 2006, 05:30:12 PM »
There's a program called Outliner, I think Lexis has a link to it. If you buy Outliner, you get free case briefs from Lexis, or something like that. I've never used it but I have a friend who uses it, haven't heard anything bad about it.

Yeah, I think I've heard a few things about Outliner. I heard it was kind of overpriced for what it did, but that the free case briefs made it worth it. This is just ambiguous hearsay though.

Transferring / Re: Fordham or Illinois?
« on: July 26, 2006, 12:45:30 PM »
Yep, Illinois for Chicago, Fordham for New York. However, cost of living for Fordham will be higher than Illinois, and you'll have some okay college teams to watch in football and basketball at Illinois. I'm guessing you'll get more of a "college feel" at Illinois if it's something you were lacking in undergrad. Hope this helps.

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 24, 2006, 10:14:14 PM »
Are there any other law-school-handy programs out there that are worth the investment, besides OneNote, Word, Adobe, and the usual preinstalled stuff? I'm unfortunately not too experienced in relying on a laptop for my studies.

Current Law Students / Re: Are you happy?
« on: July 23, 2006, 11:07:56 PM »
I think that overzealous 0L's have unrealistic expectations of law.  That's what I think.  After being in law school for a year, and with others on this board for longer than that, it is strange to us that you people act like law school and law practice is the best thing since sliced bread.  Sure, it's pretty interesting and is a decent way to make a middle class living.  But I think you are mistaking depression for realism.

I agree with you wholeheartedly, being an overzealous 0L myself and knowing many 0Ls that act just as you've described. However, I would break overzealous 0Ls down into two categories: those with considerable life/work experience and those straight from undergrad with none. I feel it is primarily the latter that come in with unrealistic expectations.

I am a member of the former group, knowing that jobs you really enjoy doing are very rare. All I'm asking for is an interesting occupation and a comfortable middle class living at worst. Too many students imho enter law school never having worked a *&^% job in their lives. *&^% jobs build character and nurture a valuable cynicism in life, keeping you aware of the possible negative side to things.

I like how Professor Dershowitz welcomes his Crim Law 1Ls every year: "Statistically, it is likely that more of you will become criminal defendants than criminal defense lawyers."

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 23, 2006, 08:13:32 PM »
When you say he's Chinese, do you mean that he lives in China? If so, I'd avoid making such purchasing. Software counterfeiting is rampant there. And it's easy to forge positive eBay feedback.

Yeah, I'm aware of the issue of Chinese pirating. It was a Texas address. Also, I looked closer into some of his positive feedback quotes in an attempt to verify their authenticity, and they seem legit. Hopefully, this is just me being paranoid. 

Current Law Students / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 23, 2006, 02:03:15 PM »
I just bought a version off of Ebay for $21.00, which is the first time I've ever bought a program off Ebay. The guy was Chinese and stated that the only thing missing from the package was the flip top from the box. The feedback seemed legit, but I'm still a bit uneasy.

Oh well, what's done is done. I just hope it works and I get it in time to play with it before classes start.

Current Law Students / Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 21, 2006, 03:18:05 PM »
I have heard mixed reviews on OneNote, but overall it seems like a good program. Is it as handy as it sounds for law school and does anyone know of a place to find it for less than a hundred bucks?

After narrowing it down to GW and Alabama, I have within the past month made the choice to attend GW over Alabama with instate tuition. I don't know but only recently has the sticker shock set in. As far as location goes, I know DC will be a lot better for me than Tuscaloosa. I also like the career placement stats on GW better. However, I still have lingering questions about whether the extra $100k in debt will be worth it.

. . . and yes, I know that second guessing myself now is not healthy.

« on: July 21, 2006, 01:41:35 PM »
I use a Brenthaven.  It works for 2 casebooks, my laptop, and all miscellaneous crap.  Only downside is that the side pockets are only large enough for a Red Bull can.

That's a nice bag and pricey. The only thing that would concern me would be the weight of two casebooks against my laptop. What type of protection is in there for the laptop?

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