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General Board / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:14:14 AM »
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.

General Board / Re: Are you happy?
« on: July 24, 2006, 02:07:56 AM »
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."

General Board / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 23, 2006, 11:13:32 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. 

General Board / Re: Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 23, 2006, 05:03:15 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.

General Board / Opinions on Microsoft's OneNote
« on: July 21, 2006, 06:18:05 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?

General Board / GW over Alabama with instate tuition, a mistake?
« on: July 21, 2006, 05:24:15 PM »
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, 04:41:35 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?

General Board / Re: What's good about being an attorney?
« on: July 21, 2006, 04:27:48 PM »

if you get into a top 20, no brainer, go!  anything less, depends on what's important to you.

What schools would you say round out the top 20? Just wondering.

Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Studying 1 year Ahead
« on: July 20, 2006, 01:46:45 AM »
I agree with Jjason for the most part, but I would add some autobiographies(I use the term loosely here) to the list. Reading anything that goes over the "big picture" of a concept of law won't hurt. I have found that autobiographies are great because they're usually entertaining and provide you with an invaluable sense of why you're doing what you're doing throughout law school. Remember you'll not just be learning for yourself but for your future clients as well.

Autobiographies by defense attorneys tend to be the most interesting imho, e.g. Roy Black, John C. Tucker, Edward Bennett Williams, etc. However, Boies' book probably fits the majority of law students' ambitions due to the fact that he is probably the best attorney in the nation to have on your side in complex litigation and his applications of poker playing tactics to litigation are fascinating. Reading books such as these really got me fired up about going to law school.

As the saying goes, the law is going to be a jealous mistress for the rest of your life (if you stay in the field of course). Avoid the burn out if you can.

I've heard from some current GWLS 3Ls that a large percentage of firms in DC view GW grads on par with Georgetown, due to the fact there are a larger number of grads from GWLS working in DC than any of any other law school. Just wondering if this is accurate.

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