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General Board / Re: Forget MAC or PC, what laptop is the best?
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:06:24 PM »

i saw the macbook air for the first time in a store a couple of weeks ago. now i get why people keep saying the air is so sexy!! i'd get one if i could afford it.  :-\

I just happened to get a little lucky and ended up with a scholarship that came in AFTER my tuition was paid, so they cut me a check. I used part of it to get the Air. I don't know if it's "Worth" $1700, but I don't regret buying it at all.

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General Board / Re: Forget MAC or PC, what laptop is the best?
« on: May 20, 2008, 06:46:32 PM »
If you own a desktop, I'd recommend the MacBook Air. I have one, and it's fantastic. Super light-weight, nice bright screen, and fairly fast. The battery life is great and with all the heavy books, the light weight is worth it. You can install Windows for test-taking, too. That said, if you don't have a desktop it's harder to recommend the air. I use mine almost exclusively, but I do have a desktop to fall back on if I need a CD/DVD Rom, or a little more processing power.

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The placement at JMLS is pretty dismal, particularly if you are looking for mid to large firm work. Their reputation in the city isn't very good. The only plus is they have a pretty strong alumni base in the area, but you certainly can't count on graduating with a BigLaw job. Career Services at JMLS is also essentially worthless. I also wouldn't call JMLS nationally recognized.

Thank you Chicagolaw83....i was referring to it in regards to Touro i still have two more schools i am waiting on but i want to make a decision since i have to move and all that other stuff. Essentially i do want to be an attorney. do you currently attend John Marshall? i just want to figure out which will be the better choice


I was a student at JMLS. I'm transferring out for fall. Chicago is a great place to live and study. I would simply say that you need to do a serious evaluation of your expectations. So long as you don't expect to make a ton of $$ after graduation, and are willing to work hard to find your own employment, JMLS is an OK place. I want to work in BigLaw, and I got lucky and did well enough to get out. Good luck with your decision!

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The placement at JMLS is pretty dismal, particularly if you are looking for mid to large firm work. Their reputation in the city isn't very good. The only plus is they have a pretty strong alumni base in the area, but you certainly can't count on graduating with a BigLaw job. Career Services at JMLS is also essentially worthless. I also wouldn't call JMLS nationally recognized.

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General Board / Re: Which law dictionary do you recommend?
« on: May 15, 2008, 08:58:46 PM »
Blacks

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Go with the MacBook. I made the switch to a mac a few years ago and never looked back.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Apple Laptop and Bootcamp.
« on: May 08, 2008, 10:02:35 PM »
You can install it easily with bootcamp. I think you need to have a CD with SP2 already on it. I've tried to put XP on my Macbook Air (I had a bad CD), but I was only going to allocate 5gb for it. I have little/no use for Windows, save for testing software. Unless you need it for testing, you might look into Parallels.

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Read some legal novels, like "The Buffalo Creak Disaster" and "Gideons Trumpet". I'd even go so far as to say check out the new Scalia/Garner book (for legal writing). I wouldn't try to study Contracts or Torts, but get into some legal material. If you weren't an english major, you might pick up some basic grammar books and refresh a little. Your legal writing professor will be a LOT harder on you than you college professors.

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I agree that a computer is simply a tool of the trade. It's like buying canvas as an art major. Some schools actually require that you have a laptop (NYU comes to mind). I don't think skimping on a laptop is a wise way to save $800. What if your backpack gets stolen and it contains all your notes? At least with a laptop you can (and certainly should) backup your notes. I will say that I'm kind of a tech guy, so I'm a bit biased, but I'm not sure I could go without mine.

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General Board / Re: When you think you can't do this...
« on: May 07, 2008, 04:52:38 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/us/07execute.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Interesting article that seems to indicate perhaps the guy in that video IS the norm.

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