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Current Law Students / Re: journal
« on: May 18, 2008, 09:47:27 PM »
As an "older" student, myself, I understand exactly what Matthies is saying with regard to having different goals than most of our classmates (and thus requiring different strategies for getting the employment we desire than most of our classmates). The older students I know have come into law school with very specific financial goals (that are realistic - not just "BigLaw or bust"), specific goals in terms of the area of law they wish to practice in (derived from their past job or life experience), and they have researched heavily what it takes to get to where they want to go. The whole OCI/journal/moot court/top 5% package isn't the only way to get them there (and may not actually get them there at all.) For us, not any old job will do.

If you don't get it, you will when you're older.

Admittedly, I joined this thread late and am not even in LS yet, but I just wanted to comment on this...

I am 25, and not what I would call an older student by any means, but I have the same outlook as you.  I don't think age is a huge factor when it comes to what people want out of LS.  Unless it IS purely financial.  Otherwise, it seems to me that even older students go to LS for instinctive or lofty reasons that really have little to do with where they will end up working and a lot more to do with fulfilling a goal, dream, advancing current careers, etc.  I mean, you must admit, if you were top 5% and on Law Review, it would be pretty hard not to accept a nice job in "Big Law," given the salary.  I will admit, the work load is daunting, but as I have seen posted here before, it seems that you face a large work load in most areas of law practice.

As for me, I will take it in stride when school begins, but IF I do end up in the top 5-10% (like everyone thinks they will  ;)), then i might have to look at some big firms, just for the h*ll of it.  As a new mom, I think that is very unlikely for me, but you never know.  I know that as much as my heart leads the way, my pocket book pays for the ride!

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Current Law Students / Re: MAC or PC?!?!
« on: May 18, 2008, 09:17:39 PM »
Jeff, I appreciate the clarification, and I will definitely talk to my school.  Since you seem pretty knowledgeable about keeping your system up-and-running, can you answer me this:

Regardless of my Dell's crappiness, what can I do to "salvage" it to run well, and support tons of other stuff that will be added during the next three years?

Is it worth it? (I mean both monetarily and emotionally, because I do not want to be slamming it against the wall mid-term, etc.) I am in the business of spending as little as possible, so I'm open to any suggestions you have.

Yeah, the Macbook is pretty, but I also like the whole 'open hundreds of files instantaneously' thing, too.  My current laptop can barely open two files back-to-back, much less allow me access to hundreds of others.  As far as internet-speed, it seems my DSL could run a little faster, and I assume that is a computer problem and not the DSL line itself.

Oh, and my spacebar is out-of-commission.  I have an external one plugged in for in-home use, but that doesn't bode well for mobility purposes.  Geek Squad guy says I have to send it to Dell, since that is where I purchased it. I cannot even fathom sending it off for weeks (and potentially more weeks) and having to pay for the shipping, repairs, etc. without wanting to go out and get another computer for intermediate use.  I saw your suggestions for PC's, so I will take note of recommendations, but otherwise:

Suggestions?!?!?!?!

I feel like I have been scorned by a lover, the way this machine keeps me all knotted up and angry.  And now for that beloved beer... yes, it is driving me to drink!  :D

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Current Law Students / Re: journal
« on: May 16, 2008, 09:39:56 PM »

No, his advice is think about what you really want to do before you go ahead and follow the party line.


You're missing my point.  He has admitted that most law students have goals that are different from his goals.  The reason why he does things the way he does is because his actions are geared towards his specific goals.  However, he is passing off his "specialized" advice relevant to him and others similarly situated as "generally applicable" advice relevant to most students.  You don't see a problem with that?  And just to clarify, I'm referring to the advice he was giving regarding the topic of this thread, not the advice you're referring to above.



I agree.  "Specialized" advice should be marked as such, and no one should start giving us advice if they regard the rest of us as followers.  Otherwise, we will do as they say and eventually they will be a part of the "sea," too.  Vicious cycle.

But, I must say, we cannot equate 'different' and 'better' because they are simply different;)

 And, while I see your point about not coming across as a self-absorbed penis by openly offending your classmates, I have to ask, what is the 'difference' between thinking it and saying it?  I think most of us can read between the lines well enough.  Not that having a high opinion of yourself is bad, but neither is telling people about it.  That just makes you a really bad poker player.

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Current Law Students / Re: MAC or PC?!?!
« on: May 16, 2008, 08:32:31 PM »
I can see that my "idiotic," almost computer-illiterate question has created some very serious and frightening comments.

hehe, my bad.

I was just looking for some assistance from the experts.  Thanks for the advice, but the hostility is a bit unnecessary fellas, really.

No, I do not write programs, nor am I an idiot possessed by television ads (actually, I don't even have cable.)  I think the Mac will better for an illiterate comme moi, considering the Dell Inspiron that I have now sucks my asz. 

Maybe you're right jeffislouie, and I have been a bit abusive to it, but nonetheless, the demos I got from the guy at BestBuy really changed my mind about the whole Mac/PC thing.  Too bad he doesn't work for commission.

I have to get a new notebook and the $1100-$1400 I will spend on a Macbook will hopefully pay off.  Hey, if not, I guess I'll be back posting about the bullsh*t Mac and the glory of PC's.

Then you can all tell me once again how big of an idiot I am, etc.  Hostility will be a little better swallowed at that time.  Maybe my screen name should be "remedial," too.  (I love puns...)   ;) 

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Current Law Students / Re: MAC or PC?!?!
« on: May 15, 2008, 09:37:41 PM »
Thanks.  I did check the website and it seems that my school supports exams on either platform.  But I think I'll give 'em a call to be sure!


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Current Law Students / MAC or PC?!?!
« on: May 14, 2008, 10:50:59 AM »
Ok, so I have vowed to myself that I will never buy another PC (for obvious reasons)...but, I know that my LS uses IBM databases, etc.  From what I have gathered from some techie-types, I can install Parallels on a Macbook and use all IBM databases, etc. without worry. (I assume this means even if I use a Mac for a clerkship, job, etc.)

Any thoughts? 

Oh, and I REALLY, REALLY want the Macbook... aside from all the needs for a new laptop.

Thanks!

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