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They do make you look like a tool.  However, real trial lawyers ALL use them (and Trapper Keepers).  So, it's a judgment call.

A Trapper Keeper.

(But seriously, I'll throw in another vote for David Allen's "Getting Things Done".  Way more useful than any of the pre-law books people talk about reading.  And there's plenty of non-Mac productivity software to keep you organized.  I use Tracks for most of my GTD tasks at, Remember the Milk at for tasks with a deadline - mostly because it goes on my iGoogle page, Google Calendar for general calendaring stuff, and OneNote for all my class notes.)

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Emory Class of 2010
« on: July 13, 2007, 05:18:34 PM »
Unless you've already got something lined up, DON'T count on landing a paying job during your 1L summer.  Go ahead and jump through the EPIC hoops (which is actually quite easy) and stay on the safe side.

Federal Defender's office.  I completely lucked out and wound up working on this huge trial that was starting a few weeks after I came in.  It's been a really amazing experience, because they've let me handle as much as I'm capable of, which means I've gotten to prepare witnesses, draft motions, draw up questions for direct and cross-examinations, sit in on strategy sessions with counsel for our co-defendants, sit at the counsel table during the trial - pretty much everything except actually speak in court (because you have to be at least a 3L to do that).  I've really just been incredibly fortunate to be able to do all this stuff, and it's been really really fun too.  :)

I'm using it to take notes on the trial that I'm working on right now... It's great because I can instantly figure out exactly which witnesses referenced which defendant, pull up exactly what evidence has been presented against who, which exhibits have been referenced by who during all of the testimony (this trial is nearing the end of week 2 at this point, so there's a boatload of testimony), and see exactly what testimony I flagged as important no matter when it came in... so if you're interested in trial work, it's very useful.  Of course, it'll be a while before you get to any of that.

Law School Applications / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: July 02, 2007, 12:07:18 AM »
You vastly overestimate your own importance.  Very few people are concerned with the opinions of self-impressed law-student-wannabes.

Ohhhh yeah, I (very) vaguely remember her... tell her I said hello.  :)

Emory is great, I love it as much as it is possible to love a law school, that is, I only mildly detest it on most days.  Nah, actually, it is really good, but I am soooooooo glad to be done with 1L.  This summer I'm working for the Federal Defender's office, and we're in the middle of a two-week conspiracy/fraud/ID theft trial where we're representing one of five co-defendants.  It's a total circus - I love it.  :)  Being a pretend lawyer beats the hell out of being a real law student, that's for darn sure.

Law School Applications / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: July 01, 2007, 10:34:17 PM »
Gawd, what a bunch of tools.

Law School Applications / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 29, 2007, 12:55:45 PM »
I probably called it retarded because it was, in fact, retarded.

But people do retarded stuff every day and survive... he/she/it probably will, as well.  But it's still a stupid move.

Law School Applications / Re: ADVICE to the next cycle of applicants
« on: June 28, 2007, 07:49:02 PM »

If you do poorly at Michigan, you'll wish that you were doing poorly at Harvard.  Because doing poorly at Harvard is better than doing poorly at pretty much any other school.

Doing poorly for free is pretty nice though.

Exactly.  I'd rather be bottom of the class at Michigan with 0 debt (cause I'm still getting a job!) then top of the class at Harvard with $150k of debt.

Then you are retarded.

Since you seem to be asking for it:

Yeah, that's why I got into every t-14 I applied to up to and including Harvard.  ::)

Retarded AND a feminine hygiene product.  Yeah, you'll do great.

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