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At my school, there are 5 tech department people posted in the hallway. If your error takes more than 5 minutes then they extend your testing period by however long it takes to fix.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: True Costs...
« on: March 13, 2009, 10:09:25 AM »
My books were only around $350, at the school bookstore. I don't buy the supplements that only contain statutes, because all of that is available on Westlaw (and it's easier to dump it into your notes from Westlaw.)

A hidden cost is lunch. BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. It's very easy, especially early in the semester, to go out with classmates for lunch (hey, you want to be social right?) but Chipotle and after-class things like happy hour can go for around $12 a day... And yeah. that adds up.

Also, bring your own coffee (or tea). $2 a pop for coffee or $4 a pop for lattes (plus lunch) makes it really easy to drop $100 per week on day-time food and drink.

Current Law Students / Re: Is OneNote really necessary?
« on: March 12, 2009, 12:18:05 PM »
My computer recently died and I'm looking at getting a replacement. I can get Microsoft Office Professional for a pretty cheap price, but it doesn't come with OneNote. Do you think OneNote is really that necessary of a program for law school or would Word just suffice?

OneNote = amazing. Seriously.

That said, you're not going to flunk out of school on MS Word.

Law School Admissions / Re: REJECTED, ETC. TODAY
« on: March 12, 2009, 12:16:37 PM »
LoveButton's right...I don't feel right griping on the celebratory thread.  So here's the place for everyone to vent.
Yay Ibis! How IS Sebastian doing?

Irvine if you want CA, but obviously FSU is the right choice. ;)

That's what I don't get.  Why does it make a different what geographic location you go to school in?  If I go to a NY law school, it's THAT tough to get a job in California?  Please explain this to me.

Alumni networks.  Opportunities to meet local lawyers.  Hofstra alumni, I would guess, are concentrated in the Long Island area.

Gotcha.  However, would it be prudent to go to lower-ranked schools like Southwestern or UC Irvine over Hofstra just because it's in California?  Aren't job prospects better if you go to the better school?  (Sorry if I sound so green, but I haven't posted on here since before I took the LSAT)
Your networking happens while you're attending school. Often, schools do career-fair-type events with local employers. Local firms will also come and present at your school...etc.

These local-contacts aren't available if you're in another state.

And yes, Alumni networks are important. You don't want to come into a job market blind from a JD from a school no one knows anything about.

Current Law Students / Re: 1Ls: Are You Happy You Went to LS?
« on: March 12, 2009, 12:11:21 PM »
Yes. UMN Law = the business.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: PREPPING FOR 1L -- HELP
« on: March 12, 2009, 11:56:19 AM »
I think Barron’s “How to Succeed in Law School.” was helpful.

I recommend saving "Getting to Maybe" until halfway through your first semester.

Also, read "One L" by Turow and see the movie "The Paper chase." I think they are fun, and show you what not to do.

Finally, read some law student blogs! That's the best way to see what actual students are experiencing.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best law school tote?
« on: March 12, 2009, 11:52:17 AM »
For the love of god, no duffle bags or rolling backpacks. You are going to law school, not the airport.

Assuming that you have a locker, use a messenger-laptop bag or a durable, plain bookbag.

I have both.

For messenger bags I like Kenneth Cole Reaction...

For backpacks, I like the Swiss Gear brand. They are durable and affordable. Target sells them.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What kind of notebook should I buy?
« on: March 12, 2009, 11:45:46 AM »
Check if your new school offers a student discount plan.

Otherwise, go to best buy, get something cheap and drop $300 on a warranty. They will replace your laptop if anything happens.

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