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If you are getting paid an hourly wage but working over 40 hours, are you entitled to overtime pay as a clerk?  Firm has not been paying me overtime pay, and said law clerks are in a class that is exempt from overtime wages

on that budget, you should get a thinkpad r60 with a 15.4 inch screen. the t60 is widescreen and its thinner and lighter, but it will cost more for the same performance. the r60 is great as a desktop replacement. if you are going to carry it around often, then it might be a little too heavy.
i definately don't need a desktop replacement, this is just a secondary computer for law exams and notes and internet browsing. NEEDS to have S-video out though.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Anyone here work out?
« on: July 20, 2007, 03:06:59 PM »
Anyone worried that law school is gonna severely affect their lifting/running lifestyle? I am.  :'(

yuck, dont buy the 3000, buy the thinkpad

well that is what I am looking at now, and they look excellent, EXCEPT that they don't have an S-video output. This is a huge concern for me because i always connect my computer to TV's so I can watch movies. No way would I buy a laptop without an S-video out.  Such a waste, if it wasn't for the lack of s-video out I would have bought it in a second :(

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tier 2 law students on the American dream
« on: July 20, 2007, 03:04:33 PM »
I really don't think I'll have a problem liek this at my Tier 2 (Miami). For whatever reason, my school actually gets more jobs in Miami then U of Florida and FSU from what I hear, and it sounds like the only competition I have is from T14 students, but that is a concern for everyone practicing in a major city. I hope my school is as locally strong in miami as I have heard.

I have 1200 or below to spend on a laptop, and I just need it to be very reliable. I won't be playing games on it or anything, i just want it to not be laggy and be a quality reliable machine. I just bought a lenovo 3000 C200 and it's horrible, it has severe quality problems and hardware issues right out of the box so it's going back. Any other brands to reccomend that will be reliable? Reliability is #1 for me, I can't have it crapping out during an exam or anything.

How hard would this be? Would top 40% do it or am I being too optimistic? Just throwing things around right now, but I'm just curious what I would need from UMiami 1L to get into SMU Law?

Where does the anxiety come from though on these tests? Don't you know what you are going to be tested on before you go in, so you can just study the material and cram it into your head until you know it well?

This is the strongest example of why judges shouldn't be elected. I don't really want to get into it. I'm just sayin' is all.
he was the prosecutor, not hte judge.

Also, how is the cost of living in Miami/surrounding Miami suburbs? Ive grown up in the suburbs of New Jersey, so I use the cost of living in New Jersey as my "standard".  Will living in Miami be comparable to what I am used to, or higher/lower?

Well, your housing is taken care of, and housing is one of the biggest expenses in Miami.  You won't find a decent 1 BR (in a decent area) for under $900 or so, and $1k is quickly becoming the norm.  Gas prices in Miami are some of the highest in the state as well.  I would think food prices are comparable, I don't know about NJ but FL does not tax food. 

Florida is a fairly tax-friendly state in general if you live here, all things considered, though people are raising hell about high property tax rates since this housing bubble pushed prices way up (and they haven't fallen as much here as they have in other areas).  We really stick it to our tourists!  As long as you don't rent a car or a hotel room you can avoid much of that.  We tax the hell out of alcohol, though, but what state doesn't?  We also have no state income tax, which probably won't affect you much while in law school. 

Great! Thanks for the info! So basically, the cost of living in Miami isn't really comparable to NYC? 

I think NYC is in a class by itself. 

ETA:  If you wanna live like a New Yorker there's always Miami Beach.

well I've always loved New York, but the main thing that has kept me from wanting to actually work there is I hate the cold weather. Which is why Miami seems to appealing to me.  :D Major city in an unbelievably nice state, what could possibly be better than that?

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