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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Non-Tablet Laptop for Law School
« on: April 04, 2006, 02:26:15 PM »
Although there is a fantastic thread on laptops and the people posting there are quite knowledgable on IT matters, the focus of the thread seems to have shifted to Tablet PC's.  I was hoping to get a discussion going on other laptops as I'm not particularly interested in Tablet PC's.

I was thinking about Dell's D410 or X1 - although I have heard terrible things about Dell's quality and customer service. I've also read great things about Lenovo/IBM Thinkpads - particularly the T series. I want something small that won't be a pain to carry around everyday.  ANd I want something that will hold up three years of being lugged around all the time. Any thoughts?

What are other people thinking about laptops (other than tablets)?

i also enjoyed the financial aid presentation.  the guy was a straight-shooter. his answers were helpful and i know if i ever have any questions or concerns, his office can clear it all up.

as for the rest of the weekend, i thought it was just ok. i'm looking forward to starting their in the fall as gulc was/is my first choice, but i don't think they did a great job of selling the place (although the free coffee mug and pleather portfolio were nice).

i sat in on a property class with a friend who is a 1L.  i didn't really understand a whole lot of the discussion.  i did observe everyone on the internet, email or IM. there was a really positive vibe in the classroom though.  all the students seemed very congenial.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Macintosh
« on: March 20, 2006, 06:48:44 PM »
I've heard that at Georgetown you write out your exams in MS Word and then just burn it onto a CD and turn the CD in.  And in the technology section of their website they spell out system requirements for personal notebooks and they include both PC and Mac.  GULC's website even has direct links to the online Apple Store.  So it would seem that using a Mac at GULC wouldn't be a problem.


How much is the IBM employee discount? 

Also, is the T60 available yet? If not, does anyone know when it will be available? If it is available, how much longer will the T43 be available?  And does the T60 have that many upgrades that make it worth waiting for? I should add that I would only be using it for pretty basic stuff - Word, internet, music, etc.

Getting married and moving.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Getting a pet in LS?
« on: February 23, 2006, 11:28:07 AM »
The closest thing I had to a pet growing up was a baby brother. So I would never classify myself as a pet person or animal lover. And I would never consider getting a pet right before 1L.  BUT - I'm getting married in July and my fiancee has a cat.  The cat, Boots, and I have had a very rough relationship.  She gets into everything. And late at night she goes through a half hour to an hour of running from one room to another, back and forth.  She plays with blinds and curtains constantly. She drives me insane - well, drove me insane is more appropriate  At one point, I insisted that the cat could not follow us to DC and law school.  Needless to say I lost that battle and Boots is coming to Washington.  Since accepting that fact (which took quite a while) I have grown to like Boots.  I might even say I love Boots, but I would never give my fiancee the pleasure of admitting that. Ever. (but i can do that safely here since she doesn't frequent this board) I just hope Boots is too distracting and doesn't add any unnecessary stress to my first year of law school.

after i got back from the peace corps last year i was substitute teaching for a while when a job opened as a spanish teacher at a middle school where i live.  i graduated with a degree in internatinal economics - teaching was definitely not what i saw myself doing. i decided to take the job anyway for the benefits and pretty laid back schedule. for the most part, it's been fun.  but the students are really starting to test my patience. fortunately, the gig ends in early june. i'll bus tables at a local restaurant for a bit, then i'll get married in late july and then i'll move out to DC. then the horror of 1L begins.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: E & E?
« on: February 14, 2006, 11:12:49 AM »
If you're planning on buying the E&E for Civ Pro by Glannon, I would wait a couple a little while.  I emailed him (his email address is posted on Suffolk's website - don't worry, not a stalker) and he told me that the newest edition of Civ Pro is at the printer and will be on sale soon.  The text of his email is below:

"The Fifth Ed. is at the printer's.  Should be out in February.

Good luck living for three years without an income!  ... and thanks for
contributing to mine.


Where should I go next fall? / Re: Rankings for DC area?
« on: February 14, 2006, 11:01:28 AM »
Transferring from PT to FT might be common but I don't know about smart.  If you want full time, start full time.  Do do the switch at GW its just a signature on the dotted line after one semester, HOWEVER, you gotta keep in mind that you applied for financial aid for PART TIME and you can't change that selection.  What does that mean?  It means your second semester will be paid for with private loans.

If you transfer from PT to FT at GULC, it will be for the beginning of your second year, not 2nd semester (GW allows you to transfer at semester) - do you know if your financial aid will be adjusted to meet the $6,000+ in extra tuition?

ALso, to the OP - I think your numbers are pretty strong for GULC PT (I got in with a 164/3.41). And I would agree with what other posters are saying about GMU.  I've heard it's well respected and it's starting to get more recognition as a quality school.  And if you can pay instate tuition, that's all the better.

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