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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: July 05, 2007, 06:53:01 PM »
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.  :)

It sure sounds like it :) You'll be in good shape for OCI this fall. I am going to try for the US attorney's office - a real hard gig to get into. We shall see. I now know I want to practice criminal law somewhere. Hopefully, H.B 916 passes so that working at a public defender's office is feasible. I have a family to feed!


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Picking a Laptop
« on: July 04, 2007, 09:07:43 PM »
Ford brought back the Taurus after rethinking the whole "the name of every car must start with a F thing." If you like at the Ford site, you'll see that a '08 Taurus is available (pretty much a renamed Ford 500).


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: July 04, 2007, 09:04:37 PM »
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.

Cool Splitfinger. Where are you working this summer? I am at a local PD office - been writing motions and briefs but no trial work (yet).


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's
« on: June 30, 2007, 02:21:59 PM »
I used a X41 tablet for 1L year. Was very worth the money. Now that Lenovo has released the X61 tablet, the performance issues that dogged my X41 are no longer present. In fact, my summer employer equips all of its 200 lawyers with X41 tablets for use in courtrooms. They have proven invaluable and will most likely be extended to future hires (hopefully myself in a couple of years).

PM me if you'd like to know more.


No it does not. As Splitfinger said, just work your ass off.


Macbook (black, 160gb, 2 GB memory upgrade) vs. MacbookPRO? The Pro is a 15 in, and has a 2.4 Intel processor vs. the macbook's 2.16 processor. Also, the Pro is $400 more. I can't decide between the two. I love both of them. Help.

I love the regular Macbook.  The PRO is too big.  I thought I wanted a big screen, but I can tell you after dragging around my 15" for a while, machines with those screens are unnecessarily large.  :( 

Yea, I think the size might be on of the deterrents for me. I am a little lady. I have a 12 inch ibook G4, and it has served me well for the past 4 years. (The CD drive crapped out recently, plus I need a laptop that can run Windows via BootCamp.) I hated dragging this little thing around, so the idea of a bigger laptop is unappealing. BUT the macbooks weigh 5.1 lbs and the Pro only weighs 5.4 lbs. Also, all of my classes in law school will be confined to one building, and the LS has its own parking area, so maybe I wouldn't be lugging around the computer as much (no long walks across campus). Or maybe I could be a super nerd and get a rolling bag (probably not though).

Hey stjobs---the 2.2 GHz Pro is $400 more than the black macbook (which has 2.16GHz), even after I upgrade the black macbook to 2GB ram. The 2.4 GHz is $700 more than the black macbook. I wish I could go for the 2.4 processor, but that might be pushing my budget.

The Pro is just so cool. I wish I could buy both. I might just go to the apple store and play with both of them a little.

Thanks for y'all's input though.

Good plan. I was all set to buy the Macbook, until I had a chance to use the keyboard in the store. Those flat keys just don't work for me. Otherwise, the Macbook is such a great value that, aside from upgrading to 2 GB of RAM, is perfect how it is. Performance-wise there just isn't all that much difference given typical law school use. If the screen size works for you (given that you are coming from an iBook it should) then I don't see why you need to spend the extra money.

(I went with the Pro if only because I needed the extra screen real estate and hated the Macbooks keyboard)


Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota Class of 2010
« on: June 14, 2007, 06:19:02 PM »
Not really walkable to the school from the Uptown area, though.  Bus for sure, or bike if you can handle that in the winter.

Look a bit north of the school on or near University ave or 4th st.  The area is a student ghetto but you're more likely to find something walkable.  (Use the Cedar ave bridge or washington ave bridge depending on where you're coming from.)

Meh, with bus passes costing a reasonable $150 a semester, Uptown is a 10-15 minute ride from campus.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota Class of 2010
« on: June 13, 2007, 08:58:50 PM »
Where is everybody looking for housing?  I've never been to Minnesota before, and it will probably be a few weeks before I can visit.  I'd prefer to be able to walk to class from wherever I live.  Is this possible?  Any suggestions as to where I should look?  It doesn't seem like there are any "graduate" dorms.  Are there any apartment complexes in which most of the law students live that are close by?

Check out the uptown area. Close to campus and lots of restaurants and a few bars nearby.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Lenovo vs. thoseotherguys
« on: June 13, 2007, 08:21:34 PM »
I am pretty close to saying screw it and just getting a macbook.

This was my frustration with Lenovo last year. You might try an purchase the computer from CDW or BUY.COM - both may already have the units in stock, ableit at a higher price and a configuration you may not be wanting <shrugs>

Get a Macbook - seriously, Leopard looks really, really good.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: June 07, 2007, 08:21:03 PM »
I have been using OneNote 2003 this past year and I love it...I would like to upgrade to the 07 version, but I am not going to have any other Office 2007 programs on my machine...will having the 07 OneNote with the rest of the 03 office programs mess anything up?

Nope, I did this very thing this past semester.


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