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Just fyi - the difference in weight between the macbook and 15" macbook pro is about 6 ounces. The MBP offers a bigger screen and better speakers, and other than that you will not notice a difference in the performance for anything you'd be doing related to law school.

If you're into audio/video editing, 3d rendering, or gaming, then the MBP would be a much better choice.

The plastic macbook scratches easily, the aluminum macbook pro dents easily. There are plenty of cases, guards and shells available for both, though.

No dents seen on my 9 months old MBP - plenty of scratches. I use a generic Targus notebook bag. In the end the MBP is tougher than my old X41......go figure.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Things to do in 1L
« on: September 11, 2007, 12:44:25 AM »
Think about finding a volunteer legal position. Something that take maybe 2-3 hours out of your week. I did that last year and it lead to a great summer job. I have referenced both experiences during my OCI interviews and it has lead to at least one callback so far (still interviewing and waiting on others).

Oingo


It might be good to do 2-3 hours a week, but I think it'll be hard for a legal office to take someone on for only 2-3 hours a week. They'd want more commitment than that to invest their time to train a 1L

Let me expound. In most major cities there is a Volunteer Lawyers Network contact that can put you in touch with community organizations that would be willing to take those kind of hours from law students. Most school have coordinators that handle volunteer opportunities for their students. There really isn't a need to do a lot of legwork to land a position.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Things to do in 1L
« on: September 03, 2007, 10:50:08 AM »
Think about finding a volunteer legal position. Something that take maybe 2-3 hours out of your week. I did that last year and it lead to a great summer job. I have referenced both experiences during my OCI interviews and it has lead to at least one callback so far (still interviewing and waiting on others).

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop help
« on: July 19, 2007, 08:07:07 PM »
Are there any laptops with fullsize keyboards?  Maybe not full size but where the keys are placed the same space apart as on a regular keyboard.  The laptop I have now the keys are all squished together and it drives me nuts.  Any suggestions? TIA

this thread is approved. sounds like your looking for a thinkpad. go for it.

Agreed.  Read any reviews on the Thinkpads and all reviews will talk about how great their keyboards are.  I am getting an x61s... but the T series is very popular as well.

I miss my X41's keyboard - even though it is CONSIDERABLY smaller than my Macbook Pro's. The small size is something you just get used to. I still have typing issues with my mac's keyboard that I never had using my X41. Even though the Macbook Pro has an excellent keyboard, the "key depth" of the X41 and Lenovo's in general is "just right" and nothing short of fantastic.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Get a mac now or wait?
« on: July 14, 2007, 08:23:13 PM »
With the student discount, look to see Leopard significantly less than the $129 list price. If you want to go Mac, I suggest you do it before school starts. You'll have no time at the beginning of 1L year to mess around with a new operating system. I have a Macbook Pro - I'll be waiting until Christmas break to upgrade to leopard.

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« on: July 14, 2007, 10:24:35 AM »
It was actually three machines.  The fourth one had a bad track button, or whatever you call it, and that was kind of the last straw.  I can assure you that it was nothing I was doing.  I installed Firefox and my music and pictures, that is it.  One time it happened while nothing was open.  I was simply moving the cursor around the desktop and it crashed.  There are many more people having these problems over at the apple forums... definitely not something I am doing wrong.

In Dasadder's defense, I have gone through a kernal panic epidemic with my Macbook Pro but it was due to a Logitech mouse driver that has since been fixed (version 2.2.2). That said, having to deal with the kernl panic issues was very, very annoying. You must quit whatever your doing any reboot. I never lost anything importnt as a result but still, annoying.

Oingo
 

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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!

Oingo

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Picking a Laptop
« on: July 04, 2007, 11:07:43 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).

OIngo

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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).

Oingo

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