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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.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: 60k LRAP
« on: June 01, 2007, 09:58:35 PM »
Many people who take the public interest jobs aren't taking them because they can't find other employment. They're taking them because that is the area of law where they want to practice. $10K a year may not mean much in your life, but it's significant for a lot of people. 

Not all schools have LRAPs. Sometimes, when they do have LRAPs, there can be some fairly limiting restrictions.

This sounds like a good thing.

It does. In fact those restrictions at my school mean that non-tuition based loans do not qualify for LRAP assistance. I will be about $75K in debt in the end and the majority (`62 K) will be non-tuition based. So this may end up changing my life if this flies through the senate and bush signs it. Hopefully, by the time I am done (Class of '09) I'll be able to take advantage of this rather than take a job which I ultimately dislike.

Awesome news!


Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Minnesota Class of 2010
« on: May 25, 2007, 08:30:04 AM »
There's no guarantees, but based on my conversations with a couple current students it shouldn't be too difficult to get redesignated after my first year. I just have to do it all right - get a MN license, register my cars there & register to vote. My wife will be doing some sort of part-time work during my first year and we won't be going anywhere in the summer.

Here's to hoping!

Even if I don't, Minn will still put me less in debt than W&L. I can count on a PT job during 2L & 3L at Minn and I can work locally the summer between 2L & 3L; I don't think I can count on either of those things at W&L.

I think the fact your bringing your family with you should earn you some points in gaining residency. I do remember the panel discussion at the campus preview voicing their opinion that MN wasn't one of the easier states to transfer into. However, there was one 3L on the current students panel that had gone through the process and said that he thought it was possible for those who start early on and put in the legwork. He also got married and had a job lined up at Dorsey downtown which he thought contributed as well. He said it was a fairly arduous process and really stressed getting started on the application as early as you can. It seemed like he did get help/advising on the process from someone in the administration (not sure which dept it would've been).

I can attest to the difficulty of attaining residency in MN. What actually helped us was that my wife and I moved here early (at the end of May), we were pregnant with our first child and my wife worked before the baby came. All that added to registering our cars here and registering to vote.


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