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I'm in kind of an unusual situation in that I can't move away for a while.  Don't ask, but it's financially impossible.  I live in Lansing, Mich., so this limited me to Cooley, then-third tier MSU, and Michigan.  My wife and I decided that if I was accepted to Michigan, I would go - scholarship or no.  This would mean about an hour's commute each way.  But the more we thought about it, the more we decided that this just wasn't worth it.  When we started planning for her to be pregnant during my 1L, and when I got a full tuition offer to MSU, we decided that I would withdraw from Michigan's waitlist and commit to MSU.  I might not be able to get rich right out of school, but I won't have monster loan payments either.  And the extra time I get to spend with my wife (and kid, eventually!) each week is worth so much.  I would be lying if I said that there wasn't part of me that regrets this decision.  I was really in love with the idea of going to U of M, for many reasons.  But I'm also excited to go to MSU (even though they've fallen to fourth tier this year), and I'll make the most of it.

This story wasn't meant to be advice, just my own experience.  If I had to give advice, I'd say that it's best to think about the balance you want to give to your career vs. your relationships vs. the rest of your life.  I personally don't think there's any one universal right or wrong answer; everyone's situation is different.  I will say that if somebody is married, that person's family ought to be top priority.  Maybe not the only priority, but the top one, anyway.  That's my opinion.  Still, that alone doesn't dictate the right decision.

A tough call!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Macintosh
« on: April 11, 2006, 12:17:48 PM »
Apple just announced the new "Boot Camp" software the other day that lets you run Windows on a Mac.  I would imagine this should let you run any Windows software, right?  So if a school needed students to be Windows-compatible, instead of requiring a PC, they could just require a PC or a Mac with Boot Camp, right?  Seems like a win-win (no pun intended).  The downside is that Mac users would have to shell out for Boot Camp and for Windows, but if they didn't want to spend extra money, they shouldn't have bought a Mac in the first place, right?  ;)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Senioritis, Anyone?
« on: March 31, 2006, 05:47:02 AM »
I'm experiencing the same thing but with my job. Extremely hard to get motivated, lots of time spent on Law School Discussion. Little work being done :)


Ditto here!  The next five months are going to be slow torture.  (The three years after that will be torture of another kind, I expect.)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: pre-1L reading material??
« on: March 31, 2006, 05:45:36 AM »
My school sends out a pre-1L reading list in May or June with about 100 titles on it - I could reprint it here when it comes.

Part of me wants to start reading casebooks and hornbooks and memorizing Black's, but every single piece of advice I've gotten from everybody ever says not to do that.  So I'll read fun stuff, but stuff about law school, and about the law.  Grisham and Turow, Law School Confidential, Law School 101, One-L (again), and so on.  Maybe watch some Law and Order, and some Judge Judy.  Fun stuff.  Also, that Findlaw link above looks really good.

Someone above mentioned books on formal logic.  I might recommend something like that as an LSAT prep, or as pre-1L reading for someone with a subpar LSAT score.  It seemed to me like logic was the main thing the LSAT tested.  Maybe I'm wrong, but that was my impression.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What UG School did you gradute from?
« on: March 23, 2006, 04:40:52 AM »
So my UG university is in the 71-100 group, but I know that every university has stronger and weaker programs.  For example, the college I attended within my university is supposed to be very highly regarded nationally.  (Anecdote: a new transfer to the college looked sadly at the B- on his paper and was heard to remark, "This would have been an A back at Harvard.")  Anyway, how much do you think that is taken into account?  If you attend a top 10 program at a 70+ ranked university, or conversely, I don't know if any of the ivies have any lousy programs (probably not...) - is that considered?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: To be in a relationship or not during 1L...
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:41:02 AM »
I'm married.  One piece of advice I got from lawyers was: Read 1L, and make your wife read 1L.  I think the point is that you both need to know what you're getting into, if you're in a relationship.  Personally, I don't think I would start a relationship going into LS.  I've been with my wife since long before I seriously considered LS.. I'm not too worried. 

I guess I would say that, if you are pretty sure the relationship is going to fall apart because of LS, you should end it now by mutual agreement, which will be more pleasant, and less draining.  But if you think there's a chance the relationship will survive, and you really care about each other, then it's worth taking the risk.  That's my two cents.

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