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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Book lists are up.
« on: August 15, 2006, 11:20:10 PM »
Did anyone else order their books online from the University Coop? If so, have they shipped out yet?

You mean you've not read the introductory sections of each of your books yet, as well as memorized the first 5 cases?  Uh oh.  ;)

I'm glad I went in and got mine, as being able to actually start reading in some of my casebooks is a nice relief.  It has helped prevent me from imagining that the courses are going to be some impossibly difficult thing.  Unfortunately, it has also confirmed to me that I won't be able to just read through the required reading once and be done with it.  :(

Ugh. Clearly I suck at life. I might as well just call the school tomorrow and withdraw since I am already so far behind  ;)

Or someone else just has way too much time on his hands. Dont worry -- most of us probably have not begun reading.

Yep, between work,  two kids, and a wife, I'm swimming in time.  I find it really hard to believe more folks haven't cracked open their books to get a look at what they'll be learning for the next few months.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Book lists are up.
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:54:52 PM »
DUCK AND RUN FOR COVER! WE HAVE A GUNNER ON HAND!

You can tell Brave doesn't know me well yet.  He needs to find a picture with a much bigger gun.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Book lists are up.
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:17:25 PM »
Did anyone else order their books online from the University Coop? If so, have they shipped out yet?

You mean you've not read the introductory sections of each of your books yet, as well as memorized the first 5 cases?  Uh oh.  ;)

I'm glad I went in and got mine, as being able to actually start reading in some of my casebooks is a nice relief.  It has helped prevent me from imagining that the courses are going to be some impossibly difficult thing.  Unfortunately, it has also confirmed to me that I won't be able to just read through the required reading once and be done with it.  :(

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Recreational Facilities, any Info?
« on: August 15, 2006, 10:57:17 AM »
You can rent lockers, but not until the 1st class day. And there is a huge line to rent them.

I'm guessing that the rentable lockers sell out then?  First day being Wednesday for classes, and not the Monday for Orientation, or is it yet another day (I've not checked if normal school and law school start at same time)?

Are the day lockers the nice tall type so you can hang clothes up to prevent wrinkles?  Or the type where we'll have to cram everything in and look wrinkled for class?

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Recreational Facilities, any Info?
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:55:49 AM »
what country club schools did you people go to?.. with gym clothes provided and such. :D  It seems weird if you ask me; I'd much rather wear my own clothing.

BYU.  They had several reasons they did things that way.

1.  They used it as a type of rec pass.  If you were in official clothes, they knew that you had used your ID to check them out from the locker rooms (or had obtained them illegitimately).  You were still supposed to have your ID, but as long as you were in clothes, they only checked for intramurals.
2.  It helped keep the locker rooms smelling a bit better.  You didn't have folks storing the dirty clothes in the lockers, and taking them home once a semester whether or not they needed washed.
3.  It was an easier way to enforce the dress code than having to tell folks that wife-beater shirts and bum hugger shorts weren't allowed.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Recreational Facilities, any Info?
« on: August 14, 2006, 11:23:35 PM »
I've seen the rec sports site.  I've not been able to find any specifics about lockers/towels/clothing.  The site implies that you bring your own clothing.  I just haven't seen anything spelled out on exactly what to do.  I'll probably head down and investigate on Saturday and check out the facilities in more detail.  My undergrad was very specific about all of these things, and you were out of luck if you didn't pop in and rent your locker during the 3-day window they were made available.  I'm trying not to miss any such strict deadlines.

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U of Texas - Austin / Recreational Facilities, any Info?
« on: August 14, 2006, 07:46:57 PM »
Someone on the official boards posted we can start using the gyms and such on Friday this week (I believe).  In preparation for this, does anyone have some information they can dispense on the facilities?

Lockers:  Are there lockers we can rent in one or the other of the gyms so we can store our clothes in there?

Clothes:  Is it all bring your own clothes and towels and store them in a locker?  (My UG had you check out mandatory gym clothes, which was nice because then they would wash it all for you, and you never had to store sweaty clothes in your locker.)


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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Woohoo!
« on: August 14, 2006, 07:38:31 PM »
My main question is at what point is it the most worth to do this.  I have always been planning on just doing this after graduation, when I will (presumably) have the assistance and support of a firm wanting me to pass both the state bar, and subsequently the patent bar.  I've just heard that being able to take the patent bar is typically good enough given the demand for the legal area.  I guess I'll look into it more if I'm unable to get a decent paying summer job for this next summer.

How'd you study (PatBar materials, someone else)?
How much time committment did the studying take?
How much more time would you estimate it would take someone who hadn't been working as a paralegal in a patent boutique for the last few years (you did say that's what you've been doing, right?)?

What's the monetary cost (study materials + exam fees + anything hidden)?

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1L job search / Re: When should 1L start looking for a summer job?
« on: August 14, 2006, 10:46:15 AM »
You can start looking and preparing now.  You just don't apply to the firms yet.

Since you are starting law school, you should now have a nice updated resume from the application cycle.  Update it again.  You now need to include your law school under education.  You also might need to modify it to now target a potential employer instead of a potential school.

You can check the NALP Directory to find out the names of some firms that hire from your school and also hire 1Ls.  Do a bit of research and see if there are any firms you absolutely dislike or any in which you are especially interested.

When school starts, you can chat up some of the 2Ls and 3Ls and find out where they did their 1L summers, if they went through Career Services to get the job, or if they did their own mass mailing campaign.

December 1st may be the first day you can send out applications for jobs, but there is still work you can do now to make sure that you have your resume and cover letters ready and that you know where to send them.

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: A New To Do List
« on: August 12, 2006, 09:42:28 PM »
Note to self:  File "marital name changes" as option 3,592 for getting folks to become all serious on you. 

You know my new, unpronouncible last name; you should know that it's no laughing matter.

Are we comparing last names now?  If so, I demand to be rated in at least the top 10.

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