Wow, Felsen, great advice! Especially to get started on cover letter writing. I have to admit that I've reformatted my resume already for law school jobs, but hadn't thought about cover letters. Since I'll be applying in a very limited Dallas-Austin-Houston area (family in Austin and all that), I really have my work cut out for me.
Here's a stupid question (but it's Sunday and I've somehow managed to start worrying about this) - do you think it's better to sit towards the front or the back of the room in class. Why? The thought of having the same seat for the whole semester is sort of weird - it's been a while, if ever, since I've had a class with assigned seating.
Half the time, you won't have the choice of where to sit. Many professors create a seating chart before the first day of class.
Most people prefer to sit towards the back, as they want to blend in and not get called on in class.
I'd suggest either the second or third row if you'll be paying attention and want to be called on. Some classes have a front row of like two seats, I'd suggest not sitting there. I'd also not suggest sitting in the next row after that. One of the problems with sitting way up front is that the seating is tiered so everyone can see. The professor's area is a little raised above the first row of seats. So sitting in the front rows, you have to look up to see the professor. If you're up a couple of steps, you are actually around eye level with the professor, which makes it easier to pay attention and switch focus between him and whatever you are typing for notes.
I prefer a seat that is three or four from the top row. I did choose one of the frontmost seats for one class. Unfortunately, it was on the side of the document projector, so whenever it was used, I had lights shining in my eyes. That's the only thing I'd say to absolutely avoid.
I would also suggest sitting along one of the two sides rather than the middle. From there, you can see more of the classroom without having to turn your head as much. That way you can actually see who is asking or answering what questions during class.
There is one very good reason to choose the back row, though. If you're going to be playing computer games, browsing the web, or IMing throughout class, sit to the back. Otherwise all the people behind you will see what you're doing.