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Absolutely you can use pen and paper, if you wish.

I haven't heard of anyone in the past few years who didn't use one.

At least in my classes, there are plenty of people who choose not to use laptops for note-taking.

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I have a HSBC online savings account, which at least when I opened it, had a marginally higher interest rate than ING. They have lowered their interest rate too in the past year - from about 5% to 3%.

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What system is used by Mac owners for taking notes in law school?  Is there one that someone recommends more than another?  Am I even making sense with this question?

I think you meant 'program' instead of 'system'.

I use OmniOutliner for my notetaking and outlining needs. I highly recommend it. A copy of it should come with your Mac, but there is also a Professional version you can purchase. Many people also just use typical word processors for taking notes.

I want a Mac but I really don't want to spend minimum $1200.

With the student discount, you can buy a MacBook for $1000, which is really the minimum you're going to have to spend for a decent PC laptop as well.

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Heh, I love how Ann Arbor (and the University) go right into uber-construction mode as soon as the semester ends. I guess there's some truth to the saying that there are two seasons in Michigan - winter, and construction :)

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Why would you pick GULC over UVA?

I believe that Wallace's tentative pick is Chicago.

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You don't need to own a laptop to use one for exams (can borrow or rent one), but owning one for law school is certainly worth the cost.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Latin root words ...
« on: May 06, 2008, 01:51:47 PM »
This is not a productive use of your time.

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indigent criminal defense in east coast city...

i highly recommend MAP - i did it as a 1L and am really glad i did. i have really good friends from outside my big section, which i think is important as a 1L.


Wait, during orientation do we not hang out with kids who are going to be in other sections from our own?

Maybe I should finally actually read materials....

Well, some of orientation is with (part) of your section, including service day, but there are ample opportunities to meet anyone in the 1L class. With that said, MAP is the last time where you meet other students before you all find out what section you're in, and after that, I think many people start gravitating towards others in their section. Personally, I know very few 1Ls outside my section that I didn't meet through either LSD, MAP, or my roommate.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: General Housing Advice
« on: May 04, 2008, 02:00:53 PM »
I suppose you can justify any expense if you believe it will lead to less stress and more productivity during the school year, but at the end of the day you're a student with no guarantee of a high salary at graduation (yes, even at Penn and UVa), and the financial aid department expects you to live like a student. Like they say, live like a student now so you can live like a lawyer later.

I have a roommate (fellow law student) and it has worked out very well. I think you can justify living by yourself if you think it would be too much of a gamble to live with someone you don't know well, but luxury apartments or 2BR places by yourself just strikes me as financially irresponsible for a student (assuming you're paying for it all with loans).

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Taking notes in law school
« on: May 04, 2008, 01:49:53 PM »
OneNote is a Windows program, so yeah, it is compatible :)

Remember that just because other people take notes on their laptop, it doesn't mean that you have to, or should. Feel free to experiment to see what works best. I've both used my laptop and taken notes by hand (some professors ban laptops in class) - I prefer using my laptop since it is easier to organize my notes and make an outline at the end of the semester. However, some of the pros about taking notes by hand is that first, you're not distracted by the internet, and second, it ensures you take down what is important, rather than trying to transcribe everything the professor says.

I strongly recommend OmniOutliner if you use a Mac - it's great for both notetaking and outlining.

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