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Incoming 1Ls / Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 08, 2007, 04:51:11 PM »
Anyone else considering the business-rugged models under the Panasonic Toughbook brand of laptop? I hear they are very well-built, but the price is high too. I really just want something that will last for three years with no problems, and as far as I can tell, Toughbooks are what you get when you need that kind of reliability.

Also, if anyone has personal experiences with these laptops, or with Panasonic Toughbook customer service, please share :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: GW vs Cornell
« on: April 18, 2007, 06:01:58 PM »
...That said, I'll probably want to exit out of public sector law eventually and cash in on my experience at some point by going to the private sector (now think about the lawyers that work for Verizon whose job it is to influence/litigate FCC regulations). So T14ness may matter in that situation...

It's very interesting you say that. The current general counsel of Verizon, William Barr, is a GW alum. He was the main speaker at the GW presidential merit scholar's dinner the Thursday before the GW preview weekend at the end of March. I would say one of the main themes of his speech was, do what you want to do and what feels right to you, and don't worry about trying to follow the crowd.

I agree with this: do whatever you think makes the most sense for you and what you want to do. This is doubly true since you're not coming straight out of UG and you have your own thing going on.

My situation is different from yours but not completely different -- I was offered a full ride to GW and a hefty scholarship to U Va. I've been out of UG for a while and I live pretty close to DC. I went with GW because that was what made the most sense for my personal situation and for what I want to do as a lawyer.

Best of luck on your decision.

I'll be sending in my seat deposit tomorrow or Thursday. I know they said postmarked by 4/16, but I want to be on the safe side.

Still waiting for Penn's fin aid offer, but barring a really great one, I think I'll be at GW next year.

Anyone hear about the housing yet? Someone was gonna e-mail yesterday I think.

Are you talking about me? I mentioned in another thread about emailing the dean about housing:,81031.msg2142707.html#msg2142707

I did get a response but I think it's better if people email the dean themselves if they have specific questions. There's a lot of money at stake here and I'm not an official source.

I hear constantly about how important networking is for getting good work as a lawyer. If all of the lawyers who interact with you and your school stay local to the school, then your network will be very thin once you get a good distance from the school. On the other hand, if the lawyers who interact with you and your school go all over the country, then your network will be strong all over the country and you can leverage it if you want to get work somewhere far away from the school.

I'm sure work will be available to a BU candidate in CA if he or she is willing to send out stacks of resumes and do a lot of cold-calling. But it's probably a fair bet that that BU candidate will not be lining up work in CA through a friend of a friend, because most of the candidate's friends' friends will be in Boston.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Howard and the bar
« on: April 11, 2007, 05:17:52 PM »
I guess the ultimate answer for the OP is this: Howard has a low bar passage rate, at least compared to its peer schools in USNWR, because it accepts what would normally be considered "T4-quality students". If your LSAT/GPA are significantly higher than the average values for Howard students, then you can probably attend Howard safe in the knowledge that you will have a significantly higher chance of passing the bar than is typical of Howard graduates.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Howard and the bar
« on: April 11, 2007, 04:29:26 PM »
I was about to say "I suspect that bar passage rate has more to do with the raw quality of students that enter the school vs. anything the school does over the three years they are there", but now that I'm comparing Howard to some peer schools on USNWR, Howard does really seem to have an exceptionally low bar passage rate. I wonder what's up with that.

Law School Admissions / Re: How do you stay optimistic?
« on: April 10, 2007, 05:32:46 PM »
@OP: I don't mean to be "that guy" or anything, but your numbers look pretty good for at least some of the schools on your list. Do you mind sharing whether there are any extra negatives on your record, like a DUI or incident of academic misconduct?

Otherwise it really looks like you should get in to at least one of your schools.

Have you sent LOCIs (letters of continued interest) to the schools?

Good luck to you.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: help! GW v. UMaryland
« on: April 10, 2007, 05:16:00 PM »
I agree with Booyakasha2 regarding GW placement -- as far as I can tell it's all one-way -- GW can go to Baltimore but U MD has only slight pull in DC. Not a lawyer or anything though so maybe I'm wrong.

I will say that GW is a pretty national school. If you have your heart set on staying in Maryland, then U MD is probably the smarter decision, otherwise you're taking a big risk on passing up GW, IMO.

I didn't say that I wanted the Aston housing before the February deadline, because I'm married and understood that it was singles only. I just sent Dean Richard a nervous email asking if I still qualify for the housing allowance even so. The answer is probably yes, but even so I thought I'd check. If anyone is interested in finding out the answer, post here and I'll make sure to update when I get the response.

Or maybe I'm the only one worried about it and this is yet another totally ridiculous question I've sent the poor woman. :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Dental/Health Insurance
« on: April 09, 2007, 05:18:13 PM »
The ABA thing is an option but it looks even worse than the plan offered through my school, particularly the cost is significantly higher (with spouse) and I don't think it covers pre-existing conditions. (Perhaps my school's plan doesn't cover pre-existing conditions either, but I can't find in the enrollment guide where it specifically excludes them.)

The other big option, for me anyway, is to continue my employer coverage through COBRA. Of course, it's very expensive but the coverage is solid.

The whole health insurance thing is probably one of my two or three biggest headaches for me leaving my job and going to law school. I think I'm going to end up just going with the school's plan and rolling the dice that nothing really bad happens. I'm not sure though. I'd be really interested to hear what other people are doing.

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