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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:33:22 AM »
The Thinkpad tablets are really nice. I've never had any damage to my laptops either, and while I'm not a raving lunatic like ilovelaw (when it comes to laptop treatment!) they've all had their share of bumps too.

How do you like tablets compared to your traditional laptop?  Worth the extra couple hundred dollars?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: 2L here - questions anyone?
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:31:57 AM »
So are you completely screwed if you are not what one might consider a speed reader?

You don't have to be a speed reader if you are good at: 1) "Zoning in," 2) Handling pressure and 3) Comprehending complex statements fully the first time you read them.   I fall into this camp of people who aren't speed-readers and still do well.

However, if you're one of those people that "don't fully get it" the first time you read, and you're not a speed reader, then in all honesty law school probably isn't the place for you.

edit - I know I'll get bashed for saying that you don't belong in law school if you don't fit into one of those two camps, but I really think you are torturing yourself if you don't heed my advice.  There are always exceptions though.

Interesting.  I fall into both the good and the bad camp, depending on my focus at the time and the material.  (Hence my anywhere from 40% to 85% correct on reading comp on the 12 or so LSATs I took as practice.) 

Is there any suggestions you have for improving upon comprehending complex statements the first time through?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: 2L here - questions anyone?
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:18:18 AM »
So are you completely screwed if you are not what one might consider a speed reader?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: 2L here - questions anyone?
« on: May 11, 2007, 09:51:54 AM »
what are your top three tips for success in law school?

1.  Don't prep pre-1L.  You'll burn yourself out.

2. Get a broad understanding of the material early - how everything fits together.  Save the details for the last month before finals.  You won't remember the details before then if you try to memorize them anyways.  

3. Don't worry about getting called on or class prep.  This assumes grading at your school is anonymous.  Focus on the big picture when preparing for class.

Since 2 and 3 were kind of the same - #4 - don't talk about your grades.  Ever.  Just trust me.

Care to elaborate just a bit?  What do you mean by "details"?

Thanks!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Cardozo v.... ?
« on: May 10, 2007, 02:48:27 PM »
I just read an article in the NYTIMES about the ridiculously high cost of apartments in NYC. Something like if you want a one-bedroom, you have to make over 100k a year, just for a one-bedroom apartment! I mean, anywhere else, someone flipping burgers at McDonalds would get a one-bedroom...

NYC is a great city (from my one visit there...) but then you have to remember that you could always move there after graduating from Seton Hall, and probably be ahead 100k. And IP law requires a hard-science background, so take that into consideration.

That is a bit exaggurated.  I don't make near 100k and live just fine in Manhattan, in a pretty prime location.  Of course I split a 1BR with a roommate (you put a wall up in the living room to turn it into a 2BR), but this is how everyone does it in NYC (at least us non-millionaires).  So, living affordably in Manhattan is possible.

That said, Cardozo is easily commutable from all the outside areas as well, Hoboken, Jersey City, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, Queens, etc.  You are not locked into Manhattan and can find very affordable housing in some out the outlying areas.

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We all know that Pepperdine isn't as good as USD so there's no point in going over this. I didn't even apply to Pepperdine because their application asked me to explain what it means to be a good Christian.  I will be attending USD this fall.

You do realize they are both Christian institutions?

I know that USD is a Catholic school and that's not a problem for me. The problem occurs when the school pushes it in your face. After reading the USD website on the issue I found out that they don't push religion on you. They have a whole section devoted to this topic. Pepperdine, on the other hand, clearly pushes it in your face since the application specifically asks a question that is really inappropriate for law school admission. Pepperdine is trying to funnel in the most conservative Christians into their school because they know that most people will be turned off by their application. Since I am Jewish, I want to avoid schools that will likely try to convert me to their religious point of view.

Just seems like a silly reason to not apply to a school. Just because they ask a question on their app doesn't mean they want to convert you.

I've heard from many people the religious influence there is quite strong.  While asking about it on the app doesn't mean they'll push it on you, the fact that they do certainly shows that it'll be more prevalent there than at other institutions.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Panasonic Toughbooks
« on: May 10, 2007, 11:05:32 AM »
I'm specifically considering the W5 model, which is a long-battery-life (8-hr), fanless 12.1" ultraportable. The goal is to have a computer that I can confidently stick into a backpack with my books, without a charger, and take on the bumpy public transit and around school for three years with almost no chance of breaking. The main concern is (of course) price. At $2000 I can get the bare bones specs. For around $3000 I can get the specs bumped up to something good, maybe too good.

My school's deal with Dell means I would pay around $1200 or a little more for a Dell Latitude D620. The W5 is so much more expensive compared to this, but with the Dell I am sure it will break sometime during three years even if I baby it, let alone give it the kind of casual treatment I would like. Even with a complete Dell warranty, not having my computer even for a week could be a major disruption.

And that's worth paying MORE THAN DOUBLE the cost of the Dell? Man, I forgot what it's like to be a 1L in waiting. Simple advice - go with the Dell and the 4 year warranty. Or something else like a Thinkpad. What if something technical, not involving any physical force on your part, fails inside your Toughbook? Will the $3000 seem worth it then?

Panasonics aren't especially more reliable than Dells.

Don't be silly

Oingo

Agreed.  Dell makes fine laptops, and you can get them for insanely low prices on sale.  You can get a fully stocked Dell for $600-$800 if you wait around for their sales (which lately have been every other week).

Do not pay $3k for a laptop for school.  You can seriously get 3-4 great laptops for that price. 

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I did the same comparison in some thread, and came to the same conclusion.  Who knows?  And at this point, who cares?

And both are Catholic schools, but there is no denying how much more of an influence there is at Pepperdine.  I didn't even apply because they wanted me to write about upholding some Catholic values, which is fine if I was looking for a new church, but not a law school.

pepperdine isnt catholic.  it's like church of christ or something like that.

Same difference... as you can tell, I'm not one for religion.  (Not against it, just never got into it in any form myself.)

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I did the same comparison in some thread, and came to the same conclusion.  Who knows?  And at this point, who cares?

And both are Catholic schools, but there is no denying how much more of an influence there is at Pepperdine.  I didn't even apply because they wanted me to write about upholding some Catholic values, which is fine if I was looking for a new church, but not a law school.

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Law School Applications / Withdrawing -- a stupid question
« on: May 08, 2007, 03:55:31 PM »
When I withdraw after being accepted, what am I withdrawing?  My application?  My acceptance?  Something else?

I know it doesn't matter, but in an attempt to avoid sounded like a moron, I'd like to make sure it makes sense.  I already sent one out that read:

Dear Office of Admissions,

I would like to offer my sincere thanks for your offer of admission to the University of X School of Law.  However, after much consideration, I have decided to decline and wish to withdraw my application at this time.  Again, I would like to thank you for your time and consideration.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Me

Does that sound correct?

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