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Current Law Students / 12" or 15" Powerbook?
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:04:19 AM »
Hey folks, I'm def. buying an apple laptop but kinda unsure of which to get 12" or 15" powerbook. Basically I think the 12" is great for portability, and small size. 15" is great because of screensize and for further down the road, it's more upgradable. I don't know if the 15" will end up being cumbersome or if it'll be just fine. So yeah, kinda torn, and ideas? Suggestions? personal preferences, anecdotes, fireside stories?


Current Law Students / Re: Anyone buying instead of renting?
« on: July 06, 2005, 06:40:57 PM »
My wife and I will be closing on our new home in 8 days. We decided to buy because the market around the school is really hot and it's next to impossible for it to go down.

The house is 3 miles from my school, so I'll be biking.

In my opinion it all depends upon how much rent is compared to a mortgage?  Also for us, we had about 30K invested that made it impossible to get gov't grants. By sticking the $ in a house it's not counted against you. Next year with only one salary we should be sitting pretty nicely come FAFSA time.

To me it really depends on the market. Buffalo, NY... Rent. The prices are low but they probably won't rise.. and you can rent a nice place for dirt cheap.

My 2 yen.

Current Law Students / Re: Sage advice for soon to be 1L's
« on: May 20, 2005, 12:43:54 AM »

Not to sound stupid, but why?

Current Law Students / Re: Asking questions in class.
« on: May 16, 2005, 08:33:11 PM »
To those who write everything down, does it help you in anyway? In undergrad I usually took copious notes but seldom read through all of them when it came time to study.. especially the classes where the exams were essays. But still I took tons of notes... I found it helped me understand and synthesize..
Any thoughts? Do tons of notes help learn the material?

Current Law Students / Re: Active, engaged learner or gunner?
« on: May 16, 2005, 04:46:22 PM »
Glad to hear your thoughts... Rapunzel's esp. seem pretty good.

Current Law Students / Active, engaged learner or gunner?
« on: May 15, 2005, 05:19:42 PM »
Hi folks, I've got a question if you don't mind: What's the difference between being an active, engaged learner and a gunner? There's so much talk about "gunner's" being bad that it seems anyone asking a question or volunteering to answer is seen in a negative light. Personally, I learn best by asking and answering questions, in fact, I believe most people learn best this way. For those of you who are now "seasoned vets" of 1L and beyond, what are your thoughts? With that being said, I do plan to ask and answer questions... not be obnoxious but if I don't understand, I'm not going to just sit there and become more confused...

Anyhow, thoughts?

Current Law Students / Re: ABA work rule
« on: May 11, 2005, 12:08:20 AM »

Thanks for the info! Glad to hear your thoughts. Especially the bit about getting permission, I'll be sure to check with my future school on that note.  I think what you've said about self assessment makes a lot of sense. My only problem: I really don't know where I'll end up. I think that I can make it to the top 5 or 10% but the way I see it, that depends upon a lot more than just me. In your opinion or that of anyone else, what do you think are the most important factors to placing in the top 5-10%?
I did quite well in my undergrad studies, and breezed through a lot that most of my class had a difficult time with. That being said, my LSAT isn't the hottest but that's mostly based on not having enough time.... for some reason my brain just doesn't compute fast enough. :) So yeah, curious what you or anyone thinks about that.


Current Law Students / Re: ABA work rule
« on: May 09, 2005, 04:51:06 PM »

Do you work specifically in the Law school or in another portion of the university? And are you on a work/study or do you have a part-time job?  Thanks for the advice.

Right now I'm searching in the area and have found a call center for Bank of America that is open 24 hrs/day. It seems they've got great flexibility and 15% higher wages for 2nd and 3rd shifts. Despite this higher wage, I'd need to drive 20 minutes each way or there abouts, as opposed to an on campus job that is a short walk after classes... Having to have a second vehicle to travel to work/gas, etc.. is making me think something on campus as a lower wage is still a better deal... we'll see.

Current Law Students / Re: Working while a 1L?
« on: May 08, 2005, 07:03:55 PM »
I'm glad to hear there are some people who think it is reasonable to work as a 1L. It may not be ideal, but some of us it's necessary. In my particular situation, my wife will be working full time to be the breadwinner, but I'd like to at least add a few crumbs to the mix. :) I am used to working while in school, as I worked both full and part time while in undergrad. My question is this: Should I be looking for a clerking job of sorts or something that pays the most money for my time, i.e. waiting tables, etc.

Any thoughts?


Or... Get your mac (as I'll be doing) and use and old windows laptop for exams. I fyou've got one great, if not, you can usually purchase a decent little thinkpad for a hundred or so online. I can't imagine you'll need anything cutting-edge for taking exams on a computer.

I have an older IBM 600E that works great still, but with the limited hard drive, etc. I'll keep it around for exams mostly.

my 2 yen.


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