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St. Marys / Re: Current Students: How Necessary is a Laptop?
« on: May 09, 2006, 07:02:53 AM »
At St. Mary's, exams are assigned two rooms: one for "writers" one for "typers". In order to type you have to bring your own laptop with "SoftTest" loaded already.

I've never heard of a professor allowing anyone to take an exam outside the assigned room. There really isn't a "computer lab" per se. Westlat and Lexis each have labs, but the SoftTest software isn't installed on those machines...

Buy a laptop. You'll want one by the end of the semester anyway, you might as well get the benefit for the whole semester.


Okay, I have an old laptop that I just needs the keyboard fixed.  But how do I make sure I get all the appropriate software/wireless internet access added?  And do we have to pay for that?

St. Marys / Re: Current Students: How Necessary is a Laptop?
« on: May 08, 2006, 11:48:22 AM »
not a necessity, but I think it helps

easier to take notes
easier to create outlines
most of my profs use powerpoint and post them so it's easy to put them into my notes

much easier to write exams - I can type faster than I can write

When you say typed exams what do you mean?  Typewriter? 
Students here can also use the computers in the labs to take exams on.

Your writing class may require an electronic copy of your papers so you still might need a computer at home.

out of 80 some students in my section, about half type and half write the exams.  probably 75% using a laptop in class, but a large portion use it to surf or IM during class - it is a distraction.  It is easy however, to pull up the FRCP or the state rules for reference or hit lexis for a case that may only be squibbed in the book.

so a laptop has its advantages, but you can survive without.

Well if the professors allow you to take exams in the computer lab, I'd rather do that than purchase a laptop.  Do ALL professors allow this?


St. Marys / Re: February 2006 Texas Bar Exam results
« on: May 08, 2006, 11:45:59 AM »
It's good to see St Mary's doing well!

St. Marys / Current Students: How Necessary is a Laptop?
« on: May 02, 2006, 09:22:28 AM »
I'm old school.  Can I still do well?

Do professors allow typed exams?

St. Marys / Re: Newer 1Ls (2006)
« on: April 13, 2006, 01:17:12 PM »
Guys, I'm going there too...for sure.

Current Law Students / Re: Accepted for Spring 07, Need advice
« on: March 23, 2006, 07:21:07 AM »

I'd just save as much money as possible until you get started.  Baylor is very expensive.

St. Marys / Re: Newer 1Ls (2006)
« on: March 22, 2006, 07:11:18 PM »
You might want to try it is a forum run by St. Mary's law students, for St. Mary's law students. There are currently a couple "housing" topics already....


Cool!  I didn't know we had our own forum!  That's sweet.

St. Marys / Re: Newer 1Ls (2006)
« on: March 14, 2006, 06:50:39 AM »

Most likely yes, and I'm from Dallas. I've only ever been to the alamo and river walk and that area.

San Antonio's a great town; you'll love it.

Current Law Students / Re: Grading Curve Question
« on: March 13, 2006, 11:27:32 AM »
I'm curious...what kind of grading curve does your school use, if any?  My school uses a 9 level grading system.  It is a mandatory curve for all 1L classes.  I'd like to know if other campuses have similar grading systems.  Thanks in advance!

Our grading system:

no less than 10%, no more than 20% of students receive the grades above
C+ (median grade)
no less than 10%, no more than 20% of students receive the grades below:

I'm starting at St Mary's this fall and they have the exact same curve.  I was afraid at first, but if you think about it...80% of the class MUST at least pass.  So that's some reassurance.

St. Marys / Re: Newer 1Ls (2006)
« on: March 13, 2006, 11:22:16 AM »
Hey Natureboy,

Good to see we are going to round up a few 1L's on here before the Fall.

Look forward to talking to you more.

Are you going to St Mary's too this fall?  Are you a native San Antonian?

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