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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Columbia VASTLY Improves LRAP Program
« on: February 15, 2008, 06:42:30 PM »
tag, and kudos to Columbia. $50,000 is a great improvement!

Law School Applications / Re: GED
« on: February 15, 2008, 01:06:26 PM »
It seems like once you have your bachelor's nobody could possibly care anymore. But that's just me and my nontradness speaking.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Non-Traditional Student Question
« on: February 15, 2008, 12:55:02 PM »
If you are considering public service (prosecutor or PD), there are some lovely repayment options that really make it possible. Contact the financial aid offices of the schools you are looking at for tons of info.

Good luck!

UVa, Cornell (especially) and UT. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing. I feel like I should have been an auto-ding at all of them.

Law School Applications / Re: 156-160 Support Group
« on: February 15, 2008, 12:39:08 PM »
Only twice so far for me, but it does make me feel better for .2 seconds. Unfortunately, with our numbers, there are only so many schools out there I would seriously consider attending. Not like it's "Gee, why hasn't HYS gotten back to me? Maybe I better apply to some T14 school just to make sure."

I believe I have stooped as low as I am willing to go. Of course, it isn't the end of the month yet.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Why is Tulane TORTURING me?
« on: February 15, 2008, 12:33:21 PM »
Yeah, once I went to "in review" and found out it changes there a few hours before you get the email, it is pretty frequent. I actually wondered if there was some counting mechanism to sort out the "serious applicants" from the "obsessive- compulsive freaks".

My guess is that many of us are wandering over into the latter category.

Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 15, 2008, 12:29:59 PM »
Just to throw in my .02 on the tablet  thing- my previous computer had one, and I specifically choose a model without it. Here's why:

1. durability. Most tablet designs involve rotating the screen on a bezel. This will break eventually. K.I.S.S.

2. if you take notes by hand (slower for many people), you will need to convert them to type in order to search them. Although handwriting recognition programs are a lot better than they used to be this is still one extra (time consuming) step.

3. if you want to make notes on documents, especially note sthat other people can read, there are very simple programs that let you do this.

4. I lost the pen (i know, user error) and a new one was $50. I just don't need one more thing to keep track of in order to work. My particular model would not respond to anything other than the pen, so no using a plastic stick or something.

On another subject, you don't need the base to play a CD. I have a cheap external drive and speakers and that works fine for me. I can't really imagine needing to play a CD at school for research or something, so the drive will stay at home.

Oh, and my Lenovo was around $950 delivered. I go to UVa, and the prices on their "discounted" models (Apples and Dells, I believe) was higher than anything I found online.

Good thread, evidently a subject everyone is interested in.

Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 14, 2008, 10:47:35 PM »
2 things I forgot:

1. Consumer Reports has a great review of many different models (including customer service, durability, battery life, etc.)from late last year. I think Nov. or Dec. Well worth a read.

2. Go play around several different models. I did, and although I did not try a Lenovo, the process made it really obvious to me what my priorities, likes and dislikes were. Once I combined that with what I hated about my previous computer (horrible battery life, terrible durability and heavy as lead), I had a list of what I needed. You may find some really small things really bug the poo out of you (like Mac keyboards do for me).

IMO, it seems like durability, halfway decent tech support, weight and battery life are good things to start with for law school computers.

Good luck, and let us know what you end up with!

Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 14, 2008, 09:59:48 PM »
I did a ton of research recently when my old laptop died (in the middle of my undergraduate thesis).

Lenovo x61. You won't be sorry. Compact, bright, powerful, rugged, under 3 pounds.

I love mine like a baby. Go to for a discount code, combine that with a sale and you are set.

Acceptances / Re: University of Florida??
« on: February 14, 2008, 09:40:17 PM »
Ugh, I just realized I am a 5.6 as well. April?!?! I really need to get into UF.

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