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Current Law Students / Re: Computer options
« on: July 04, 2005, 07:02:56 AM »
IMO, XP is a memory hog.  I agree with doing a fresh install, you'd be better off, but if you have <=256 MB RAM XP will be slow compared to WinMe. My school 'strongly recommends' 2000 or XP Pro, they do not want Me or other non-secure OS's like 95 or 98

I have noticed some schools require a floppy drive to submit tests where as others will take a floppy or USB.  Something you want to check out ahead of time -

You could offer to volunteer a a couple hours (2?) a week to help him file, type, or some BS stuff like that.  It would be a minor amount that would keep you coming into the office on a regular basis, but be of minimal impact to school.  Come summer, it would be much easier to slide into a paying full time position since you would already be familiar with his office and the general workings.

I think it's a common request to bump your loan for a laptop.  I think you are SOL on moving expenses.  My school makes no mention of a bump for a laptop on their website (or if they do I did not see it), but they brought it up during an admit open house and said it was no problem.  $4200 might be a bit steep, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Current Law Students / Re: Computer options
« on: July 02, 2005, 04:42:59 AM »
If you are running Windows, go to your desktop and right click on 'My Computer', then choose 'properties' down at the bottom.  This should bring up a window that will show how much RAM.

Couple questions:

What operating system do you run now?  Windows XP?, Me, 98, or are you off on the fringe with Linux?

Does your school have a recommended laptop setup on their website?  Usually the school will give you guidelines as to what you need.  Chances are the only program you'll have to worry about is the test software.  I assume you already have Office with Word, Powerpoint, etc.  Unless you plan to purchase new note-taking software this should do.

Do you have an Ethernet card to connect to the school's network?  A wireless card may be recommended by the school, but from what I've heard, even the best wireless networks at schools are flaky.  If you can plug into the network in class you are probably better off.

If you feel your current laptop is too far below what your school recommends, consider that a new Sony will probably run you around $2K (ballpark).  This is likely a small amount compared to your school loans anyway so it might be worth it to upgrade to a new laptop (with a new warranty) and keep your current Vaio as a backup.  If you feel comfortable enough leaving a laptop at your school, you could just transport your files back and forth on a USB drive and not lug the computer all around.

Indiana - Indianapolis / Re: IU - INDY
« on: June 23, 2005, 07:12:36 PM »
for those future IU-I students, as a student you can get discounts on rent:

Current Law Students / Re: Please help with loan question!!
« on: June 22, 2005, 11:01:47 AM »
I am not sure about it taking away from the school amount (but the other way around - see below).  I would got to the FAFSA website and look for a number to call there and ask them.  I applied for and received an additional $30K above and beyond the $18500 from Stafford and an additional ~$2K Perkins.  I eventually returned the $30K private loan because my COA was estimated by the school to be higher than I expected and I didn't need it.

I do know private lenders MAY coordinate with the school and not lend you above (COA minus Fin Aid).  SOME may not, but will charge higher interest - basically it's an unsecured private loan. 

Check with your bank, most larger banks have a school loan programs.  Try SallieMae, Access Group, Chela, or GMAC for loans. 

GMAC was the one who fronted me another $30K without any input from the school.  Interest was higher, 20 year payback amounted to $55K interest if I went the whole term.  I DID NOT report this to the school (nor check if I had to) since I returned the loan.

Indiana - Indianapolis / Re: IU - INDY
« on: May 03, 2005, 11:26:45 AM »
I'll probably be attending IU-Indy this fall as a PT Evening student.

Anyone coming with me?

Did you really commit to IUI or are you still deciding?  I'll see you there in August!  Unfortunately, I don't sign autographs...

Spreading sarcasm since July 2004

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Now illegal to post anon - Thanks Dubya...
« on: January 11, 2006, 06:40:30 AM »
Why would I care?



Incoming 1Ls / Re: Now illegal to post anon - Thanks Dubya...
« on: January 10, 2006, 01:37:22 PM »
Thank Snarlin' Arlen Specter, not Bush.  Bush didn't write the legislation.  Yes, he signed it into law, but imagine if he hadn't (it was in the reauthorization of VAWA, no?).

so the lesson here is to bury whatever law you want in a bill that no one would argue with.

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