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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Planet Law School II
« on: April 23, 2009, 11:27:04 AM »
Somewhere in that bad fat book is a good thin book trying to get out.

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First, check the new rankings...USF and McGeorge have swapped places, for whatever it's worth.

I'm a 1L at USF and love it.

I would say, if you love SF, go to USF.  If you love Sacramento, go to McGeorge.  Both are good schools.  I'm biased, but USF is a special place.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Laptop warranty question
« on: April 20, 2008, 12:20:59 AM »
Get the Best Buy 3-yr warranty.  At the very least, you're going to need a new battery, right?  It's covered, and that pays for a big chunk right there.  If your 'puter breaks, you just take it to any Best Buy.  You don't have to mail it to the manufacturer. 

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I love my VAIO.  Don't go cheap on your tools.  Or toys.  Best display -- treat (or save) your eyes.  Only complaint is battery life seems to be shorter than advertised....but law school classrooms have outlets built in to the desks.  Mine just turned three and -- knock wood -- has proved very durable.  I think it will take me another three.  Good luck.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Getting into T14 with my situation?
« on: March 07, 2008, 06:40:00 PM »
Excuse me, but a 169 on a sample test is no guarantee of a mid-170s final score.  Was the practice test a real test or a fake sample test?  Did you take it under STRICT, realistic, timed conditions? 

Don't get ahead of yourself,  take the test for real and see where you stand.  June is the best time.  Good luck

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Bay Area dilemma
« on: February 25, 2008, 02:34:35 PM »
Regardless of what you do for a living now, I can almost guarantee you that your salary will NOT go up if you go to any of these schools.

--Thanks, but you missed the part about me being a bookseller.  Still, excellent point, and one I'm wrestling with. Somehow have to avoid the golden handcuffs.  Thx.

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General Off-Topic Board / Bay Area dilemma...
« on: February 25, 2008, 12:52:45 PM »
Hi, looking for advice...

I'm a nontraditional applicant starting a totally new career.  My wife and I have deep ties to the Bay Area and we currently live in San Francisco, where I want to eventually live and practice.  At the same time, I wonder if we'll ever be able to afford to buy a house inside the city limits, so, really, how long can we stay?  I'm deciding between USF, McGeorge (w/$15,000), Santa Clara, and Lewis & Clark (w/$5,000).  My wife could keep her job only if I go to USF.  She's willing to follow me anywhere, but would of course prefer not to be uprooted.  My background is in journalism, business, and bookselling, but I have a wide-open mind about what kind of law I want to practice.

Looking for any helpful input to help me make up my mind.  Thanks, MZ.   

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Michigan/Duke/Virginia/Texas$$
« on: February 25, 2008, 12:44:49 PM »
No-brainer, because (and only because) you are committed to the state of Texas, go to Texas.

Location, location, location.

Can I have your spot at Michigan?  I will pay you a finder's fee.  --MZ

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Where should I go next fall? / Bay Area dilemma
« on: February 25, 2008, 12:14:26 PM »
Hi, looking for advice...

I'm a nontraditional applicant starting a totally new career.  My wife and I have deep ties to the Bay Area and we currently live in San Francisco, where I want to eventually live and practice.  At the same time, I wonder if we'll ever be able to afford to buy a house inside the city limits, so, really, how long can we stay?  I'm deciding between USF, McGeorge (w/$15,000), Santa Clara, and Lewis & Clark (w/$5,000).  My wife could keep her job only if I go to USF.  She's willing to follow me anywhere, but would of course prefer not to be uprooted.  My background is in journalism, business, and bookselling, but I have a wide-open mind about what kind of law I want to practice. 

Looking for any helpful input to help me make up my mind.  Thanks, MZ.   

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UC Davis or Hastings-Pros and Cons
« on: February 08, 2008, 01:22:47 PM »
First of all, congratulations!  Both are really good schools.  They also could not be more different.  Hastings is smack dab in a dense, seedy area of SF known as the Tenderloin.  If you go into criminal law you will meet many future clients on your way to school.  Davis is nicely situated in a bucolic cow town.  By all means, VISIT. 

Davis is flat and hotter than Hades in the summer. SF is hilly and the climate is nice, although the fog will be a shock to you. 

Please note, I would really check into how well these degrees transfer to SoCal employers.  You may have to expect to work in NoCal for a few years before heading south.  After all, SoCal employers prefer to hire from the elite schools and UCLA and San Deigo, etc.  I get the sense that the whole job market is pretty tribal.

I envy you ... I got shot down at Hastings and am waiting to hear back from Davis.

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