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clarify a few things for us:

1) are you an Indiana resident (i.e., in-state tuition at IU - B)?
2) if you went to law school in Chicago, would you live with your girlfriend (i.e., would she support your ass?)
3) do you have a preferred area of law for practice, and, if so, will one of the three schools prepare you better or provide you with better opportunities in that area?
4) do you think you're really going to get to enjoy your city/town much, or should you be focusing more on cost of living and ease of transportation?
5) financial issues: which will be cheapest overall (including living expenses)?; do you have significant student loan debt already?; how do you feel about piling up a bunch of student loans for law school?

Good luck!

my mom worked in the AG's office doing environmental law w/ a woman who graduate from Valpo Law.  Said woman did just fine at the AG's office and later moved to D.C.  I know she has had a couple of jobs in D.C., and now works at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  as far as I know, graduating from Valpo hasn't held her back at all.  if you went to Valpo and did decently well, I don't think you'd have trouble getting work in Indiana, and then if you wanted to move, once you had a few years' work experience you'd probably be fine.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Dog vs. Cat
« on: May 05, 2008, 11:21:14 AM »
tm.: nice.

to the OP: dogs really need a lot of people time, and unless it is exceptionally well-trained, you're probably going to want to crate it when you are not home.  would you really feel comfortable leaving a dog in a crate 8-10 hours a day, w/ no exercise or bathroom options?  also, dogs are very social ("pack") creatures and don't do well when they're left alone for long periods.  cats are more independent, not pack creatures, and can be left along during the day (or even for long weekends). 

as for the video, I would hesitate to even call that a dog.  sorry, I love dogs, but not the little yippee ones.

I have two cats (see avatar).  the girl is much more independent and standoffish, the little boy is quite the cuddler.  I have heard that males tend to be more friendly and loving.  also, the male was born into a home whereas our female was found as a stray kitten and spent at least a month in the animal shelter before we rescued her.  when you're looking for a cat, one that is initially more outgoing will almost always be outgoing, although they do tend to open up a little more after they've been home for a while.  if you get a male, make sure you get him fixed as soon as possible, so that you won't have issues with marking (although you should really do this for either a dog or cat, either sex). 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ITT 1L's give 0L's suggestions for next year
« on: May 01, 2008, 09:44:26 AM »
Don't be a butthead.  There's really nothing to be gained by acting like a jerk, so be nice.  It will pay dividends down the road.

Share your notes.

Find a passion for something, whether it is journal, moot court, mock trial, a club, whatever.  Volunteer.  Be a leader in it.  It will be a pain in the ass more often than not, but it will help keep you sane.

Get the hell out of the law school as often as possible.

Get to know the deans, professors, and staff.  Say hello.  Make conversation.  The time will come when you will want to ask them for favors, and it will help if you know them and they know you.  You don't have as much control over your grades as you'd like to think you do, but you have lots of control over your reputation.  In the long run, your reputation will get you a lot farther than your law school grades will.  Start working on it now.  You'll be glad you did, and it really doesn't take any effort.

Try to see the humor in things.  Remember that almost everything that happens in law school has an element of the absurd to it.  If you can keep smiling at that, it'll help you get through it with your sanity intact.

Eat good food.  But not too much of it.

If you have to go up or down one floor, take the stairs.

Go outside and look at the stars every now and then.

Try to keep your house/apartment/room relatively neat.  You'll feel more organized if the things that surround you look organized.

When you get a chance, take useful classes.  Try to avoid classes with closed-book exams.

There's more, but I'm going to finish this exam if it kills me.  Best of luck next year to all.

Split, can you put these on a pretty poster to sell to 0L's?  I bet you'd make a killing!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Starting to study for next Fall?
« on: April 30, 2008, 09:26:17 PM »
It's worth doing these pre-law school programs.  Any edge you can get over your competition will pay off.  If you don't figure out how to outline until a month into the semester, the smart student who knew how to outline properly from day 1 already has the edge on you and you won't make it up for lost time.  The smart student will exponentially improve while you struggle and hover around mediocrity. 

The students that hit the ground running on day 1 never looked back while the average student never catches up in law school and in life.

I have read a lot of posters on this forum that have said all the outlining and briefing didn't really help them at all.  I mean, I'm a 0L, so I don't have any experience, but I also don't think you're going to always be playing catch-up if you don't use a prep class.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Clinical work vs. Law Review
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:55:20 PM »
I think a lot of time you can do a clinic as part of a class or for course credit, which would lighten the classwork load.  Does anyone know (I'm a 0L). 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: ITT 1L's give 0L's suggestions for next year
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:48:12 PM »
or top gun?  I think its mostly like top gun.  Minus the fighter planes and everything cool associated with that movie.  Especially "highway to the danger zone."  that song doesn't play in law school. 

shouldn't "Highway to the Danger Zone" sort of be the theme for law school?  or at least for the summer before 1L?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: For those soon to be 1Ls...
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:41:24 PM »
Lamp, may inquire as to which school you attend?  (you can pm me if you don't want to hang it all out there)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Weird things you've been asked in interviews
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:38:30 PM »
did they ask you your thoughts on the apartheid?  ohnoes

Yup.  I answer in Afrikaans and make it sound oppressive. 

I laughed out loud.  really, I did.

me too

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:34:16 PM »
a little off-topic, but Yak and greenie, where do you get your avatar art?

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