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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HP Dv6830us NotebookPc??? Thoughts???
« on: April 09, 2008, 01:11:55 PM »
I'd like to suggest the ASUS Eee.  The current 701 is a little small, especially the keyboard, but the 900 series (coming out later this month) should take care of that.

If you don't mind dragging a separate full-size USB keyboard around, it's a great machine.

One caveat: if you get a 701, DON'T get the 2G model.  Its RAM is soldered in place and can't be upgraded.

Law School Admissions / Re: Any recent Wake Forest scholarships?
« on: April 09, 2008, 01:03:32 PM »
I received a call yesterday from someone at WFU asking what my plans were.  She seemed genuinely to regret that she could not offer me a financial package, because there simply was no more merit scholarship cash available.  Since I've been accepted elsewhere with generous merit scholarships, she withdrew my application.

So, I wouldn't expect any merit money at this point.  It's possible that they are targeting NC residents as someone suggested above, however.

If anyone from WFU reads this, I'm sure they will be able to figure out who I am fairly trivially.  I should note that I was deeply impressed with her kindness, and I thank you for your consideration.  If my plans for this year change, I will be in touch again at the start of next year's cycle.

I read that article last night.  My buddy had it with him when he came over to my place.  It just made me roll my eyes.  Why is there so much doom and gloom out there about this?  Yes people need to know that going to a third tier law school is not a ticket to instant wealth, but you don't need to knock the whole profession.  Some of us will find great jobs, and some of us might even be happy doing them.

BU is third tier?

That particular woman's story has been told many-a-time before.  She has individual circumstances and clear inadequacies that I'm sure shine through at interviews. After reading her story before, I'm pretty certain she'd have had a tough time out of Harvard. This particular article doesn't mention much about her, but it does say that she chose to live in New York.  She took her below-median grades and degree at BU to the most expensive place to live in the country.
"Except for the paycheck. At $59,000 a year, the assistant Cook County state's attorney makes..."

C(r)ook County is Chicago.

That said, it looks like she chose a low-paying field within law.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 1L Taking Questions
« on: April 07, 2008, 06:28:17 PM »
Thanks, y'all!

Pmass, I'm not sure whether I should be worried about maintaining a 3.0 or not;  in another thread, someone said (well, "wrote") it pretty well -- that (paraphrased) everyone going to a decent law school is smart and hardworking, so grades are "random" because the competition is so intense.

But if the median is 3.25, and 80% of the class gets a 3.0 or higher, hmmm, well, they're good odds, at least.  I'm just surprised at how high the midpoint of the curve is.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Tulane vs. BU
« on: April 07, 2008, 05:36:20 PM »
Well, speaking as a danged old terrier. . . .

BU is a significantly higher-ranked law school.  If you want biglaw and if you think you have a serious shot at it, they'll position you much better for getting it, at least in my limited and uninformed haven't-been-there-done-that-yet opinion.

Nawlins is a much nicer, more laid-back, warmer, and cheaper city (although I must admit that I've only been there for a short period as a tourist).  Boston and its inhabitants are just plain horrible;  for sheer nastiness, it's the worst place I've ever lived, and believe me, I've lived in some real hellholes in my time.

Can't comment on tuition issues, depends on what each gave you.  You can run the numbers yourself.

Quality of life vs. quality of education, you make the call.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 1L Taking Questions
« on: April 05, 2008, 05:20:28 PM »
80%. It's a good school, the median is a 3.25.

Also helps you out for job searches because you can be at the median and still have a "good" gpa.
Wow.  But don't employers just say to themselves, "Sure, he has a 3.2, but the median is 3.25, so he's in the bottom half of the class"?

I'm really torn now, because I'm in at Tulane as well, and I'd love to live in Nawlins for a while.  However, I'm one of those "IP people", and the proximity to DC was the reason I applied to W&L.  And now they've sent me a nice merit scholarship offer, too.

How's the IP program at W&L?  Is it possible to take a semester at GWU for their 2L/3L IP classes?  Any knowledge about placement at IP firms, particularly for patent prosecution?  (I'm expecting to pass the patent bar Real Soon Now, assuming the USPTO allows me to take the exam;  I'm a cat-B, so there's always some uncertainty.)  How about summer jobs at DC/NoVA IP firms?

Also, having seen the comments about local stores only in Lexington, is there a Wal-Mart (a "Super Wal-Mart", really, the kind with a full grocery store in it) anywhere near town? I know a lot of people love to hate WMT, but I've lived in areas with and without one, and the grocery prices are outrageous in the areas without.  (A couple of years ago, I heard of a study that found WMT forces grocery prices to be lowered by 14% in their markets.)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 1L Taking Questions
« on: April 05, 2008, 04:02:59 PM »
the scholarship came with the stipulation that i maintain a 3.0. Is this easily managed? What are the grades weighted around? What is the 50% mark for GPAs?

3.0 is exactly the top 80%.

So, yeah. I think you could never go to class and then cram for 2 weeks before exams and pull that off. :p
Top 80% or top 20%?  Eight out of ten people get a 3.0 or higher??

Having lived in both cities, I can't imagine any sane person choosing to remain in Chicago when given the option of moving to Seattle.  Tell her to pack.  If she refuses, consider committing her (involuntarily) to Western State;  you can always visit on weekends. :)

Or take a trip out there to convince her.  Southwest has direct flights from Midway, and they're running a sale right now (two week advance booking required).

Terrible screenname, OF! Welcome anyway.
Thanks!  [edit: cut some silly remarks that were in bad taste, sorry ;) ]

Anyway, if I'm not the oldest kid in the class, it'll be because some 70yo decided to fulfill his life's ambition.  (Or because UCLA de-waitlisted me and I won the lotto.)

Did you get the Audubon Park postcard? :(
No!!!!  They don't love me!!!!!!! :(

Thanks for the kind words, I started to answer your questions - but realized the post was going to take longer than I think I can stay up tonight  ;).
Thanks for the many informative posts!  Have a safe trip.

Thanks, KBB;  I have to admit, I'm worried, since my technical background isn't anything special;  I qualify for the patent bar (I think;  still waiting on the USPTO's verdict), but I'm not an EE, which seems to be the only "hot" background nowadays.

Thanks, KCGF;  that really is an important factor for me.  I lived in Seattle for ten years, and I really miss the water.  Given GWU's IP reputation, if I were to get in there, I'd almost have to go, but. . . .

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Question about IP law
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:54:53 PM »
You might want to do some reading at

This question has been asked repeatedly over there.  Summary of what I've learned: for patent prosecution, obviously, if you can't qualify for the "patent bar" exam, you can't represent clients before the USPTO;  for patent litigation, you don't necessarily need a technical background, but it helps;  for trademark and copyright law, you can certainly add these to your practice in general law, but there is too little work available, and too much competition for what is available, to make a full-time job of it.

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