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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / LEEWS Question
« on: April 29, 2005, 09:47:18 PM »
I just received LEEWS (bought via the Barrister books website) and I'm confused by something. In several places, it is noted that if you attempt to 'download' the cds to your harddrive, it will render the CDs inoperable except on a regular cd player and may damage your computer cd drive. WTF? I can't think of any way that this could be possible. Can anyone verify that this is a total lie? It's weird to me that they could publish such blatant lies.

Erin

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If you are getting a certified private loan, you have to wait until you start classes (at least at most schools). You can get money a few months in advance if you go for an uncertified private loan from BankOne or another lender that will allow you to borrow beyond the school's cost of attendance. You only have to wait for them to turn the loan around, which appears to be a week or two.

As far as which lender to use for the certified private loans - check with your school. Most schools have special deals with certain lenders.

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I decided to just go ahead and buy LEEWS from the Barrister Books website. Sometimes there are discounts (I couldn't find any that aren't expired), so you could wait until there is a 10% off code if you want to save the extra $14.50. It was more important for me to get the CDs now - I'm feeling really motivated to start all of this and don't want that feeling to pass. hehe

Erin

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When to quit work?
« on: April 18, 2005, 07:52:29 PM »
I've been working in this position for 7 years - I need a break before I start school. I'm giving up quite a bit of money for that month off (over 4k), but it's worth it to me. I hate where I am right now and want a chance to relax and not have to worry about ANYTHING. I can't wait!

Erin

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: SHOULD I BUY?!?!
« on: April 15, 2005, 07:27:04 PM »
Don't know about your particular area, but definately buy. Not only do you get to write all mortgage interest and prop taxes off your taxes, you will most likely make some cash on the property you purchase. We are selling our house of two years, which has appreciated 37 percent in the last two years!! This money is a gift from the universe that is making our transition to ls much easier....a few things to keep in mind if you buy 1) get your mortgage now, when you have a job (quite simply, you need a job or a steady source of income to qualify for a mortgage, and I'm not sure the debt of student loans counts. In fact, it will probably hurt and count against the amount of mortagge you can borrow if you tell them) and 2) consider your property's LOCATION and resale. I'm assuming you're not staying in Athens after ls, and you want to be able to flip it. Get a realtor (Seller pays their costs) and start asking about the most desirable locations for resale value - that should be your prime consideration, esp. if Athens is a buyer's market. Other than that, its soooo great to own a home. Go for it!

One thing to note about writing off interest and property taxes - you'll be able to deduct it, but only the amount beyond the standard deduction will actually lower your taxes. If you have state income tax, you can add that to it as well to get beyond the standard deduction. Many people believe that their taxes will go way down when they buy and are very surprised when they only decrease a little.

Erin

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Bank ONE also offers a loan beyond your cost of attendance - 25 or 30k I think.

Erin

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When to quit work?
« on: April 14, 2005, 07:07:43 PM »
One of the reasons I decided to go to law school this year was because I hate my job and my boss. I'm in a Director position, very high level, and it will take a while to hire and train the next person. I was planning on giving 2 weeks notice, but decided that it would be unprofessional to do so. I ended up giving 5 months notice (last day July 29th) and I'm glad I did. There isn't really a chance that they'll try to force me out early, since I have knowledge of the company and the position that no one else has. Hell, I went on medical leave for two weeks starting 4/4 and I get emails almost every day asking how to do this or that. My boss was shocked (shocked!) that I was leaving and tried to get me to stay. He really is an ass. All of my coworkers have been very supportive and, in some cases, very jealous. I expect that one of the supervisors I manage will get my job and we'll start training in May.

The only downside that I've encountered is that some people (who don't like me) have started complaining that I'm acting like I have one foot out the door. They've made comments to my boss that I'm not keeping the company in mind and it seems like I just don't care anymore. Well, they're asses too, but it is kind of annoying that they're doing that. If I hadn't told anyone that I was leaving they would never have gotten that perception. It's true that I have one foot out the door, but my performance has not changed and, in a way, has improved since I know that I'm leaving eventually and I'm not stuck in a crappy ass job anymore.

Overall, if you think your boss won't try to force you out early then tell them now. I bet they'll appreciate the opportunity for you to train your replacement.

Erin

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I think it depends. At L&C they have a deal with Dell, but the prices appear to suck. I can get a much better deal waiting for the hot coupons to come out. If you don't want to spend a lot of time waiting for the best deals, I think the prices are pretty decent in most cases. This is excluding Apples, of course, since they charge pretty much the same everywhere. If you can get a school to knock even more off of the educational price, then you're getting a pretty good deal.

Erin

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Grade Curves
« on: April 13, 2005, 10:49:44 PM »
FYI for those considering L&C - they recently (I think the day before the Preview) changed the curve from 2.85 to 3.0. I'm guessing that those of us that got scholarships requiring a 2.85 are locked into that and all future scholarships will be bases on a 3.0. Yeehaw!

Erin

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Dell's 1 day sale
« on: April 13, 2005, 10:45:14 PM »
The last time this happened was back in October (maybe it was early November), so it definitely happens more than just once a year. When I was in the market for a laptop, I checked www.fatwallet.com daily (usually several times a day) and waited for the hot deals to get posted. I ended up getting a 600m (700m is too small for me) for less than $750 - normall would be $1600 or so. On another occasion I purchased my mom a 600m for $850, which isn't the best deal, but she was happy. My mom's deal happened early in the morning. There was a 1 hour window where you could get the previous day's rebates and still apply the next day's coupons. Kind of a fluke, but if you really want a good deal you have to stay on it and keep trying.

Erin

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