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Ohio State U / Re: I utterly detest OSU law
« on: October 02, 2005, 08:42:35 PM »
Speaking as a 1L here, I haven't had the same experience as what you've described. Most people are very friendly, and I haven't had a problem meeting people. While the social events DO always seem to center around going to a bar, there is the bowling and softball league.

I wouldn't doubt there is burnout among the people who went to law school without really knowing why. I am friends with a few people who I would expect will not last long simply because they don't know why they're here, and to study the amount required to do well requires a huge amount of motivation.

As for the professors, I've enjoyed all of mine so far and think that they're very high quality. I can see what you're saying about crim law though, some of them do tend to lord over the class a bit too much, but I guess it's to be expected after a certain number of years teaching the same thing over and over using the socratic method.

I would guess that your problems lie with what you already know to be true--the environment isn't for you. The core of your problems seem to stem from an inability to make friends for whatever reason. If you had a few friends to suffer with and vent your frustrations at, then I think we both know you wouldn't have had such a bad time.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Anti-Law School Advice Rant
« on: December 12, 2005, 10:04:47 PM »
Screw all that. I'm a 1L taking my finals right now and I still like law school. If you honestly can say to yourself that you would enjoy learning about law and how to apply it to different everyday situations, then you'll like law school. You need to enjoy reading and writing a lot as well.

The only people I know that don't like law school are those who came and didn't know why. The "backup planners" who came because they didn't want to get a job yet and thought law school would be an impressive resume builder or some *&^%. You'll find yourself in hell if that's why you came. Otherwise, I think it's a useful education and I'll look forward to a non-biglaw job working reasonable hours and making a shitload more cash than someone working 9-5 in an office who bitches about their job just as much. Really, besides maybe 5-10% of people, who LOVES their job? It's friggin' WORK! But still, I'd rather be doing something that requires my brain and has a chance of giving me more freedom in my life through higher pay.

I thought he got in because of his parents as well, but look at his stats you tards. 3.93? That's good. And he's 16. Yes, he's had experiences most of you haven't had because of his parents and their money, but the fact remains that he has the stats to get in, and the extras to boost him over the top. It's not an elitist conspiracy that gave him a 3.93 and a good lsat.

Buying a backpack seems the clear choice if you're thinking about security at all. Buying a sleeve or some other bag that makes it extremely obvious what's inside of it makes a really easy target for theives. Plus it seems easier to have all of your crap in one bag rather than two.

A lot of this has been hashed over before, but to quickly explain:

A lot of people go to law school because they don't know what else to do with their history/philosophy degree or whatever other semi-useless degree they got at undergrad. They don't know what else to do, so they head off for more schooling without really knowing if being a lawyer is something that appeals to them.
Other people go because they are money whores. Being a money whore is fine if you can accept the fact that you will hate your life. The money whores end up taking the corporate law jobs at the huge firms making 125k/yr. 98% of them will want to kill themselves, and the 2% that don't you wouldn't want to be friends with.

So I think a lot of it comes down to people going into a profession that they aren't cut out for, or for reasons that won't bring them happiness.
You can find me working 9-5 in-house somewhere, or at a small firm.

Do you think factory workers enjoy their job? Garbage men? I'd wager that a good percentage of workers at EVERY job out there dislike their work, but if you're going to dislike your work, at least get paid well for it. I personally think that I will enjoy the law, but even if I don't, I was smart enough not to take on an extreme amount of debt and I plan to be paid well either way.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Laptops?
« on: July 16, 2005, 04:31:30 PM »
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 730 (1.60 GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB)
15.4 inch UltraSharp WUXGA LCD Panel
512MB DDR2 SDRAM 2 Dimms
64MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics
40GB Hard Drive
24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
Win XP Home
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 Internal Wireless (802.11 b/g, 54Mbps)
6-cell Lithium Ion Battery (53 WHr)
2Yr Ltd Warranty, 2Yr At-Home Service, and 2Yr Technical Support
2Yr Complete Care warranty

Total Price: $930. After tax and shipping: $1,030.00

Processor's FSB upgraded, monitor upgraded, ram upgraded, warranty upgraded.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Laptops?
« on: July 15, 2005, 11:15:30 PM »
512mb is fine. If you ever need more than that, chances are your computer will need to be replaced anyway.

I can't recommend this link enough:

To use the coupon you need to click on one of the links from the site to Dell's site. I just bought an Inspiron 6000 for $930 with lots of extras and there is NO WAY anyone can beat that price anywhere. Plus, I got a 2 yr at-home service warranty with accident coverage in case i drop it  or spill something on it. Without that service warranty the price would have been roughly $700.

I thought about my laptop purchase for a while and came to the conclusion that it was best to get the most for your money and get a warranty than to get a "more reliable" laptop from IBM with less features and less of a warranty. If my laptop turns out not to be quite as hardcore and well-built as the IBM, I won't mind because it has a warranty in case anything breaks. I'll take that over reputation any day.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Dell Laptop Coupon Codes
« on: July 15, 2005, 08:43:55 AM »
It works, but you have to click on the link of the Inspiron 6000 from the coupon code page because otherwise you can't get to the Inspiron page without already taking the 250 off "regular" special that Dell has going on. If you click on the link, you get their regular prices which can then be discounted with the $750 off coupon.

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Dell Laptop Coupon Codes
« on: July 14, 2005, 07:47:06 PM »
I found a SWEET coupon code:

If you follow the directions and enter the code, you can get a Dell 6000 fully pimped for under $1,000. My system included:

1.6ghz pentium M/533mhz FSB
64mb x300 video
15.4 WUXGA lcd
24x CD burner/DVD drive
Intel Pro wireless internet
2 yr at-home warranty w/accident coverage

Price: $930.00

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