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Incoming 1Ls / Re: lawyers dont think law school is a good idea...
« on: July 19, 2005, 08:32:12 AM »
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.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: lawyers dont think law school is a good idea...
« on: July 17, 2005, 10:59:32 AM »
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.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops?
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:31:30 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.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptops?
« on: July 15, 2005, 08:15:30 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.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Dell Laptop Coupon Codes
« on: July 15, 2005, 05:43:55 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.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Dell Laptop Coupon Codes
« on: July 14, 2005, 04:47:06 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

I want an upgraded graphics card not just for games I might play, but for video. I'm not sure an integrated graphics card will be able to handle movie playback very well, plus I'd like a tv-out on the card to be able to download movies and play them back on the TV. That's the only thing that the 6000 doesn't have, but I'm not sure if the extra cost of another model is worth it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: New Dell coupon
« on: July 08, 2005, 10:03:35 AM »
Really...I entered the coupon code into the box and it linked to an info thing stating that you could not use it on those models, and it wouldn't take any more money off at the checkout area. How do you get the education discount? I entered the site through the "higher education" link, but it seemed as though it only gave you like $50 off for personal student purchases.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: New Dell coupon
« on: July 08, 2005, 08:54:36 AM »
I don't think you can even use that coupon because it cannot be used in conjunction with their "% off" deals, and they have some % off on every laptop they offer.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: July 07, 2005, 07:38:48 AM »
I'm going to spend around $800-900. Anything more than that is usually crap you don't need for a mobile computer.

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