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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: July 03, 2005, 09:39:14 PM »
Alc, you can't even find the product line at IBM's site without jumping through 50 different options. Dell at least has the laptops lined up side by side so you can see what the differences are. IBM has you choose all of the options before they even show you what they have. It's much less user friendly and horribly laid out. I would say that Dell's is leaps and bounds ahead of IBM's.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: July 03, 2005, 03:36:55 PM »
IBM gets the award for crappiest site for laptops. It is impossible to compare them. Dell's is sweet. I might get a dell just cuz of that.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: June 29, 2005, 11:23:34 AM »
How do you not see the difference? They have pictures and spec lists...very easy to comprehend....

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Printers...Which ones are the best?!
« on: June 29, 2005, 11:20:53 AM »
I've heard that laser isn't really that great unless you're printing thousands of pages a month. Modern good quality inkjets print text that is very close to  laser quality and can do nice pictures and graphics. Just do a google search for reviews. etc...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Sony Picturebook as your LS Laptop
« on: June 25, 2005, 05:58:34 PM »
That "picture book" is crap.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 19, 2005, 09:00:40 AM »
Something that loulielawyer said struck a chord:

"I am realistic about the life I want to give my children and what it will take to do this.  I want to provide the best opportunities.  This might mean private schools or the chance to travel internationally or a debt free college education at the school of their dreams."

I think that your motivation behind your goals is good, but you are making a grave mistake: You equate having things and providing for your children as being a good parent. While they definitely need food, shelter, and certain other things to help them on their way, you're forgetting that the time it will take you to make the money to provide private schooling and world travels will be time at the office instead of with your children. I don't know about you, but I would take having my parent(s) at home w/me for the evening(as a youngster) over attending a private school any day of the week.

It's been my experience that those who attend the private schools and have parents that are never home end up being far more F'd up individuals than those going to public schools with parents that spend time with them.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 15, 2005, 07:46:17 AM »
Well written post Trel. And I agree with you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 14, 2005, 01:00:04 PM »
I would put the number of people who can sleep 4-5 hours a night and stay sane at around 1-2%. If you read any study about lawyers and job satisfaction, such as the one linked to earlier, you will see that the majority of people in that type of situation will hate their lives. If you're obsessed with money, by all means go ahead and try it, but if you'd like to have time for something other than eating, sh1tting, and sleeping, then biglaw isn't for you.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:28:17 PM »
I don't want to sh1t on anyone's parade, but where in this timeframe do you have time to be a well-adjusted person with friends and a family?

M-F: 8am-8pm. Home by 8:30, eat till 9pm. Take a shower. Assuming you'd like 8 hours of sleep, you have a whole one hour of free time per day assuming you wake up at 7am.

Saturday: 8am-6pm. Hopefully you won't be too drained from a 10 hour day to go out at night.

So you've basically got one day a week to sleep in, and 1 day off. And that's a 70 hour week. I've never heard of a 40 hour week, but I've heard of a 90 hour week, so I'd say 70 is about average at those places. Good luck with that :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 11, 2005, 12:58:21 PM »
Hehe. No, I wasn't exaggerating. I'm sure I will enjoy being a lawyer, but work is not what the purpose of life is in my opinion. It should be something that you enjoy and which can support your needs/wants. If your goals do not include being a good parent, having a good relationship with your significant other and/or friends, and enjoying hobbies/other interests, then I guess working 70 hours a week is fine with you. Because when you work that much you can't possibly be good at anything other than work, you can't possibly have a decent relationship with anyone outside of work, and you probably don't have time for friends outside of work either. That can lead to a very sad, lonely life with little meaning in my opinion and unless someone can refute that I still stand by the belief that anyone that aspires to work there doesn't understand the reality of it, or they really don't mind not having a life.

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