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oh no.

i was totally set on just buying the recommended dell on my ls website so that i wouldn't have to do all this research on what laptop is best value for the money, and getting used to a new system since i have been using pc's for 15 years (and am a reformed techie myself) and the last time i used a mac was a friend's 1989. remember the really cute ones with the floppy drive built right in (or am i talking to myself on this one)?

now this thread is making me reconsider.

although...a friend of mine said something about a mac that runs windows...but she successfully crashed it three times within the first week. she had to take it back to the apple store to be reformatted. which i have neither the patience nor the time for. not now, and certainly not in ls.

but oh no. i am STILL thinking about it.

i am so glad that someone asked this question, because i am in the same boat, there were no cell phones or laptops (and hardly any personal computers) when i was in college. and i was wondering about how i was going to take notes too, especially since i have no idea if typing something will make it stick in my head the way that writing does.

that said, from everything i have read about how 1L classes go, the work is in the thinking and identifying of issues, not so much in the material retention. so i don't think, for me, it will make that much of a difference if i type or write. besides, i have a hunch that i type way way faster, and more legbiely (;)) than i write.

besides, taking typing lessons on an electric ibm back in high school has paid off in ways i never expected. i can't tell you how amazed i am at the number of 20 somethings i have seen who do a combination of two-five fingered huntnpeck. are typing classes no longer a norm? do they use typing software these days, or are people just left to acquire the skill on their own?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 21, 2006, 11:38:22 AM »
I'm not sure if I am a non-trad... I'm 24 but got my BS in 3 years so I've been out of college for 4, married for over 2 but no kids (aside from our giant german shepherd that definitely acts like a child more often than not). Finishing up my masters in engineering this year and I just took the June 06 LSAT. Hope to start law school in Fall 07 but I may have to defer for a year depending on whether my husband can find a job at our future destination.

not a non-trad exactly, but very impressive nonetheless!

and adl, here's to being 40 and graduating law school, all at the same time! as one of my friends said, well, what ELSE would you be doing at 40?

So far only my husband knows but I'm dreading telling the rest of my family, especially my sister-in-law. She is a lawyer but she doesn't like her job and she hated going to law school. I think she made the decision to become a lawyer for all the wrong reasons and I'm afraid she will try to talk me out of it. I'm going home to visit with family for 4th of July so I'll make the announcement then with my LSAT score in hand (hopefully it will be a good one :)).

you know, when i started this whole process, a friend of mine was in his second year of med school, and he was miserable. he gave me about five or six very valid reasons why i shouldn't make the career change i had spent a year planning out (like he did), why at the very minimum i shouldn't go to law school (like he went to med school), and why it was a bad bad bad idea to take on the debt i would need to take on to make it happen (like he did).

the best part of the conversation was realizing that i had already considered every argument he made, and had come to my own very different personal answers to those issues. the first time, he got the sensitive "thanks i know you are being so negative about this because you care about me and don't want me to be as disappointed about my decisions as you are about yours" responses.

the second time he got all the smart-ass responses.

there was no third time.


Financial Aid / Re: Tell me if I'm crazy for doing this...
« on: June 20, 2006, 01:13:05 PM »
i don't know for sure, and maybe i didn't read your post closely enough, but i thought that schools won't accept cc's to pay their bills? that would mean a cc cash withdrawal, and your cash withdrawal terms may not make that worthwhile...

congrats everyone!

is gosox around to update the list on the first page, anyone know?

The common response from educated associates, coworkers, and inlaws:

"Law school?  You wanna be a lawyer? huh?" which i reply, "actually, no, i don't."

(i don't. i want to be secy general of the un in 35 years.)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: June 13, 2006, 07:00:29 PM »
hey fathoms, where you headed for school? i want you to come to mine..even if you will probably oust me from that one chair in the front of the room designated for those of us who can't hear or see so well anymore...

that's ok. i'll sit behind you and copy your notes. :D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 1L Advice
« on: June 13, 2006, 06:57:19 PM »
thanks for all the honesty. the personal insights that (raider and king) you have posted are really useful, and appreciated by the rest of us for your willingness to throw it out there and tell it like you see it. or feel it.

anyway, thanks.

I haven't told any family that I'm planning on going.

My mom's going to say "you'll never get in, your ugrad grades sucked"
My mom's going to say "you won't be able to handle the academics"
My mom's going to say "you're too shy to be a lawyer"
My mom's going to say "you have to actually talk to people if you become a lawyer"

I have enough negativity to overcome in my own mind (I'm excited, but pessamistic about myself by nature and I'm working on that), I don't need her to add to it.

I don't know when I will tell her, but I'm sure it'll be after I have at least one acceptance letter next fall/spring.

you will get in somewhere even if your ugrad grades sucked.

you will be able to handle the academics at any school that accepts you. that's why they accepted you, and adcomms evaluate 1000's of applications from students...for a living.
you don't need to be outgoing to be an excellent lawyer. you need to have good problem solving skills, and be able to research and write well. most lawyer jobs are actually very solitary and independent.

you will need to talk to people no matter what you do for a living. most law students do not end up as litigators, where they have to speak in front of a crowd.

there is something to be said for not sharing the news yet - when you succeed it will be completely and totally your success. in the meantime, you can get some good support here, from people who are or have been in your shoes.

best of luck!

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