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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Catholic 2010
« on: May 07, 2007, 09:20:18 PM »
So, are we assuming emails won't be provided until orientation?

Wish I remembered so I could tell you . . . it's a detail that has faded into the mists of my pre-law-school life.  ;)  I feel like it wasn't until just prior to orientation, or something like that.  But they could do it differently this year than they did my year.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Catholic 2010
« on: May 05, 2007, 09:12:21 PM »
Hey to all you new Catholic students -- I'm an '08 day student and thought I'd post when I saw this thread.  I'm excited to see that you guys are looking forward to coming here -- I really love this school.  I was unsure about it at first, but after Admitted Students weekend, I knew this was the place I wanted to be.  Feel free to ask me any questions you have about the school.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Just set up OneNote
« on: August 26, 2005, 06:25:30 AM »
That sounds even easier.  ;)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Just set up OneNote
« on: August 21, 2005, 08:25:00 PM »
That is definitely the best and easiest solution.  First go to Insert > Symbol and find the one you want to use.  Select the character code from ASCII (decimal).  So for the section sign, it's 167.  Close that and go to Tools > AutoCorrect Options.  For the section sign, my abbreviation is SS.  So type SS in the "replace" box (or whatever you want to use).  Then click in the "with" box.  You need to use the number pad for this part so if you're using a laptop turn on number lock.  Now hold Alt and press the number sequence 0167 with the number pad.  (Or put in whichever number is appropriate for pi, delta, etc.)  That should take care of it.  If OneNote / Word replaces your text in a way you don't like you can always click on the little icon that appears and flashes right after the replacement.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Just set up OneNote
« on: August 20, 2005, 09:33:24 PM »
Now that I've had more practice with the program through Orientation, I think it will work just fine, except of course for assignments for Lawyering Skills.  One powerful feature is the note flags.  I've set mine up with one for definitions, one for hypos, and another one for briefs.  That way I can write all my notes by topic within each section of my notebook and just use the Flags Summary pane to find all definitions, etc.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Catholic WL - FYI
« on: August 13, 2005, 02:28:24 PM »
That's awesome, MSU!  Congratulations!!  See you on Tuesday, maybe?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Just set up OneNote
« on: August 09, 2005, 11:57:47 AM »
Why do you want to avoid using Outlook?

My tablet (Fujitsu T4010) has OneNote and I'm still deciding between that or Agilix GoBinder.  So far I prefer GoBinder since it has an integrated calendar and task list, and I want to avoid using Outlook.

I guess I'm biased against it from having to use it at work... the way we had it set up was a real pain.  I realize it probably wouldn't be as much of a pain on my personal computer, but I still want to check out what else is available.

Thank you.  Best of luck to all moms and mom-wannabes who want to keep their family lives in balance with their work lives -- we really need it!  :)

Another practice area I was looking into is alternative dispute resolution.  I would think the hours would be much more flexible, though I haven't checked that out with anyone actually in ADR.  For someone interested in family law, maybe you could set up a partnership in that with a marriage/family counselor or psychologist and run that business from home.  (I'm not committed to any particular field yet myself -- hopefully the internships and summer work over the next few years will help with that end.)

I'm going to use a sleeve for my laptop and put that into my regular bag, either a backpack or shoulder bag (messenger bag).  I don't plan to buy a huge backpack, though, as I don't intend to carry everything around at once.  I already have a packable tote (something like that has really come in handy for carrying random stuff, so I think if I need to bring home a lot of books from the library one night or something, it shouldn't be too much of a burden to just unpack the extra bag.

To the women of this board--
 I've wanted to be a mom longer than I've wanted to be a lawyer. Any suggestions/thoughts about practical yet interesting job paths for those of us who aren't intending to be the sole breadwinners but want to practice law?  I dream of fancy, high-ranked schools and long-hours high-powered jobs--however, I'm afraid of putting my infant in daycare. Spouse is more than willing to care for children, but also works full time and pregnancy is purely biology and he can't help.

If you're already a mom, please share your insights with me, if you have any.  I asked an attorney/professor I know about being a lawyer and mother of four and she said tearfully, "I'm sorry, but today is not really the day to ask me. My 8-year-old's got strep and I can't get to the school and my..."  Right, so that's encouraging.

I'm basically looking for a career in law that is stimulating but can be flexible enough without the long long long hours during the formative years (aren't they all?). 

Thanks for any suggestions, thoughts, comments, experiences!!!

Re: Daycare -- My daughter, who is about to turn one, will start full-time daycare in just a few weeks.  It was rough for me emotionally when I decided in the spring that I really was going to go to school this fall, and had to start looking for daycare.  But, as my daughter has grown and her personality has developed more, I've gained more confidence that she will like daycare.  I searched thoroughly for the best provider we could afford and am very comfortable with the new arrangement.  All that to say, my feelings on daycare have changed, and yours might too at some point -- it will depend a lot on your baby.  I also second what twarga said, you and your husband really just have to do what's best for your family.

Re: Job options -- I've been thinking a lot about going into solo practice out of my home, just to be able to have that flexibility you're talking about.  While it's been a wonderful year home with my girl (though still working PT from home), I am definitely ready for the change to law school.  I think with future children I'd like to be able to do the same thing, and take a year off (or go to PT) from whatever my current job would be to stay home with the new baby.  There are a lot of blogs and other resources out there on solo practice.  Also, I randomly came across this lady's website:  She's a kind of contractor, running her own legal research and writing service out of her home.  It sounds like a great idea to me. 

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