I never bought one and I never felt like I was missing anything. Your school library will undoubtedly have a giant Black's LD, and dictionary.law.com is useful for the less obscure stuff.
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There is not necessarily any relationship between being an "A" student and being talented at teaching.
Amen to that.
I got a great winter suit on eBay for $20. I'm a little taller than average, so if I'm buying online, I stick to skirt suits to keep the necessary alterations to a minimum. For pant suits, I'm a JCPenney/Bon-Ton girl. I have no need for anything special.
That's how I do it, because I too am on a fine line. On my resume I have something like "Top 30%, 26/100." (No, that is not my real rank.)
I've used StoreLaw, Juristudents, and Word. I prefer Juristudents over StoreLaw and Word over both of them.
I liked the old StoreLaw "Student Edition," but then they revamped it, and I found it too complicated (too much switching back and forth between screens). I really liked Juristudents because I could see my brief at the same time I was taking notes, and I would recommend it to a 1L who is looking for something that's not Word. Both of those programs are very case-oriented. Once I got past my first year and stopped briefing (okay, I still book brief), I found that MS Word was the best option because by that time I knew how to take what I needed from the cases and condense it into outline form.
When I was choosing electives, I would look for bar courses first and usually take anything that fit into my schedule. After that, I took whatever I wanted. Honestly, I don't know what employers think, but there is a major advantage to taking courses you are interested in: you are more engaged in class, which leads to better learning, which (hopefully) leads to better grades. So maybe it's a trade-off--a prospective employer may not care that you took American Indian Law, but, hey look, you got another A. Also, I think interesting courses give you something to talk about during job interviews.