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Incoming 1Ls / Re: classes adding another section?
« on: June 29, 2006, 11:42:26 AM »
if true, it seems like it would increase the competition somewhat.  with number cutoffs, you can assume that students' numbers will be in the same 'ballpark,' and that you may have a little harder time rising to the top of an increased class size.  grading curves may negate this somewhat though.

then again, i suck with numbers.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Speed Reading Course Before LS?
« on: June 21, 2006, 09:29:07 AM »
There's certainly a comprehension element that is integral to success on issue spotters and other tests, but I wonder if succesfully absorbing the facts and content of a case initially may allow for comprehension in class, as time goes on.

you're going to want to try to 'comprehend' as much as possible while reading, not afterwards.  this will become evident the first time you're called on to present a case in class ;)

that being said, you won't be very good at absorbing the facts/content while concurrently comprehending the information at first.  this is a major reason as to why it takes new law students such a long time to read the assigned material.  you will find yourself re-reading sentences and paragraphs 3 or 4 times before you get a handle on what is being said.

i began noticing an increased ease in 'comprehension while reading' about a month or two into my first semester.  after that, progression comes pretty quickly :)

whatever that person enjoys or is interested in.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Latitude D620 v Thinkpad z61t
« on: June 08, 2006, 07:58:46 AM »
the keyboards on the thinkpads are *amazing*

i promise.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Spell Check on Exam Software
« on: June 04, 2006, 02:08:52 PM »
we had a few professors harp on us about spelling in the weeks before midterms/finals.  and from what i remember, securexam doesn't have a spellchecker either.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: April 28, 2006, 01:29:31 PM »
Right now, for those who care, I'm torn between the thin-and-light IBM, the ultralight IBM, and the upcoming X60 tablet. I'll probably end up with the tablet or the ultralight, though.

regardless, i can promise you'll love the keyboard! :)

the x41 tablet was brand new when i ordered my x40, and i decided to save the $600 difference and go with the x40.  i have definitely second-guessed that decision a few times, i think that a tablet could be very useful in law school (though none of my classmates have one).

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: April 28, 2006, 01:23:28 PM »
back to the keyboard/screen size comments...

i hate to sound like a fanboy, but the thinkpad keyboards are simply outstanding.  and yes, it is true, you'll probably be getting a little more familiar with your laptop than you'd like to.  make sure you get something you'll be happy with, or deal with a manufacturer with a reasonable return policy.

and a warranty which will last through law school (or at least year-to-year, depending on who you go with) is essential.  laptops seem to throw in the towel at the absolute worst of times, and i know classmates who have lost a full semester's worth of briefs, outline work, writing assignments, etc.  which brings me to my next point, back up often! ;)  seriously though, make sure that your laptop's hardware is covered.  and by the way, for what it's worth, i would be extremely cautious with the best buy/circuit city "warranties."  sure, they'll cover you.. but one of those forementioned classmates had to go laptop-less for 2 weeks while it was sent away for repair.  "we'll give you a new one if anything happens!" my ass, make sure you know what you're signing up for.

ok that's my "random fact dissemination" post of the day, please drive through! :)

edit: as a sidenote, i started this year with a mac g4 powerbook.  due to continued frustrations (and in my opinion, a lack of useful software, at least as far as law is concerned), i sold it and kicked over to the ibm x40 that i'm using now.  my laptop shipped with a poopsandwich of a hard drive, which soon died.  i went two days without my laptop and had a new one at no charge.  inconvenient?  yep... but nearly worth the $100 i paid to extend the warranty, right off the bat, without having to hassle with them about whether the drive was defective from the factory, or not.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: April 26, 2006, 01:28:07 PM »
i'm using an ibm/lenovo thinkpad x40 and couldn't be happier.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Law School Curve
« on: April 17, 2006, 09:37:33 AM »
have you tried asking someone in admissions?  or contacting a current student?  recent graduate?

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Microsoft OneNote - yay or nay?
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:50:55 AM »
i heard a lot of great things about it last year around this time, most likely in this very forum.  that being said, i haven't seen a single person using it in law school this year.

most people use microsoft word, and insert 'comments' for any definitions or sidenotes that they think they'll need quick access to.

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