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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who is packing to go to law school RIGHT NOW?
« on: July 19, 2005, 06:46:11 AM »
I'd say that that's a great question, but I'm living in Akron, though I'm not really from Akron. I went to UG in Wooster, and found a job at a downtown Akron firm for the past year, so I'm here, but I'm not really an Akron person, not really.
I've started packing... I'm moving from Akron to Cleveland in three weeks!  I have boxes of books all over my living room.  I own far too many books, but I refuse to get rid of any of them.

(By the way -- what's up with all the Akron people on this thread?  I didn't know there were so many Akron residents going to law school elsewhere in the fall.)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who is packing to go to law school RIGHT NOW?
« on: July 16, 2005, 05:37:43 PM »
I'm moving in 2 weeks, I have 9 boxes packed. Not quite as far of a move, just from Akron, OH to Columbus, but still a lot to do.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: billable hours calculator - check it out
« on: July 07, 2005, 12:48:11 PM »
This kind of thing is a joke. If you take the time to try to schedule your entire year like this, you've gotten into the wrong career. Sure, you have to work tons of hours, but if you are trying to calculate from the get-go how many hours a day for this and that and every tiny little thing, you'll go insane.
Too many things come up, especially in a big firm, that don't fit into a nice little schedule.
Sure, you may plan to spend only 30 minutes a day eating lunch, but what happens when a partner decides to take you out for an hour and a half lunch. I work for a law firm now, I see partners do this with first-year associates.. i know it happens.
These things are a waste of time.

These days it doesn't make sense to get dialup if you have a cell phone (hopefully you get a signal in your apt. some don't). I don't plan to have a landline, but if I did then I would have to pay $30 for the phone line and on top of that however much the dialup service is. You can get DSL or Cable for less than that. There are alot of deals for new customers. Also when you call to cancel, alot of times they will extend the deal, so you keep getting it.
No, he was actually right on this one, if Direct TV is included for free with his rent, he shouldn't even consider cable. DSL would be the way to go, but you still have to get a landline for that to work. Its really inexpensive, and I think you can get a discount if you already have DirectTV, since they're usually offered as a package deal, at least if its Yahoo-SBC DSL.

First, you're three miles from law school yet can't get cable tv? If you can get cable tv then you can get cable internet, and if you can get cable internet, get it. Yes, its nice to have the internet in the law building, but there will be times when you'll really just want to get the heck out of there, and its nice to be able to work from home, and dial-up sucks.
Don't forget about renter's insurance, Laundry money if you don't have a washer dryer in your apartment.
I agree that a daily budget is hard to work with actual living, if you cook at all, there will be leftovers etc, I'd have a monthly budget, but weekly should work too.
Don't count out incidentals, you never know whats really going to pop up. Maybe you need new tires for your car, maybe you need to fly somewhere for an emergency.
I'd request the maximum amount possible. If there's money left over, request less the next year. You want to be comfortable, and the last thing you're going to want to worry about around finals time is having enough money to eat.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: My first semester schedule
« on: July 05, 2005, 11:21:19 AM »
Must be nice to already have a schedule. Do you also know which section/professor you have? Can you buy books too?
Our start date (OSU) is Aug. 15, and we don't get any info till about a week before, because they wait till the exact last minute to put everyone into sections. I guess they're waiting for final numbers, waitlists and all that. But man, I wish I knew now, at least I could shop around for books and get a good deal. As it is, I'm pretty much stuck with the official LS bookstore, with outrageous prices.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Dell Coupons - up to $750 off!!
« on: June 30, 2005, 01:58:33 PM »
I'm afraid that you got ripped off a bit on this one. I bought mine 2 or 3 months ago, 2.4 mghz, 12 cell battery, rest the same for 1200.
I finally ordered my Dell Inspiron 6000.

1.86 Mhz
15.4" WSXGA screen
128 video card
60 Gig 5400 speed Harddrive
CD burner/DVD combo
Intel Pro Wireless a/b/g
9 cell battery (5 hours)
Extra USB mouse
4 year warranty, 4 year accident protection

$1423 before tax

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Apple Computer Deal -- Free ipod
« on: June 30, 2005, 10:55:10 AM »
If they gave you an Ipod for free with a 100% discount on the computer, it would still be a bad deal, because you'd still, in the end, be stuck with a mac.

Though there's the pretty standard "don't work during 1L", I'd get more info before I jumped the gun on this. Find out just how he defines "part time" if its really not much, yet a great experience, it might be worth it, you'll just have to have better time management and cram more studying into the weekend.
That being said, i'm not working as a 1L, though I didn't have any tough decisions. I've been working for a major firm, and they're home office is in Columbus (I'm OSU bound), and a couple of departments that I've worked with have basically offered me part time jobs if I wanted them, but I don't think they'd relate to the experience you're being offered here. I'd probably still turn it down, but I'd at least meet with the guy and get more info.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Deferring for a year
« on: June 27, 2005, 09:00:38 AM »
Does anybody have any reccommendations on what to say in a defferral letter?  What is a good reason to request a defferal?

look for that site on j2b2 or whatever that site is. it has a list of the schools and how strict thay are in granting deferrals.

I think it depends on the school. for some schools, just saying you want to travel or work for a year is a good enough reason. at others, it doesn't matter what you say, thaey're not going to grant it regardless.

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