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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Just Read Turow's One L
« on: June 20, 2005, 12:48:36 PM »
I just finished rereading the Iliad, and I think after I'm done with the Odyssey I'm going to go onto Tolstoy or maybe a little Vonnegut... I think it'll prepare me as much as any of the so called "how to succeed" books will. And I won't have spent money and a bunch of time this summer when I'll have to figure out what works beset for when I get there anyways. Just my 2 cents.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: LEEWS, Delaney, or "Getting to Maybe"?
« on: June 20, 2005, 10:47:22 AM »
well PLS says that delaney and leews are the best and one should do both

Well gee, if PLS says it, it must be true. I'm sure a lot of people are getting something out of PLS.. but those have got to be the most stuck up people, at least some of them. I'm about to start LS, and don't pretend to know any of the answers about whats the "best way" to do anything, at least not yet. But I work for a law firm, and i've spoken to a ton of attorneys, and here's the one thing I've learned:
There is no "one" best way to do it. The whole trick is figuring out what works best for you. Maybe the tips in some of these books will help you, maybe they'll not but help someone else. The problem with the PLS people is that they think that there is one way and one way only to prepare for and succeed in law school. That's complete bull.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Laptop/PDA/Cell Phone ALL IN ONE?
« on: June 20, 2005, 10:40:38 AM »
If its a new laptop and a new PDA they should be able to link together without a hitch, you may need a 3rd party software program like Intellisync to get them to link properly, but that's pretty simple. I've seen some of the new PDA/cellphone combos, they're pretty sweet.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: anyone else super lazy
« on: June 20, 2005, 09:15:02 AM »
I know there are some people in UG that make good grades naturally, and they'll still have to study tons in LS. I work really hard and study a lot for good grades in UG.. I hope that doesn't mean I'll be one of those that freaks out and bombs in LS. I get stressed out and really care about what grades I receive.

the profile of a future gunner

Wow, that's harsh. I'd say that profile could go either way. There are lots of successful LS students that cared about grades and were in no way gunners. There are actual gunners, and then there are just students with good grades that the unsuccessful students call gunners. Big Difference. I was lazy in UG as well, but I've stepped it up in other aspects of my life. I'm excited and ready to start LS, I hope that the work ethic I've built up in the private sector can be transferred over.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best Laptop for Law School?
« on: June 17, 2005, 12:15:22 PM »
I just got my Dell Inspiron 2200 yesterday. Unfortunately, when I turned it on, there was a 2 inch vertical white line down the left hand side of the monitor, completely obliterating anything that was supposed to show up on the monitor in that area!

I lifted the computer to get the serial number info off the bottom, and when I put it back down, the line was gone. Since then, it has shown up 3 more times when turning on the computer, but all I need to do is move the screen a bit and it goes away. The last few times I turned it on, it wasn't there any more.

I guess I'll still call Tech support anyway, just to let them know about it. I doubt they'll do much if it has stopped happening, though.

I can see it now - just as I'm trying to finish up an exam, a quarter of my screen will blank out. That'll be great!

I had a similar situation with my inspirion. It worked great for the first week, then shut down and wouldn't come back on. Faulty motherboard, they sent a repair-tech guy to my work, and in 30 minutes he replaced it and its worked amazingly ever since (I've now had it since March). All in all, I can't complain, and Dell's tech support was really good the one time I needed it.

What you heard from the admissions people at Depaul should be pretty much the same story anywhere. You said it right on the money, its the problem with the rolling admission system. I'm going to Ohio State, and I remember an admissions counselor there saying they know of lots of students who will put seat deposits down at 2 or more schools to put off making a tough final decision. While I don't have that kind of money, its understandable. One of the attorneys I now work for went to Michigan, and said that when he started as a 1L, there were people in his small section getting acceptanec letters off of a wait list during the first week of classes. While that's probably not the norm, it happens.
The admissions counselor also told me that regardless of seat deposits, they really don't know who's going to be on campus on day one until day 1. Its just the nature of the game.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: If you were in my shoes.....GW vs. Temple
« on: June 15, 2005, 09:28:41 AM »
I looked at Temple and was also offered some $, but decided against it in the end. Its not that it's a bad school, except for the location in north Philly. My Uncle is a partner at a law firm in downtown Philly, and said that the Philly law firms like taking grads from Philly, but if you want to get your first job anywhere else, its a much tougher sell. Regardless of what's officially a "national school", GW just has a lot more clout and respect in law firms in a greater number of cities. Simply put, if you don't know exactly where you want to end up living and having your career, GW leaves your more options so it's the better bet. If you think you want to be in Philly, Temple is a fine choice. Also note, if you're out of state, while you have the full tuition scholarship for the first year, you don't for the second, and its pretty much impossible to get residency status during the 2nd or 3rd years. Temple's tuition for out of state students is incredibly high-priced, especially considering their national reputation/ranking.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: New OSU (Moritz) 1L's
« on: June 11, 2005, 05:15:16 PM »
last bump

Incoming 1Ls / Re: New OSU (Moritz) 1L's
« on: June 10, 2005, 01:48:31 PM »
We have 7 so far, which considering I've only advertised it pretty much on here is great. If Sanjeev doesn't get back to me soon, I'm just going to reply all to the last mass email they sent out. Hope there aren't upperclassmen on there as well, but eh., such is the risk for having initiaitive i guess.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What keyboards are best for protecting wrists?
« on: June 10, 2005, 11:50:56 AM »
I've found that actually putting the laptop in your lap instead of on a desk or table is a much more comfortable way to type. At least for me. You should be able to find a great ergonomic (which implies split) keyboard for way less than $300.
Shots of Jack Daniels also help with wrist pain.

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