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I'm wondering if the term "non-traditional" is going to change.  It seems more people are going into law school, or at least applying, since the IT bust.  Or maybe it is just me going into it because of the IT bust???

With the graduate degree situation - are you going straight from college to graduate degree?  Do you have any work experience?  Any other life experience outside of school (i.e. family)?  Although undergraduate GPA and LSAT are extremely big factors, depending on your "whole" life experience it might not be the only thing they look at, depending on what schools you are applying to.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 24, 2004, 07:46:26 AM »
Potential employers are not there - however potential professors are.  While they are not paying you with money, they do determine your grades for the next 3 years and that can definitely determine what potential employers think of you.  This is probably most important if you don't dress very business-casual most the time already...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 23, 2004, 04:19:07 PM »
I'd doubt it.  When I visited CU, I talked to some of the current students there - they said the FAC were one of the best perks.  Of course, the ones they talked about were put on by different "clubs" there trying to get new recruits.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: How much $ for living expenses?
« on: March 23, 2004, 04:05:35 PM »
I'm taking out the maximum and then some (hopefully).  Although the budget they give works for the "average" student, it doesn't take into account a lot of circumstances.  For instance, although the schools I've looked at offer insurance, the insurance isn't that great.  I'm guessing that insurance and medicene alone will costs about 300 a month above and beyond their "average" student budget.  Of course, this is only my rough estimates for myself, but being that I can't be without insurance because of several health problems I currently have, I'm stuck paying that amount and hoping that I can get enough money to cover it. 

Also, looking at the schools I've applied to, they don't take into account car payments, car insurance, credit card debt, etc that some people have to have.  The budgets I've seen are really stingy - no more starbucks, much less car :-P

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 23, 2004, 03:43:47 PM »
Luckily at the end of the day is a "Friday Afternoon Club"  If I am going to be paying for three years of education, they can at least pay for one day of beer for me :-P

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: U. of Colo. verses U. of Denver
« on: March 23, 2004, 03:28:27 PM »
I wonder how likely it is that the ABA will take away CU's accrediation?  I've heard that rumor too, but seeing that it has been around forever...  Plus I've also heard that should CU lose it, their is a good chance that it would be changed in CO. to where you don't have to go to an ABA school to practice law...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: what to wear?
« on: March 23, 2004, 03:21:11 PM »
I think I am going to wear something business casual.  I had to present my thesis in December, and depending on the weather which in Colorado could be sunny and 80 like it has the past couple of days or snowy so it may change, so I think I am just going to wear the same outfit.  However, if it is 80 I got a pair of really nice capri pants and a nice shirt and with the right sandals it can look dressy (but not too dressy).  In either case, the two different outfits would work whether everyone else shows up in jeans and t-shirt or in nice business wear :-)

Cal4ever - it is an all-day event.  So even wearing business casual stuff, comfortable is a must!  Weather-wise, it is Colorado (I actually live here already) and unfortunately the weather can change dramatically all the time.  Being that it is an April, I'm hoping for nice weather (it has been around 80 the past week), but with my luck there will be a blizzard and regardless of what I wear, I'll end up wet and unkept because of the four feet of snow and 60mph winds!

You might want to get logic puzzle books (they are typically near the crossword puzzle books in the book stores).  I did them a lot (mostly just for fun because I'm weird like that  :P ) and they really helped increase my logic ability.  They are the ones that have all the boxes you fill in to find out if you have 3 men, 3 woman and their names are a, b, c etc and work at d, e,f then if a is a d, (hope you get my drift) then is a a woman or a man.  That kind of thing.  I found them a much more fun way to help my logic skills and they won't mess up any practice lsat's you might take all the way through since they aren't lsats.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Pre Law school prep courses
« on: March 21, 2004, 09:16:30 PM »
Sorry for the misunderstanding  :-

BriBar looks to be from 1000-1300 depending on when you sign up (

The only place I have read anything about BarBri is in PLS2 - the author thinks it is a really, really, really big waste of time and money...

However, if you are looking for some summer reading, I did start some of the reading suggested in PLS2.  Both PLS2 and several of the Aspen books recommended in it were recommended by a friend who just graduated from LS.  I've started both Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law (both by Aspen Publishing).  So far they seem to be fairly good - although CL is somewhat boring.  CP isn't though (or at least I have found it a pretty good read so far).

PLS2 recommends a lot of stuff.  I haven't gotten all of it (and realistically probably won't get all of it, but some of the recommendations).  As I said, a friend recommended PLS2 (and the Aspen series).  With PLS2, he said a lot of the info in it is pretty good, although not to get freaked out by the very pessimistic attitude (or at least from his experience it wasn't nearly as bad as the book makes it out to be).

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