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How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?

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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2005, 10:47:18 PM »
From what I've heard, using Lexis or Westlaw after graduating from law school is really expensive. Firms try to avoid using it... they charge something crazy an hour.

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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2005, 10:48:44 PM »
From what I've heard, using Lexis or Westlaw after graduating from law school is really expensive. Firms try to avoid using it... they charge something crazy an hour.

but doesn't that just get billed through to the client?

Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2005, 10:50:17 PM »
When we break down the casebooks by getting them rebound at kinkos, what do they do with the original hardcovers?  Also, what do the new covers look like?  Do we get to specify what is written on the new covers (titles, page #'s, etc.)?  I'd like to know that I can keep track of which one is which.

I just wanted to bump this question up.  Anyone have any idea?

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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2005, 10:53:44 PM »
When we break down the casebooks by getting them rebound at kinkos, what do they do with the original hardcovers? Also, what do the new covers look like? Do we get to specify what is written on the new covers (titles, page #'s, etc.)? I'd like to know that I can keep track of which one is which.

I just wanted to bump this question up. Anyone have any idea?

i'm sure kinkos will save the hard cover for you if you want it for some reason.  also, you can probably specify to kinkos the kind of information you'd like to appear on the cover, e.g. the chapters, page range, etc.

Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2005, 11:01:29 PM »
And will the new cover be cardboard, or paper, etc.?

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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2005, 11:11:41 PM »
Some of these posts are funny. No you will never need your casebooks again after school ends. During first year, you will have legal research and learn how to look things up in the digests, etc. LexisNexus and Westlaw are expensive in practice. That's why you do the legal research to a point in the books and then you go to Lexis or Westlaw to find the exact cases on point.

I have a backpack with wheels because I was recovering from a back injury right before I started school. I got a notebook sleeve from Body Glove for 10 dollars on Amazon. My computer has a 15in screen also. I put my notebook in its sleeve which has heavy foam zip it up and toss it in my rolling backpack. It's fine. Lockers at law school are more for putting books in there between classes. I use my locker for my canned briefs and my E&Es and my big Black's dictionary. If you have a car, I guess you could use a smaller bag and just go drop books in your car between classes. A lot of people at my school do that. But I don't carry anything in my arms and I definitely don't put anything on my shoulders or back anymore. Good luck.

Oh and the binder thing is a good idea and some people in my section have done it. The problem is our contracts professor likes to go back to earlier chapters and then those people don't have the chapters on them. Also, you still have to use a big binder. The pages in the casebooks are so delicate and thin. So it depends on the casebook.

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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2005, 05:44:19 AM »
thanks, jdohno.  i guess if one were to cut the book up in pieces it makes a bit more sense.  however, i would be willing to bet that the entire book rebound is comparable in weight to the entire casebook, thus it would be rather pointless to rebind the books.  plus i think that law books look cool.

in regards to lexis and westlaw, i have heard that it is expensive as well.  i am sure that an employer would rather you look up a case that takes only five minutes rather than spending money using one of the two digests.  hopefully miami's first semester policy prohibiting the use of lexisnexus and westlaw will come in handy.

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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #37 on: April 07, 2005, 06:04:57 AM »
I have no idea if this will actually happen, but I have a hunch that the price of lexis nexus and westlaw will come down in the future.  At first it was this nifty new service that only the largest firms could afford.  Now more and more are signing on.  It seems ridiculous that the expense would stay as high as it is for much longer with the user base exploding.  Seeing how we're expected to use it for all but the first semester of law school says something, I think.

If the price doesn't come down, then it'd be a shame, and will essentially serve to continue to lock out many small firms and solo practitioners out of a great resource.

Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
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Re: How big of a bookbag do I need for law school?
« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2005, 09:19:05 AM »
If you go to Kinko's (or other similar store) they will remove the binding in your original book, then you can section it up however you like, insert tabs, indices, personal notes, preferred cover page, etc. They will bind the sections anyway you ask them to (spiral, velo, hole punched and put into a 3-ring), etc.  If you want them to put your original back back together, with the original cover, that is going to cost you; otherwise, it is all a very cheap process.