I am leaning toward the Dell Inspiron 710m. I saw it in the store, and it's real small and light. I have a Mac PowerBook, and although I love it, I just get the feeling that the schools I have been accepted to are much more PC-friendly, and I want to be able to take exams on my own computer. The thing is, Dell changes their prices weekly. Last week, the base model was $867 and now it's over $1200. I keep holding out to get it, but I hope I can get a good price. I also hope it's quiet. I have an older Dell laptop and the fan is annoying. But my brother and boyfriend have newer Dells and they are quiet, so I hope they resolved that issue.
If you're considering using a Mac in law school, you may want to check out MacLawStudents at http://www.maclawstudents.com. It's put together by a current law student (me) who uses a Mac. The question of exam software is discussed on the site, and there I've included software reviews and other information that might be handy. Feel free to contact me directly if you've visited the site and still have questions about using a Mac in law school.
FWIW, I just bought a MacBook Pro even tho I'm going to start law school in the fall...and I'm happy as a clam. Really, at this point you couldn't pay me to use a PC. From all accounts, I should be able to run the exam software on my computer (plus, it was finally released for Macs a few months ago, although most schools aren't supporting it yet.) But really, if the worst thing is that I have to borrow a PC for exams or write a few longhand...I'll still have a MacBook Pro at the end of the day!!!!
Does anyone know common it is to bring a laptop to class? Don't people just take notes on paper anymore? I just graduated college (large state university) in December and noone brought a laptop to class. What is the point of bringing a computer to class with you?