My 0L Summer Prep

April 28, 2011 at 10:55 am (0L Summer Prep)

Updated August 9th!

Disclaimer: I hope that my 0L summer prep suggestions are beneficial despite the fact I am making these recommendations before actually experiencing law school.  This post should be taken as what one 0L plans to do based on a compilation of advice given to her. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free E-Dictonary Offer from Nolo

April 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm (Law School Gear)

My apologies for my brief absence, which will likely continue into the next week.  It is finals week and I am snowed under. Naturally, work at the firm is keeping me extremely busy as well.  Nevertheless, I wanted to alert you of an awesome deal I came across today.  The legal handbook publisher, Nolo is offering several deals in celebration of its 40th Anniversary; one of its deals is for a FREE E-Legal Dictionary just for “liking” them on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/NoloLaw.  After liking them myself, I was able to download the e-book from the “E-Book” page that appeared on Nolo’s FaceBook page (along the left-hand side).  The E-Book is in PDF form and is roughly 500 pages. I can attest firsthand that legal dictionaries are quite useful for paralegals and legal assistants. I remember starting out trying to understand the legal verbiage in my boss’ dictation and feeling totally lost.  I imagine this is essential for law students, too.  I keep a Black’s Law Dictionary on my desk at work, but I hate having to pull it out, search, etc. whereas it would seem having a copy electronically would be faster and less likely to breakup my productivity “zone.”  I know my Black’s Law Dictionary cost at least $60, so I was pretty thrilled to come across this freebie.  I haven’t had an opportunity to search through it yet but I did see that the PDF is bookmarked alphabetically for ease in use and I would guess that the search feature could be useful in finding an exact word.  Anyway, I was pretty excited about this and thought I would share.

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If you don’t reject them, they’ll reject you!

April 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm (Applying to Law School)

Most seat deposits were due on April 1st (a few are not due until April 15th). Around April 5th, I started receiving short, cold emails from the schools where I did not pay a seat deposit.  They all went along the lines of:

“The seat deposit deadline has passed.  You did not pay your seat deposit. Your offer of admission is no longer valid.  Your file is closed.”

Cold, right?  Though I essentially rejected these schools, they made me feel as though they were the one that was rejecting me! Oooh the bruised egos!  I suppose I should have typed up a nice, concise email prior to the seat deposit deadline letting them know that I have chosen another school but by the time I made the final decision, I was so close to the seat deposit deadline anyway.  So, word of caution, if you don’t formally reject them, they will reject you.

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Completely Saved

April 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm (Law School Gear)

I had a rather frightening experience over the weekend. After the pending doom of my dying laptop, I refused to save anything to my computer and instead save everything to my flash drive, which I would backup weekly less frequently than I should.  By the time I hit law school in (128 days) I hope to have transferred everything that I might need from my flash drive to my trusty Dropbox account.  The transition has been slow mainly because I don’t want to throw everything in the Dropbox account that is on my flash drive. I’m trying to use this as a time to “declutter.” Anyway, long story short, I was to present at a research conference over the weekend and left my flash drive (with my powerpoint, script, and bibliography) at home!

Panic. Set. In. Could my husband bring it to me in time? Could I run home in time? Should I play sick and go home?

Then I realized (Thank God!) that I had placed a slightly less updated copy in my dropbox folder on my computer, which could be accessed by logging into my account online. It took me five minutes to update it and I was ready to go.  What a relief!

I am so sold on Dropbox, it saved the day! It amazes me that I waited so long to check it out. It also amazes me that my firm and friends from other firms are not using it! Attorneys are notorious for losing that sort of thing.

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Tales from Admitted Student’s Day

April 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm (Uncategorized)

Me: “Hi there! I’m law school dreamer!” (extends hand with a smile)

Sherry: “Hi, I’m sherry. I am SO glad to see other older folks here like you! I was afraid I would be the only one.”

Me: (noting she appears to be 10+ years older than me). “Yes, um, me too! Wow. Great.” (Mental note: call hairstylist on Monday, need new ‘do – looking old).

Sherry and I may not have clicked right away, but by the end of the day I had 5 new facebook friends and 3 new Linked In contacts. My admitted student day: a success!

I was really nervous about attending. Mainly because first impressions are a big deal (and rather irreversible) and I wanted to get off on the right foot with my future classmates. . . and I think I did.

I will say this though, I was very surprised that so many of the attendees were still deciding between law schools. The fact the Admitted Student’s Day (ASD) was after April 1st (in other words, after many seat deposit deadlines, including this particular school) didn’t seem to make much of a difference.  I heard lots of comments about students paying multiple seat deposits or being waitlisted elsewhere. I guess I will have to wait for the orientation to “really” be among my future classmates. But even then, I heard from some of the alums at the event that some of their classmates took off after orientation (to attend another law school or drop out completely) and some were admitted after orientation.  Talk about last minute!

Overall, the orientation was a wonderful experience and a fabulous way to get more excited about attending law school in 132 days! I met many great people including attorney-alums and current law professors who were kind enough to come out for the event. I was surprised that it had turned out to be quite the networking event, too!

If given the opportunity, I highly recommend attending an ASD. Though I was already committed to attending, it was still an exciting event to learn more about the school!

By the way – what should I use to refer to my future law school? I figure since you are the ones reading about it for the next three years, perhaps you should help me decide! Whichever name gets the most votes wins!

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