found/learn-ed things...

Thursday, May 01, 2003  

type v. write

In the comments on my "Looking Forward" post (which, incidentally is by far the most commented-on post I've had since I started), greg suggests that a laptop works best for in-class notetaking. While I'll avoid rehashing bloggers' prolific 'laptops in the classroom' discussions, I would note that my memory of typed notes is considerably lower of written notes. I type very quickly -- let's blame a career unintentionally filled with dictation -- and so remember less of what I've typed than I do when I hand-write. Although I plan to transcribe my handwritten notes into my trusty iBook, any basic/rote memorization that I wish to do before exams will involve re-writing my notes again. The slowness of the activity helps me to concentrate and, consequently, remember...

posted by elle | Thursday, May 01, 2003 |

Law school preview tomes

Disputation has posted a great review of Law School Insider, with which I concur completely. The book is fabulous, particularly since it does, indeed, give the reader an inside perspective on law school and its attendant processes (applying, admissions, testing, job searching, law reviewing, etc.). The book also avoids giving the overly simplistic, trendy advice* that readers must wade through in other books; Law School Insider excels at providing earthy, honest, cleverly-written information about attending law school. On a purely aesthetic note, the book is small, sturdy and thick -- very well proportioned. Kudos to Jeremy Horowitz on all fronts.

I also purchased Getting to Maybe at the MWU bookstore this morning. Although her archives don't seem to be working at the moment, I believe Sue recently posted a review of GOM. And, lest anyone be concerned about my over-preparedness, rest assured that I have slacked plenty in the past and will do so in the future. I enjoy reading immensely, but I *love* books even more -- thus the recent purchases.

* - I scanned Law School Confidential at our neighborhood behemoth bookstore, and one of its central points seemed to be that if you didn't get into HYS, take a year off and try again. In the author's purview, there is apparently little to be gained from attending other, lower-ranked law schools.

posted by elle | Thursday, May 01, 2003 |

Wednesday, April 30, 2003  

The sixth class

I avoided mentioning in yesterday's post that I actually have to take six classes each semester, not five. During the fall semester, 1Ls at MWU take a class intended to serve as an introduction to the legal field. In the spring, this class is replaced by criminal law. I listed only five classes below because I didn't want to lose anonymity by identifying the class's name, which I assumed would lead googlers right to the school I attend. I'll still avoid giving the name outright, but a quick scan of curricula at other midwestern law schools indicates that six classes (including something like my introductory one) are the norm for first year students. I suppose that does explain, in part, why I was told that large Chicago-Atlanta-Seattle firms enjoy hiring students from our school, who presumably have a "midwestern work ethic." Alternately stated: You certainly won't be offered a job based on your school's reputation, so you'd better be prepared to work.

Other than exams (obviously), the fact that I'll be taking six classes is the element that frightens me most about the looming fall semester. I haven't been enrolled in six classes in a single semester since high school, as my undergraduate university operated on a completely different system. We took, at most, four classes at a time. Grad school operated similarly, as three classes were considered to be a full load in any one semester. [Taking two classes, I might add, works out to be a three-fourths load. I'll leave you, perspicacious readers, to explain the math on that one.] Although my time management skills are reasonably solid, I will certainly have to be more disciplined this year than I have ever been before.

Other asstd. good things

. Manor House is much fun, although I can't help but wonder what the younger servants -- who constantly complain about the amount of work they're asked to do -- were expecting when they agreed to join the project. Perhaps we are a particularly spoiled generation.
. Mom gets something similar to Bloom's Pampering Pack for mother's day.
. I was going to link one more thing, but I forgot what it was. Oh, well.

posted by elle | Wednesday, April 30, 2003 |


Apple's interpretation of the mp3 player has been reincarnated again. Kudos, boys and girls, for the striking design and increased functionality.

Also, as many news sources are reporting, Apple has jumped into the online music provider fray. Will I pay $.99 for a song that I can legally download? Absolutely... Except that, as the owner of a second-generation iPod, it has been recommended that I purchase new system software, update my iPod system software and download iTunes 4 in order to make use of the music store. Did I mention I'm a 56k user? I'm not on the internet in the evenings enough to justify any faster a connection than that, but it is annoying the two to three times a year that I download substantial programs. I hope no one tries to call at 2:00 a.m.

posted by elle | Wednesday, April 30, 2003 |

Tuesday, April 29, 2003  

One more supply note

I got one of these over the weekend. Yum. Pretty and functional, with an amazingly smooth roller ball tip.

posted by elle | Tuesday, April 29, 2003 |

Looking forward

My feet planted firmly in MWU's corner, I made a list today of the school supplies I'll need to pick up in the next couple of months, i.e., before the money runs out.

1. Five* flexible, clear, 1.5" binders. Although I've usually used notebooks, I'm opting for binders this time around. I assume that I'll be adding retyped notes, outlines and practice essay questions to my stack of documents for each particular class and I'd like to keep them all organized.
2. Firm-backed, legal-margined, yellow-papered, letter-sized, hole-punched legal pads. I'll use these for notetaking in class and then add them to the binder later on. Easier to write in than binders with sizable loops, I like being able to hold the pads on my lap as I write.
3. Hole punch reinforcers. I'm clumsy and anticipate tearing lots of pages.
4. Three-hole punch. Our current hole punch is indisposed at the moment, it's punching columns stuck together with plastic sheets that it was ill-equipped to handle. Note to self: Do not try to hole-punch plastic sheets.
5. Large binder dividers. Ain't nothin' like organization.
6. Round-edged resume paper. I saw this at our local office supply chain last week. It's resume quality paper but has neatly die-cut rounded edges. As I'd like to have my 1L summer resumes prepped and ready before the semester begins, I thought this would be a nice touch.

* Five binders for the following five classes: Contracts, Civ Pro, LRW, Property, Torts.

posted by elle | Tuesday, April 29, 2003 |
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