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Hi guys,

I wanted to know your thoughts on things that every student should have going into law school. Would be really helpful for future 1L's. What are some things that you find incredibly helpful but something somebody would not think to purchase? Anything from personal items to paper supplies and everything in between...

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A laptop and a well-fitting suit are all you really need.

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Get photos developed and put a couple into frames. Your parents, your dog, your friends. Makes it feel more like home. 

Buy a suit  that fits (SEE A TAILOR WHEN / AFTER YOUR PURCHASE) and makes you feel badass. Get a crisp white collar shirt, a money clip, possibly sunglasses if it’s bright out, and head to a nearby “fancy” bar - order an old fashioned or a martini or a Perrier with lime, and notice how you are treated there. It’s different from your neighbourhood jeans and tshirt sports bar. Carry that feeling with you. (But don’t let it go to your head).

Get a comfortable shoulder bag that fits your laptop. Make sure you have an all-weather kind of jacket and sturdy shoes that have some some level of water resistance. I know - I sound old. But when you can’t get into your mom’s front closet to shuffle through all the shit you have accumulated throughout the years, you get caught short.

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I find my external monitor extremely useful. A lot of my studying time involved making my own summary in word while looking at pdfs of my casebooks, professor notes/handouts, and upper years' summaries. The extra screen real estate makes that so much easier more enjoyable than flipping between a million windows or tabs. 

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The extra monitor is clutch.

I would suggest a vehicle.  For instance if you have a vehicle and are debating bringing it to school or not I would suggest to bring it.  It gives you so much more freedom.  In saying all this don't go to the dealership and buy one if you dont have one.

 

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3 hours ago, Bure10 said:

The extra monitor is clutch.

I would suggest a vehicle.  For instance if you have a vehicle and are debating bringing it to school or not I would suggest to bring it.  It gives you so much more freedom.  In saying all this don't go to the dealership and buy one if you dont have one.

 

This!

Bringing my vehicle was key for me. Allowed me to widen my apartment search area since I didn't need to take public transit to school, and it allowed me to travel back and forth between BC and AB often. I was already used to the freedom of having my car and didn't want to sacrifice that for three years.

Also, if you're from out of province, best to check to see if you can keep your home licence/registration and insurance in your new province. Not all provinces allow students to leave that stuff as is while they study.

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13 hours ago, feraenaturae said:

I find my external monitor extremely useful. A lot of my studying time involved making my own summary in word while looking at pdfs of my casebooks, professor notes/handouts, and upper years' summaries. The extra screen real estate makes that so much easier more enjoyable than flipping between a million windows or tabs. 

I definitely agree with this! I had an old laptop with a bigger screen that I used along side my surface pro 3 and it way soooo much easier than trying to flip between tab after tab when doing research/writing papers.

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On 05/07/2018 at 3:38 PM, NapoleonBonaparte said:

I would imagine a printer might come in handy.

Some schools have free printers or the LS has access to its own student printer.  Ink is so expensive so check with the school before this one

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Also almost everything is online, so you might want an extra/external hard drive for storage. That being said, you can’t take online files into exams, so at some point you will need to get stuff printed.

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On 05/07/2018 at 12:22 PM, feraenaturae said:

I find my external monitor extremely useful. A lot of my studying time involved making my own summary in word while looking at pdfs of my casebooks, professor notes/handouts, and upper years' summaries. The extra screen real estate makes that so much easier more enjoyable than flipping between a million windows or tabs. 

Same! I love my external monitor. It also reduces a lot of stress on your neck, shoulders and back.

On 06/07/2018 at 5:38 AM, NapoleonBonaparte said:

I would imagine a printer might come in handy.

I never used my home printer except for small, last minute jobs. The printers at the law school were better, faster, and cheaper. I did use it as a scanner though

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A trusty backpack! 

A suit for job interviews, mooting and maybe hearings/court depending on what kind of clinics you have in 1L

A Kettle (don't be tea-less!)

A good scarf/coat/earmuffs (before you catch the flu and give it to everyone in your contracts class!)

And if you're moving away from friends/family with whom you speak a language other than English: books and podcast/TV recos so you're not rusty when you go home! It's embarrassing!

 

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On 04/07/2018 at 10:22 PM, feraenaturae said:

I find my external monitor extremely useful. A lot of my studying time involved making my own summary in word while looking at pdfs of my casebooks, professor notes/handouts, and upper years' summaries. The extra screen real estate makes that so much easier more enjoyable than flipping between a million windows or tabs. 

This post made me want to dual monitor so bad, then I fo und my graphics card was too old to support it :( is it really worth it or can I get away with one monitor and a tablet or a laptop or something?

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7 hours ago, bhaywardio said:

This post made me want to dual monitor so bad, then I fo und my graphics card was too old to support it :( is it really worth it or can I get away with one monitor and a tablet or a laptop or something?

Oh, it’s 100% a paradigm shift you can never walk away from. And that graphics card claim being too old to support it doesn’t sound right at all, I first used dual monitors on a graphics card from 2006. 

If you have a laptop, just plug it into your laptop, hit Windows+P and choose extend. 

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2 minutes ago, RNGesus said:

Oh, it’s 100% a paradigm shift you can never walk away from. And that graphics card claim being too old to support it doesn’t sound right at all, I first used dual monitors on a graphics card from 2006. 

If you have a laptop, just plug it into your laptop, hit Windows+P and choose extend. 

Not too old, but rather it doesn't have enough outputs to properly do it. Unless you can use hdmi for one and DVI for the other, I wouldn't be able to. 

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I would recommend a book stand. Bending over a table to read your textbooks can put strain on your neck. I bought a stank in the winter term of 1L. Changed my life.

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1 hour ago, bhaywardio said:

Not too old, but rather it doesn't have enough outputs to properly do it. Unless you can use hdmi for one and DVI for the other, I wouldn't be able to. 

I had this problem with my windows desktop that was purchased solely for the purpose of dual screening. My solution was to buy a MacBook stand for my laptop and one of those lil HDMI dongle things. I can now basically have three full browser windows open between the two screens. I usually use the smaller laptop screen to keep static/less used windows open eg music, a scratchpad doc for notes, a statute/document that I keep referring back to every so often while I do most of my active work on the main monitor.

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1 hour ago, bhaywardio said:

Not too old, but rather it doesn't have enough outputs to properly do it. Unless you can use hdmi for one and DVI for the other, I wouldn't be able to. 

The wonderful thing about the internet, it brought us things like Amazon and Monoprice. HDMI and single link DVI are pin for pin compatible, just adapt to what you need. They're dirt cheap, and 100% worth the 3 cups of coffee you've given up for it.

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On 7/4/2018 at 7:20 PM, Starling said:

A laptop and a well-fitting suit are all you really need.

I've gotten through two years with a badly fitting suit. Even that's not strictly necessary ;)

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