438037919_36785da891In The Shark Attack, the Blawgirl brings you a list of links to blog posts published at The Shark, a blawg written by and for law students.

A grout way to cheat. Bathroom breaks aren’t just for gathering pithy bits of wisdom anymore. Some law students see it as an opportunity to get ahead in their law school exams.

Anti-John Yoo protests at Berkeley’s commencement ceremonies: round two! Surprise! Students and alumni were expected to protest Capt. Waterboard John Yoo during U.C. Berkeley’s commencement ceremonies.

Shame on you, law school cheaters. Shame on you. Everyone has an opinion on cheaters. The Blawgirl is no exception. They are idiots.

Supreme Court nominee round-up. Before Sonia Sotomayor was announced as President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee earlier this week, the blawgs, blogs and pundits were doing what they do best: speculating! At The Shark, we scoured the Interwebz to find some little-known factoids about the possible nominees. Check them out: Possible SCOTUS nominees way back when: Kagan and Sotomayor in law school, SCOTUS shortlist: one scholar and two politicians, SCOTUS shortlist: The man, man

0L dates 1: Turns out law school puts some pressure on romance. As you know the Blawgirl is dating the Boyfriend, who just finished up his first year in law school. At The Shark, the Blawgirl reflects on the Boyfriend’s past 1L year.

amctheaterThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

  • Free or $1 movies this summer! DealNews put together an awesome list of movie theaters offering free or $1 movies on select showings (mostly family-friendly movies) throughout the summer. I’m not familiar with many of the theaters on the list, but AMC Theaters has $1 movies for 10:30 a.m. admission every Wednesday, with funds raised going to Variety-The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. The Regal Entertainment Group, for its free family festival, offers free 10 a.m. admission every Tuesday and Wednesday! Check out the full list of 17 theaters here.
  • Night at the movies for less than $5 a couple! If you’re looking for more “adult” fare (not nekkid stuff, but PG-13 or R-rated movies) this summer, try checking out a local second-run movie theater, which shows movies that aren’t yet on DVD, but maybe opened several months ago. The Blawgirl and the Boyfriend love The Picture Show at Santa Ana’s Mainplace Mall, where two adults can watch a movie for $3.50, or $1.75 per person! We’ve never been to Woodbridge Movies 5 in Irvine, but the theater also shows second-run movies for $1 on Tuesdays and $2 all other showings!
  • $3 Soulja Boy album. Today only, the Amazon MP3 Store has downloads of iSouljaBoyTellem by Soulja Boy Tell’em for $2.99. The same 16-track album, released in 2008, goes for $7.99 on iTunes. (via DealNews)
  • iTunes free download. Get a free download of Vib Gyor’s single “Fallen”. If you like Keane, Travis or Coldplay, you may like this song from the Leed-based band.

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  • Free Krispy Kreme donut. According to the folks over at OC Deals, Krispy Kreme donuts will be giving away a free donut on National Doughnut Day, which is Friday, June 5. Find your nearest location here.

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Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

  • Free Amazon download. The Amazon MP3 Store has free downloads of 1959: Jazz’s Greatest Year, a three-track MP3 sampler album. It includes songs from Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet. (via DealNews)
  • Battlestar Galactica complete series. You can pre-order Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on DVD for $181.99 (Was: $279.98) from Amazon.com. I know it’s a lot of money and is more of a splurge than a frugal find, but the series is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

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Just for fun:

  • Throw a mustache or beard party. DealExtreme has a Fake Mustache 12-Pack for $2.61 with free shipping. Included styles are The Bandit, The Rogue, The Smarty, The Scoundrel, The Cassanova, and The Partyboy. (via DealNews) For free, you can print up one of these beards, take a picture of yourself and your bearded crew to help earn a little money for microlender Kiva.

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2892058635_da341cba5fThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

Gadgets and Gear:

$467 notebook. Lenovo has its Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1GHz 15.4″ Widescreen Notebook for $466.65 (Was: $635) with free shipping via the directions at DealNews.

$619 notebook. Lenovo has its Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 Intel Dual Core 2GHz 14″ Widescreen Notebook for $619 (Was: $719) with free shipping, but coupon code “USPGRADSPROMO” drops the price down to $557.10. (via DealNews)

10 to 15 percent off select laptops. Lenovo takes 10 to 15 percent of select laptops with coupon code “USPGRADSPROMO”. You also receive free shipping on all orders. (via DealNews)

$70 digital camera. OfficeMax has the Olympus FE-20 8-Megapixel Digital Camera in red for $69.99 (Was: $129.99) with free shipping. (via DealNews)

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241211512_7a4140cf0aIf you read this blog last Saturday, you know that the Blawgirl and the Boyfriend were going to head to Las Vegas to take a little post- and pre- 1L trip: He’s just finished his first year, and I’m getting ready to start in August.

As current and future students who will have tons of debt to pay off at the end of our three-year stints, we don’t have a lot of money to play with. As they say, “If you live like a lawyer while you’re a student, you’re going to live like a student when you’re a lawyer”, which is why we decided to take the frugal finds approach in planning our Vegas trip.

Last week, I found some great deals on the hotel stay (a four-star within a five minute drive of the strip) and two Las Vegas shows, which broke down to about $95 a person. But what about food, gas and gambling? The Boyfriend decided not to gamble this time around, and I just dropped $5 at a slot machine for the heck of it. For the rest of our expenses, here’s a rough estimate of the four-day stay:

Day 1

  • Gas: $20
  • Pita sandwiches made at home: $3
  • McDonald’s for lunch: $6; two sandwiches, two fries and a large sweet tea
  • Dinner at Baja Miguel’s restaurant at South Point: $12; split entree with free nachos, guacamole, salsa and refried beans; used a coupon from the hotel for a free margarita.

Day 1 total: $41

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Coronado Cafe at hotel: $12; split ginormous plate of corned beef hash, scrambled eggs and hash browns; four pieces of toast; and a carafe of coffee.
  • Games at South Point arcade: $5
  • Movie at Century Theater at South Point: $14
  • Dinner after The Mentalist show at Planet Hollywood: $12; split a basket of hot wings and french fries
  • Stroll from Planet Hollywood to Excalibur: free
  • Drinks at hotel bar: $10

Day 2 total: $53

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the Garden Buffet at South Point: $9; used a two-for-one breakfast/lunch buffet coupon from the hotel
  • Swimming at the South Point pool: free
  • Bowling at South Point bowling center: $15; shoe rentals, two games
  • Stroll around the Wynn, Encore and Palazzo hotels: free
  • Drinks and karaoke at Hawaiian Marketplace: $10 drinks, free karaoke
  • Dinner from In ‘n’ Out after Sin City Comedy show at Planet Hollywood: $6

Day 3 total: $40

Day 4

  • Swimming at the South Point pool: free
  • Lunch at a creperie at the Paris hotel: $25
  • Feed the slot machine: $5
  • Gas: $20

Day 4 total: $50

Expenses added to the hotel and show costs total $279, which brings the cost to about $140 per person. Let’s say that I might have forgotten about $50 worth of alcoholic beverages or little snacks that were purchased, and that still keeps us at about $165 per person for a four-day trip! That’s about the price you would pay for one night at a the same kind of hotel on the strip! Yey, for frugal finds!

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bruceleeThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

Check back tomorrow for a brief recap in Frugal Finds Weekend of the Blawgirl’s frugal trip to Las Vegas with the Boyfriend!

Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

  • $4 Rod Stewart album. Today only, the Amazon MP3 Store has downloads of Rod Stewart’s The Definitive Rod Stewart for $3.99. The same album, which includes Stewart’s “Forever Young” goes for $9.99 at iTunes. (via DealNews)
  • Free music from Mercedes Benz. Every 10 weeks, Mercedes Benz offers 10 tracks from new artists for free MP3 download. (via DealNews)
  • $11 Bruce Lee five-movie box set. Buy.com has the Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection on DVD for $10.50 (Was: $19.98) with $2.90 for shipping. The set includes The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Game of Death, and Game of Death II. (via DealNews) Check out the Kill Bill and Bruce Lee video mashup at the end of this article!

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241211512_7a4140cf0aThe Boyfriend’s first year of law school is over, and soon it will be my turn to take the first-year plunge. But before I dive in and before he starts his summer internships, Boyfriend figured it would be a good idea to take a trip like we’ve done almost every summer we’ve been together.

Last year, when we both had jobs, we went for a week to Negril, Jamaica!

This year, with one of us in school and another getting ready to start, we don’t have the luxury of steady paychecks, so we had to look into more affordable options.

My first idea for a trip was the $99 four-day Carnival cruises that I wrote about last week, but all the affordable cabins had sold out. The next affordable option, believe it or not, was Las Vegas, which is where many Southern Californians choose to get away for the weekend.

Because of the current economy, many Las Vegas hotels are offering great deals on their rooms, especially on the weekdays. But while you can book through the hotel Web sites, I usually opt to search for rooms on sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity to compare rates.

Three-star rated hotels (Sahara, Imperial Palace, etc.) started at about $24, but I opted to book a fairly new hotel called South Point, which I’ve stayed at before. The hotel is off the Strip, which is about a five-minute drive, but you get a four-star hotel for a three-star price. The mid-week rates started at $70, but Expedia threw in one night for free. Because of the free night, the price per night for a three-night stay came to about $46, plus handling charges. Score!

The next thing to think about was entertainment, which I booked through Goldstar Events, another site that I’ve written about before. Many of the tickets are 50 percent off, but, if you’re lucky, you can pick up free tickets, which is exactly what I did. The site offered free tickets to The Mentalist: Live and Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood with a two-ticket limit for each show. I had to pay an $8 handling fee for each ticket ($36 total), but individual tickets to those shows would have cost $110 and $99, respectively. Just by booking through Goldstar, I saved $173 on the shows. Score two!

For a four-day, three-night hotel stay, and two shows, we’re paying about $95 a person to start. Factor in gas, food (McDonald’s!; Hey, we exercise!), and a very frugal approach to casinos, and you get a quick getaway for less than $200 a person!

We’re going to be gone Monday through Thursday next week, and I may or may not be able to update from the road. That means sporadic updates, if any, next week until Friday. While I’m gone, visit The Shark, a great blawg for law students!

If you have any other vacation ideas for less than $200 bucks a pop (and, yes, I know I could just stay home and not spend anything, but where’s the fun in that?), please post your ideas in the comments section below!

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Surprise! Law school students on Twitter have a lot to say about the law and law school. The Blawgirl compiles some of her favorites from the past 24 hours or so.

Turns out Twitter can be useful beyond finding out where the @kogibbq trucks are. It could also help train twits to condense their thoughts and use the skill to succeed in a law school torts exam.

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Many law school students are taking their finals this week. For 1Ls, their last final of the year marks the end of the most grueling year of their lives to date. For 2Ls, it means just one more year until they break free. And for 3Ls, well:

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[@e_fink, @soydelmar, @countertopdance]

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Gadgets and Gear:

  • $70 desk. Staples has the Sauder Cottage Home Computer Desk with Hutch in bishop pine for $69.90 (Was: $119.99) with free shipping. (via DealNews)
  • $10 off Office Depot purchase. Office Depot takes $10 off purchases of $50 or more via coupon code “13259108″. You can’t pick up any gadgets with the coupon, but you can save some dough on backpacks or school supplies. Coupon expires May 18. (via DealNews)

Entertainment:

  • $5 Green Day album. Today only, the Amazon MP3 Store has downloads of 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day, with an exclusive track available only at Amazon, for $4.99. The album, which was released today, goes for $11.99 at iTunes sans the bonus track. (via DealNews)
  • Free Coldplay album. Coldplay is offering free downloads of its 9-track album Left Right Left Right Left as a “thank you” to their fans through their Web site. The album features live recordings of some of Coldplay’s most memorable songs, including “Clocks” and “Viva la Vida”.

Odds and Ends:

  • Free chocolate. Thanks to my cousin for sending me a link to this! You can get coupons for free Mars chocolate by visiting and registering for the Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act. Speaking of chocolate, I want to be able to fight like this someday:

Or, at the very least, do this:

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Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

  • $2 Heartless Bastards album. The Amazon MP3 Store offers downloads of The Mountain by Heartless Bastards for $1.99. The same 12-track album goes for $9.99 at iTunes. (via DealNews)
  • High School Musical bundle. Today only, get all three High School Musical movies from Amazon.com for $31.99 for DVD or $51.95 on Blu-ray. Hoping for High School Musical 4? Check out the Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Zac Efron below!

Odds and Ends:

  • Buy one get one sport coat. When you buy one select men’s suit or sport coat at Macy’s, you get another of equal or lesser value for free. You can also get free shipping with coupon code “UPGRADE”. (via DealNews)

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