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and we all have the liberty to disagree... so long as it is justified.

Lets take the inalienable right of liberty and free speech and mire it with the arbitrary principle of justification  ???

Justify who, what, by you? Huh?



If you can add 35 onto any number a regular analog watch will work fine.


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Well, since it's impossible to improve at RC, what other options do you have?

Yeah, I know. I mean its almost as bad as trying to get your old sports memorabilia back  ::)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: very annoying lsat roadblock- suggestions?
« on: November 03, 2008, 04:23:18 PM »
Another unwitting narcolepsy victim, although I said she did NOT fall asleep during sex, she often did NOT wake up during sex either  ;D

Some problems are better off left unsolved  ;)
I don't know what to say.  That is spot on.  Last week she complained the next morning that she was asleep during it.  I was like, "you WOKE ME UP in the middle of the night, were talking, demanding it, climbed on top and went to town while I laid there."  What a trip...


I know, I know    :o There has to be some kind of Narcolepsy Singles Dating website or Narcoleptic Woman & Their Admirers .com NarcoNymphos.com

I think I have developed a fetish  ;D

Oddly enough this thread has been hi-jacked by some people talking about some LSAT something or other  ???  whatever thats about  ::)


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: very annoying lsat roadblock- suggestions?
« on: November 03, 2008, 12:03:17 PM »

You just perfectly described my relationship with my GF in detail and may have solved the problem we have been trying to figure out for a while.  How could I be so blind? 
THNX  ;D



Another unwitting narcolepsy victim, although I said she did NOT fall asleep during sex, she often did NOT wake up during sex either  ;D

Some problems are better off left unsolved  ;)


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: very annoying lsat roadblock- suggestions?
« on: November 02, 2008, 04:29:28 AM »
I have my own narcolepsy experience, I dated a narcoleptic girl when I was 18, she was 17. She used to fall asleep on the phone regularly, not often in person and never during sex, she had a crazy sex drive. Hands down the horniest girl I've ever met, not sure if that's narcolepsy related lol. 

I dropped her off at home one night and she fell asleep at the front door before she got her keys out. I waited a few minutes and drove off confident her parents would collect her or she would wake up  ;D It was about -30c out, poor thing probably froze to death  ::) She called me the next day and didnt remember a thing   :-*

Her father never spoke a word to me, he just used to glare at me, ahhh the days of hiding in the closet and sneaking out the back door when the coast was clear  ;D

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Logical reasoning, is a section where you have to understand arguments. Many people have said that formal logic can assist you in the logical reasoning portion as much as the logical games. I beg to differ.
firstly, formal logic is presented in a manner which is dissimilar to LSAT Arguments. Sure when you break the Argument down to its most fundamental/rudimentary state it can be translated as formal logic. However books on informal logic are better for preparing for the lsat because, much like the lsat, it has arguments and passages similar to that of the LSAT. Furthermore, all of the testprep companies and testprep booklets always give you an introduction to logic. So buy an informal logic book. it can seriously help.

The best-informal logic- book in the market right know is called:

Informal Logic: A handbook for Critical Argumentation by Douglas walton.


With powerscore there are clearly used techniques which are specific to each question type, you will only use formal logic diagramming on conditionals, parallels and, obviously, the odd formal logic question that is in the LSAT.

There are questions in the LR section that are pure formal logic and easily diagrammed. But there are many other question types, powerscore covers other techniques to attack these problems.

The PS LR techniques are involved and require a lot of time and practice, but they are flawless in the end. The record speaks for itself, hes an LSAT master.

A book on "informal logic" may help, but will be a waste of time, the PS author is well read on philosophy and logic and picks out the best bits and tailors it to the lsat.

Cut to the chase, reading philosophy may help but its not going to help as much as an LSAT expert focused program.

This Walton fellow seems somewhat credible, I'm sure he writes a half decent book here and there  ;D


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Yeah, I am taking the June 09 as well and I see nothing but advantage in starting studying now. I have all the Powerscore material and there is a lot to cover. To fully absorb all the techniques till they become second nature will take a considerable investment of time, for myself anyways.

I plan to go through each book several times and keep practicing my techniques on sections of the prep tests, also taking full length tests whenever I have time. I am saving my 10 newest prep tests for the month leading up to the exam.

Someone on here mentioned making a compilation of the hardest LSAT questions from all your prep tests and studying those. Great idea which I have started.

Plenty of time means plenty of opportunity to focus in your weaknesses and eliminate them.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is RC really just about reading well?
« on: October 20, 2008, 10:09:59 PM »
One of the most important things to get from an RC passage is its position in the big picture of the argument - is it a claim, an opposition to a claim or a rebuttal to an opposition?  That helps keep things straight in your head.  You can usually get that from the first paragraph.  If not, you will get it from the very beginning of the second paragraph. 

Next, watch for a thesis statement.  Some have it.  Some do not.  If they have it, get it.

Next, watch the flow of the argument.  How is the author constructing his/her case?  Don't worry nearly as much about the details of the argument.  Treat it like an open book test.  (Because, it really is an open book test).  If you need details for an answer, you want to be able to look back at them.  There is no reason to work those from memory.

Last, watch for a conclusion.  Some have it.  Some do not.  If they have one, it is very helpful (obviously). 

It should not take more than one to two minutes to get this from a passage leaving plenty of time to answer the questions.  All that other stuff - about reading questions first, etc., is more for people who are "gaming" the RC section rather than doing it the way it is designed to be done.

RC has nothing to do with speed reading or reading dense material.  It is about reading argument (something we lawyers do every day of our lives).   

Great advice. My score in RC went up after I stopped trying to read and internalize the passage in detail and started reading for general gist and relationships, diagramming as I went along. Referring back to the passage to answer questions as they came up was most effective, kept my mind clearer to focus on the main point instead of retaining all the details. I think that reading the questions first in anything is a waste of time, better of spending that time reading and noting the passage, reading the questions and having time to refer back to the passage.

I agree that RC may be a poor test of reading comprehension in some ways because the section is susceptible to techniques other than pure reading skill and short term memory.

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What was your expected score or range going into the test? 168-172
What was your expected score or range after taking the test? see below...
What was your actual score? 148

However, I had pneumonia and 102.5 fever for my first LSAT. Apparently I was delirious, because I walked out thinking it was relatively easy. I should have postponed the test, or at least canceled my score once I was in the testing room and feeling like death warmed over. Obviously hindsight is 20/20. My advice if you are really sick for the LSAT, postpone your test! I talked my doctor out of hospitalizing me the Friday before I took it, saying, "But I have the LSAT tomorrow!"

I took it October 4th, so I am hoping to have better news on this last try later this week. I was still consistently scoring near 170. We'll see how I did since I wasn't sick this time.



WOW, you are dedicated, too bad your didnt cancel your score. But its gotta be hard to cancel and prolong the agony. At least writing the LSAT is a skill that doesnt vanish quickly.

Not having written the test yet, hearing how peoples actual experiences differed from their prep experience is very helpful.

Good luck ya'll  ;D

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Oh Canada! / Re: Deciding Where to Go - Queen's vs. King's (UK)
« on: October 08, 2008, 06:18:11 PM »
The value of the UK law degree is less than the JD or LLB (which is equivalent to a JD) from Canada. For instance, if you look at hiring done in the UAE, they prize Western law degrees, JD, they view the European LLB as a "basic" law degree. Many firms have mentioned "poor" reasoning and writing skills from UK law students, have you seen the LNAT? Its a joke.

Its easy to get into UK law school, but harder to get a job, especially if you want to be a barrister, solicitors positions are easier. Remember its a separate profession over there, solicitors do not argue in courts, although it is changing slowly. Barristers argue in all courts, solicitors prepare cases and deal with the public. Barristers can make huge money, but its tough to get in, you have a lot of competition and have to buy into the chambers upon completion of your training. The magic circle solicitors jobs in the UK are taken by Oxbridge stars and US top schools, partners can make 750k a year. But with a Western law degree and fluency in Arabic you can push 50-70k a month in UAE.

Being strategic can be a whole different ball game than being book smart and it can take you a lot further.


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