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Current Law Students / soc. method advice
« on: December 05, 2008, 12:14:33 AM »
This may be because I am a hopeless nerd and have spent most of my academic career in horribly failing public k-12 schools and a mediocre "party" undergraduate school full of students who either don't care enough to prepare or participate in class or struggle with very basic concepts, but I am REALLY looking forward to the competitiveness law school is known for. I realize that IF I am accepted to one of my T10 target schools, I will be surrounded by many very intelligent people for the first time in my life (I am not being conceited here, I simply couldn't afford to go to one of the best colleges I was accepted to and settled for the "safety" which offered me a full ride plus living expenses, only to be incredibly bored for four years). My question is this: how do you find the balance between doing your best and avoiding being a gunner? I don't want to be perceived that way, but I can't imagine not participating in class unless forced to. For me, it has nothing to do with trying to show off or one-up anybody, but everything to do with taking advantage of the enormous opportunities law school provides. From reading the boards here I've realized that people who ask questions (or even answer questions correctly) are villified as gunners, but isn't that the point - to increase and enrich your knowledge and understanding of the concepts? Or is it all about the attitude in answering?

Law School Admissions / Re: HELP! LSAT Handscoring question
« on: December 03, 2008, 07:37:29 PM »
I would argue three points would, in general, be worth the wait-thinking in terms of better school choice, higher chance of admission to targets, scholarship money, etc.  This of course might depend on how long LSAC takes--several months would probably change the calculation.  That said, you won't be applying early at this point anyway, so I don't see how a few weeks would hurt.

By the way, when you say you hand scored it yourself, do you just meant that you looked at the pdf of the answer sheet on Lsac?  If so, you might check with someone less biased in your favor just to be sure your judgment is sound.  Applying later with no boost would be the worst of both worlds.

I agree. Thanks. I've had everything else related to my applications done since August and it has been killing me to wait for this financial aid nonsense, so I feel a lot of pressure to just send everything off, but you're probably right that a few weeks won't make that much of a difference. Hopefully it won't be longer than that though!

I did handscore the scanned copy of my answer sheet in comparison to the credited response chart provided by the LSAC. I was marked incorrectly for the first question in every section, but my answer sheet had the correct bubble clearly filled in for each. I figure it was probably some sort of glitch in the scoring machine, since they were all on the same line, but I had several objective parties double check for me and they all agree. I'll just wait a little longer before sending everything to the law schools. I hope the delays don't hurt my chances of a T5 admission offer!

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: The LGBTQ Thread
« on: December 03, 2008, 07:13:03 PM »
Bump for the new cycle...where is everyone applying?

I am applying to T7 + Gtown, UCLA & BU as fallbacks, plus some locals that I don't actually want to go to. Everywhere I've checked allows same-sex partners to live in spousal/family campus housing, which is really helpful if we end up moving across the country.

Law School Admissions / HELP! LSAT Handscoring question
« on: December 03, 2008, 06:37:21 PM »
My applications have been delayed because of a financial obligation I had to my undergraduate institution (my financial aid issues have recently been resolved, so this is no longer a problem, but it prevented me from sending my transcripts and going complete until now). I really don't want to delay my applications by requesting a handscoring of my October LSAT, but after handscoring it myself, I realized that I was marked incorrect for three questions I clearly answered correctly on my answer sheet. While my original score was fairly good and within range of all of my target schools, a rescoring would raise my score 3 points, which I think is a significant advantage. However, I am wondering if any potential advantage to be gained by the score increase will be negated by the additional delay it would cause. Advice?

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