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General Board / anyone had these three professors?
« on: July 06, 2009, 06:27:02 PM »
David Rudstein for Criminal Law
Cesar Rosado Marzan for Contracts
Chris Buccafusco for Torts

Where should I go next fall? / Re: NYLS OR HOFSTRA?
« on: May 28, 2009, 08:47:52 PM »
NYLS is better for IP in my opinion

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Scholarship vs. ranking
« on: May 28, 2009, 08:46:08 PM »
I think the more important consideration is actually where you want to work. The ranking here really is not going to help you much since all of these are regional schools. So consider first and foremost where you want to work (which I think you have to some extent) and then look at the best school you can get into in that area. If you get into multiple schools there, then look not at ranking difference, since it will likely be insignificant, but your debt at graduation and the graduate placements. If debating among schools, and one has consistently good placements in the types of firms you want to work where you want to work, then that's your best option.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: September LSAT... Where to Start?
« on: May 28, 2009, 08:41:48 PM »
Hi I had a 144 my first time on the LSAT, then with a lot of intensive study (I read one review book and took a couple practice tests the first time), I scored 161, and that was on an empty stomach which was growling all through my worst section, reading comp.

I used all the items you are talking about too. But, I systematically took the practice tests. Be sure to note the practice tests that the practice questions in those books come from. You do not want to simulate a test if you have already seen those questions. I made a schedule for every Saturday to take a full length test. I started with the most recent one to be used about half way through my prep. I designated two recent ones, in the low 40's I think, to be the ones for the last two saturdays before the exam. All of my saturday tests were 6 sections (5 plus writing) to make sure that the length of the test was not a factor come exam time (what was a factor was not eating what I had planned!)

Now, the real key to my success was a database and a spreadsheet that I made so that I could track my progress. I could not afford the prepcourses, nor could I afford the computer assisted feedback. So I made these files (which I offer on ebay for $10) and if you enter your test results, observe your notations (eliminiating choices, changing answers, misreading, etc.) and then run the queries I made. You can recreate the charts in excel and easily identify the things you need to improve upon. For example, I identified a number of question types in LR that I was missing. But, I focues on the ones which made up a great proportion of the encountered question types. This meant that a little improvement on those types was most likely to lead to a visible improvement overall. And that is exactly what happened. Whatever you do, don't underestimate the test.

I don't think the September test is harder, by the way. I think the February ones are the toughest. Check the traditional scoring for the September test and you'll see.

Good Luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comp
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:29:29 PM »
Hey guys,

My issue with LR has been dying down. And with LG its been good.  But for some reason I can't seem to escape from getting 8-9 wrong on the RC.  Is there anyway to improve? People just keep telling me practice practice practice but I've done quite a few of the passages and keep getting wrecked by it.

Please help.
I had the same problem. I raised my score by 17 points without a prepcourse by using my own strategy and some customized tools. PM me and I would be happy to share with you what I did and how to get the same materials.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Loyola v. Chicago-Kent ($)
« on: May 13, 2009, 04:53:41 PM »
That makes sense. I agree that all three are pretty close. If even after visiting you are still confused (like I am between Kent and DePaul), consider the specific programs, faculty, adjunct faculty for those programs, and where their students get placed. Rest assured that whichever you choose, working hard and networking will be keys to success.

Have you visited? Did one seem like a place that fit you better? Is one closer to housing, or in a neighborhood you like more?

I visited both, liked Kent a little better, but the students at DePaul seemed much happier, much more at peace. I cant help but feel that I will do better academically at DePaul because of the high competitiveness of Kent.

I seriously thought I was done with this. I was set on DePaul, eventhough at the start of the process I would have jumped at the chance to go to Kent. But, eventhough Kent is giving me $15,000 now for the first year and a max of $10K for each of the second and third years, I am still torn. Eventhough the IP program at Kent is very highly ranked, I don't think that is very meaningful (but maybe it will be in three years). DePaul's $15,000 requires a 3.3 GPA (usually top 33% of class) which is about the same as what I would need to keep the $10,000 at Kent for the 2 and 3L years. DePaul has consistently reported employment at graduation in the mid to upper 80%, whereas Kent is usually about 10-15% lower. I get the sense that the IP program at DePaul is better (though it is ranked around 15) and more supportive than Kent. The average salary is about the same at both schools, but it seems the median at Kent is a little higher. I know this debate has been raised ad nauseum, but informed and experienced opinions would be most appreciated.


Where should I go next fall? / Re: George Mason v. Ohio State ($$)
« on: May 09, 2009, 11:54:21 AM »
I did not get into either and I would have really liked to. As an Ohio resident, I would have chosen OSU, unless you want to work in Washington DC. Mason is very good too, and if they had particular programs of interest, then that is your best choice. Consider the debt, but also consider where you will feel more comfortable and be able to do your best. Ultimately, nothing else matters as much as where you will do your best (IMO)


Where should I go next fall? / Re: Loyola v. Chicago-Kent ($)
« on: May 08, 2009, 12:06:04 PM »

In case you hadn't seen, the distribution of types of employment after graduation by school for the region.  Depaul has a fairly significant (compared to the other schools) who go into public interest work.

According to that chart, DePaul has less 1L attrition, less unemployment, and fewer grads going into grad school....add to this that your Grad Plus loan will be through Direct Loans at DePaul and through another lender at why wouldn't you go to DePaul??!

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