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Hey. I am wondering if the extra study time/LSAT improvement is worth waiting 'till December to take the LSAT as opposed to September. I know the first wave of selections will be over by the time Dec. scores come out. But how different would admissions chances really be?

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Studying for the LSAT / How often should practice tests be taken?
« on: July 28, 2009, 01:12:21 AM »
It seems like if you take them back to back the grade sometimes goes down. Maybe the grade decreasing is actually part of the learning, sort of like you have to go down to go up or something, I don't know. How often did you take prep tests and how were the results? Also, how often do prep courses recomend (if you took an actual course how often were you tested)?

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Good! Thanks a lot.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: USN&W Trial Advocacy Ratings
« on: July 07, 2009, 03:33:24 AM »
What does this ranking signify? Does someone know the law better after going to one of these schools? Is one of these schools considered better than some T14 in this field for job placement?

Is this a joke? 

No I know it sounds crazy. I was just making sure. There had to have been a reason why USN put that up. I just assumed this was as reliable/meaningful as the rest of their ratings.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / USN&W Trial Advocacy Ratings
« on: July 04, 2009, 02:38:23 AM »
Why are the top rated trial advocacy schools so low rated overall and vice versa why aren't the top rated schools overall also top in trial advocacy? This seems very strange.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/trial-advocacy

What does this ranking signify? Does someone know the law better after going to one of these schools? Is one of these schools considered better than some T14 in this field for job placement?

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It seems like more people are deciding to stay in school because of the bad job market. More people will go to grad school and law school. Will this increase competition enough, as in a significantly higher GPA and LSAT score are needed to get admitted to many schools? What do people think about this?

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Law School Applications / Question about Patent Law
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:22:23 PM »
Hey. I am majoring in engineering for UG. I am interested in goint to law school. It seems there is much less competition for patent attorneys, so my chances of getting into a better school would increase if I showed that I choose a path to practice patent law. Am I right?

As far as I know in law school there is no specific specialization field that you choose besides your coursework. (It's nothing like a UG major). So how can I indicate that I am interested in patent law on an application for example? And will they take that into consideration somehow?

I am mainly wondering if there is a way I can emphasize my UG field and interest in patent law to increase my chances of getting accepted at a school.

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However, you might have much better luck applying as a PT-er and selling yourself as a future IP lawyer. If you are at all interested in IP law, passing the patent bar could open major doors (I know several PTers who are getting tuition covered + generous salary while in law school doing IP law).

What does being an IP have to do with applying PT? Is it not possible to be FT and focus coursework on IP?

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As an engineering major, I do not know how much good a recomendation from one of my engineering professors will do. They can talk about my work ethic but not really about most other skills or experience that I need for law school. I am doing some honors in general education program and that counselor will be able to give me a recomendation based on all my course work. Is that better? Also I had a summer internship with an engineering company, but again the skills I used apply to engineering not law stuff. Who should I ask? All 3, just professors, or some combination of those?

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Do semester grades that are earned after submitting applications to schools have any effect. For example if I will graduate from UG in 2010. I will submit applications this fall but there are 2 terms of grades. I assume the final spring semester will not be seen, but will I have to send in a new transcript to LSDAS and update my application that way? Grades for fall semester at my school come out like in January, it seems like most schools have already decided who to accept by then. For me these grades can play a big role because I will take 3 years (out of high school) to graduate from UG. Any little GPA affects the average more than it would for most other people.

Also I hope schools do not get confused by my early graduation. I had some test credit coming out of high school, but I completed over 85 units in the last 2 years. I just don't want them to think I am inelligible to graduate or something. What if they reject me because they do not believe that I will graduate in Spring 2010. I had some trouble transferring schools for because of this. (You had to be a second year student, I was, but the transcripts showed only 1 year). Will this pose problems?

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