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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Poetry Thread
« on: July 19, 2006, 05:21:09 PM »
John Chrysostom

He who had gone a beast
Down on his knees and hands
Remembering lust and murder
Felt now a gust of grace,
Lifted his burnished face
From the psalter of the sands,
And found his thoughts in order
And cleared his throat at last.

What they heard then was a voice
That taught what they could learn
From any gelded priest
Yet rang like a great choir,
He having taught hell's fire
A singing way to burn,
And borrowed of some dumb beast
The wildness to rejoice.

-Richard Wilbur

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Acceptances / Re: TULANE LAW SCHOOL THREAD
« on: July 06, 2006, 02:31:12 PM »
this isn't some xoxohth.com bull...sh*t, i'd rather see you go to a tier two school before you risk your money, hard work, time, effort, personal property, and personal safety in new orleans.

BBT, I'm genuinely sorry you had such a negative experience with Tulane Law School and are so deeply embittered* because of it. I believe I can safely infer that to be the case, since the most reliable alternative explanation for your lengthy, raving (sorry again, but that's they way they come across) posts would be that you have borderline sociopathic tendencies that are nursed to the surface by the anonymity of posting on an Internet message board. I think the inference to the best explanation is therefore that you went to Tulane, and it blew up in your face.

That's nothing to be ashamed of, and there are certainly no guarantees for any of us in this. Each of us is as likely as any other to fall by attrition, and most of us are statistically likely to fall either in the middle or bottom third of our class. But every law student at every law school accepts these conditions.

Also, we all know that there's a heightened risk involved in attending law school in New Orleans as that city attempts to recover from the devastation of Katrina, a recovery that is by no means a sure thing. But if you find a coin on the street with the word Risk on one side, you'll probably find the word Opportunity on the other side if you flip it over. Right now there are tremendous opportunities for personal and professional service in the Crescent City. It's likely to remain that way for the entire time the TLS Class of 2009 is resident in New Orleans. That's the opportunity.

Bonkers and Alamo both posted verifiable numbers on the geographic diversity of placement for Tulane Law JDs. You didn't even pretend to address that. You just loaded up another salvo of ad hominem and fired away. Whatever credibility you purported to have that was not eroded by either your anonymity** or the red-faced, bulge-eyed, fist-pounding quality of your posts, was lost to that failure to engage with facts that don't support your assertions.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm certainly going into this with both eyes open, knowing there are no dead certs for anyone, and knowing that I'm balancing a certain heightened level of risk against the reward of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (playing a role in the restoration of a great American city).

So, BBT, I'm sorry for your loss, whatever it was and however TLS was in your mind implicated, a loss for which bitterness and resentment suppurate from every word of your rantings. I sincerely wish you the best in your future endeavors.

*Reading these posts, I can't help but laugh when I remember Woody's line from an old Cheers episode: "I'm not bitter, Sam. I'm just consumed by a gnawing resentment that's eating away at my stomach until I can taste the bile in my mouth."

**It's true, many people post anonymously. But anyone who is going to make the kind of assertions you're making, and offer it as advice to others, upon the authority of which they should make major changes in their life plans, owes it to those who might take that advice seriously to not hide behind anonymity.

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It's hilarious, from a human psychology standpoint, how everybody just blew right past the "good news" part of my post and focused only on the bad. LOL.

For what it's worth, in Feb 05 I ended up doing about 5-8 points better than I expected. I was elated.

I hope it works out the same for everybody waiting for their score, whenever it's released.

 ;)

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Maybe your percentile moved down because your scale was harder than Decembers ;)

harder than 12/05? That had 3 scores unavailable in the 170s, and a -8 for 170, hands down the hardest scale in LSAT history?

Maybe.

EDIT: NM, didn't see the wink, getting my dunce-cap on.

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Is it common knowledge that the percentile ranks reflect raw scores?
I would have thought that the percentile ranks reflect scaled scores, in which case the drop in your percentile ranking would mean that there were more scores above 168, which might in fact point to an easier scale.

Of course, I don't actually know what I'm talking about, but what else is new.

All I know is, my percentile edged down after the June 05 and December 05 tests, which both had brutal scales (-9=170 and -8=170, respectively.)

Correlation does not equal causation, though.

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I may be wrong about the implications of it, and it's the farthest thing from my intention to harsh anyone's mellow. I've been where you are, and I have nothing but sympathy.


I thought you said "marsh anyone's mellow."  That's fantastic. 
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I wish I was that clever.  :D

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2)bad: the fact that a 168 dropped into the 96th percentile (it edged in that direction following the subsequent tests) probably means yet another brutal scale to go with the June 05 and December 05 ones. (October 05 was far from an easy scale, historically-speaking, but it looks easy compared to June and December.)

Best of luck!

I somewhat doubt that we'll be seeing a "brutal" scale considering that the test was ranked as harder than usual.  But who knows I guess...

I may be wrong about the implications of it, and it's the farthest thing from my intention to harsh anyone's mellow. I've been where you are, and I have nothing but sympathy.

But I noticed my percentile go from 96.7 to 96.6 to 96.5* after tests following my Feb 05 one. And that was after brutal scales. So I'm drawing an inference from that.

But I hope I'm wrong.

*EDIT: they rounded up from 96.7 to 97. Now it's under 96.5, so it rounds down to 96.

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So, I took the February 2005 LSAT and scored a 168. At the time, and up until 5 minutes ago, that score equated to the 97th percentile. I just logged onto my LSAC account to check something else, and for old times' sake I looked at my LSAT score section.

The percentile for my 168 score is now 96.  :'(

That's the bad news for me. (Actually, not so bad, my cycle is over and I'm in at an excellent school.)

The good/bad news for you:

1) good: that re-calculation of percentiles for scaled scores most likely means the scores for June 06 have been factored into the historical curve and are ready to go. You'll probably get them tomorrow or Friday at the latest;

2)bad: the fact that a 168 dropped into the 96th percentile (it edged in that direction following the subsequent tests) probably means yet another brutal scale to go with the June 05 and December 05 ones. (October 05 was far from an easy scale, historically-speaking, but it looks easy compared to June and December.)

Best of luck!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Haiku Club
« on: June 26, 2006, 07:52:01 PM »
Two disclaimers:

1) this isn't even a haiku, and
2) I took my LSAT in February 2005, have finished my application cycle.

But, with apologies to William Carlos Williams, and with deference to all awaiting their report (been there), here goes:

So much depends upon
a good LSAT score,
170 or better,
or no soup for you.

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Acceptances / Re: TULANE LAW SCHOOL THREAD
« on: June 26, 2006, 12:28:00 AM »
Hey withj.  I found a place looking through ads on both the Tulane Law School welcome website and the Tulane Univ. Off Campus Housing website.  I didn't think I'd ever find a place, but I went down for a few days about two weeks ago and ended up taking the first place I saw.  Here's a hint (especially for craigslist): try to schedule showings mostly with places with pics available.  Also, ask folks at the Tulane admissions office if a particular area is a good one for students to live in.  They're extremely helpful.  My first day in town I wasted a lot of time and gas  looking at places that were either in not so great looking neighborhoods or were the size of closets but tons of $$$.  If you have any questions, feel free to PM. 

Hi Bethie. Thanks for the tips, it sounds like excellent advice. So far I've used only craigslist or the gambit ads, I haven't tried the off campus housing site.

Unfortunately, I'm a working stiff, paycheck-to-paycheck type, and in order to afford the move and setup before my loans get released, I'm going to have to work up to the last minute. I won't be able to get to New Orleans before early August, so I'm hoping to find something before I get there.

Again, thanks for the help.

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