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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Score Improvement
« on: Yesterday at 10:13:22 AM »
I'm shooting for no less than a 170 on my final LSAT Exam.

This is problematic thinking. Don't go into the LSAT with a preconceived minimum score in mind, it's just not the way the test works. You could study for ten hours a day, seven days a week for a yera and still not score 170. The LSAT is not a test that allows everyone to achieve a 170 as long as they put in the blood, sweat and tears.

As Loki stated, it tests aptitude. That means, to put it in the simplest possible terms, you either have a 170 inside you or you don't.

Can you improve your score from 149? Absolutely! I would be willing to almost guarantee that your score will go up. The LSAT is a test that you can learn and improve upon, but with limitations. Is it even possible to go from a cold diagnostic of 149 to a real score of 170? Yes, but it's highly unlikely. T

hat's why it doesn't make sense to say "I'm shooting for no less than a 170". It's like saying "I'm shooting for no less than the NBA". Don't put that unnecessary pressure on yourself. I have a friend who scored 174, and I think that even his diagnostic was something like 165.

The best thing is to take a prep course (if possible), put in serious, dedicated study time, give youself every possible advantage, and shoot for the best possible score. Maybe it will be 175, maybe it will be 155. Either way, it will be the best score that you are capable of getting.

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First, as Loki stated, individual law schools are free to make their admissions requirements more restrictive than the ABA standards. For example, the ABA does not require law schools to insist that applicants hold a bachelor's degree, but most law schools will not accept applicants without one.

Second, and more importantly, it's not a bad idea for schools to refuse to admit applicants who have been academically disqualified. The chances that the applicant will not succeed the second time around are high.

When you have plenty of well qualified applicants, what's the incentive to give a seat to one who has already attempted and failed at law school?

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:51:33 PM »
...and he is poised to take California...

Evidence? Otherwise, you're just making stuff up.

Of course he's making stuff up.

Stop feeding the troll. Did you think it would be different this time? ;)

What can I say? I always see the best in trolls!

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: April 21, 2016, 02:11:05 PM »
...and he is poised to take California...

Evidence? Otherwise, you're just making stuff up.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:15:28 AM »
Bernie should come within 8 points behind clinton in New York----effectively keeping his momentum strong and she still wont have enough pledged delegates to beat him.

Except that she won by 15 points.

Poised to win in CA? Where are you getting that? Every single poll shows her winning by 6-14 points.

No, it's over for Sanders. He can't accumulate enough delegates at this point. He would have to win every single remaining primary by close to 100% to even have a chance. Not gonna happen. And this isn't just my opinion, it's math.


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Law School Admissions / Re: Dean's Certification
« on: April 19, 2016, 12:12:49 PM »
Just call and ask.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. Rutgers Newark
« on: April 19, 2016, 12:11:07 PM »
(As for me- I'd go with the money; Brooklyn doesn't offer enough advantage, and, TBH, I don't think your career plans are likely well-formed enough yet -"public interest of government work"- for you to pass that money up. Because if you're not going into a remunerative field, student debt can be a heckuva thing.)

Agreed.

I don't think the slight variations in reputation or geography are enough to justify an increased debt load. Both schools have very similar reputations, are located in roughly the same metro area, and will offer almost identical educations. The post-grad employment prospects (which you should look at, BTW) are also pretty similar.

I'd be inclined to take the cheapest degree.

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That said, for whatever reason, it does have a pretty good rep from those in the know, and it places very well outside of MO. It's kind of like Emory in that way - I never really think about it, but it's a very good law school that places well.

WUSL definitely has a good rep, and it's perennial place on USNWR's list probably imparts at least some degree of name recognition even if it's just "Oh yeah, I've heard of Wash U."

I guess what I mean (and admittedly my opinion is based on ambiguous stuff) is that Wash U isn't exactly what I'd call a nationally prestigious school. Good? Yes. Prestigious? Meh.

I'm sure that Wash U has a great rep in the Midwest, but outside of that region are doors being opened by a strong alumni network or by the school's inherent reputation? I really don't know. I suppose a CA equivalent would be UCLA/USC. Great local reps, but probably not going to land you a gig on Wall St. 

Other schools that are fairly close in rank (Cornell, Georgetown) have a certain panache that the Wash Us, Emorys, and Bostons of the world do not. Such is the ephemeral nature of rankings and prestige. 

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I've always thought of WUSL as an outlier. It's USNWR ranking seems to outpace it's national reputation.

That's not to say it isn't a well respected school, it is definitely respected. But compared to other similarly situated law schools, it just doesn't seem to have the same immediately recognizable "name".

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Are you going for a JD or a Master's? Assuming you meant JD, I think the decision comes down to money and location. Both are good schools, both will offer almost identical educations (as will most law schools), and both will provide post-grad job opportunities that are mostly within their respective regions.

In other words, if you want to live in DC go for GW, and if you want to live in St. Louis go for Washington U. I don't know about the job prospects in St. Louis, but Wash U is the big dog in town so that's going to help. DC is a very competitive market, but the job market is much larger. Keep in mind that outside of their regions, each school will be viewed very similarly.

Has either school offered any money? That's a huge factor.

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