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Choosing the Right Law School / USF or Syracuse?
« on: January 03, 2009, 04:51:42 AM »
Different parts of America all together. Syracuse is T2 ranked 100 and suppose to be going up in the rankings. USF is T3 and was dropped from T2 in recent years. I want to go to the school that offers the stronger reputation.

Between these two choices and without including weather as a factor, which would you pick?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many are prepared to let the "dream" die?
« on: December 26, 2008, 02:28:27 PM »
I just want to say that I think about this too. I don't think your thread is getting a lot of attention because no one wants to admit any shortcomings OR doubts (despite hundreds of views). 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Going over the hump in LR
« on: December 26, 2008, 02:19:28 PM »
I think we have all been through this, at least I have.

First of all, since you have until June to take the test, your current concentration should be only on accuracy. Don't worry about time AT ALL right now. You should focus on learning and comprehension over simulated timed conditions. The more you master before you start timing, the easier it will be to do the test when you do time it.

Sounds like you are having problems choosing between the real answer and the "trick/almost" answer. Just keep practicing and eventually you will start to see patterns.

In my opinion, going from 12-16 wrong down to 8-9 is very good for just 2 weeks of practice. Imagine how much better you will be doing when the June test rolls around.

Also, you may want to consider studying for all sections right now. It makes studying easier because just doing all LR is killer on my brain. When you take a "break" and do LG or RC instead, coming back to LR seems easier.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Which CA T2?
« on: December 17, 2008, 06:01:12 PM »
All other things being equal (e.g. tuition), which CA T2 would you choose, and why?

Santa Clara, USD, Loyola, Pepperdine, Mcgeorge?

Pepperdine and Loyola are great regional schools and rank in that order. Santa Clara seems to be able to get people high paying jobs. I don't really have an opinion on USD or Mcgeorge.

I would pick Pepperdine out of those options.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: experimental section
« on: December 17, 2008, 02:51:03 PM »
Is this really true? How do people know this stuff?

I have a bunch of books that are marked up and will probably not sell. I also have a ton of materials from Testmasters that I am not suppose to sell (no Ebay or Craigslist at least). I could save it but it takes up a lot of room and most of it is dog eared and marked up so it might not be of use to someone else.

If I did well on the DEC 08 LSAT and get accepted into a school on my list.....I plan on burning my LSAT materials in a beach bonfire while heavily intoxicated.

What about you?

Studying for the LSAT / Distractions, all shapes and sizes
« on: December 17, 2008, 11:25:19 AM »
Lets start a thread specifically to discuss distractions while taking or studying for the LSAT. I am positive that all of us had had to put with a roommate, family member, friends, car alarms, street noise, crappy locations, time of day, loud neighbors, work, vices, the internet.... At least one of these things has distracted you... maybe all of them throughout your time spent studying for the LSAT. 

I had a loud roommate who was just a very noisy person. Its like he made noise just to get attention. Talked loudly on the phone, listened to music 24/7, always asked "hows it was going?" every 15 mins, and did countless other little things that were distracting enough to make my apartment a no study zone.

Since I have been out of school for 2 1/2 years I can't use a university library. I had to use the San Francisco main public library. The facility itself is very nice but the place gets flooded with homeless people daily. Every other seat or desk is occupied by a poor soul who can't help from talking to themselves or falling asleep and snoring or organizing their belongs for several hours while making enough noise to wake the dead.

I studied at this library for hours almost every day for several months and started to get use to it. I saw these flaws as strengths. If I could put up with this.... I could put up with any distractions.... I rarely went to a coffee shop or something because I needed either complete white noise or complete silence while studying. If I had neither one, then I could not concentrate. 

The worst day ever was right when I began to click with the logic games. I was on a roll when suddenly the Blue Angels flew over the library. The were looping around the whole city getting ready for their weekend airshow. I was sitting next to a window and spent at least 2-3 hours "studying" how cool the Blue Angles were. The whole day was wasted in the LSAT sense.

The last thing that distracted me was the internet. I am so used to checking my email or some other crap 50 times a day that I would want to read my email or check facebook in the middle of questions. I had to unplug myself when I went to study. No internet, phone away in backpack on SILENT.

What about all of you? What was or is the most distracting stuff that you put up with?

A 7 point range is about average depending on your mindset, conditions, location, time of day when you take the test. You can tighten it up more then 7 points though.

What sections do you fluctuate in the most? More specifics would be helpful.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Anyone enjoy taking the LSAT?
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:33:35 PM »
I did have a wierd feeling today at work - now I have much more free time on my hands.  I'm kind of going through withdrawls, too - like some others, I liked doing the games, but good riddance to thos R.C. passages!

I had that feeling at the start of the week. I set aside time everyday to study and now I have all this extra time on my hands. Time to get back into video games. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where is a good school to go for JAG?
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:25:51 PM »
Is JAG competitive to get into?

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