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His voting record shows him to be a moderate populist conservative. He's a reasonable candidate.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 158 - 172
« on: June 05, 2007, 02:05:49 AM »
I've seen from my own students a 154-174 and a 156-178.
How much are you willing to put into it?

Bingo. If you're sitting in the 150s hard work and practice is the ONLY way to improve your score.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is it wrong that I hate you 170'ers?
« on: June 05, 2007, 02:04:18 AM »
160's club for me! Although I'm desperately trying to break the line..168, just need 2 more questions right! Ugh.. how completely ridiculous all of this is! It's two questions, but a 7 means so much more than a 6. :(

Hang in there and practice. You'll be fine, just take a deep breath  :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is it wrong that I hate you 170'ers?
« on: June 05, 2007, 01:15:22 AM »
lol I am laughing so hard right now watching the video. But I still dont get it!  ;D

In order to get above a 170, the sun must be shining, Saturn's rings need to be aligned, and your test proctor must be a nice person.

Realistically, there are two ways you can break 170...

1) You have inherently superior logical reasoning ability and require no prep to break 170 (i.e. you broke 170 on your first practice test...)

2) Practice, practice, practice. Get the PowerScore books and other prep material, familiarize yourself with the different sorts of problems and tricks to test questions. The key is to practice until it becomes second nature.

Disclaimer: Some people will probably never be able to break 170, but this is not something to cry over since 170+ is 98th percentile anyways...

Just do your best preparing for the LSAT and you'll at the very least improve your pre-prep score...

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Went to a state school and get screwed on GPA?
« on: June 05, 2007, 01:08:16 AM »
Don't sweat it.  It will all work out in the end, despite the fact that the law school cartel lowered your gpa. 

Personally I think people worry about GPA too much, but that may just be a side effect of me having a low GPA at the moment...

I got distracted sophomore year with the idea that I'd "keep my pre-med option open" by taking too many science courses. Let's leave it at the fact that my non-science/non-math GPA is ~3.9 whereas my science/math GPA is... ehrmm, lacking.

Yeah, I quit that pre-med sucker real quick and returned from my brief foray into science-land a bit burned.  ;D

GPA/LSAT won't kill you if one or the other is a bit low... your personal statement and your application as a whole is still very important.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: Stop reading and study more!
« on: June 05, 2007, 12:52:28 AM »
Lawl?  ???

The LSAT is like any other standardized test... there's a standard distribution of scores. It's not inherently hard or easy - that's just the perception of the individual test-taker...

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Recommendations / Re: When to ask for recommendations?
« on: June 05, 2007, 12:49:31 AM »
Profs can get very busy during the regular academic year, so I'd agree with the other posts about letting them know before the summer and keeping in touch.

I'm personally going to try to get recommendations from the professors I'm taking courses under this upcoming school year (rising junior).

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While I don't have a criminal record and did well in high school, I really screwed up pretty badly sophomore year in college...

Now that I've turned myself around and figured out what I want to do (apply to law school, obviously ;D) I can relate a little bit to the OP's situation.

I think that a personal statement incorporating those kind of experiences and showing a strong turnaround would be moving and effective.

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