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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: Oh! The inhumanities.
« on: July 18, 2010, 03:36:25 PM »
Happy Birthday, Goalie!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: seckshul frustration roll call
« on: December 15, 2009, 12:55:25 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: JD or PhD in Biology
« on: December 15, 2009, 12:51:25 PM »
Your post is very vague.  By basic scientist, what exactly are you referring to? 


General Off-Topic Board / Tiger cracks me up
« on: December 04, 2009, 11:15:08 AM »


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Affraid of LSAT
« on: December 01, 2009, 09:50:34 AM »
Is this normal? I need to score at least in the 149-155 range? Is this a difficult score to achieve?

It's normal to be intimidated by the prospect of the LSAT: achieving a good score relative to your target school's median is the most important aspect of your application, eclipsing GPA, biography, etc. A score in the upper quartile almost certainly assures admission, especially at schools in the lower half of US News' rankings.

The national median score is 150 - 152. It is rare that applicants who score lower than this are accepted into any law school. You should aim for a score of 158 - 160.  This will mean that you're aiming at answering 70 questions correctly. Knowing this in advance means that you can time yourself accordingly -- you don't have to spend time on more than 80% of the questions in any section which will considerably reduce the time pressure. 

A Testmasters course is a good idea. Practice until you're consistently scoring 160 and you'll do fine.  Good luck. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: I speak Arabic - what type of law to study
« on: November 29, 2009, 02:04:15 PM »
Well, bankers, asset managers, and the like need the assistance of lawyers. Some of these financial institutions direct funds that have to be managed in a manner consistent with islamic legal principles; it has to be (or to be perceived to be) halal. Islamic finance is a niche -- and growing -- practice area. I'm confident that google can tell you what you need to know about it. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: I speak Arabic - what type of law to study
« on: November 28, 2009, 02:43:08 PM »
Do yourself a favor and do a search.

Your proficiency in arabic has potential to differentiate and position you in investment banking, sovereign wealth management and the like. You're more likely to have accomplishments than you would be in the "human rights" sphere and you're less at risk of disgracing yourself than you would be within the national security apparatus.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: I speak Arabic - what type of law to study
« on: November 28, 2009, 06:26:24 AM »
sharia banking. 

Current Law Students / Re: I have to stop getting into poo
« on: November 19, 2009, 12:31:08 PM »
Best bet is to deny that the non-responsiveness was caused by intoxication. Puking could have been caused by illness, food poisoning, medicine, etc.  No point in denying that you had a few drinks but whether you drank so much that it constituted self-destructive behavior is arguable. If you were non-responsive in the presence of multiple witnesses, however, there's not much that can be done about the disciplinary action. If only the RA was present you could rebut his/her impression and interpretation of what occurred.

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