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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How Long Did You Study for the LSAT?
« on: November 01, 2007, 02:30:39 PM »
I honestly think anything over 3 months is pushing it.

Maybe to you, but I don't think it is pushing it. I studied only a month and half for the September LSAT and got a crap score, I plan on retaking it in June, which gives me a little over 7 months to keep studying and I think it will be worth it.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: smokers and coffee
« on: November 01, 2007, 10:19:32 AM »
Recent studies have demonstrated that smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease.  Other studies have established that smokers are more likely than others to drink caffeinated beverages. THerefore, even though drinking caffeinated beverages is not thought to be a cause of heart disease, there is a positive correlation between drinking caffeinated beverages and the development of hear disease.

The argument's reasoning is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument fails to take into account the possibility that:

TCR: smokers who drink caffeinated beverages are less likely to develop heart disease than are smokers who do not drink caffeinated beverages.

But I was confused by these 2 answer choices:
D) It is only among people who have a hereditary predisposition to heart disease that caffeine consumption is positively correlated with the development of heart disease
E) There is a common cause of both the development of heart disease and behaviors such as drinking caffeinated beverages and smoking.

If anyone could explain TCR and why the above 2 answer choices are incorrect, I would be so grateful. Thanks so much in advance.


The conclusion is that, even though drinking caffeinated beverages is not thought to be a cause of heart disease, there is a positive correlation between drinking caffeinated beverages and the development of heart disease. The TCR: Smokers who drink caffeinated beverages are less likely to develop heart disease than are smokers who do not drink caffeinated beverages would weaken that conclusion. It is saying that there is a positive correlation between drinking the caffeinated beverages and heart disease, but what if smokers who drink caffeinated beverages are less likely to develop heart disease than the smokers who do not drink such beverages? That would hurt that argument and the supposed correlation. It wasn't considered in the argument, so it is the correct answer. That is my take on it, I could be wrong though.

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I still don't understand why people believe in LSN so much. People can make fake records, and also, it doesn't show EVERY single applicant to that school for that cycle. So, how is LSN a good reference?

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For those who scored really well, how long did you study the powerscore books for? I did below my expectations for the September LSAT and I read the powerscore books. Then again, I only studied them for about a month and a half.

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I think I will just apply for Fall 09 and take the June test. If taking the February test doesn't help me regardless of getting a better score, it probably makes more sense to take the June test, giving me the next 8 months to prep like crazy, which hopefully will yield a better score than if I take in February and will also allow me to get my apps in super early for Fall 09.

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I really can't see the job prospects being different between the school that is ranked 14th and the school that is ranked 15th. I think as long as its a Tier 1 or 2 school, your job prospects will be good depending on other factors.

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Now, this is somewhat of a blur to me, because as said, you would think the Feb test would be ok because you'll have the results before application deadline anyway (though you'd be at major disadvantage). However, the few adcomms I've talked to (UMich, NYU and Rutgers-N that I can think of) have actually told me straight out that they do not accept Feb tests for first tests. If it's a re-take, they will hold for the new score, but not for 1st time tests. I don't really quite understand the reasoning behind this myself, but you'd be very strongly advised to take the Dec test instead of the Feb test.

Hmm, I didn't know that. I took in September and I want to retake in February..so they will accept that score because its not my first test? Should I send the apps in before I take the test and just indicate that they wait for my second score before reviewing my app?

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I think you can certainly apply for Fall 08 if you take the February test. A lot of schools have application deadlines well past February. But it is cutting it close and puts you at a disadvantage I think, but some schools still accept the February test.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT prep courses....
« on: October 26, 2007, 09:22:02 AM »
Ok, well, where can I find a good tutor? I really hope Craigslist is not my only option.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT prep courses....
« on: October 25, 2007, 02:29:20 PM »
How come I don't hear anyone else saying the classes are a waste of time? How do I know a tutor will be so great? Maybe a class is a waste of time to you, but to others, it might not be.

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