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Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Loyola LA Class of 2009 Thread
« on: May 28, 2006, 11:23:37 PM »
That's weird that a law firm wouldn't help at least a little with tuition, but at least you got good legal experience. 

I had to pay $200 by the 2nd, and another $500 by the 16th, but that may be because I was accepted just 2 weeks ago.

So is there a blog listing?  I didn't see any.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official Loyola LA Class of 2009 Thread
« on: May 28, 2006, 08:18:19 PM »
Hey.  I am definitely doing FT work (large company) and PT school.  Going back after 8 years, but excited.  No kids yet, so hopefully that will help.

Is work going to pay for your school at all?  I still haven't seen any flyer or blog information.

Anyone help on this?

Came with a yellow cover letter asking for a completed '05 tax return and gives a student ID#.

I'm just wondering if this means anything good, or if everyone gets it?  Thanks for any help.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Loyola LA
« on: January 15, 2006, 12:05:56 AM »
I got a letter from them giving me my applicant ID today.  Only took about 4 days since I sent it via LSAC on monday.
Checked online and they haven't gotten my report yet.  Said to wait 2 weeks for them to receive it.

Law School Admissions / WUStL's own online app
« on: January 11, 2006, 02:33:30 PM »
Has anyone applied to this school via the school's own dedicated online app? (Not LSAC.)

The app doesn't have a place to attach the essay, so I just want to make sure you're supposed to email it in.

Thanks for any help.

Ah.. so that's why I got 3 wrong in a row on the 3rd game.  Damn.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Forget the scale on practice tests
« on: January 05, 2006, 12:33:15 PM »
Well, I think the reasoning is that how you write currently is nothing like you'll need to write as a lawyer.  My sister went to Harvard law, and was great at writing as an english major, but she said it's totally different in the legal world.  Of course you need great basics, which they want to see with the sample, but I don't think it merits a a significant portion of your score.  

And I say this from the someone who would have benefited from having the sample scored.  I just think that by the nature of the huge #'s of people wanting to be lawyers (or at least go to school), they have to have a somewhat efficient way of sorting out people, that also tests critical reasoning and time pressure management.  That is the why the LSAT format is as it is, and why LR is 52% of the test.  In any rate, the correlation between LSAT and 1st year law school success is high enough that law schools and LSAC don't really feel the need to change it that much.

What irks me is that they don't grade the FREAKING WRITING SAMPLE and then have law profs complain about how we're all crappy writers.


I completely agree. I don't understand why the one portion of the test that truly demonstrates our logical reasoning skills (as opposed to our eliminate the options skills) is basically worthless. My clients aren't going to ask me A,B,C,D... they're going to want an opinion and a well-reasoned explanation of what I'm thinking. It what they'll be paying me for...

I think it matters most for the ones that are near the 25% of a school's lsat range.  160-166 for example. Those at 159 would be favored vice a 157/158, even though the level of the student isn't a big deal.  They gotta keep their numbers up, and if they take anyone under their 25%, they want to minimize the score drop.

A 166 vice 167 doesn't matter nearly as much in these cases.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Forget the scale on practice tests
« on: January 05, 2006, 12:14:06 PM »
Yeah, I think that's what it shifted to.. more of a reading comprehension test, vice analytical.  It isn't a mistake that the past 4 tests or so have had 22 LG questions, and they've been easier.  Bad thing is, if you screw up on those then you're in for the long haul with the increased LR/RC difficulty.

Scores have been creeping up, but they use LR/RC as the main ways to control it.

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