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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Ave Maria
« on: November 17, 2004, 03:25:51 PM »
Has anyone with my stats gotten an Ave Maria waiver this year?

I believe I got one a few months ago and my stats are far below yours

I had a little theory about forums that seems to have been proven true.  I signed up for forums that I had no intention of going to in order to see if would help me get fee waivers.  I just received a e-mail fee waiver from Santa Clara saying that they're sorry they missed me and such and inluded a code for a fee waiver.  Yes, not the best school in the world but I'd be happy to go there.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Studying on your own for the LSAT - advice
« on: November 14, 2004, 11:58:07 AM »
I do not have time to take a prep course because of work.  Could anyone please offer some advice on a program to study on my own.  Here is my situation:  I am a good standardized test taker - did well on the SATs, especially the verbal section.  I was also a National Merit Finalist - scored high on the PSAT.  I have taken some practice sections of the LSAT - I miss about 4 questions in the Logical Reasoning section, and about 4 in the Critical Reading section.  I feel fairly comfortable with these sections, and feel like I would be capable of missing fewer questions, but I am not sure how to study for them.  I have a lot of trouble on the Logic Games section. I have worked through the Logic Games Bible, but am still not doing well.  My biggest problem is timing.  I would like to get a 170+ on the LSAT.  It is too late for me to take the Dec LSAT.  I am flexible regarding which LSAT I will take - FEB, June or Oct.  How much time have you all spent studying for this test?  How many months.  Could anyone please offer any advice for me / study plans / books?  I really appreciate the help, thank you.

Don't be so worried.  Just take the god damn test.  Studying is just another form of cheating.  Take the practice test they send you for free and leave it at that.  Keep it punk and keep it real.  Don't show up drunk though; I have yet to be able to explain my drunken test in a positve light.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ((rant))
« on: November 14, 2004, 11:53:17 AM » there's under 3 weeks until the test. So far my scores have been 147, 153, 155, 155, and today I scored a 147 (!!!!) on the Dec 96 test. I'm starting to seriously consider whether or not I should continue to study like mad and take the test. I've been studying for about two 1/2 months-gone through the lgb once, lrb once. I by no means need a 180 to get in to a Cdn school but I can't seem to even hit the 160 mark.  I'm starting to get really frustrated with this f*ing test. ARgh. >:(

stop looking at all the *&^% the books tell you to study.  Find a high school/early college logic book.  read it. 

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Lost cause?
« on: November 14, 2004, 11:42:43 AM »


     Turned on?  no, just drunk.  I let everything go that doesn't have a reply.  Calling me a necromancer is interesting though as I worked on the D&D utilities, Core Rules 1 & 2 and the expansion as well as other computer projects and the Dragon Ball Z card game. 
     Btw; third floor, far side of union.  combo is written underneath right top locker in the island.  That locker contains the key.  Happy throwing in mad town for all.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Upenn, UV. Do I have a shot?
« on: November 14, 2004, 11:35:20 AM »
Im trying to figure out what schools i should apply to for fall 06.

Ill graduate in the spring and i have a 3.66 GPA and 166 LSAT i am an URM (hispanic). Im going to work for a year abroad before i start law school.

I really want to attend the University of Pennsylvania, or the University of Virginia. My LSAT's are still below the median's of these schools so i really dont know what my chances are. My Dad is actually a professor at UPenn (15 yrs.), so i dont know if that will help me in the admissions process.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

     You are in the butter zone my friend.  The personal statement and such will be key, down play the prof dad and play up any disadvantages you can think of.  Not only are urm important to schools but because having a good cross section of them is key you should be solid.  For percentage of society hispanics are vastly under represented in law.  Stay gold tommy344.  Stay gold.

i later added that i would never say no to my kids learning any language.

I would think that kids would be more inclined to learn a language that their friends knew but their parents didn't.  I know plenty of other people who invented a language just so that they could talk to their friends without their parents evesdropping.

Two of my good friends (twins) used to speak whatever language is spoken in the philipines; they were forced to stop by their teachers at an early age and now can only speak english....

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.89/160 Where should I apply?
« on: November 14, 2004, 11:07:09 AM »
I have a 3.89 GPA and a 160 LSAT.  Where should I apply?

My goals, in order of importance are...

(1) Live in a large city in the Upper Midwest (e.g. Chicago, Minneapolis)
(2) Live on the west coast.
(3) Get a high paying job in the private sector (i.e. $90k+).

I'm willing to consider other large metro areas like Boston, Houston, etc.  I *do not* want to work in NYC.

For more background, you can look here


You do not want to go to Wisconsin. <waves hand>  Wisconsin is not the law school you are looking for.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Accepted - Cooley
« on: November 14, 2004, 11:04:31 AM »
You're welcome. And yeah, Cooley is a phenomena unto itself.

I actually wish I could visit the campus, just to see what it's like. Is it like a cracked out community college? How are the classrooms run? What does the library look like? Do the students buy into the rankings, or do they know better? Etc.

I'll let you know in the fall

Law School Admissions / Re: Cruel joke from Yale
« on: November 14, 2004, 05:37:08 AM »
Consider: a 3.75/170 is not competitive at Yale.  Those numbers would give you less than a 10% chance of getting in, according to the LSAC calculator.  Now, in 1996 there were only two black students who had a numbers of 3.75/170 or better.  But there are three top law schools.  Unless these law schools are okay with having absolutely no black students, they will have to lower standards for URMs.  That is because there just are no URMs with the numbers.  (Well, okay, in any given year there may be three or four, or mabe even a half dozen, but since Harvard has 550 seats and Yale and Stanford have another 350, that is essentially none.)

Where are you getting your facts from?

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