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Current Law Students / Some general questions. Please help!!
« on: January 12, 2007, 12:10:18 PM »
Hi all. I am entering school this fall and have a few questions that hopefully some of you already enrolled can help me with. I will likely be entering a T1 school on a part-time basis. I am in the midst of finishing my PhD in molecular biology and am going to try to get a job in a firm near my school as technical specialist, or something of the like. My questions are thus: 1) Is it very difficult (or even possible) to get a position on the Law Review as a part-timer? 2) How are part-timers assessed relative to the others in their class- compared just to other PTers? the PTers and full-timers? 3) Assuming I am unable to land a job in the first year, should I take Summer classes to catch up and then enroll as a full time 2L? and 4) This is a big one for me- also assuming I don't land a job, will I be able to take out loans in excess of tuition/living costs to cover other things (such as my car payment, credit cards, etc.)?

Any help will be much appreciated.

Keep fighting the good fight...


I just saw the list. Why did I remember the last passage had 8 questions? I remembered I did 3 questions and randomly chose 5  :-[   
This means that I may have skipped one question somewhere between the first 3 passages. Or I just have done only 2 in the last passage?  ( I slept <6 hours 3 days in a row so I really had bad memory during the test day. )

Can someone helped me out by telling me what are the first 3 questions of the Maize passage?
I remembered I did the MP. Is this the first one?
also "What inference was most supported?".
and "What was the organization of the 2nd and 3rd paragraph?"
Are they 2nd and 3rd questions?

I suspected that I skipped the question in passage 2, "6. What would the author think the center of influence was?Answer: Where one group makes distinct, yet similar artwork for other ethnic groups"

Does the question here have the exact wording? I can only remember another question, "what are the centers of styles ". The two questions have similar answers in the post mortem.

Thank you very much for any help !!

Studying for the LSAT / You opinion? PS or TM in NYC ?
« on: September 22, 2005, 10:12:50 AM »
I need decide which to choose:  Powerscore or Testmasters in New York City area. For the sake of $1000, I try to make the best decision. :)

I have read some threads and found basically those two are very similar. But instructors may make a difference. Do you know Testmasters’ Alexandria or Powerscore’s Elana ? What is their style? 

There are only 8 people enrolled in Testmasters class.( From what I have known, there are usually around 50 people in TM class)  Is that a advantage?

Thank you for any information! 

Studying for the LSAT / your advice? THANKS!!!
« on: September 19, 2005, 03:55:58 PM »
My scores have been plummeting recently from around 164 to 160. In my most recent test ( June 2004) , I got 4 wrong in LG, 7 wrong in one LR, 6 the other,  9 wrong in RC .
The trend is frustrating and I want to cancel the Oct test.  :(

I have been self studied after I scored 155 in my first self-timed test I figured I could just learn from those books by myself.  Now I feel that self study isn’t effective and seriously consider taking some course instead.

My question is:
I have used all but 3 preptests. Is it still useful to take a course such as Powerscore or Testmaster? 

Your advice is appreciated. Thank a lot!

Political opinion and analysis outside the mainstream rarely are found on television talk shows, and it might be thought that this state of affairs is a product of the political agenda of the television stations themselves.  In fact, television stations are driven by the same economic forces as sellers of more tangible goods.  Because they must attempt to capture the largest possible share of the television audience for their shows, they air only those shows that willl appeal to large numbers of people.  As a result, political opinions and analyses aired on television talk shows are typically bland and innocuous.

The explanation offered by the author of the passage makes the assumption that

(A) television station executives usually lack a political agenda of their own

(B) bland and innocuous political opinions and analyses are generally in the mainstream

(C) political analysts outside the mainstream are relatively indifferent to the effect their analyses have on television viewers

(D) most television viewers are prepared to argue against allowing the expression of political opinions and analyses with which they disagree

(E) the political opinions of television station executives are not often reflected in the television shows their stations produce.

The answer is B)  My questions is:
Does it mean:
1. Most of bland and innocuous political opinions and analyses are in the mainstream
2. In mainstream, there are bland and innocuous political opinions and analyses

If it is 1. when I negate it, it should be "not most of ..... are in the mainstream". So 
I can still say  " in mainstream there still might be  some bland and innocuous political opinions." The conclusion is not attacked.

How someone explain this to me? I am quite confused.Thank you!

Some people say the old ones are less wordy and easier in LR. But LR sections in Preptest VI really hits me.

Ask for your help for these questions, Thanks a lot!

first one ( more to come   :o)
Sec 3 #7
Head injury is the most serious type of injury sustained in motorcycle accidents. The average cost to taxpayers for medical care for nonhelmeted motorcycle-accident victims is twice that for their helmeted counterparts. Jurisdiction that have enacted motorcycle helmet laws have reduced the incidence and severity of accident related head injuries, thereby reducing the cost to taxpayers. Therefore, to achieve similar cost reductions, other jurisdictions should enact motorcycle helmet laws. For the same reason jurisdictions should also require helmets for horseback riders, since horseback riding accidents are even more likely to cause serious head injury than motorcycle accidents.

Depend on Assumption:
A)   Medical care for victims of horseback-riding accidents is a financial drain on tax funds
B)   The higher rate of serious head injury suffered by victims of horseback riding accidents is due to the difference in size between horses and motorcycles.
C)   The medical costs associated with treating head injured are higher than those for other type of injury
D)   Most fatalities resulting from horseback riding and motorcycle accidents could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing helmets
E)   When deciding whether to enact helmet laws of motorcyclist and horseback riders, the jurisdiction’s primary concern is the safety of its citizen. 

For the necessary assumption type, do you prephrase the answer or at least have an idea of what the answer will talk about? For this question, I couldn’t find the gap in stimulus. If in this case do you negate every answer choice?

Studying for the LSAT / causal relationship
« on: August 15, 2005, 02:23:19 PM »
From LRB, to attack a causal relationship , we can show effect occurs but cause didn’t

Have a look at  Preptest28 sec3   #5

Jane: TV programs and movies that depict violence among teenagers are extremely popular.Given how influential there media are, we have good reason to believe that there depictions cause young people to engage in violent behavior. Hence, depictions of violence among young teenagers should be prohibited from movies and tv programs, if only in those programs and movies promoted to young audiences.

Maurice: But you are recommending nothing short of  censorship! Beside which,you claim that TV and movie depictions of violence cause violence is mistaken: violence among young people predates movies and TV be centuries.

Flaw in Maurice’s comment:

C) It rules out sth as a cause of a current phenomenon solely on the ground that the phenomenon used to occur without that thing

Isn’t Maurice’s comment valid? Isn't it just using “effect occurs but cause didn’t” to weaken?

Studying for the LSAT / Ask for help! a LR difficulty: 5
« on: August 15, 2005, 08:25:23 AM »
I couldn’t figure out the LR question after looking at it for 2 hours  ??? Millions of thanks for you help!   It is in Superprep  Feb, 2000   Section 4  #24

If an external force intervenes to give members of a community political self-determination, then that political community will almost surely fail to be truly free, since it is during the people’s struggle to become free by their own efforts that the political virtues necessary for maintaining freedom have the best chance of arising.

The reasoning above conforms most closely to which one of the following principles?

A)   Political freedom is a virtue that a community can attain through an external force
B)   Self-determination is not the first political virtue that the members of a community achieve in their struggle to become free
C)   A community cannot remain free without first having developed certain political virtue
D)   Political self determination is required if a community is to remain truly free
E)   Real freedom should not be imposed on a community by external forces

Answer: C
Premise  :  it is during the people’s struggle to become free by their own efforts that the political virtues necessary for maintaining freedom have the best chance of arising.

Does this mean,    if political virtues have the best chance of arising, then people should struggle to become free by their own efforts ?
Also  “political virtues necessary for maintaining freedom” ===  maintain freedom political virtues  ?

If this is the case, then by external force, political virtues don’t have the best chance of arising. Then freedom can’t maintain, which is the conclusion. 

Is the analysis right? According to the analysis, there is no gap in the stimulus. The answer C is just a repeat of ““political virtues necessary for maintaining freedom”?

For this type of question, how to solve it? LRB says it is strengthen-principle type. But the answer choice is just a repeat of part of the premise.  ???

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