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Choosing the Right Law School / URM - T14
« on: December 30, 2008, 11:42:39 AM »
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Choosing the Right Law School / Admissions index - How are they used?
« on: December 30, 2008, 10:16:25 AM »
So I have a high GPA and a relatively low LSAT. After calculating my index at a number of schools, I noticed that my index is identical to accepted students with LSAT scores as much as 4 points higher (at schools that weigh GPA heavily).

How and why do schools use an admissions index?  Even though I may have a high index at a particular school, I am skeptical about applying because my LSAT may be too low.  After all, a high GPA does not make up for a subpar LSAT score (this is common LSD knowledge), but the index numbers (seemingly) refute this (at least at some schools).

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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So my goal is to get above 160.  My last 4 prep tests were 159, 163, 154, 153.  I am extremely frustrated with this huge range and especially with my last two scores.  When I got the 163 I thought I was over the "hump," but now I am suffering from a major lack of confidence.  I can only attribute it to burnout because I am just making too many mental mistakes.

Any advice on how to get out of this rut?  I need to take as many prep tests as possible, but I don't want to just keeping scoring low. 

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Studying for the LSAT / PT #49, Section 2, #7 (formal logic)
« on: November 14, 2008, 07:46:45 PM »
So I am having some trouble with formal logic.  Please help.

#7

Inspected -> ~Infected
Thus, Inspected -> Safe

The argument follows logically if which is assumed?

The correct answer is (E), Safe -> ~Infected.  I chose (D), ~Safe -> Infected.

Inspected is the sufficent condition and I am confused about how to link the two necessary conditions.  Choice (E) is derived by linking Safe to ~Infected and choice (D) is derived by linking ~Infected to Safe then taking the contrapositive.  So why is it incorrect to link the statements this latter way?

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Studying for the LSAT / Too late for a tutor?
« on: September 08, 2008, 02:00:44 PM »
I will take the October LSAT and my score has only improved about 3 points from my diagnostic. My worst section was games but I am almost perfect on games now.  Unfortunately, LR on the newer tests has almost negated my improvement on games. I have read the LR bible but can't seem to get over the hump. My untimed LR is strong, but certain problems (assumption, flaw) take up too much of my time.

Is it worth it to sign up for 5 hours of private tutoring through Powerscore or would I be better off taking as many timed tests from here out? Thanks in advance.

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Law School Admissions / Very personal PS and Bar entrance
« on: August 06, 2008, 07:12:28 PM »
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Studying for the LSAT / Why am I not progressing with self-study?
« on: July 30, 2008, 03:37:28 PM »
I have been preparing on my own for a few months. My initial diagnostic was a 151 on an older prep test (the free one on LSAC, December '96 maybe). I have finished both Bibles and found them very helpful.  I feel much more comfortable with the material and my games have improved a lot.  Still, when it comes to practice tests under timed conditions, I am not seeing the progress. I just took Prep Test A out of Superprep and got a 153. 17 correct in LR and RC. 16 correct in the other LR. 15 correct in Games. Comparing my initial diagnostic with Superprep A, my games improved and my other sections got slightly worse.

Should I take more timed sections and tests?  Go back through the Bibles?  I have been very inconsistent on other prep tests but my highest has been 159 on Prep Test 37 (June '02 I think).  I got that 159 a few weeks ago and decided a class would not help me any more than self study would.  I was hoping today's test would show improvement, but I am now wondering what I can do.  I would prefer to not take the class, but anything to improve.

My goal is AT LEAST a 160.  For whatever it is worth, my SAT was a 1230 (80th percentile) with no prep so the 160 should be feasible.  Any input would be appreciated.

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Studying for the LSAT / LR question type finder??????
« on: July 19, 2008, 02:13:16 PM »
I've been using the LR question type finder that I found on one of these LSAT threads but the site no longer works.  I want to work on specific question types so does anyone have a site or method of quickly finding question types that conforms to Powerscore's breakdown?  Thanks.

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I was looking at the incoming class profiles on LSAC and I am surprised at how few NAs are enrolled at top law schools.  NYU for example has ZERO, while African Americans are around 10%. 

So are there much fewer Native Americans applying or do Native Americans not get as much of a boost as other minorities, like African Americans for example?  I know there are fewer NAs as a population, but NYU couldn't find at least ONE over a three year period?  This seems strange to me and makes me wonder how wide my net needs to be when I apply this fall.

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