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Law School Applications / Two (perhaps stupid) questions on Stanford
« on: November 11, 2008, 08:39:23 PM »
I'm ALMOST ready to submit at Stanford, but I have two questions.  First, they don't have a diversity statement requirement/suggestion, but would it be bad to submit one anyway?  Ordinarily, I would just work this into my PS, but they're PS is only 2 pp and I just can't do it.  I think there's important stuff about me in my DS, so it would be great if I could include it.

Secondly, and this is ridiculously nitpicky, so fogive me, but in the work section where it says "Type of Work" do they mean FT/PT or what I was doing?  I might just include both.  It's a big box.

Thanks for humoring me.

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Personal Statement / Stanford personal statement - 2 pages?
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:15:39 PM »
Stanford says my personal statement should be "about two pages."  Do they mean single space?  Two pages double spaced is like 500 words, which is damn short.  Any insight?

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Studying for the LSAT / October 2008 Reading Comp bitchfest
« on: October 25, 2008, 09:02:20 PM »
Who got smoked hard by the RC?  Who wants to complain about it even though it's our own damn fault and there's nothing we can do about it?

I do.

Effing talk-stories.

Your turn.

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Where should I go next fall? / Need-based fee waiver question
« on: October 17, 2008, 02:11:08 AM »
I'm 24, independent on my taxes and make $30k in the public sector.  my parents are by no means rich, but also by no means poor (full equity in their relatively modest home).  they did, however, just lose a ton of money in the recent downturn and are bordering on retirement as they are putting my sister through college.

i'm preparing a pile of fee waiver apps (they are tedious!) and I want to know if they even matter.  Any tips?

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Where should I go next fall? / Help branching out
« on: October 14, 2008, 11:12:44 AM »
Hey all, in putting together my applications for this year, I've really only found six or seven schools I'd be interested in attending and therefor interested in applying to.  I kind of want to branch out to expand my options, especially where it comes to money, because I plan to go into public interest law.  Perhaps you can help.

Here's what I'm looking for: I want a school that's well located relatively near a major city, preferably in the West.  It should have a good public interest program and small class sizes.  I went to a huge undergraduate institution and I didn't like its facelessness.  I'd also like something well-ranked in the top 40 somewhere (anywhere from Yale on down).  I have the numbers for a T14 school or Top 20 at the lowest, so I'm not super concerned about admissions.

Here's what I'm currently applying to:

Stanford
Yale (not western!)
University of Arizona
University of Washington
Berkeley
University of Texas (really big class sizes!)

Any other thoughts?  How about CU boulder?  Any other schools out East I really should consider, given my criteria?

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Studying for the LSAT / bubbles
« on: September 27, 2008, 11:42:45 PM »
not sure if this has been addressed before, but i'm wondering how forgiving the machines LSAC uses to score are when it comes to bubbles.  my sense is that if it's pretty well clear what you wanted, and erasures are sufficient to show the original letter, then you're ok to have a 85% full bubble or a 115% full bubble.

any insights?

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Studying for the LSAT / PT 31 Painters logic game
« on: September 17, 2008, 01:02:57 PM »
This one just killed me.  I couldn't set up any reasonable chart.  I guessed on every question.  Any tips?

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Where should I go next fall? / General feelings on University of Washington
« on: September 15, 2008, 02:13:28 PM »
CAVEAT: I'm not top 14 obsessed like many on this board.  What's more important to me than perceived prestige and sticker value is quality of education and profs, quality of student body and good learning environment.  I'm also partial to the Pacific NW.  Oh, and I'll hang myself before I go into corporate law.

I've been getting a really good feeling from University of Washington for Fall 2009.  It's got a fairly small class size, decent student-fac ratio and it seems like the school really "gives a *&^%," which is a nice break from my undergraduate institution (I'm talking to you, Northwestern!).  I'd like to hear other opinions, good or bad.

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Studying for the LSAT / RC help!
« on: September 14, 2008, 08:43:21 PM »
I'm registered for the October LSAT and I am having a hell of a time with reading comp.  I've spent like 2 months working on logic game and finally have those down pretty well (-2 to -4 on a given section), and I'm generally ok scoring -3 on LR (stupid mistakes), but my RC is all over the map.  I go from -10 to -1 from section to section and I can't seem to get it solid. 

My problem is that I'm a painfully slow reader and I can't get faster, although I've been trying for years.  So it takes me at least 4 minutes to read a passage thoroughly, but I still don't fully comprehend the passage (I usually have to read something twice to fully understand and recollect).  Thus, I'm able to get through a given passage section in 10-12 minutes, leaving me painfully behind for the last section.

I also tend to screw up some of the really ambiguous questions on the newer RC sections.  Some of them, I swear to G-d, have two correct answers and one of them is only barely, obscurely "more" correct.  It's infuriating.  Does anyone have any methods for recognizing these tricks by LSAC?

I'm scoring in the low 160s but I know I can and should be scoring in the high 60s to low 70s.  It's incredibly frustrating.  Should I postpone?


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