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Law School Admissions / Chances at Columbia ED
« on: August 15, 2009, 12:56:51 AM »
I recently decided to apply to Columbia ED

LSAT: 176
GPA: 3.47
Major: Math

Based on Law School Numbers I feel like I would have a great shot, but I'm graduating a year early and still have my last year left, meaning admissions officers will only see 2 years of grades. I know this is a negative, but not sure how much. If I don't get in this year I will reapply next year and have a higher gpa (3.6ish) but I figure it doesn't hurt to try now if I have a decent shot.

So, chances?

Law School Admissions / Splitter Chances for some schools
« on: June 25, 2009, 11:53:24 PM »
Just got my lsat score.

GPA: 3.47 (I got an NP in a class this quarter so it brought it down from a 3.62 to a 3.47)
LSAT: 176
Major: Mathematics

No impressive softs

Here's a list of the schools I want to apply to and based on my research, what will happen:
Harvard - 50/50 WL/Rejection
Columbia - 50/50 In/WL
NYU - In
Chicago - In
Cornell - In
USC - In

Is that a pretty likely prediction?

Now, if Harvard does waitlist me, and I manage a 4.0 fall quarter (bringing my gpa to a 3.55) is there even a slight chance they will accept?

Lastly, I've read that sometimes you can haggle with admissions for financial aid based on what other schools give you. Is it worth it to then apply to schools I have no interest in attending (such as UVA/Michigan)?

In case you see a similar post on TLS, it's me. Trying to get as much feedback as possible.


Studying for the LSAT / experimental
« on: June 08, 2009, 06:20:25 PM »
so i think the experimental being in the first 3 sections is wrong this year.

my friend had 2 games. i had 1. the game we both had was not the one he had in the first 3 sections.

Studying for the LSAT / Comment LSAT material
« on: June 06, 2009, 11:35:55 AM »
Is there some reason LSAC loves Jazz Opera Rock and Folk so much? I think I've seen a good 5-7 games on it.

Also, I've seen about 13-15 questions on cholesterol as well on the LR section.

Anyways, just trying to distract myself from the fact that the LSAT is in two days. Good luck to all taking it.

Choosing the Right Law School / UCLA or NYU
« on: June 04, 2009, 12:41:38 PM »
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it. This is a hypothetical, but very possible situation for me next cycle:

UCLA with a small/decent scholarship (I already have residency so would be like 20-25k tuition)
or NYU no scholarship (I'm guessing NYU tuition is around 40-45k)

Extenuating circumstances/factors:
I know for sure I want to practice in California and not in NY.
My brother and sister will be in LA going to college/grad school; futhermore, no one I know will be in NY.
I don't give a crap about prestige necessarily, I just want to know I can secure a good job.

Will going to NYU really make that much of a difference than going to UCLA which is in the state I want to practice?

Thanks for the input.

Studying for the LSAT / Advice for last week before the June Test?
« on: June 02, 2009, 02:31:01 AM »
First LSAT test I got a 167. The last 2 tests I took I got a 176. I am planning on taking a test every day until the LSAT. My testmasters instructor told me that was a terrible idea, but I feel like it will help me. Also, I know people say to not take a test the day before, but I honestly feel I will be out of sync if I don't.

Any advice?

I have a DA (who is also my prof) writing 1 of my recs

The second one is going to be tough to get though. I'm in a 150 person logic class and I'm currently in the top 5% of the class grade-wise, and expect to be at the end of the quarter. Should I go to the professor's (philosophy prof) office hours one time before the quarter ends in 2 weeks, and then ask him for a rec after the class is over?

Or, should I ask my boss at my totally irrelevant (to law) job that i've had for ~9 months write it. There's only 2 other people in the company so he would write me a great rec, but does it mean anything coming from an owner of an extremely small start up?

Also, if i pick the phil professor, should i be honest when i go to his office hours about my intentions, or pretend he doesn't know what i know he will know. haha.

Input is greatly appreciated. I'm applying for the next cycle.

Law School Admissions / courses seen when applying to law school?
« on: April 18, 2009, 11:22:21 PM »
I'm going to be applying next cycle and I was curious if you have to or even can communicate what courses you are/will be taking. For example, if you apply to all schools before fall quarter is over, will they know what courses you are currently taking?

I assume that the LSDAS transcript shows only completed courses, so I can't really envision where on the application that would be.

Thanks in advance,

i just found out it's the june 2007 lsat and i already took that a couple weeks ago. is there a real benefit to taking it again?

i feel like i won't gain much, but because i already paid so much for the course i might as well squeeze every bit of benefit out of it.

i was really hoping that they would give a test that i hadn't taken though, so i could measure my progress more accurately.

Studying for the LSAT / Advice for Studying for LR
« on: March 04, 2009, 05:06:43 AM »

I've just signed up for the lsat in june. I took my first test about 2 weeks ago and got a 167 (june 07 lsat/11 wrong).

I've taken 4 lsats total now (167 low, 173 high), and I miss 0-1 on games, and 2-3 on reading comp, and 6-12 on lr.

Now, I miss less on LR when I take the test untimed (3-6), so should I just take it untimed until I get it even lower? Or is practicing the timed version better. Normally when I take the test untimed I take around 45 instead of 35 minutes.

I bought the LR bible. Didn't think the games was necessary as I do fairly well usually.

Background - Math/Econ major recently decided on law (1 month ago). 2nd year, applying and graduating next year.

Thanks for reading my first post and thanks in advance for the help/suggestions,

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