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Without discussing answers of course.

I am relieved, actually, to have one official LSAT at least done and on its way to the record books... even if it turns out I don't like the score and decide to retake, at least a score is going to be there.  It's no longer an incomplete part of the application and I can focus my energies on other things.  Like the personal statement!

What's the next step in the process for you?

One LOR was mailed last week Monday, I figure it takes 3 days for it to get there and a day or two to process if they are working like they should.  Called Monday to figure out why it wasn't showing up, and they tried to say it should be up on my account by Thursday.

Now I check today and the 2nd time I checked it's showing up.

Which means they could have had it done already and it likely would have sat there til Thursday and beyond had I not called and made it urgent.

Have your LSAC account number ready, and don't let them take more than 1.5 weeks from when you mailed it to get it up there!

They do take faxes but I didn't know that, I thought they needed to see my original signature on the sight waiver cover sheet and the professor's original signature on his paper.  If I had known that I woulda just scanned and emailed a signed cover sheet to all the recommenders instead of mailing them.  At least mailing protects from a fax getting lost in the works if ink or paper runs out of their fax.  I am not taking any chances.


Hope to stem the tide of hopelessness I am seeing on the net. Good luck!

Black Law Students / Dear URMs (from the LSAC)
« on: May 04, 2010, 10:50:58 AM »
Frequently Asked Questions
About Racial and Ethnic Status
 Don’t be afraid to dream about going to school—whether it be college or law school. You have as much right to be there as anyone else.

Why am I considered a minority applicant?
Law schools consider your ethnic or racial status to be whatever you indicate on your LSAT registration forms. This factor alone is not a guarantee of admission, but it helps admission committees form a more complete picture of who you are. They are interested in how your individual history has affected your life, including whatever disadvantages you may have overcome.

Is the LSAT biased against minorities?
The passages and questions on the LSAT go through a rigorous screening and pretesting process to make sure that the individual test items are not biased. The primary reason that minority test takers perform less well on the LSAT is lack of preparation. In addition, research indicates that minority group members, particularly African Americans, are more vulnerable to test anxiety than other test takers. The best way to avoid test anxiety is to prepare thoroughly for the LSAT by familiarizing yourself with the types of questions on the test and by taking disclosed (previously administered) tests. Take the entire test—not just a few sections at a time—under actual timed conditions.

more at

Those wondering what's considered a URM for law school purposes...I would guess it's the minorities they track, as shown here:


Excellent read, and confirms around page 2 or so what some have been saying on here about what's IN you counting as to whether you make it out there in the legal world, not what school you go to (although in the article it is referring to people who get accepted or have the qualifications to get accepted to an Ivy but choose to go elsewhere, not people would wouldn't have got in by any measure even if they applied).

All good things come to an end...

So I had to move 1.5 months before i was to take the LSATs...feel unprepared for even the December LSATs...and wanted to get the highest score possible, the best references possible, and have time to write and re-write the best statement possible.

Also, my little one is almost 3 now, and by applying to get in fall 2011 she will be in school and that will be an older child that can be easier managed than a toddler.

Anyone made a decision to wait til the next cycle, and how did that work out?  Do the law schools look at an extra year of doing "not much" badly?

I have a 3.38 undergrad. Started college at 16.  Now divorced single parent.  I want a 170 and a full scholarship somewhere, and am pretty sure my personal statement can be very convincing, many people tell me I should write a book.

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