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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT and other standardized tests
« on: April 18, 2006, 12:23:22 PM »
To what level has everyone found their past standardized test results correlate with their LSAT result?

The reason that I ask is that when I initially took the LSAT I hadn't talked to my counselor or anything and managed to forget to bring a timer to the test, assuming they would have a clock in the room.  I scored a 156 and then decided that I should retake and prep; unfortunately, I started prepping before I found this website or any like it and I simply skimmed the stategy sections and took some practice questions without taking a full-length test.  On that exam I scored a 159.  No need to tell me how bad these strategies are, I am well aware of that now.

I pose this question because though I've gotten into a school that I would be happy to attend (Case Western) I can't help but think that I may be better off waiting a year and really prepping for the LSAT.  I have scored in the 99th percentile on all the previous standardized tests I've taken, including a 33 on the ACT (which I believe corresponds somewhere in the range of 1450-1500 on the SAT).

Basically, what would all of you think my chances of bringing up my score to the 167-170 range are, assuming I prep strenuously for the next several months until the Sep/Oct test?

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Did anyone else attend the event?  What were your impressions?  I really liked the school, particularly the professors associated with International Law, and Case has moved to the top of my list.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / WL at Pittsburgh
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:22:45 AM »
Waitlisted at Pittsburgh this morning.  Is it normal to receive a wait list letter via e-mail?  Either way, that adds one more to the wait list stack.  I am now at 5 and counting...

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Choosing the Right Law School / POLL: Case Western v. American (PT)
« on: March 08, 2006, 07:29:02 PM »
Unless I get a miracle from Georgetown or George Washington, it looks like this is what my choice is going to be.  I want to go into international law and specifically international trade.  I know that American appears to have a much better international program, but Case has a lot to offer in this area and I would be going full time.  I have started too see part-time as somewhat of an advantage, however, as I could possibly get an internship or low-level work at a government agency in Washignton. 

The only other thing that really conerns me is the fact that if I wanted to transfer up, my options would likely be limited to other PT programs from American, but that may not be a bad thing as I would probably want to transfer to Georgetown, if anywhere, to begin with. 

As of now I am leaning towards American, would anyone like to tell me I'm only debating this because Case was my first big acceptance and they've been so nice?  Thanks for any input.

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Law School Admissions / Laptop Requirements
« on: February 26, 2006, 04:10:43 PM »
Does anyone know which schools require a specific laptop model for students and/or which schools have certain laptop performance standards required?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Case Western E-mail and Packet
« on: February 23, 2006, 07:38:55 AM »
For those of you who got an admitted e-mail from case - how long after that did it take for you to receive your actual admissions packet in the mail?

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General Off-Topic Board / Alito Denies Execution in Missouri
« on: February 02, 2006, 01:45:53 AM »
I remember discussing the current Supreme Court and capital punishment the other day, but I don't rememeber exactly what thread it was in.  Anyhow, Alito voted with the more liberal block today to deny the State of Missouri's request for an execution.  Here is the CNN story link:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/01/alito/index.html

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General Off-Topic Board / State of the Union
« on: January 31, 2006, 08:40:40 PM »
Opinions anyone?

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Law School Admissions / LOR at American
« on: January 28, 2006, 11:21:25 PM »
It seems as though American is one of the only schools that accepts only two letters of rec.  The problem I have is that I have three LOR and only one of them is academic.  While this doesn't matter at most schools, it hurts me at American because my professor is the last one to send in the LOR so American won't be getting any academic letters from me.  Does anyone think this will be a major problem?

For some background, I am applying to the PT program with 158/3.82.  From looking at LSN over the past years no one that has applied to the PT there with a 155/3.5 or better has not been accepted.  I am thinking a LOR couldn't make that much of a difference.  Agree or disagree???

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