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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT in Thailand
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:29:52 AM »
Has anyone taken or heard anything about taking the LSAT here in Thailand? As in is the administration inscrutable and oriented toward Thai test-takers, or is it basically the same as in the US (where i've taken it once before)?
Oh, and in a previous message i said it was administered at Thammasat U in Bangkok, which would make too much sense - LSAC says it is only administered at something called the "Nonthaburi International School" in Bangkok.

Any feedback appreciated,
"Eric"

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Law School Applications / Does time heal a wounded GPA?
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:05:37 AM »
Hello everybody.
I have one main question and two side ones I may repost separately.
the big one:
Does time really heal all wounds? If not, how many?

Me:
*GPA 2.9 (graduated five years ago) /LSAT 166 (2 years ago)
*3.5 years of admin/IT/volunteer coordination and development work for two do-gooding nonprofits
*1 year of teaching English at a legitimate school in Thailand (current), becoming fluent in a pretty useless language, also doing volunteer work with Burmese refugees.
*Soon to move to Korea and take a teaching job at an international school or a university there for another year
*not a URM or anything interesting
*going to apply either next Fall or the following one
* will retake the LSAT

I went through the LS application process 2 years ago, but only ended up applying to one place as my LSAT was significantly lower than I had expected it to be.
Via email, the associate dean of admissions at UNC (where I then would have been in-state) told me that my GPA was an insurmountable problem but that after 8-10 years pass between UG stinkiness and LS application, they "barely consider" UG GPA, compared to the rest of the package. As UNC is known, as a state school, for being fairly GPA-conscious, I was heartened by this, especially after Lewis and Clark also told me something similar (if I were applying today, i wouldn't consider the latter, being less of a hippie and more cost-conscious now).

Basically, can anybody tell me anything about how law schools, in general or in specific (i.e. which ones might be more receptive to my application) might look at me in a year or two? or maybe five years (I enjoy my current life and don't need to rush things)? I realize i could get into a 3rd or 4th tier school now, but would prefer to wait, especially if in can increase my shot at the 1st tier.

Side questions:
1. How forthright should one be, in the personal statement, addenda, or anywhere else, about past personal difficulties that caused inferior performance? I don't want to whine but there are certainly things i could say.
2. Anybody know anything about taking the LSAT at Thammasat U. in Bangkok?

Thanks to anybody who read all this! I spent a lot of time on LSD two years ago and found it very helpful.






 



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Personal Statement / I'll show you mine if you show me yours
« on: January 30, 2006, 01:20:47 PM »
...Um, I mean, I would like to show you mine. And you can show me yours, if you'd like. Personal statements, that is.

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I bet it's been discussed before, but - is there generally a best time of year to take the LSAT -as in June, Oct, Dec? I'm planning on taking it again in 2006. Got a 164 on the Dec test (9 points lower than the first timed practice test I ever took), and am haunted by the fact that I meticulously - and "correctly" answered 2 questions on the line for one of the two, leaving the one above blank and receiving credit for neither.
Anyway, I'm going to go where I get in this fall, take it again and transfer (hopefully).
So. Any factors that make a particular time of year best to take it?

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Anybody have an opinion on which experience would be a better opening for my personal statement?
I can make the leap to the "as I prepare for the leap to law school" moment with either, I suppose, I just don't want mine to sound too samey.

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