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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Does Leiter have a point...?
« on: February 05, 2007, 01:13:33 AM »
Or is he just a self-serving jerk?

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/

I know there's been plenty of debate over this already, but what do people think? Are Texas and UCLA really any less  "national" than the lower t14? I suspect he's correct, to the extent that only the very top schools have degrees that are equally potent *everywhere*...but could a UCLA grad get a job in DC as easily as a GULC grad could get a job in LA, etc.?

It's just a bit suspect that he would have the most vocal dissent to the t14 categorization, since Texas is perennially outside it...

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Where should I go next fall? / DoJ jobs...top school choices?
« on: January 26, 2007, 02:37:13 PM »
Technically I shouldn't be asking this here, since I won't be going to law school this fall. But I've done a bit of research, and the jobs at the Department of Justice seem like they could be really fufilling and provide a much-needed work/life balance, as opposed to private practice. 3 years in, you're already making between 80 and 100k, you have a government schedule and government holidays, good benefits, and lots of responsibility right out of law school. Doing antitrust work for the government, for example, seems like it could be one of the most noble and satisfying ways to practice law. If there's any side of practice that seems intrinsically moral to me, it's prosecuting cases like Enron and irresponsible plays for monopoly (like many textile companies have done in recent years).

I don't mean to sound like an idealist, and I don't expect this work to make me some ethical superman. But it is a line of work I'm very curious about.

Would any t14 school put me in a good postion to do this sort of work? Are the jobs very competitive? On their website, I saw that they hired students from many different schools, including all of the top ones. Also, are there drawbacks to working a job like this besides the salary cut? Please let me know if you've had experience with attorneys in this line of work, what their days are like, if they tend to like their jobs more than those in private practice, etc.

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Studying for the LSAT / Retake strategies for 173+?
« on: January 22, 2007, 07:03:24 PM »
Hi everyone, I'm back on the LSAT board it seems...

I scored a 168 in Dec. For info's sake, I also have a 3.87. I would love to be competitive at CCNMVP, and perhaps the hallowed trio if I pulled an amazing retake. But I don't exactly know how to push my score into that range. I was practicing in the low to mid 170's, I don't believe I was way out of my range. But I did miss one key inference that would have pushed me over the 170 mark, and it's frustrating to see that as the difference between low t14 and high t14 chances.

I'm certainly not complaining about my current numbers and will happily apply anyway this fall. But would a June retake serve me well? I've already seen almost every LSAT question, though by the time I would be heavy into practicing again I would have forgotten the majority of the specifics. I know LoveButton and Gyges/Rove improved their already strong scores considerably...does anyone have any tips to really solidify my abilities on the test?

Thanks everyone.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Chicago ED for borderline apps?
« on: January 22, 2007, 04:15:58 AM »
I won't be applying until the fall, so I do have time to retake the LSAT if anyone ultimately has that advice for me. I have a 3.87 UGPA and scored 168 in December. I'm a non-URM. From LSN, the various calculators, and Coop's index tool, these numbers appear to be very competitive for T15—T20, and applicants often have success with the lower T14—not too many rejects in past years with numbers in this range on LSN for Georgetown, Duke, Cornell, or Mich (though Mich has plenty of exceptions to this). But beyond that, things get harder to predict and I don't know how to judge my own soft factors very well. I'm at the very top of my class at a good private liberal arts college, I have worked part-time both in school and during summers, plenty of EC and campus involvement as well as a distinguished body of written work in college. But assuming I'm perfectly average in all "soft" respects (which, judging by LSN, may very well be true), I'm assuming I'm a very borderline candidate for Boalt, NW, Penn, NYU, and certainly for Chicago. I probably won't apply to YSH if I don't retake the LSAT.

In my position, would a Chicago ED app have a probable chance of success? I know I can write a tailored PS for Chicago that will make clear why their program appeals to me above all peer schools (I have a particular intrerest in their faculty and course offerings) but will a 168 just not cut it? I know Chicago is my clear first choice, and since they take the highest score I would certainly consider a retake. But I was only practicing in the low 170's and I'm not entirely sure I'd do better. Also, if I got admitted to Boalt and/or the MVP trio, I would be extremely happy to attend any of them.

Please let me know if ED has traditionally helped Chicago hopefuls in my position, and what you think I should do.

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Hey, new to LSD but addicted already. You're a smart bunch.

I haven't been practicing for too long but I've been through the LGB. The trouble I'm having seems to be this: questions 1-4 tend to be easy, but the last few questions on any given game give me problems. These questions tend to be "local," and the form "all of the following could/must be true EXCEPT" are especially troublesome. I always end up having to set up more than one hypothetical, which takes forever and often leads me astray regarding some variable or another. I know I need more general practice, but I'm sure some of you logic games pros can lend some advice.

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