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Current Law Students / Anyone else STILL waiting for a grade?
« on: February 01, 2009, 12:21:35 PM »
*grumble*  >:(

Current Law Students / ITT Ask Cabra Your Civ Pro Questions
« on: December 10, 2008, 03:59:21 PM »
cuz if you don't I'll stop thinking about Civ Pro and go read Twilight.

That's right kiddos, rent's due on May 1, and so is my $500 deposit to Columbia.
This lady goat seriously lacks forethought!

Should I sell my boyfriend's vespa on craigslist?
Get a credit card? (I used all my overdraft protection to pay taxes and I haven't paid it back yet...:-[
Try busking?

I'm gonna try everything short of becoming a cam girl before I call my parents...

Incoming 1Ls / Columbia Law School Class of 2011
« on: March 18, 2008, 12:29:01 PM »
Ok, folks.


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Crowd-Phobic in NYC?
« on: March 11, 2008, 06:35:28 PM »
I'm trying to imagine myself (and 2 cats, a parrot and boyfriend) living in NYC (likely in Brooklyn)--and also planning our visit--and I realize I have no sense for how busy (or not) the place is.

I went there once when I was 13 and all I remember is that FAO Schwartz was insane in late was Furby season.

So NYC inhabitants--how much do crowds and lines play a role in your everyday life?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Amtrak vs. Chinatown Buses
« on: March 10, 2008, 08:32:56 AM »
traveling the east coast by chinatown buses could save me and my mister $300 over amtrak--
so, have you taken chinatown bus lines,
and would you do it again?


Studying for the LSAT / Using the Economist for Reading Comp
« on: October 20, 2007, 04:47:59 PM »
I just got asked about how to use the Economist for reading comprehension in another thread, and I have a lot to say on the subject so it's going here!

First off--The Economist is an amazing news source and it's often more interesting to get extra rc from them than from old tests.

The idea is to switch from passively reading the news to actively reading articles for the kind of stuff that the LSAT asks about.

It goes like this:
Read with a pencil/highlighter in hand and look for/underline the following:
1. The Main Point. In straight forward journalism and almost all RC passages, you can usually find the main point in the first paragraph. About 30% of RC questions deal with the main point, so getting good at finding it is important.
2. Stats, lists, definitions, dates--detail questions often deal with this kind of thing. It's good to learn to automatically make a note of this stuff so you can find it again easily.
3. The author's point of view as it's given away in adjectives and phrasing. The economist is great for this as most articles are editorial like--something is being argued but never too blatantly.
4. Competing perspectives--make note of when the critic or counter argument shows up.

Then, as you read, keep in mind the underlying logical structure of the passage. How is the case being made? Does it start with one historical argument and then challenge it? Are there dueling perspectives?
Keep the organization of the article in mind--you might even want to outline it for practice.

Basically, actively dissecting Economist articles for main point, argument, structure as you read teaches you to do these things automatically in RC. You'll anticipate questions better and get to the essence of the passage more easily. It's extra RC practice while keeping up on current affairs!

Here, try it:

Totally works as an RC passage, doesn't it?

General Off-Topic Board / Dumbledore is Gay!!
« on: October 20, 2007, 12:31:28 AM »
I just had to share the fantastic news with someone before going to bed!

Amazing. And fitting I think.  :D

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Thank You Notes?
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:28:22 PM »
How do people feel about sending thank you notes to adcoms you meet at fairs, campus tours, etc? I saw the article in the NY Times about ty notes becoming part of the application process and thought it bizarre, and unnecessary.

The article:

But then, a certain adcom really impressed me at a law school fair and I kind of want to thank her for her openness and for piquing my interest in her school...


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Back from a Law School Fair...
« on: October 15, 2007, 11:34:49 AM »
Talked with reps from Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Michigan, Boalt, UCLA, and Northwestern.

The Boalt and Michigan reps were the friendliest--but I won't hold that against the other schools.  :D

NYU's viewbook is really this business card cd-rom that's too small for my computer's cd slot. :(

Northwestern's rep highly recommended visiting the school for interviews--especially for those applying direct from undergrad.

UCLA talked about their David J Epstein Program in public interest that you have to apply separately for--it sounds pretty awesome.

Mighigan rep's enthusiasm for his school (he's a recent grad) was palpable. I wanted to be his friend.

Boalt's rep was funny and nice and seemed really proud of the student body's passion for public interest.

Questions? Comments?

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