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Choosing the Right Law School / BU v. BC
« on: May 01, 2008, 12:03:57 PM »
I hate to rekindle an old debate. But I really don't know enough about either of these schools to make an informed choice. To complicate things further, all of my research has convinced me that they aren't that different. I will be visiting both soon, but any advice/information (other than, "you should visit") would be helpful.


I didn't think this would so difficult. I really have no geographic preference, although it would be sweet to go to school in Boston. All four schools seem very similar on paper. Tell me something that makes one school better. Make this a no brainer!

Law School Admissions / FAFSA CODEZZ
« on: February 28, 2008, 08:49:43 PM »
American University 001434
Berkeley 001312
Boston College 002128
Boston University 002130
Campbell University 002913
Chicago-Kent E00773
Columbia E00488
College of William and Mary 003705
Cornell 002711
Drake 001860
Duke E00167
Emory 001564
Florida A&M 001480
Florida Coastal G33743
Florida State 001489
Fordham 002722
George Mason 003749
George Washington E00196
Georgetown G21075
Harvard E00471
Hofstra 002732
Lewis and Clark 003197
Loyola Chicago 001710
Loyola Marymount E00254
Loyola New Orleans 002016
Michigan State G02254
New York University 002785
Northwestern 001739
Notre Dame 001840
Pace 002727
Penn 003378
Penn State Dickinson G03254
Pepperdine 001264
Quinnipiac E00545
Stanford E00341
Suffolk E00517
Temple E00354
Texas Wesleyan 003645
Tulane 002029
UCLA 001315
University of Alabama 001051
University of Arkansas Little Rock 001101
University of Florida 001535
University of Illinois 001775
University of Iowa 001892
University of Kansas 001948
University of Kentucky 001989
University of Maine 009762
University of Memphis 003509
University of Michigan E00506
University of Mississippi 004688
University of North Carolina 002974
University of Tennessee 003530
University of Virginia 003745
Valparaiso 001842
Vanderbilt 003535
Vermont 011934
Washburn 001949
Washington and Lee 003768
Washington University in St.Louis 002520
Yale 001426

I'm at work. I'm bored. I'll be honest.

PM if you want me to take a look.

Studying for the LSAT / Tough Point At Issue Question
« on: November 26, 2007, 06:13:53 PM »
Cynthia: Corporations amply fund research that generates marketable new technologies. But the fundamental goal of science is to achieve a comprehensive knowledge of the workings of the universe. The government should help fund those basic scientific research projects that seek to further our theoretical knowledge of nature.

Luis: The basic goal of government support of scientific research is to generate technological advances that will benefit society as a whole. So only research that is expected to yield practical applications in fields such as agriculture and medicine ought to be funded.

Cynthia's and Luis's statements provide the most support for the contention that they would disagree with each other about the truth of which one of the following statements?

A. The government should help fund pure theoretical research because such research might have unforeseen practical applications in fields such as agriculture and medicine.

B. A proposed study of the effects of chemical fertilizers on crops, for the purpose of developing more-resistant and higher-yielding breeds should not receive government funding.

C. Although some research projects in theoretical science yield practical benefits, most do not, and so no research projects in theoretical science should be funded by the government.

D. Research for the sole purpose of developing new technologies ought to be financed exclusively by corporations.

E. Knowledge gained through basic scientific research need not be expected to lead to new and useful technologies in order for the research to merit government funding.

Studying for the LSAT / Strengthen Question
« on: November 24, 2007, 11:36:19 PM »
Foster: Many species of extremely large North American mammals became extinct during the last ice age, which was also the time of the first human migration to North America. These species could not survive the dramatic changes wrought by this human migration.

Fisch: Those extinctions were caused by the dramatic shift to a harsher climate. The climate changed so rapidly that the species could not adapt.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens Fisch's argument?

A. Similar species living in parts of the world where there were dramatic changes in climate did not become extinct.

B. Most of the mammals that survived in North America migrated from Asia at the same time as the humans migrated.

C. Human migration to other previously isolated areas has resulted in mammal species becoming extinct.

D. Archaeological evidence reveals that the human migrants had a number of different kinds of large weapons.

E. The large size of the mammals made it difficult for them to migrate the great distances to milder environments.

I will post which answer is correct later. Thanks for your help.

Studying for the LSAT / Logic Games
« on: November 21, 2007, 11:37:13 PM »
Post one thing that has improved your games score.

Skipping "could be true" questions, and coming back to them after I've done the others.

Studying for the LSAT / Resolve the Paradox
« on: November 19, 2007, 11:44:33 PM »
Tough Resolve the Paradox- Except question.

In the decade from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, large corporations were rocked by mergers, reengineering, and downsizing. These events significantly undermined employees' job security. Surprisingly, however, employees' perception of their own job security hardly changed over that period. Fifty-eight percent of employees surveyed in 1984 and 55 percent surveyed in 1994 stated that their own jobs were very secure.

Each of the following contributes to an explanation of the surprising survey results described above EXCEPT:

A. A large number of people in both surveys work in small companies that were not affected by mergers, reeingineering, and downsizing.

B. Employees who feel secure in their jobs tend to think that the jobs of others are secure.

C. The corporate downsizing that took place during this period had been widely anticipated for several years before the mid-90s.

D. Most of the major downsizing during this period was completed within a year after the first survey.

E. In the mid-1990s, people were generally more optimistic about their lives, even in the face of hardship, than they were a decade before.

As always, I will give TCR once there is a fair amount of discussion. Thanks for your help.

Studying for the LSAT / Help With LR Strengthen Question...
« on: November 12, 2007, 10:55:50 PM »
Advances in photocopying technology allow criminals with no printing expertise to counterfeit paper currency. One standard anti counterfeiting  technique, micro printing, prints paper currency with tiny designs that cannot be photocopied distinctly. Although counterfeits of micro printed currency can be detected easily by experts, such counterfeits often circulate widely before being detected. An alternative , though more costly, printing technique would print currency with a special ink. Currency printed with the ink would change color depending on how ordinary light strikes it, whereas photocopied counterfeits of such currency would not. Because this technique would allow anyone to detect photocopied counterfeit currency easily, it should be adopted instead of micro printing, despite the expense.

Which one of the following, if true, provides the most support for the recommendation made by the argument?

A. When an anti counterfeiting technique depends on the detection of counterfeits by experts, the cost of inspection by experts adds significantly to the cost to society of that technique.

B. For any anti counterfeiting technique to be effective, the existence of anti counterfeiting techniques should be widely broadcast, but the method by which counterfeits are detected should be kept secret.

C. The process of micro printing paper currency involves fewer steps than does the printing of paper currency with the special ink.

D. Before photocopying technology existed, most counterfeits of paper currency were accomplished by master engravers.

E. Many criminals do not have access to the advanced photocopiers that are needed to produce counterfeits of micro printed paper currency that cashiers will accept as real.

As always, I will post the correct answer once I get a few responses.

Studying for the LSAT / A couple questions for you games gurus.
« on: November 07, 2007, 01:02:11 AM »
Games continue to be my weakest area on the LSAT. I went from not taking enough time to set up the diagram, to taking too much. Thus, my first question is: How much time should I take setting up the diagram before moving on to the questions? Obviously I am not looking for an absolute number as all games are different. But at what point do you force yourself to move to the questions so that you don't waste valuable time chasing unnecessary inferences?

My second question relates to overall games difficulty. I heard that in the past the games were much harder than they are now. Unfortunately this sentiment bears no meaning unless values are attached to "the past". When did games start getting easier? And what is easier about them? (If they are in fact, easier).

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