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Where should I go next fall? / Bizarro waitlist at Rutgers-Camden
« on: March 29, 2008, 01:23:51 PM »
Is there any explanation for this?

I was complete in November, with a 165 and 3.4 from an ivy league school, only to receive a letter at the end of February stating: "Based on your personal statement and outstanding academic accomplishments the Committee has designated you as a student who we have a high interest in admitting to the full-time fall class and nominating for available scholarship monies."  The letter then invited me to their admitted students open house in April, and indicated that they would have all of their decisions made by then.  In response, I emailed them saying I would attend the open house.

Last week, I still hadn't heard from them, so I sent them another email reiterating my interest in Rutgers and asking if they could anticipate when a decision would be made on my application.  They never acknowledged receiving my email.  Instead, eight days later they sent me a letter wait-listing me!  The language is similar to the original letter, but now with a different spin: "The Committee has designated you as an individual we would like to admit should space become available.  You therefore have been placed on a Wait List."

So, what happened between the end of February and the end of March that dropped me from scholarship consideration to not even getting a spot?

It looks a little funny on law school numbers (I'm teeks): http://lawschoolnumbers.com/search_schools.php?action=search&cycle=5&school_code=2092&sort=index_number&order=d&application_type=0


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Law School Applications / Two scores and a cancel - will this hurt me?
« on: November 30, 2007, 02:05:36 PM »
I got a 165 in June and retook in September, but ended up cancelling.  It may not have been the right decision, but I signed up yet again for the December test.  I didn't apply to any reaches and am an autoadmit at the schools I applied to (see LSN profile), but I was hoping to hit 170 for the ego boost and the possibility of getting more scholarship money.  All my apps have been complete since early November, and I didn't notify the schools that I will be retaking the LSAT tomorrow.  Should I notify them, or will they find out anyway?  Also, will the fact that I took the test three times count against me, even though one was a cancel?

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I got a 165 on the LSAT in June and was disappointed with my score, so I decided to re-take in September.  I studied my ass off for about a month before the test and was averaging in the low 170s, but when I took the real thing I panicked during LG and ended up walking out during section 3.

I want to go to school in the Philadelphia area and I'm applying to Temple, Villanova and Rutgers-Camden.  (Not even going to waste my money applying to Penn.)  Temple is my first choice, and I'm hoping they give me a full scholarship, but that's not guarateed, of course.  I'm quite tempted to study my ass off starting tomorrow and take the LSAT again in December.  This way, in case Temple doesn't come through with the kind of money I want, maybe a higher score will change their minds.

I've already sent in my applications to the above schools, and I didn't indicate that I would be taking the LSAT in December.  Do I have to notify them when I register for the test?  Will it delay the review of my application?  What if I'm already accepted and then do significantly worse than 165 on the December LSAT (unlikely but possible)?

Also, I will admit that re-taking is an ego thing too.  I would really like to prove to myself that I can break 170.

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Studying for the LSAT / October 2005, LR question - Section 1, question #20
« on: September 27, 2007, 03:15:35 PM »
Professor: Each government should do all that it can to improve the well-being of all the children in the society it governs.  Therefore, governments should help finance high-quality day care since such day care will become available to families of all income levels if and only if it is subsidized.

Which one of the following is an assumption on which the professor's argument depends?

(A) Only governments that subsidize high-quality day care take an interest in the well-being of all the children in the societies they govern.
(B) Government subsidy of high-quality day care would not be so expensive that it would cause a government to eliminate benefits for adults.
(C) High-quality day care should be subsidized only for those who could not otherwise afford it.
(D) At least some children would benefit from high-quality day care.
(E) Government is a more efficient provider of certain services than is private enterprise.




D is the credited response.  I chose A and am having trouble seeing why A is wrong.  Can anyone explain?

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Law School Applications / Penn Early Decision
« on: September 25, 2007, 09:01:46 AM »
Does anyone know how much early decision helps at Penn?  Does it give you a boost or does it just guarantee that you won't get money from them if you're accepted?

Not that I'm expecting money anyway.  My numbers are 3.4/165, which I highly doubt will get me into Penn, although I'm hoping it might help a little that I'm an alumna of Penn undergrad and have a decent Why Penn? essay on that basis.  I'm retaking the LSAT on Saturday and am hoping to break 170, but of course, I don't know for sure what will happen and I won't know my true prospects until I have my new LSAT score.

Anyone have the scoop on ED?

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Studying for the LSAT / Best order in which to take old LSATs?
« on: March 13, 2007, 03:09:42 PM »
Is it best to go from oldest to most recent or vice versa, or does it not matter?  I'm planning on taking about 30 old LSATs as practice between now and the June test date.

I've heard that the contents and relative difficulty of the different sections have changed a bit in recent years.  Are the older LSATs less valuable as test prep?

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