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Studying for the LSAT / 2007 June LSAT Practice Test Discussion
« on: August 06, 2007, 10:36:55 AM »
The June 07 LSAT is available on LSAC and I would like to start a discussion thread since all we have is an answer key and not explanations.  Anyone is free to add questions about ones they missed and couldn't understand.  In the mean time, I have quite a few questions:

Section 2, #18 - I guessed D but the answer is B.  I can understand why B is correct (or could be correct), since "nothing brings more recognition than overthrowing conventional wisdow" and thus climatologists would derive great satisfaction from disproving global warming.  However, the last sentence seems to imply that option D could be the answer as well.  I'm on the cusp of grasping that it MUST be B, but am not quite there.

Section 3, #17 - I guessed A, but sat there for about 2 minutes trying to decide between it and B (the right answer).  What is it that makes B work?

Section 3, #23 - This is another one where I guessed the wrong answer of the two choices I was down to - B and D - guesssed D.  I really have no idea because both sound very plausible.

Section 4, #6 - Again, I was torn between two contenders (A and B) and chose A, while B is correct.  A does have strong language, though, if that's the primary reason that it is incorrect.

Section 4, #13 - Guessed D.  Correct answer is E and it was not a contender for me.

Section 4, #15 - This whole computer passage is what kept me from hitting 170.  Was undecided between B and E, guessed E, but the answer is A.   ::)

Section 4, #17 - Guessed B, correct answer E was not a contender for me.

Section 4, #25 - Guessed C and was pretty positive, correct answer D.

Thanks for the help.

Studying for the LSAT / When to retake, according to Williams College
« on: August 04, 2007, 03:01:54 PM »
By chance, I happened upon this webpage and was surprised to find this:

If you were ill, feel that some other external circumstance caused you not to perform well the first time, or if your first score does not correspond to your SAT verbal score, you should consider retaking the LSAT.

Is this considered the norm?  I had heard that LSAT scores actually correlate more closely with your math score.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Cross Admit Data HLS/YLS
« on: August 03, 2007, 11:01:45 PM »
Does anyone have this data?  I am quite positive that students admitted to both choose YLS by a considerable margin, but I was looking for real data for verification.

Studying for the LSAT / SuperPrep Test 2 Game #2
« on: August 01, 2007, 09:38:56 PM »
Can anyone explain the diagramming to me on this one.  For those of you with the book, page 187, 2nd game on the 2nd practice test - the one about the trees in the park.  I can post it if that's legal. 

I understand most conditional statements but when they say "if not L and O, then F and S" I have a problem creating the contrapositive and end up missing the questions as a result.  The explanation in the back doesn't seem to help me either.

Studying for the LSAT / Study Plan
« on: August 01, 2007, 09:28:59 PM »
If someone that is familiar with the LSAT doesn't mind, I'm trying to formulate a very good study plan. 

I've just finished reading the LRB and LGB and feel like I understood them quite well.  I completed my first practice LSAT tonight, untimed, and ended up completing the Logical Reasoning and Reading sections without going over more than a minute or two.  For the logic games, I ended up going over by about 8 minutes - way too long.  I missed 2 or less on each of the Verbal sections and 4 on the Analytical section.  In the end, I scored a 169, which is decent, but I feel that it is low for an untimed test if I am aiming for a ~174 timed on the real thing.  Fortunately I have an entire year before the test and am therefore looking for a good study plan.  I've purchased the LSAT SuperPrep guide and the explanations are decent, but I still feel like I really start to freeze up when I use a timer at all.  I've heard that one should not use a timer until they've consistenly broken the 170 mark untimed.  Is this a good suggestion?  Any suggestions for speeding up the logic games section?

Law School Admissions / Should I apply next year or the year after?
« on: July 23, 2007, 05:17:32 PM »
I'm a student that attended a community college for my first two years due to both academic and financial reasons.  After turning myself around, I've gained admission to some good schools and decided to attend Wesleyan University in the fall.  I will be entering as a junior and am preparing for law school.  At this point, I would like most to begin law school directly after graduation.  Choosing this path, I will take the LSAT in June 08 and send out applications next summer.  While I have a pretty strong GPA from my previous college (3.9) and aim to keep a high GPA at Wesleyan, I worry whether having only three years of undergraduate work (2 of which are at a community college) will put me at a significant disadvantage, regardless of how well I do at Wesleyan / on the LSAT.  I am wondering if it would be wiser to wait one more year, thereby having two years of grades from Wesleyan, before applying to law schools.  Am I overanalyzing this?

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Itemwise
« on: July 11, 2007, 04:42:23 PM »
Online program sold by LSAC.  Anyone have experience with this?  I'm tryin to decide whether it's worth $18 or I should buy the LSAT Superprep book instead.  I do plan on buying all of the old LSATs as well.

« on: July 02, 2007, 04:52:09 PM »
Reading the LRB right now and can't understand the conditional statement chapter.  Can someone explain necessary and sufficient conditions better than this book? 

For instance, I obviously have no problem with statements containing "if, then" or "must" but others, such as these few, elude me:

1) No robot can think.

2) The meeting cannot begin unless at least six people are present.

3) The park closes when the sun goes down.

I've read the answers/explanations over and over but still can't grasp it.  Thanks.

Financial Aid / What top law schools give a lot of merit aid?
« on: June 03, 2007, 09:22:49 PM »
That is, to the type of students that are accepted to Harvard/Yale/Stanford/etc.?  I'm looking for some top law schools to consider that aren't quite the best but make up for it by "buying" their students.  So far I'm looking into Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, and UT-Austin (in-state).  Any other recs?

General Off-Topic Board / Beneficial to Study Japanese
« on: May 30, 2007, 07:19:08 PM »
I'm really interested in studying Japanese but wondering whether the benefits match the cost as I know it will take a lot of dedication and time.  As I have an interest in international law, would fluency in Japanese help me to attain a job in international law where I could make use of it or is that not very common?

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