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If I get offered a spot off the GULC waitlist, will they force me to withdraw my application from consideration at other schools? I heard someone mention this, no idea how true it is, though.

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If I'm going into IP litigation, how do big firms' (e.g. OMM, MoFo, Sidley Austin, DLA Piper - not super-prestigious Cravath/Wachtell) GPA cutoffs differ between UT and Georgetown?

From 1990-2009, Georgetown has ranked on average of 13.05th, while (if you throw out 1998, the year it fell out of the top25) UT has ranked on average of 16.05th. This fact would argue that the GPA cutoff differential is significant. However, if you look at the years 1999-2009, this difference shrinks to 14.00th vs. 15.45th, arguing that the differential, if any, is not so significant.

I've gone to the UT ASD and met its incoming class, and I think I'd like living in Austin and going to school with this group, but I don't know how deciding to go there vs. Georgetown would affect my future career prospects. I don't have a particular geographic region that I'd like to live in, although I'd prefer not to live in DC. I've heard that IP attorneys are in enough demand that geographic considerations aren't as crucial for associates in that field, anyways.

An acquaintance of mine at MoFo stated that their general UCLA/UT cutoff is a 3.1. Unfortunately, she can't say what their cutoff is for Georgetown, nor what it is for IP litigation in particular.

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Studying for the LSAT / Two confusing LR questions on June 2007
« on: November 30, 2007, 02:42:27 AM »
Problem 1:

Stim:
Hospital Executive: At a recent conference on nonprofit management, several computer experts maintained that the most significant threat faceed by large institutions such as universities and hospitals is unauthorized access to confidential data. In light of this testimon, we should make the protection of our clients' confidentiality our highest priority.

QStem:
The hospital executive's argument is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticisms?

TCR: The argument relies on the testimony of experts whose expertise is not shown to be sufficiently broad to support their general claim.

How is this even a flaw? It's not as if the executive were relying on the advice given by culinary experts...

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Problem 2:

Editorialist: In all cultures, it is almost universally accepted that one has a moral duty to prevent members of one's family from being harmed. Thus, few would deny that if a person is known by the person's parents to be falsely accused of a crime, it would be morally right for the parents to hide the accused from the police. Hence, it is also likely to be widely accepted that it is sometimes morally right to obstruct police in their work.

QStem:
The reasoning in the editorialist's argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that this argument

TCR:
fails to consider the possibility that other moral principles would be widely recognized as overriding any obligation to protect a family member from harm

How is this a flaw? Doesn't the editorialist establish that "few would deny that if a person is known by the person's parents to be falsely accused of a crime, it would be morally right for the parents to hide the accused from the police?"

Granted, other moral principles could override this obligation in the majority of cases, but by establishing that this principle is applicable to the cited case for all cultures, doesn't the editorialist conclusively establish that all cultures will condone obstruction of the police in this one cited case?

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My last 6 diagnostic scores have all been between 174-179, and so I think I'll score somewhere in that range this Saturday. I understand that schools typically send fee waivers to applicants that score that high, and I'd like to take advantage of such waivers, but at the same time, I don't know when and how I'd receive them, and I don't want to wait too long to send in my apps, since I'm already applying mid-cycle as it is.

Can someone provide information on how and when schools send out fee waivers for high scoring applicants, and advise how to utilize those waivers?

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Studying for the LSAT / June 2005 - 179!
« on: November 27, 2007, 02:56:30 AM »
Things are looking good :)

Finishing each section 3-5 minutes early gave me enough time to go back and re-evaluate problems that were giving me trouble the first time thru. Doing this must have saved me from making an additional 5 mistakes or so. Gotta keep that in mind for this Saturday.

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Studying for the LSAT / LR question
« on: November 26, 2007, 02:35:33 AM »
Stim:

Ecologist: Forest fires, the vast majority of which are started by lightning, are not only a natural phenomenon to which all forest ecosystems are well adapted, but are required for many forests to flourish. Forest fires facilitate the opening and spreading of seed pods, prevent an overabundance of insects, and promote the diversity of forests by preventing certain varieties of aggressive weeds from dominating other species. In view of this, systematic attempts by human beings to prevent or control forest fires are ill-advised and shortsighted; forest fires should be left alone and allowed to burn themselves out naturally.

QStem:
The conclusion drawn above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

TCR:
Protection of forest and their ecosystems is the only legitimate reason for attempting to prevent or control forest fires.

Where in the stimulus does it establish that human's reason for attempting to prevent or control forest fires is not to protect the forest and its ecosystems?

I thought a person could intend to protect the forest and its ecosystems while performing actions that act against that goal, which is why I shied away from this answer choice.

None of the other answer choices come close, but I don't quite understand how this answer choice establishes the sufficient connection.

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Studying for the LSAT / Easy way of attacking preptest 34 (June 01) game 4?
« on: November 25, 2007, 02:33:08 AM »
This game took me forever! So many conditionals! Can anyone offer any tips for it?

When I retried the game, I figured out that demarcating the sets of conditionals and contrapositives made following the chains a lot easier. Did anyone find the same?

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Studying for the LSAT / I hate reading comp...
« on: November 18, 2007, 02:29:14 AM »
UGH. -5 on Dec 06!

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What was the last preptest to utilize LR stimuli with multiple problems? I remember seeing that configuration on the June '06 experimental section, but have heard conflicting assertions as to whether or not this configuration has appeared on non-experimental sections in the recent past.

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Studying for the LSAT / Diagramming this fact set?
« on: November 16, 2007, 12:17:05 AM »
Stimulus:
In the Centerville Botanical Gardens, all tulip trees are older than any maples. A majority, but not all, of the garden's sycamores are older than any of its maples. All the garden's maples are older than any of its dogwoods.

I correctly answered this problem, but wasn't sure whether or not the diagrams I sketched accurately represented the information provided, or even whether or not I should have diagrammed in the first place. Can someone clarify these two points of uncertainty?

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