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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT prep courses....
« on: October 24, 2007, 12:29:12 PM »
Should you take the course the corresponds to the books you already used to prepare? I read the Powerscore books and I was wondering if it would make sense for me to take the Powerscore class. I think Powerscore's methods are good and I don't want to learn a whole new set of methods to answering questions, however, that could be a good thing I guess. For those who read the powerscore books and took a class, which one did you take? I've heard TestMasters is similar to Powerscore, but I am just looking for the best class that will build upon what I've already learned from the PowerScore books.

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Law School Applications / Addendum for low score?
« on: October 20, 2007, 04:48:39 PM »
I did pretty bad on the Sept. LSAT, I am going to take it again, but I am still going to send in some apps to some schools before that, using my September score. So should I write an addendum explaining my reasons for getting such a score and suggesting they weigh other factors more heavily? Or is that a bad idea that sounds like I am making excuses?

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Studying for the LSAT / I really did horrible...
« on: October 19, 2007, 09:23:59 PM »
First of, congrats to all those who got good scores. Can't say the same for me. I am devastated, as I'm sure are many others, with my score. I'm too ashamed to even say it but it isn't good enough to get into the schools I want. I was overconfident and thought I had prepared adequately. I was wrong. I am definitely going to retake, but I feel like from now til December is not enough time for me to improve enough where I can get a significantly higher score, which leads me to two questions:

1. Are classroom courses helpful? They are pretty damn expensive  I just want to know which ones are the best and if they are even worth the $1,000 plus you pay for them

2. I would obviously retake in February, I know trying to get in Fall 08 with February puts me at a disadvantage, so do any decent schools accept Feb LSAT scores?

3. Do any good schools have the option of beginning in the Spring term?

Thanks to all.

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Recommendations / Recommended/Accepted
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:55:33 PM »
Looking on LSAC at LOR requirements for certain schools, some has Required/Accepted, whereas others have Recommended/Accepted. I'm assuming the latter means that they aren't required, just recommended. So if the school recommends 3 and you only send in two, does that look bad, even though they weren't required? Should I just play it safe and get three if it says recommended?

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Recommendations / LOR question
« on: October 16, 2007, 10:12:15 AM »
Does it matter if we enter a recommender's info into the LSAC website? What I mean is, I printed out an LOR form and down at the bottom it has those blocks side by side where the recommender can write in his information. But if you go to LOR on LSAC.org and you click 'Add recommender' you can type his info in, and then the LOR form will have all the recommender's info and no blocks. I guess this is just easier for the recommender, but is it necessary?

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Law School Applications / "Briefly explain why you wish to attend...."
« on: October 15, 2007, 09:54:59 AM »
I'm filling out my app for St. John's and this is the first thing on the second page. It asks you to briefly explain why you wish to attend. It gives you a paragraph worth of space. Should I just suck up to the school in this paragraph and only talk about how great I think the school is? Or can I just say that I want to go there because I love Queens and New York City, I lived there before and going to St. John's would give me a reason to go back. I do think their school is great, but that isn't my primary reason for wanting to go there, I love the environment of New York City. Do they just want compliments about their school in this paragraph?

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Studying for the LSAT / Do you think they have the scores yet?
« on: October 11, 2007, 03:19:44 PM »
Do you think LSAC has all the tests scored but they just like to torture us as long as possible?

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Studying for the LSAT / Freaking out...
« on: October 10, 2007, 04:11:39 PM »
All of sudden today, I thought "What if I screwed up bubbling in the questions, what if I skipped over a question by mistake and for the next one I bubbled in where I should have bubbled in the skipped question, then all the questions after that are out of place meaning I probably bombed the whole section because of one little stupid mistake?" I'm hoping I'm just being irrational, but has anyone else just started to think of stupid sh*t you might have done, no matter how irrational it may seem. I can't take this wait any longer.

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Law School Applications / Speaking another language...
« on: October 09, 2007, 10:04:59 AM »
How good does it look to law schools to be proficient in more than one language? My first language is English but I also speak Italian and I was just wondering if this is something I should definitely include on my resume or application.

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As I begin filling out applications I noticed that every single one asks a variation of the question above. Some ask ONLY if you have been convicted of a crime other than a traffic violation, others ask if you have been arrested or charged, regardless of whether you were convicted or your record was expunged. A few years ago, I was arrested and charged with a DUI and possession of a small amount of marijuana. The case was thrown out, I was not convicted, and the arrest is not on my record, however, in the case where the appplication asks if I have ever been arrested or charged, I will attach an addendum explaining the situation. How much of an effect will this have on my chances of getting into schools? I'd imagine there are a number of law students who have had a run in with the law before, such as DUI or something similar.

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