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General Board / Did you use an admissions consultant??
« on: March 08, 2008, 09:40:16 PM »
I know this is a forum for students and graduates but I figured this group would probably have more insight than folks on the pre-law forum on this matter.   :)

Did any of you use an admissions consultant? If so, which admissions consulting service did you use?

I just want to feel like I didn't leave any stones unturned when this process is over some time next year. Dropping $1500 on a consultant may be money well spent if it means I get into my target school, but then again, how does one measure such a thing. It's probably more mental than anything else. A hedge would be to spend half that on a service that would look over my PS. I don't have money to burn but $1500 for a consultant would only be a fraction of what I'll eventually spend for three years of LS.

How many of you had a service look over your PSs?

Thanks for the constructive advice in advance.





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General Board / Nativity scene on a military base?
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:55:06 PM »
1.Is a nativity scene located in front of a nondenominational chapel on a US military base in violation of the "Establishment Clause" and/or the "Endorsement Test"?

2.Is it right to assume that the base chapel is nondenominational, and devoid of any religious symbols inside and out, in order to not violate the Establishment Clause/Endorsement Test?

4.And, if so, wouldn't that same line of reasoning lead one to conclude that a nativity scene located 50 feet from the chapel, placed there by the military chaplain, is potentially in violation of the "Establishment Clause" and/or the "Endorsement Test"?

5.If my second point is false, can one assume that it would then be legal to adorn the chapel with only Christian iconography and not be in violation of the Establishment Clause/Endorsement Test?

6.Is it relevant whether the chaplain bought the nativity scene with his own money or if it was purchased with government funds?

BTW, the chaplain drives a Lexus.  I've always found it strange that some "men of the cloth" choose to drive $50K cars....but I digress.



What are your thoughts?

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Pointless Arguments / Nativity scene on a military base?
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:37:59 PM »
1.Is a nativity scene located in front of a nondenominational chapel on a US military base in violation of the "Establishment Clause" and/or the "Endorsement Test"?

2.Is it right to assume that the base chapel is nondenominational, and devoid of any religious symbols inside and out, in order to not violate the Establishment Clause/Endorsement Test?

4.And, if so, wouldn't that same line of reasoning lead one to conclude that a nativity scene located 50 feet from the chapel, placed there by the military chaplain, is potentially in violation of the "Establishment Clause" and/or the "Endorsement Test"?

5.If my second point is false, can one assume that it would then be legal to adorn the chapel with only Christian iconography and not be in violation of the Establishment Clause/Endorsement Test?

6.Is it relevant whether the chaplain bought the nativity scene with his own money or if it was purchased with government funds?

BTW, the chaplain drives a Lexus.  I've always found it strange that some "men of the cloth" choose to drive $50K cars....but I digress.



What are your thoughts?

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General Board / Part-time work while attending school? Enough time??
« on: December 15, 2007, 11:16:22 PM »
I'd like to serve in the Navy Reserve while I attend law school in order to offset cost a bit.  This obligation would require that I work one weekend a month and two weeks over the summer.

How realistic would it be for a 1L to give up one weekend a month?  Essentially I'd work 8 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday. 

Also, to what degree would giving up two weeks over the summer impact potential internships?

If the above schedule isn't feasible for a 1L do you think I could pull it off the last two years of school?

Thanks in advance.   :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Feedback on my proposed study plan?
« on: January 21, 2008, 02:37:25 PM »
I spent the morning reviewing several posts on this website and synthesizing all the information so that I could devise my own study plan for the next six months. Please review my plan and give me your $.02 on the material covered and general time line.
One thing I'm leaving out at this point is the initial diagnostic...I already know what to emphasize based off this first week of studying...LGs.  I would like to study more through the week but I work full time.  My rough plan is to study for eight hours over the weekend (4 hours each day) and for six hours throughout the week (three -two hours sessions).  I could potentially squeeze in more hours over the weekend but don't want to burn out this early.

Please poke holes in this plan.  Any other recommended materials?  Is the plan test heavy?  Timed vs un-timed tests?  Powerprep course vs tutor? This is my first draft.
Thanks for the help.

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                             LSAT Super Prep
                             10 More Actual
                             The Next 10 Actual
                             Official LSAT Preptests 47-51

Other potential materials    Power Score, LSAT Deconstructed

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Mid January     (6 wks)
      Logic Games Bible
      Logical Reasoning Bible

Late Feb   (4 wks)
      Start taking LSAT Super Prep test sections untimed (contains 3 test                                   
                offers complete explanations of questions

Late Mar   (2 wks)
      Start taking sections of test timed (older tests) 29-38 - "The Next
                Ten" 

Mid Mar         (2 wks)
           Start taking entire test under timed conditions (2004 or later/47 and
                later) 39< sold in individual booklets, one per weekend.  Review test
                during the week, supplement with timed sections.

30Apr           (4 wks)
                Start taking two full length tests on the weekends, review tests
                during the week and focus on weaknesses

31May      (2 wks)
                Take three full tests per week during two weeks leading up to test
         31May
         1Jun
         4Jun
         7Jun
         8Jun
         11Jun

9Jun            Take a week of vacation and study

12Jun           Review weakest areas 

16Jun           V-Day

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21Mar   Decide if you are taking Powerprep course
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General Off-Topic Board / Nativity scene on a military base?
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:41:15 PM »
1.Is a nativity scene located in front of a nondenominational chapel on a US military base in violation of the "Establishment Clause" and/or the "Endorsement Test"?

2.Is it right to assume that the base chapel is nondenominational, and devoid of any religious symbols inside and out, in order to not violate the Establishment Clause/Endorsement Test?

4.And, if so, wouldn't that same line of reasoning lead one to conclude that a nativity scene located 50 feet from the chapel, placed there by the military chaplain, is potentially in violation of the "Establishment Clause" and/or the "Endorsement Test"?

5.If my second point is false, can one assume that it would then be legal to adorn the chapel with only Christian iconography and not be in violation of the Establishment Clause/Endorsement Test?

6.Is it relevant whether the chaplain bought the nativity scene with his own money or if it was purchased with government funds?

BTW, the chaplain drives a Lexus.  I've always found it strange that some "men of the cloth" choose to drive $50K cars....but I digress.



What are your thoughts?

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I realize there may not be a cookie-cutter answer to this question but here goes...

It's clear that school rank in addition to where one ranks at graduation plays a huge role in landing a big firm (national) associate position. 

That being said, how important is school rank and class rank when considering a job working for a DA?

Is it possible to land one of these assistant DA positions right out of law school?

Bottom line, how good of school do I need to attend and how well do I need to do to get a job with a DA?

Thanks in advance.    ;)

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I'd like to serve in the Navy Reserve while I attend law school in order to offset cost a bit.  This obligation would require that I work one weekend a month and two weeks over the summer.

How realistic would it be for a 1L to give up one weekend a month?  Essentially I'd work 8 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday.

Also, to what degree would giving up two weeks over the summer impact potential internships?

If the above schedule isn't feasible for a 1L do you think I could pull it off the last two years of school?

Thanks in advance.    ;)

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