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St. John's with an annual tuition scholarship $35,000
renewable every year provided that "your cumulative average places you in the top half of your class".

is it worth going? god, the deposit deadline is Apr 1st, and it's $750!


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Where should I go next fall? / Iowa vs Wisconsin vs Others?
« on: March 31, 2009, 12:10:08 PM »
So far the two highest ranking schools I got are Iowa and Wisconsin. Which one should I choose?
My interest is in corporate law, and intellectual property is also an option, considering I have engineering education. In the future I might practice back in Asia, but I'm not sure if the US IP firms have much to do in Asian countries.


First of all, I'm still on two waitlists and several schools haven't responded. If I do accept any school, will they notify the other schools to end the review of my applications? (I remember that's the case with many Early Decisions...)


Iowa vs Wisconsin:

both are 'regional' law schools with job placement mostly in Midwest. I'm totally fine with working in Chicago if I could get a job there.

Madison seems more fun and closer to Chicago, but a lot Colder?
even though I suppose I wouldn't have much time to enjoy it, Madison looks more attractive with the tennis courts, shopping malls, the outlets within reach, and the shorter distance to the attractions of Chicago metro... I heard Iowa City is very boring? (well I'm not into parties so I was never into college towns.)

I'll pay full tuitions for both, around $33k. Any of them would charge in-state tuition from the 2nd year? anyway, this would affect my decision too much.

I'm an international student so I certainly would be happier on a more diversed and friendly campus.




some other options I have are:
Florida
Cincinnati
Baylor
Houston
Case Western Reserve
IIT (Chicago-Kent)
Lewis and Clark (OR)
Pittsburg
Penn State
Santa Clara
San Diego
DePaul U (IL)
Northeastern U (MA)
St. Jones (NYC)
Drexel

some of them provide financial aid. are these worth going?


I'm still dreaming of transferring to T14 or T20 after working hard in the 1st year. However, I hear 1L GPA is hard to predict, sometimes even random? So if I failed to transfer, staying in Iowa or Wisconsin and finishing the degree there sounds like a better option.

My bottom line is to get a decent job after graduation, hopefully around a nice metro area.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Iowa vs Wisconsin vs Others?
« on: March 30, 2009, 11:41:48 PM »
So far the two highest ranking schools I got are Iowa and Wisconsin. Which one should I choose?

First of all, I'm still on two waitlists and several schools haven't responded. If I do accept any school, will they notify the other schools to end the review of my applications? (I remember that's the case with many Early Decisions...)

Iowa and Wisconsin are very similar:

both are 'regional' law schools with job placement mostly in Mid West (?) I'm totally fine with working in Chicago if I could get a job there.

the two schools are close to each other. Madison is more fun and closer to Chicago but a lot colder?
even though I suppose I wouldn't have much time to enjoy it, Madison looks more attractive with the shopping malls, the outlets nearby, and the shorter distance to the attractions of Chicago metro... I heard Iowa City is very boring? (well I'm not into parties so I was never into college towns.)

I'll pay full tuitions for both, around $33k. Any of them would charge in-state tuition from the 2nd year? anyway, this would affect my decision too much.

I'm an international student so I certainly would be happier on a more diversed and friendly campus.

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Law School Applications / what to do with gap with an f?
« on: November 17, 2008, 09:37:13 PM »
I attended a graduate school for one year and got an F in the second semester. then I transferred and got a Master's degree.

the course was an engineering lab. there was nothing wrong ethic wise. only the professor was a trash and picked on my performance.

is there any way to withdraw this grade? I don't think so... especially after more than 3 years.

so what if I just don't submit the transcript to LSAC and don't mention at all about this one year in that school?

or should I talk to the graduate program director and ask for a LOR to explain it? say for example the grade had nothing to do with any inappropriate behavior, which is true, and then hopefully write some good words about me?

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / some lsat books
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:49:43 PM »
unavailable now.

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Kaplan LSAT 180 2008 Ed. (Get the Hardest Questions!)
Kaplan LSAT Premier Program 2008 (with CD-ROM & 5 TESTS!)
Master the LSAT by Jeff Kolb (Nova's Press)
The Official LSAT SuperPrep (by LSAC the Test Makers!)

all four books are Brand New, no blemish or any no markings.

$100 Total, free shipping, pay by Google Checkout or Paypal.

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / some lsat books unavailable now
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:22:37 PM »
unavailable now

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Studying for the LSAT / 'complete the passage' questions in RC
« on: July 29, 2008, 04:25:59 PM »
there's this kind of question in RC asking you to add a sentence at the end of the passage.
for this type of question, I guess it's still like a main point/must be true question. that is it sums up the passage, but still stays in the scope without any extention.


is there an RC question asking you to choose a sentence to begin the next paragraph after the end of orginial passage?
if there is, I guess the strategy would be different from the first one, but I haven't met any to test my thoughts.

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Studying for the LSAT / how to get a proctored practice test?
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:05:03 PM »
I believe it'll be very helpful to have several proctored practice tests.

I know there's a 'proctor DVD' for $30, but still I want it to be as real as possible...

is it possible to get into PowerScore's or Testmaster's practice tests for a certain fee?

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Studying for the LSAT / trivials about filling the bubbles?
« on: June 06, 2008, 11:20:28 PM »
guys, any thoughts on filling the answer sheet?

I'm all by myself with no one to discuss about this.. but I can help thinking about it, such as

if I have only less than 1 min to transfer the answers to the sheet (this is my personal style, I like to transfer most answers at one time near the end of a section)
so I do it very fast, maybe just covering 50% of the oval around the center...
will the computer take it?


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