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Was the day I was charged with academic misconduct when a friend gave me his calculations for a math assignment the day I forfeited any possiblity of attending law school ??

My law school advisor told me it was no biggie, I wrote an addendum, my dean wrote a letter explaining the situation for me and the law school applications say it does not make you an auto-reject, but I'm receiving rejections left and right !!!!!!!!!

Would I have been better off not disclosing at all ???  :-\

Maybe raping that hotel employee has something to do with it....

Diagnostic: 171
Final: 171

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Liberal v. Conservative
« on: March 07, 2006, 10:12:23 AM »
Super-liberal on most (abortion, gay rights, gun control, education spending, border policy), but not all (affirmative action) issues. That said, I usually find conservative legal arguments to be more persuasive. Overall, I'd consider myself a political liberal, but a legal conservative.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: My candidate for hardest RC ever
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:42:00 AM »
I wonder if some of these people don't get an accurate practice average because they don't simulate testing conditions properly.  I know a friend of mine who expected a 170+ from his practice tests and was devastated when he got a 167 back (I understand why now).  He only took 4 section practice exams with a ten minute break after the first two sections.  For me, throwing an extra section in there makes a signifcant difference in terms of my ability to concentrate all the way through the exam.

I took around 30 practice tests, all under simulated test conditions. We always took five sections total and didn't take breaks between sections. Too bad, I would have had an excuse...

@ chastenedaspirations: According to this calculator (, you've still got better than even chances at HYS.  I hope you won't let your misrepresenting 171 keep you from writing a killer app.  Good luck!

Every calculator I've seen puts me <20% at those schools. I may still apply for shits and giggles. Thanks for the kind words.

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT-related emails
« on: March 01, 2006, 11:56:43 AM »
Have you all been receiving emails from law schools congratulating you on your score and offering fee-waivers?

My favorite so far:

Greetings and congratulations on your performance on the February LSAT!

We are pleased to announce that the University of St. Thomas School of Law has received full accreditation from the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates voted on February 13 to grant the accreditation at its midyear meeting in Chicago-- six months ahead of schedule. In addition, the University of St. Thomas School of Law has been ranked the No. 1 law school in the country for “Best Quality of Life” among students, according to the Princeton Review’s newly published book, The Best 159 Law Schools. Read the full article at:

We encourage you to take a look at our law school at Because we are convinced that you will find our mission and vision compelling, we have waived your application fee.  Simply click on the following link and complete an electronic application:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our community or our admissions process. 


Cari Haaland
Director of Admissions

Let me get this straight, Cari. The most important thing you want me to know about your school is that it's accredited? I find this incredibly amusing...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: My candidate for hardest RC ever
« on: March 01, 2006, 10:33:13 AM »

I averaged a 176 going into the test, and ended up getting a 171. Not exactly HYS material. Not whining or anything, just sayin'....

Weird...Are you me, and I just don't know it?

No. But you sure look an awful lot like the dog I had when I was a kid. Is your name Mocha?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: My candidate for hardest RC ever
« on: March 01, 2006, 10:21:51 AM »
Six and a half minutes per passage with 100% accuracy is phenomenal.  Do you guys usually have ~10 minutes left at the end of an RC section?

It wasn't anything special. They were easy passages. On the other hand, getting 3 out of 5 wrong on a section on which you're given 15 minutes is piss-poor.

Reading Comprehension was my worst section, so I usually finished with under 0-3 minutes to go.

Incidentally, I don't see what sorts of aspirations could be chastened by a 170+/3.8+.  You'll probably still get into Yale and co., no?

I averaged a 176 going into the test, and ended up getting a 171. Not exactly HYS material. Not whining or anything, just sayin'....

Studying for the LSAT / Re: My candidate for hardest RC ever
« on: March 01, 2006, 09:21:51 AM »
Okay, subtext first: I'm having a hard time letting go. Of the whole LSAT thing. Today I was going over my old prep materials but didn't have the heart to throw them out. They're no use to me now, all marked up, and me satisfied enough with my February score never to think of taking it again. But, still... can't quite let go yet.

So, in paging through my materials I came across what I remember as the nastiest RC passage ever. I thought it was code-switching from June 2004 or Groupthink from our test, but then my eyes fell upon the passage about risk-taking behavior relative to brinksmanship in international crises.

It was on the same test with the Ralph Ellison Invisible Man passage. The first 3 passages were sooooooo easy. I remember being through with them and having 15 minutes to spare for the last passage, and it only had 5 questions!

Fifteen minutes later, I was scrambling to finish, moderately confident of maybe two answers. I ended up getting 3 right and 2 wrong on that passage, the only two I missed on RC on that one.

Anybody else remember that one? Or have a different candidate for hardest RC passage?

Yes! I completely agree. I finished the first three sections with 15 minutes to spare and still got three wrong on that section. I was still in my formative stage of LSAT-readiness, but I definitely remember shaking my head after that one...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Question on the Feb 06 Exam
« on: February 28, 2006, 05:51:22 PM »

Studying for the LSAT / Re: the bane of my existence: inconsistency on RC
« on: February 28, 2006, 01:35:52 PM »
so that's all you guys did?  i'm aiming for 3-4 wrong max on RC.  sometimes i'll get it, but sometimes i'll also drop to -7, -8.  i'd say, when concentration/focus suffers a bit, so does my score.  i can't maintain my focus when the RC section is my 3rd section.

what else is there to do?  i need smart tips here!  thanks.   :)

If you continue to go back and forth between 3-4 and 7-8, then at least you're consistently inconsistent...

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