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Choosing the Right Law School / 2014 USNWR Rankings
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:38:19 AM »
Have they been leaked?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Feed Lily's music obsession
« on: January 02, 2007, 01:45:20 PM »
Ariel Pink

Poundering should be a word! 

I'll read it.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: LSD Philadelphia
« on: August 02, 2006, 12:33:58 PM »
The problem with the transit is that there isn't enough high speed travel within the city limits.  It doesn't kill me that Regional Rail is the way it is, but the fact that there are TWO (3 if you are being generous) subways in the city that make a plus sign through the city (not touching corners) is terrible.  You shouldn't need to use a bus or walk 6 blocks to get to, for example, 2nd and South.  You should be able to take a subway to within 5 blocks of Pat's.

I agree 100%.

I agree too. I'm participating in an audit of SEPTA right now. The transit planners that I work with always seem to miss the forest for the trees.  They spend so much time analyzing the performance of each route using countless indicators (passengers carried, passengers carried per hour, on time performance, cost recovery) in an attempt to optimize the efficiency of the system.  I don't think any of that data points to why so many people are dissatisfied with SEPTA.  The lack of subway lines is definitely the problem!

Anyway, I'm up for getting a beer.  I live in CC and I'm almost always available after 5pm and on the weekends.  In fact, is anyone around for happy hour tonight? 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:39:15 PM »

I'll be working 24 hours a week as a technical writer for a civil engineering firm and going part time to law school this fall.   The only downside that I know of is that you won't be able to take summer associate positions if you have to work.  As I'm sure you know, big law firms hire, almost exlusively, students who have served as summer associates before graduating. 

It is a great way to save money on tuition/living expenses though.  By going to a state school at night, I'll spend about $100K less for LS than I would if I went to a private school of equal reputation full time (~$50K rather than ~$150K). 

I talked to a career placement person at the school I plan to attend and they said it is definitly possible to get jobs at big firms but it is not as common for PT students as it is for FT students.   

A partner I know at a mid sized firm encouraged me to go part time.

That's about all that I know.  Good luck making your decision!

The following exerpt from the Temple website indicates that ABA requires law schools to report multiple LSAT scores as an average...

"Yes, Temple Law averages LSAT scores from tests taken within the last three years. If you took the LSAT more than three years ago, the score would not be averaged in. We average the scores for two reasons. First, the American Bar Association requires us to report the scores as an average. Second, Law Services--the group that develops and administers the LSAT--indicates that the average is the most accurate use of the two scores.

I've been wondering lately, when schools report LSAT #'s of their students, do they report only the highest score for students w/multiple scores or do they report those students' average scores? It seems to me that they can report only the highest score if they want to. Afterall, some schools have been only considering the highest score for admissions for a long time. It doesn't seem like they would then turn around and report the average score for a student in that situation. 

I'm pretty sure ABA requires them to report the averaged scores, but I might be wrong.  It would be interesting to know for sure.  I'll look into it after lunch. 

This is a really interesting question that I had not considered.  I wonder if multiple LSAT applicants really will have a better chance nexy cycle? I doubt it.  Here's why -

Most people take the LSAT more than once and schools report the average scores of those applicants.  So, if you compare your highest score to school's reported LSAT medians from the last application cycle, you're essentially comparing your highest score to the averaged scores of most other applicants.  If schools reported their median LSAT's based on the highest score of all of the applicants that they  accepted (which presumably, they will next cycle) their medians will be significantly higher than last cycle.  Therefore, unless your highest score is significantly higher than the median score of the school you wish to attend, I don't think you'll have a better shot next year.    

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