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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What about the writing portion?
« on: May 04, 2009, 06:23:10 PM »
Yeah, from what I've heard it's extremely rare that the LSAT essay is looked at.  I've heard that they might use it to check your writing style if your personal statement seems plagiarized.  I also heard a dean say that sometimes people try to make a joke of it or draw a picture or something stupid, which is not looked at favorably.  Don't worry about it.  Maybe read a couple of the past essay questions so you have an idea of what to expect, but even if you're not a great essay writer I don't think you'll find it intimidating or difficult.

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How long have you been studying for?  My diagnostic was low compared to the score I ended up getting after a few months of practice, so don't be too discouraged.  Is this only the 2nd test you have taken?  You should ideally be taking A LOT of tests.  If you're not happy with what you're scoring now, I would wait for the Sept test.  It's hard to tell how much you can improve in 6 weeks or whatever for the June test. 

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: undergrad school?
« on: May 03, 2009, 09:54:11 AM »
Yup, I agree with BL825.  Personally, I think most private schools are way overpriced and going to state school is a great deal, and you will still get a good education.  A lot of state schools have pretty solid reputations too and are better known than the small, obscure private schools.  When you apply to law school, it really comes down to your LSAT score and GPA, so work hard wherever you are from the get-go to keep your GPA high.

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Netbooks
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:29:02 AM »
Nice, I have the same one :)

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Netbooks
« on: May 01, 2009, 09:50:27 AM »
Oh ok.  I'm glad you like it.  If you're doing well with it so far, I'm sure it'll be fine.  What brand/model did you get?

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Studying and Exam Taking / Re: Netbooks
« on: May 01, 2009, 08:13:51 AM »
I have no experience using them for exams, but I imagine it wouldn't work well for most people.  I have one and after using it for about an hour my eyes feel very strained, which doesn't happen to me when using a normal sized laptop. 

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I've become more aware of this lately.  I think it's best to get in the habit of saying "woman".  You can definitely make the feminist argument that "girl" infantilizes women bringing them to a lower status.  I think that's true to a point, but not the motivation behind most people's use of the word.  For males we have the words "boy", "guy", and "man".  For some reason we switch over to using "guy" instead of "boy", but we don't do the same for females.  I suppose "gal" is the equivalent of "guy", but it sounds so old fashioned.  I only hear older people use.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Scholarships
« on: February 16, 2009, 06:45:10 PM »
Depends on the school.  I don't know how late schools end up giving them out.  I've had a couple acceptance letters that specify a date when they plan on sending, seemed to be around Feb or March.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Ohio State vs. IU-Bloomington
« on: February 16, 2009, 05:38:56 PM »
I have recieved similar scholarship offers from both schools. Now it's up to me. I'm from Cincinnati, but not sure where I want to practice. I am hoping that visiting the two schools will help, but would appreciate any advice or insights!

I visited the OSU law school, but not IU Bloomington yet. I would suggest OSU because of the employment prospects. Difference in ranking is negligible, but I suspect OSU alumni more active due to recruitment to various firms. A search of where firms hire from suggests OSU is more recruited from than IU Bloomington. If however, you want to live and work in the state of Indiana, definitely IU. If you want to work outside Ohio or Indiana, then OSU.  Those are my thoughts.

I'm not sure I agree with this.  Honestly, I have not looked into OSU at all, so I don't know how it and IUB compare careerwise.  However, you are not relegated to work in Indiana after graduating IUB.  More than half of grads leave the state.  While most stay in the Midwest, it is not impossible to get a job elsewhere.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Ohio State vs. IU-Bloomington
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:02:59 AM »
I can't compare the two, but I recently visited IUB and loved it.  If you have any questions about it, I might be able to answer some of them.

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