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I know this reply is too late, but for others to see and comment on i'll post anyway.

I, too, had this same question (albeit I worked my *ss off on my brief) last spring. There's nothing stopping you from using any authority that you had not discussed in your brief. It might be helpful during your argument to acknowledge that such authority is not in your brief in order to give the court the opportunity to take special note. I find that the point of oral argument isn't to reiterate what the judges/justices can already read, but rather to converse with them as to why you have the better position. If pulling from other non-tabled sources helps you do that, go for it.


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Everyday activities that help with LSAT
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:19:25 PM »
Sudoku is great because of the logical mind engagement that is not "test material" in itself.
I actually brought a few Sudoku grids to my exam to use as warm-ups in waiting for the protor to begin. I would definitely suggest doing this, however, bring grids that are easy-medium in difficulty. I made the error in accidentally printing off "diabolical" puzzles off my computer the morning of and just frustrated myself just prior to the test. Not the best mental stimulant.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comp
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:11:30 PM »
What's your strategy? Do you read the questions first and then read the passage. Do you scan the passage or fully dive deep into it?

I had an issue with RC as well, however, over time studied what worked for me personally - which will differ for everyone. I found that looking quickly at the questions gave me a better idea of what I needed to pay attention to as I was reading. The best advice I can give you that worked for me is read actively. Pretend that you are truely interested in the material as it will engage your mind and thought process.

Other strategies that people grapple with are whether to answer passages with more questions or to go after ones that they will have scanned and picked out the ones deemed "easiest." It's something that you'll have to work with using practice tests to determine what your most efficient method is.

I would also suggest that you take a couple practice tests with two RC sections as God only knows what type of experimental section they will throw at you. You'll not only give yourself more practice but train your mind to cope with the specific fatigue that become of multiple RC sections.

In a nutshell, develop your own strategy with PRACTICE.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 152. Is there time?
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:03:26 PM »
Sept. LSAT?
It's administered in Feb, June, Oct, and Dec.

To get from a 152 to a 170 you've got some work ahead of you. The best advice I can give you is to make sure you peak at the right time. October is a while off. Work on a schedule so that you've hit your prime come test date.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to break 150 and beyond?
« on: April 20, 2009, 03:09:04 PM »
It's quite dependent on your most efficient form of study. Some people can sit down with prep materials for eight hours a day (which I wouldn't recommend). It takes time when you begin to develop a rhythm of what works. When you find it, use it, and develop a schedule. I can't state enough how important practice tests are but how much they are overused. Too many practice tests = fatigue (at least speaking on my own behalf). I shot for a practice test a week on Sat mornings for the two months leading to the exam. I would use my nights to go over specific problems and made sure I understood the reasoning behind each answer.
There's no solid answer as to how to reach "x" score because it's different for everyone. I was working full-time and in grad school while studying, so my habits were a little more sporadic that I would have liked them to be. I would say just to make sure you comfortably understand why each answer is correct, even the ones you get right - and I would develop a sense of time as well. You need to be comfortable with pacing yourself at the right speed and practice tests can help you out with that.

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Law School Applications / What is going on?
« on: March 23, 2009, 09:55:46 AM »
I am the only one who is still waiting for application responses?
The school i'm gunning for received my completed application on 1.21 and has yet to give me any form of a response.
Anyone else out there becoming completely impatient?

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I'm in the same boat but at another school. It's a little frustrating waiting and being patient - but I figure many schools have had an influx of applications, and all of us in the middle are going to have to continue to wait even longer than others would have in years past.
Good luck!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: so I got into UC Irvine
« on: January 26, 2009, 04:28:00 PM »
Be thankful.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Advice?
« on: January 13, 2009, 05:49:19 PM »
That's insane you were waitlisted there with those numbers. Something must be going on...

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Personal Statement / Re: ADDENDUM SAMPLES?
« on: January 13, 2009, 04:10:50 PM »
PM me and I can send you a sample

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