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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Change of race
« on: August 11, 2004, 02:12:17 PM »
I'm just bored and waiting for some bidding wars to end on Ebay.

Seems you are confused as well. Most non-immigrant "Desis" (usually 2nd generation Indian-Americans) go to med school.

Law School Admissions / Re: What is the highest I can raise my score?
« on: August 04, 2004, 07:17:24 AM »
that is absolutely ridiculous. it doesnt matter what the percentile rank is concerning raising your score.

While it is true that "low-scoring" individuals may have great untapped potential, it is wise to keep in mind that LSAT scores are normally distributed for a reason.

Law School Admissions / Re: What is the highest I can raise my score?
« on: August 04, 2004, 07:12:49 AM »
Just to give you some hope (although everyone says i am the exception), i went from about a 166 average (i got a 163, 165, 170 on my first three tests) to a 175 average in three weeks. So anything is possible. Best of luck. Study hard. If all of a sudden it all clicks, there is no telling how high your score can go.

A 166 - 175 is only a 5 point increase in percentile rank.  94% - 99%

But 148 - 152 is a 16 point increase in percentile rank.  39% - 55%

Some poster said he thought a 168 was within reach -- that would be a 48 point increase in percentile rank. 39% - 97%.

It's absurd how so many people outrightly ignore percentile ranks, or unreasonably feel somehow "exceptional" and thus percentiles are irrelevant in their case.

Law School Admissions / Re: Chiashu confusion...
« on: July 21, 2004, 03:44:02 PM »
USD in gen'l won't even take ppl w/ scores lower than a 160.


According to the grid, individuals can have an LSAT score of 155-159 and GPAs ranging anywhere from 3.0 to 3.75+ and still have a "very likely" chance of admittance. This stands to reason, considering by the latest released numbers, USD's 25th percentile LSAT score is 157, and for part-timers only, it's 154.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Relocating for Admission
« on: July 14, 2004, 01:48:58 PM »
I don't know about other state schools, but the University of Washington tries to have about 70% of the accepted students be from in state.  So in this sense, moving here and gaining residency is probably a good way to improve your chances of getting in.

This is not necessarily true.  If greater than 70% of the applicants are from in state (which is very possible), then living in the state gives you less of a chance of being admitted.  It's like one of those LSAT questions.

sej23 already concedes it is not "necessarily" true when he/she says it is "probably" a good way to improve the chances. You're right--it is "like one of those LSAT questions."

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How useful are calculators?
« on: July 08, 2004, 04:20:19 PM »
Hey guys,
     I just punched in 4.0 gpa and 180 lsat on the chiashu calculator, and something very strange is going on here... according to the numbers, it's much harder to get into the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College (0.9905035932158506) than it is to get into NYU (0.9950671828477395).  Isn't that really weird?

No. The most likely explanations are either yield protection or lack of sufficient statistical evidence. Hence, with a 4.0 GPA & 180 LSAT, it seems more difficult to gain admission to Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (0.9683237716209434) than Harvard (0.9771323754612384).

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