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Thank you for your feedback.

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Law School Applications / Does poor credit effect the admission process?
« on: February 17, 2004, 11:25:44 PM »
Does anyone have any knowledge or experience regarding how a less then stellar credit rating may affect one's chances of being accepted into law school?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 09, 2004, 05:50:47 PM »
Hmmmmm, Thanks for the bad news.

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Law School Applications / Re: Military Background, Low GPA
« on: February 09, 2004, 05:35:12 PM »
Depends on where you want to go. Although your GPA is relatively low, the mere fact that you geaduated from the USCGA, provided that you were not court martialed or dishonorably discharged, indicates that your level of discipline and commitment is probably greater then what is indicated by your grades.  Although it is doubtful that your military education will have any bearing (pardon the pun) on your index number, it should, at the very least, benefit you when you are compared with a student with a similar index number.   Furthermore, a 161 LSAT score, although it will not get you into Harvard, should get your foot in the door at most schools. I'd say Reaches among the lower tier 1 schools, good possibility among tier 2 schools, and pick a couple tier 3's as  safeties. 

By the way are you going JAG?

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LSAT horror stories / Re: 3 Xanax too few.
« on: February 09, 2004, 03:44:29 PM »
Medication can certainly be helpfull in quelling any symptoms of anxiety that might interfere with getting a good nights sleep on the evening before the exam; however, you should really stay away from taking those fast acting benzodiazapines.  Xanax, Ativan and Valium are some of the most addictive drugs on the market. It has been reported that many people who take these medications often experience an increase in their baseline anxiety level after the effect of the drug wears off; thus, taking the medication starts a vicious circle which may ultimately lead to physical and psychological dependence.  Furthermore, if you come down from the effects of any one of the aforementioned drugs durring the exam, it is most unlikely that you will perform at your highest level, and you might just have a full flown panic attack if things start to go awry.  The reason why you were "way too nervous" durring the test was probably because you were coming off the Xanax.  Talk to your doctor about non-benzodiazapine sleep aids, such as Ambien, or lower level Benzodiazapines such as Klonopin. Either one of these medications should be able to allow you to relax enough to get some sleep without producing that awful overly anxious rebound effect that those stronger benzodiazapines are reknown for.  Good Luck. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 09, 2004, 03:10:25 PM »
The word is that section 3 was the experimental; regardless of what type of section it was.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: LSAT Horror Story
« on: February 09, 2004, 02:57:24 PM »
From what you have stated in your post, it seems to me that you have a decent sleep routine established; however, you are having a problem coping with pre-LSAT anxiety. This condition is easily treatable by medication, Ambien PO - 10 MG 1X DAILY. Be proactve and discuss your treatment options with your doctor. Chances are, Ambien will enable you to sleep soundly the night before the test without making you feel drowsy or sedated the next day.  Make sure that you experiment - I don't mean taking the medication without a prescription - with the medication to ensure that you will not experience any adverse side effects the night before and the morning of the exam. If Ambien is not for you, you may want to consider a low-level benzodiazepine like Klonopin. Good Luck.   

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 7 LSAT
« on: February 09, 2004, 02:23:24 PM »
Thus far, every post I have read seems to be in aggreement that the level of difficulty of the FEB 04 LSAT was significantly higher then that of most previous tests. Anyone disagree with that claim. I thought I did O.K; however, the test was more difficult than I anticipated even though I couldn't have done a better job preparing.  Did anyone prepare for the FEB LSAT with the DEC test, and, if so, could you compare the relative difficulty of that test with this one so we can all gain a sense of where we stand on the bell curve.

My stab in the dark prediction:  The mean, 151, will be a raw score of 56,  the cut off for 155 will be a raw score of 64, the cut off for 160 will be a raw score of 72, and the cut off for 170 will be a raw score of 89.

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