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I'm trying to figure out how to round up my community service in the next year before I graduate. I've been an RA, on Hall Council, and could easily return to doing something relatively important in the residence halls and try to get into something like the National Residence Hall Honorary, which is the honors society for top res life leaders. I could possibly write about my experience in the residence halls for my personal statement, as well.

I'm wondering, however, if it's better to find something more varied. As it is, I've spent about 3 times as much time doing res life stuff as I have volunteering in generally liberal community service organizations. If I spend more time doing club work, it could be a respectable secondary interest.

The way I see it, I've got about 3 units of work in res life, and 1 in general volunteer stuff. I've got about 1 more unit of work in terms of time to spend, so would a 3/2 approach be better than a 4/1?

I suppose I would prefer to do the residential stuff, but I would honestly enjoy either, but probably only have time to get seriously dedicated in one.

Also, I know how little weight is supposedly given to extracurriculars, but I would of course like to get others' views, as well as note the fact that I'm shooting for schools that hopefully look beyond the numbers, like Berkeley and Michigan. I don't know my LSAT yet, but I suspect it will be near the large discretionary zones to either of the two, if my original cold diagnostic was at all accurate.

I'm really undecided. I'd like to stick around where I am right now, but I think I could honestly graduate in the summer and then apply to law schools this Fall. I could then get an office job somewhere and make a bit of money and hang out for the year. If I don't, then I'll graduate in Fall or Winter and not be sure what I want to do. It also depends whether I get university housing here or not, since the non-university housing would be for the year.

I could theoretically get a job here, but I might be forced to take one somewhere else, which would make things difficult.

Law School Applications / Health Care Law
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:47:01 PM »
Lately, I find myself attracted to the field of Health Care Law, possibly to put my UG training in Ethics & Public Policy to use. I know that Penn has a cool Master of Bioethics program that I'll be applying to come September, but what kind of jobs do people get after finishing such a program, or after specializing in health care law? I don't really want to work a firm job, but I'd love to work at a hospital or university. Anyone have any knowledge on what kind of jobs people can get and what the pay/competition is like? What exactly do lawyers in these jobs do, and is the Master's really a help or not? Similar programs include Master of Public Health, for what I can tell.

I'm interested in going into soft IP stuff like internet stuff and copyright issues that don't involve the harder patenting stuff, as I don't have an engineering or science-y undergrad degree. Is this going to be possible/likely at all without such a background? And what effect would getting Michigan's MS in Information (supposedly based mostly on IP type stuff) have on chances in that area?

General Off-Topic Board / LA Weather + Rose Parade
« on: January 02, 2006, 01:51:16 PM »
It's great. The rain's coming down so hard right now, but I feel bad for all those people outside at the Rose Parade. My friend has Presidential seats though, right by the cameras, so he's set. Lucky bastard.

General Off-Topic Board / The Mac Club
« on: December 20, 2005, 02:31:46 AM »
Post here if you own/use a mac primarily or even secondarily with your type, and vent your frustration with the occasional glitches in LSAC's mac support.

I'll start:
Dual 2.5 ghz G5
1.5 ghz Powerbook G4

Studying for the LSAT / February->June?
« on: December 19, 2005, 08:53:12 PM »
In an effort to avoid having a cancelled LSAT on my file, I've simply re-registered for February, with the intention of re-registering for June. Currently, since I don't believe you can register for June, I can't move the date. Will I be able to eventually when the June day comes up, or will I have to cancel first?

If I cancel before the test day, does that even show up as a cancellation as if I'd gone to the test that day and decided later not to have my test be scored?

Or should I just hunker down and wake up at a god-awful early day right after my birthday to take the LSAT at 8 AM?

General Off-Topic Board / Berkeley
« on: December 04, 2005, 10:41:47 AM »

I remember seeing this a while ago and thinking it was hilarious what these poor unwitting freshmen were saying. Berkeley's pretty much my number one choice, but those ID cards are hideous. It makes me thankful that mine's so beautiful.

Studying for the LSAT / "Type Five" Parallel Reasoning Questions
« on: November 26, 2005, 04:56:07 AM »
I seem to miss a high proportion of these compared to others. It's apparently my LR kryptonite. Are they just more difficult in general or is there a good strategy to learn to handle them besides diagramming? I'm a very intuitive kind of guy, so I don't know...

Studying for the LSAT / Frustrated?
« on: November 21, 2005, 08:03:37 AM »
I know I am. I was super excited to score 170 on my first diagnostic, cold, before I knew much fo anything about the LSAT-I hadn't even considered anywhere besides Berkeley and UCLA. Of course, now that Berkeley looks like a bit more of a long-shot after hearing about their GPA whoring, I'm not so sure anymore about even that.

So I've been doing the LSAT studying thing, trying to do at least a test a day for the last week, in addition to various forms of prep over the last year. It seems like I'm consistently getting around 170, regardless of the time put in. And then I did one tonight and missed 10 problems in just one logical reasoning section. They were all dumb mistakes, but it's not like I'm really getting burnt out, as I know I haven't studied nearly enough. And I already took a break this weekend and went home.

On top of that, I found out my school's testing center is in this horrible, horrible lecture hall with tiny half desks that flip out over the seat.

I was planning on hardcore studying over Thanksgiving break during many lengthy car trips in preparation for Dec, but now I'm not so sure. I'm debating just focusing on school until the June LSAT when I can take it at a better test center like USC, and have more time to prepare.

Is it worth it to be done earlier if it doesn't seem like the prep is helping? There's no consistent pattern of mistakes, just dumb things I don't get the first couple reads.

Phew. Just writing this is cathartic.

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