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Studying for the LSAT / Re: When was the last time
« on: Today at 12:44:36 PM »
If I had to guess I'd say OP is referring to the fact that the brain can absorb information and learn for about 3 hours maximum, and what people did to continue studying afterwards. Yeah, diet Pepsi or Mountain Dew for me.

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"but some one on the internet told me to stop.............."

 :P

The sad reality is that anonymous people on the Internet are going to be the only ones without a financial incentive to advise OP. If a law school candidate asks anyone involved in the law school industry the answer to, "Should I go to law school?" the answer is always yes, and here's how to pay.

It sounds like you have identified your areas of weakness. I don't know your abilities, but if you are determined then that's the other half of the battle.


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Personal Statement / Re: Personal Statement - Please Critique!
« on: July 25, 2015, 06:46:00 PM »
At least when and where I worked in admissions, we read every single personal statement and summarized it for the entirety of the adcomm to review. URM, felony conviction and academic dismissal letters are separate from the personal statement.

The one thing I do agree with you about though is that it will blend in. Other than separating OP from the K-JD applicants, which OP's military service already does, it will by itself not affect the personal statement. Whether OP can write well and tell a good story that allows the reader to know OP is what does.

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Sitting for the exam isn't terribly expensive, but if the OP has no shot at getting admitted to law school, then it wouldn't make sense to take the LSAT.

Comparatively, the LSAT class is a good bit of money. Whether OP should drop the class or not depends on if there is a refund available and the answer to the question about why OP wants to be an attorney. Any "knowledge" gained by going from a 131 to 133 on the LSAT is meaningless and is not worth $1000+ of tuition because neither will gain admission to an ABA-accredited school, which is the purpose of the LSAT class. If OP can identify specific concepts that are problematic and begin to make improvement, and also has a good reason for why OP wants to be an attorney, such as a realistic ability to get work, then I can maybe see toughing it out and trying to improve. We are talking about a fair bit of money.

If there are no refunds, then full steam ahead.

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I've got to be honest. I have concerns about whether law school is for you.

A 131 is in the 2nd-3rd percentile. It would take more than a significant improvement to get you into the average range.

Are there some particular concepts or a section that troubles you? You mentioned logic games. How are you doing in logical reasoning? That is the most important, of course. Are you able to apply concepts like the contrapositive, etc?

If you are having difficulty grasping week one LSAT class concepts, I must warn you that it is not going to be any easier in law school or preparing for the bar.

In another thread, you noted you have family obligations and are limited geographically to where you can go, both for law school and presumably to practice. Given the ongoing difficulties of the legal job market, and the fact that even a significant improvement would at best put you in the bottom tier of schools, I think it may be wise to consider why you wish to be an attorney.

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Personal Statement / Re: Personal Statement - Please Critique!
« on: July 25, 2015, 11:32:14 AM »
Fine? Maybe. It wouldn't raise any red flags, sure. As it is if I were writing up OP's application I would write "somewhat generic PS about his military training." OP has a shot to turn that into "somewhat interesting PS about what app learned from military." It may not be determinative of admission but it matters most on reaches/borderline accepts, which presumably OP cares about.

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Congratulations, and good luck. Everyone deserves a second chance. Let us know how it goes if you like.

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News Discussion / Re: POTUS
« on: July 22, 2015, 11:20:21 PM »
Do you actually think that a severely weakened Hillary with no other viable candidates could lead to the first brokered convention since Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and that the nominee would be Gore? I'm not sure how to evaluate that, but I doubt it would be Gore if the convention were brokered.

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Personal Statement / Re: Personal Statement - Please Critique!
« on: July 22, 2015, 11:05:08 PM »
Hmm, in my opinion, the problem with personal statements like this is that although they highlight your service, they don't tell me much about you. They tell me a lot about the training you completed but it applies equally to everyone who has. It also repeats your resume.

I am not sure this is a good topic, at least addressed this way. Is your SERE training the most interesting that happened to you? I doubt that. Intense I do not doubt, although it probably pales in comparison to your real life combat tours.

What is it about yourself that you want to communicate to the admissions committees? The ones that stood out were often not because of the topic but because of how they were written to explain something about the author. It's really your one chance to be creative in the law school admissions process.

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News Discussion / Re: POTUS
« on: July 13, 2015, 07:07:44 PM »
Uh...without going into the analysis above, I'll mention this: electoral math. It, and demographics generally, favor the Democrats.

On the Democratic side, I think Bernie Sanders is making some progress against Hillary Clinton. He's got her outgunned on enthusiasm. Where this breaks apart is his appeal to minority groups. Black Americans are solidly behind Clinton so far. Pi can argue it's because of her association with Bill and Barack, the "two" black presidents, but regardless of the reasoning Bernie has some work to do in minority communities.

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