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Studying for the LSAT / Re: WHAT IS MY PROBLEM!!!!?!?!
« on: August 18, 2006, 08:07:21 AM »
Have you read the Big Fat Genius Guide to Logic Games?

It may be just the thing for you if you have trouble setting up/making deductions on a few games.  The author dicusses sort of a brute force approach to working through it.  While he advocates making no deductions past the set up, which I personally think is going overboard, he has good suggestions for game strategies and deciding which questions to answer first to get the most points - key if you're running out of time.  It basically goes someething like - answer all of the if, then questions first, as they may give you key inferences you would have otherwised missed, then the order questions, what must be true, etc.  May be worth a look.

There are a lot of prompts which ask - "What personal, social, or academic experiences contributed to you wanting to study law?" - Being straight from UG, I have been trying not to focus on why law, but rather showing strong qualities that I have.  Am I going to have to write about an experience that made me realize I wanted to be a lawyer?  I thought that was advised against for us straight-from-UGs ...

I guess they just want to know that you are really interested in law and not applying to law school just because there's nothing else you could do with a liberal arts degree :)

You can still answer the prompt while focusing on the strong qualities that would make you a good lawyer.  Just discuss those qualities through the experiences which allowed you to aquire them.  I.e., if you're a great analytical reader and writer, you could say that you are interested in law because throughout your undegrad you took great pleasure in analyzing articles/books/philosophical treaties, deconstructing authors' arguments, and making a point as to why they were correct/incorrect.  Or, if your strong quality is that you are a strong leader, dig deep and find a legal/social justice, etc. project you've taken on that shows your leadership skills - running for SGA office, lobbying for better lunch meat, etc.

Law School Admissions / Re: personalizing essays?
« on: August 16, 2006, 02:28:22 PM »
That depends  ;D

Is your paragraph school-specific or is it something where you just say "I'm very interested in school X because of its strong reputation and excellent faculty"?  I think that if your last paragraph is really "personalized" to each school - i.e., mentions specific programs, clinics, etc. it shows that you've researched the school, and might help. 

If it's something where it's clear that you just change the name and send the same paragraph to all the schools, it won't hurt you, but you could have used that space to write something useful, IMO.

If you're very borderline and it's your dream school, I suggest you write a really good paragraph that shows you've researched the school.  Otherwise, I wouldn't bother, unless it ties in very well with the rest of your essay.

I'm sorry you had such a bad day yesterday.  I know I've had a few myself - it's had to make the test your priority when there you have so many things going on at once.  Glad you're over the hump, now get motivated and get your score way up!!! 

The bibles should help you quite a bit, but have you considered tutoring?  Not sure if it's an option for you, I know it's definitely not in my budget, but a tutor could help you identify the mistakes you're making without even noticing that you're making those mistakes.  I would go through the bibles first, and gage your improvement, but that may be something to look into. 

Also, I know some large schools have tutors and LSAT programs available to students and alumni - maybe yours does too?  They offer discounted rates and lots of materials for free.  You don't have to be a pre-law major for it or anything, just a student at the university.

Maybe take a day or two off work and devote them exclusively to LSAT prep to get you motivated?  You could probably work through most of the Games Bible in those two days, and it would make a tremedous impact on your scores and your mood :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 4 More Points
« on: August 16, 2006, 08:24:45 AM »
Sounds like a good plan, but if you can, try to do two practice sections per day - your worst section and your best section.  Reason I say this (and this is advice someone who successfully retook has given me) is that it will make it a lot easier for you on test day to handle your weakest section (games, right?) if you know that you have your best section locked up.  So do RC and games daily, and try to get to where you're missing 0 on RC.  Make sure you're using RC sections from more recent tests, as the questions are harder, in my opinion.

Your plan to take a prep test per week is good, and that should be enough practice for you to improve LR as well, if you take enough time on Sundays to go over each missed question in detail.


Law School Admissions / Re: Not so high LSAT score...advice?
« on: August 15, 2006, 07:58:14 AM »
Does a high GPA really even compensate for a low LSAT score?

In my experience, it only does if your "low" LSAT score is still above the school's 25%-tile.  This is, of course, assuming non-URM status.  >150 LSAT + >3.75 GPA + URM = very competitive at most of the top schools.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 14, 2006, 09:20:57 PM »
where are you planning to go that needs a 170?

Ahh, well that's the problem.  I can only go to law school if I get some scholarship money. Plus, I have to get a high enough score to counteract the 161.  Plus, I can only go to law school in the city where I live (Austin) - moving's not an option due to many complicated reasons. Way I see it, my score has to be in that ballpark or there's no point in applying.

Here's a couple to start you off (these are some of the boiler plate questions, but writing out essays for both of these prompts may help uncover an interesting topic which may become your actual PS):

* Tell us about yourself in 750 words or less.

* Why law school, why now?

If, for example, you start answering the first one and one of your paragraphs is about running for office in the Student Government Association, and you really want to talk more about that, perhaps your real PS will use that as the opening paragraph to catch reader's attention, and then demonstrate how that has built your character, etc.

Or, talk about how your siblings all chose to go to law school and what their experience makes you want to do differently, etc.(I read your other post).

Go to your local bookstore and browse through a couple of admissions books - Richard Montauk and Anna Ivey come to mind.  They have sample personal statements of students who were accepted to top schools, and a lot of general admissions advice.  Just take it with a grain of salt.

Hope I helped.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 14, 2006, 09:28:52 AM »
How did you do it?  Did you spouse step up and give you kid-free time to just study on the weekends?  How did you manage to stay awake long enough in the evenings to study?  Did a lot of chores go unfinished while you were preparing for the LSAT?    Any advice would be great!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: My turn for a list of schools
« on: August 14, 2006, 08:18:11 AM »
Hmm, I say don't throw away your money on the two schools you have listed as safeties. You have a great shot at Houston and SMU, so maybe aply early in October to both and if you don't hear from them by December applly to TTU and South Texas.

You have a great LSAT and a very strong argument for discounting your GPA.  Your personal statement has to be really killer to get into UT and Northwestern, but you can do it!  Get lots of feedback on it, either on these boards or from your fiance and his teacher friends :)

How are your recommendations?  Anyone that can address your learning potential?  Writing skills, etc?

Best of luck!

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