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Law School Applications / Re: personalizing essays?
« on: August 16, 2006, 05:28:22 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.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: OMG Will I ever make it !!!
« on: August 16, 2006, 01:29:38 PM »
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, 11:24:45 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 Applications / Re: Not so high LSAT score...advice?
« on: August 15, 2006, 10:58:14 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.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:20:57 AM »
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.

Personal Statement / Re: ... where do I start?
« on: August 14, 2006, 01:32:46 PM »
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.

Non-Traditional Students / Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 14, 2006, 12:28:52 PM »
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!

[some personal info edited]

Where should I go next fall? / Re: My turn for a list of schools
« on: August 14, 2006, 11:18:11 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!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore LR Bible pdf???
« on: August 11, 2006, 03:25:54 PM »
speaking of which, I know a friend who has a friend who obtained their copy of the LRB illegally, and this person has sent me a message from underground (where they're hiding out from the feds) to ask me, "What's in Chapter 11?"  It turns out their copy is missing that chapter.  Can anyone tell me what's in the chapter AFTER "Resolve the Paradox" and BEFORE "Method of Reasoning"?  I'll pass the info along to my friend's friend's friend's friend.  Thanks in advance.

It's a formal logic primer that your friend's friend's friend would probably find useful - a condenced summary of how formal logic is used for LR.  Helped me for games as well.  See below for the full table of contents (from

1. Introduction
2. Logical Reasoning Basics
3. The Question Stem and Answer Choices
4. Must Be True Questions
5. Main Point Questions
6. Conditional Reasoning
7. Weaken Questions
8. Cause and Effect Reasoning
9. Strengthen, Justify the Conclusion, Assumption Questions
10. Resolve the Paradox Questions
11. Formal Logic
12. Method of Reasoning Questions
13. Flaw in the Reasoning Questions
14. Parallel Reasoning Questions
15. Numbers and Percentages
16. Evaluate the Argument Questions
17. Cannot Be True Questions
18. Point at Issue Questions
19. Principle Questions
20. Time Management

Denials / Re: Berkeley DING
« on: February 28, 2006, 02:45:15 PM »

So it goes.  Better than a rejection, I suppose.  I didn't want to ask why they don't send out rejections sooner because I think that question needs to be asked by an admitted applicant, if anyone wants to try.

Sorry Jason :(  BTW, it's listed as an acceptance in your signature (unless I'm reading it wrong?)

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