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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Does anyone suffer from lack of concentration?
« on: February 18, 2006, 10:24:39 PM »
Are you actively reading?  when you read are you circling and underlining keywords/names/ideas?

I start the mind wander when I read, esp if I find the subject matter boring, it's my biggest challenge on these type of things.  Just by forcing myself to make semi-appropriate marks on the passage with a pencil helps a lot.

This is if all the other things are taken care of, sleep, food, etc.

Did you just start? is a 140 your absolute cold score?  how do you do on standardized tests in general? was it a timing issue (not enough time to finish the sections) or did you not understand them?

Depending on these, as well as your inate ability to take the LSATs, 3 mos and serious study might be enough.

If you want at least a 155, and aren't testing in the 155-160 range (ave of at least 3 tests) the week prior to the June test, postpone and study more.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is this a good plan?
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:52:34 PM »
Why take both classes?

First off, both will probably cover the same material.  I haven't taken either, but as far as I know, the techniques in each are pretty similar.  Why not try to get a little more info about each program then take one or the other.

Second, there is a limited amount of material.  By taking two courses and Kaplan's free tests you're mixing up a whole bunch of tests.  What this means is that when you do take disagnostics, it might not be all new material, so you're not getting an accurate estimation of what the real test will be like.

Third, it's not time in class, but time doing homework that really makes the big difference. You might just burn yourself out on lectures and such.

And it's a whole lotta money too.  You're better off saving that money and working fewer hours in the month or two leading up to the LSAT.

I'd say take the earlier class, which will give you time later to practice.  

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: The Eyes of Texas aren't upon me
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:16:19 PM »
Aw, bummer man.

How did you hear back?  I'm a little concerned because I haven't heard yet, I sent it in early December, technically a Texas resident, high LSAT/low GPA splitter with a grad degree.

It's not my first choice, but it's high up there cause cost and weather.

People with similar splits (lower LSAT, slightly higher GPAs, later app dates) have heard back already....grumble.

Law School Admissions / Re: Is a lawyer a Doctor?
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:52:47 AM »
The only people who should go by Dr. are doctors, dentists, vets, psychologists, and psychiatrists.  For anyone else, it's weird.

Why is it any weirder or more pretentious for a PhD to use the title Dr outside of work than it is for a MD or DDS to use the title Dr. outside of the office/clinic/hospital?

Now, I rarely use my title (a mere PhD), but that's because I don't use titles in general.  It just doesn't make sense to say oh, a medical doctor can be called Dr. Smith by a telemarketer, but a PhD shouldn't be.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« on: February 17, 2006, 03:49:29 PM »
goodnews--did you check your spam/trash folder? your email system might be able to detect the unspoken '@#!* you' in the 'apology' email.

Boalt, you forgive my crappy GPA, I'll forgive your email gaffe.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« on: February 17, 2006, 03:36:02 PM »
We're in the system for our complete notifications.

Either it was an email sent out to a list of people to be dinged (hence only some people getting it).

Or it was an email sent out to a random group of people (grouped by index, complete dates, zip code, last name, who knows).  Because, they wouldn't send out an email to everyone who applied at the same time, that might be hard on the server (speculation here) so people are grouped for email lists by some method if the all applicants were emailed. And it was mistakenly sent to that list.

I'm unimpressed, but can understand how this happened.

We could start analyzing our stats to see where we fall...or we could say, hell with it, it's Friday.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« on: February 17, 2006, 03:20:20 PM »
Nope, I doubt it's any sign of admission on their part.  Although I do wonder what email list it was sent to.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Umm, Boalt Email?
« on: February 17, 2006, 03:16:51 PM »
I got one, and whooops!
Just got a CYA email from them.  

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Any other older returning students out there?
« on: February 16, 2006, 06:28:52 PM »
I'll be 31 when I start. Oy that sounds old. But I was a grad student for five years, and a post-doc for a few years after that, so I still feel like a student.

I'm worried a bit about the age discrimination when it comes to jobs, but since I want to do IP, the older student with a PhD is pretty normal.

I kind of worry about being able to pull the long nights studying, but I figured I did it at 27 when I was working on my thesis, I can do it again, no?

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