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Law School Rankings / Re: Why the focus on the T14?
« on: June 05, 2008, 11:08:45 PM »
Hmm... three replies 3 theories :-[ They all make sense in their own right. But if we can't seem to agree on WHY we talk about the T14, is the arbitrary number worth discussing? Again, I'm just a newbie here, but I have a hard time believing that Vandy could be THAT much worse than G-Town.

Wait now that i think about it SCK's story might make a bit more sense, Vandy appears to be more for those wanting to practice in the south, while G-Town is more portable and they have the keys to the very prestigious DC market. But then again I can't imagine UCLA grads are stuck to the west (or TX for that matter). any thoughts?

Law School Rankings / Why the focus on the T14?
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:09:14 PM »
Help a newbie, eh? Ignoring the relative accuracy of the US News system, why is the number 14 o important? I mean sure everyone wants to get into a top school but why is 14 so much better than 15? It's not really a round number or anything. Anybody want to weigh in? i would appreciate it. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: TestMasters v. Powerscore v. Kaplan
« on: June 04, 2008, 10:59:08 PM »
Ok, so I ended up going to a Kaplan preview thing and i was really impressed by the instructor. However, he said they inter-spliced real questions with made up ones. His argument was that these master brains at Kaplan are so familiar with the test they have the ability to make up their own questions. Is there any validity to this argument? Is it true that Testmasters and Powerscore use ONLY real LSATs? 

EM Wood, are you by any chance from Ohio? I like the woody Hayes quote.  ;)

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Liberty, Regent or Ave Maria
« on: May 31, 2008, 01:39:16 PM »
I would recommend not going to law school. There's a reason the three schools you mention are awful. Law is all about critical thinking, and while that certainly does not exclude religious belief, attempting to combine a legal education with fundamentalist religion simply does not work. Get a degree in theology or divinity if religion is that important to you.

ok first of all, how do you define fundamentalist? you have a strand of fundamentalist Islam which advocates the killing of Jews, Americans and most other westerners, and subjugation of women. Then you have "fundamentalist" Christians who believe abortion is murder and make that view clear in their civic actions. Are you really going to compare the two? To be sure there are clinic bombers but they are not nearly as prevalent as Muslim extremists. This is not meant as an attack on Islam in general, I just want to make it clear that "fundamentalist" needs to be better defined.

Furthermore, why can't a Bible-believing person get a good legal education? do you think they will be unable to separate their idealism from the practicalities of the law? shouldn't the same be said about environmentalists whose views often directly contradict US law? should we call ardent environmentalist "fundamentalists" because they believe so strongly in their cause.

Now personally, I would advise the OP to reconsider for the reasons I expressed in an earlier post, but that does not mean that we should demean the school simply because of its religion.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Liberty, Regent or Ave Maria
« on: May 30, 2008, 12:57:04 PM »
I don't understand why you feel the need to go to one of these schools. I'm an evangelical, conservative protestant myself. That being said I would be fine going to a better ranked school that was more liberal. The way I see it, there will always be an internal community of conservative christians no matter where you go. You can always find a good church/campus ministry (I suggest the navigators but that's personal bias  :)) and get involved with the albeit small group of conservatives on campus like the federalist society. And you can always go to a place like George Mason or BYU which are more conservative. LS like any other thing is what you make it to be. Don't put yourself into a box.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: TestMasters v. Powerscore v. Kaplan
« on: May 30, 2008, 12:39:38 PM »
I feel like I'm the only person on this board who will say they liked Kaplan. But, I did. Yes it was 1300 for summer prep classes but it raised my score 16 points and I def think that paying a grande or so for that is worth it considering how much 4 years of tuition will set you back. I'd just like to put that out there for anyone else asking aobut Kaplan, it's not some horrible money pit (at least my local one wasn't).

If you don't mind me asking, to what did you raise your score? Have you taken an official one yet? I have to wonder if the overall negative reports are a little exagerated. if you don't want to tell me on the board you can always PM me.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: TestMasters v. Powerscore v. Kaplan
« on: May 29, 2008, 09:53:57 PM »
I found the TM weekend class to be a good value. Its relatively cheap, gives you the information you need and only takes 2 days, then its up to you to put in the time taking practice exams(and I might add you can't do enough of this, especially take practice exams under timed conditions.

Ok, so does the weekend class package involve a lot of practice tests or would I have to purchase those separately? if they are offered, when would I get them? It seems that a weekend course is pretty useless if it gives you the info the weekend before the LSAT and you only have a week to digest, practice, and use the large amounts of info you receive.  But then i could be wrong.

Studying for the LSAT / TestMasters v. Powerscore v. Kaplan
« on: May 29, 2008, 10:36:48 AM »
I originally signed up for Kaplan but it keeps getting negative press on these boards so I'm looking at going to a TM or PS class. Here is the issue though: neither of them are available in my city and I'd have an hour drive to get to either. Are the additional instructional materials and hours worth it? Is there anybody there that will tell me Kaplan is worth it? I can tell you right now I'm leaning towards PS b/c I already have the LGB and the course is just plain cheeper.  ;D Let me know what you think.

Hate to break up the pregnancy talk here bu I have a question. I'm looking to enter ls at the rather young of 21. Basically, I took a LOT of duel enrollment classes in high school. Consequently, I'm able to graduate in 2 years with very little effort. Right now I'm seriously considering taking a year off. The problem is I have no idea what I'd really do. I'm hearing a lot about 9-5 jobs but I'm not sure what I'd like to do.
Also, I had a thought: how is taking a year off going to help my admissions? I'll just be delaying the LSAT a year by taking it at the end of my senior year instead of my junior year (although it could certainly help). Plsu, I don't see how that year off improves my resume because I'll be new to the job when I'm writing the resume. Any advice would be helpful. 
Why don't you teach for a year or so?  Money is not that great, but it looks good on the resume and it's a noble thing to do.

Yeah, teaching has been one of my thoughts as well. I actually have some teaching experience as I've been subbing for the last couple of weeks at a local high school. I guess my big question is whether or not the experience will give me any kind of leg up in the admissions process. Just to give you some background I'm very interested in going to the DC/VA area for LS and getting a job over there.

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