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I'd be interested in answers to this myself.  I took my first ever practice exam early this morning and I haven't read any strategies for logic games at all, so I was just relying on my own (slow) strategies.  I had this same problem on some questions.  I didn't know whether to erase my little diagrams or to write entirely new ones next to the previous ones so that I can just look and compare the various options.  I never really diagrammed all the options because that could sometimes be four or more charts and that's just way too time consuming.  So, at times I'd come up with about three different charts that give me a very good idea of what small changes might look like and how the limitations would affect them.  By that time, I'd probably be able to eliminate two choices.  Then, after spending, who knows, fifteen minutes, on one logic game, I'd make an educated guess for the solution based on the remaining three choices.  Not a winning LSAT strategy or pace, that's for sure.  So, I'll be searching LSD for what works for the games.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Hello! Tell me what I'm doing wrong.
« on: August 08, 2008, 08:48:39 PM »
Lzero, what did you get on your first practice test?

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My friend tried recruiting me for DeMoley when I was in third grade. I remember chanting a couple things and kissing the bible. Never went to another meeting cause the people there were kinda weird. I had no idea what was going on (I was 10) and a few years later I was talking to my dad about this history of the masons or something, and he reminded me about it. Totally weird.

Yeah, I was recruited for DeMolay.  I was in middle school: went to some meetings, memorized some long passages and tried to figure out what kind of strange boys club this was that met right across the temple hall from the Masons.  Never found out.  I didn't stay in long enough to move up through the ranks.  That is totally weird that you've heard of DeMolay.  Through the many years that have passed, I've never spoken to anyone who has heard of it.  Perhaps because I've never asked anyone.  I just thought DeMolay was a figment of my imagination.  A hallucination.  Must've been that Kool-Aid that I drank.

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General Board / Re: Thoughts as I enter my third year....
« on: August 07, 2008, 02:23:45 PM »
The guy is trying to help and it seems like there is some value in what he has to say.  I think he's coming from the right place and I appreciate the effort...



Yeah, there's some decent take-away in the original post.  There's another similar post that I read recently about someone busting their donkey through intense networking and resume mailings from 1L day one all the way through.  Overall, I just feel good intentions here, though I can see how it can be taken as condescending.  But it's just laid out in a matter of fact manner, that's all.  I don't think that this guy wrote in any more of an omnipotent tone than many of the other current law students here.  Certainly, he wasn't friendly at some points and some statements are unsympathetic perhaps cold and maybe slightly off the mark but I was never like: "who the f- is this guy?".  And, really, who's statements are on the mark all the time every time?


I have perusing this board long before I entered law school, and have the following advice/observations/complaints to offer:

As far as employment goes, it is only your own fault if you do not have a job.

I wanted to stop reading here, but I didn't.  I now wish I had.  Do you really think because you are a 3L you are qualified to give relationship advice, talk down to people who have less success finding a job, what they should think about their salary, etc.?

I don't think he was giving relationship advice.  His relationship suggestion is too short and general to be considered relationship advice. It's more like a relationship Personal Statement/essay prompt.  He's basically telling you to "Write your own relationship story around a law student love scenario."   

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General Board / Re: Thoughts as I enter my third year....
« on: August 07, 2008, 01:56:17 PM »
I agree with the general sentiment of the comments. It is a bit condescending. But, the tone of the post shouldn't overshadow some of the valuable substance that lies within.

The only thing I take issue with is the blanket prohibition on cufflinks. I wear cufflinks every day, and have done so for the last 6 years. Yes, it is dumb to start wearing them if you typically do not. However, if you typically do, then now is not the time to start changing yourself.

I received both my summer offer and permanent offer in cufflinks.

Same here.  The cufflinks.  I started wearing cufflinks a few years ago and my work shirts may be half French and half button cuff.  I'd say go ahead and I wouldn't suggest that guys stay away from them.  I'm no fashion expert and I've never worked in a law firm, but if you like them, wear them.  Some are ridiculous.  Use judgment.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Hoping to be a splitter...161 --> 170+?
« on: August 06, 2008, 12:41:40 PM »
Good luck splitting.  I don't have suggestions for you really.  I haven't taken a diagnostic LSAT test yet but, like you, I hope to split and I hope to split hard!  My UG GPA was just 3.0.  I had some non-molestatory issues too but the low academic record was largely just my fault.  So, I worked full time for a bunch of years and I'm probably going to take the LSAT in June 2009.  I'll be 27 then, so a somewhat old splitter.  With my years of work experience and if I supersplit it, maybe Northwestern will give me a shot. But I'd be delusional to really think a 3.0 can get me into NU and it's very hard to even gauge where I stand score wise since I haven't even done a practice test yet.  But I will soon and I'll have a number (however dreaded it may be) to work with.

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The Masons was thrown out there.  Good suggestion.  One of my friends on the outside mis-characterizes the Masons as "the authors of all evil of the Western world."  You can join as an adult, but for real penetration, you should have joined DeMolay when you were a teen or still under 21.  In layman's terms, the Order of DeMolay is like 'junior Masons'.  In Politics, DeMolay are generally future governors.  Masons and Illuminati always take DeMolay under their wing and cultivate them for success.  A couple of recent House Speakers were from the Order as well.  Bill Clinton was a DeMolay. Walt Disney was a Demolay.  Jonn Wayne and John Steinbeck were both DeMolay.  Coincidence?  Methinks not!

So, I'd say that for your purposes, DeMolay/Masons > Skull & Bones because you don't have to go to Yale exclusively to join. And as a Mason you'll know who's a Mason in your area/job market, facilitating your SA and job search immeasurably.

You might not have heard about DeMolay because it's so underground.  There's some info online, but this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VpEqChIRB0) offers a close look into what they're about.       

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Law Schools Placing Well in DC
« on: August 03, 2008, 04:40:30 PM »
Quote from: slinkman116 on Today at 03:35:14 PM
what about University of Maryland?  Good public school with great regional rep.

It's a decent school, and obviously people in D.C. know about it.  However, you'll generally have to do pretty well in your class at UMD to get a job in D.C..  As noted, you have the T14 all sending tons of grads to D.C., including the factory that is GULC, and you then have higher-ranked schools like GW, W&L, W&M, GMU and even American filling in most of the remaining slack, along with competitors like Catholic.

DC is one of the most competitive markets in the country.

^Any other thoughts on American?  It's not discussed much on LSD and it's a place that I may be looking at.  I don't have a shot at GULC nor GWU in D.C., so American would probably me my most solid choice of school in that area.  So, when you write "...and even American" I just wondered if it's not very highly respected or something like that. 

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Law School Applications / Re: Northwestern Two-Year Program Admissions
« on: August 03, 2008, 03:55:31 PM »
I'm so curious about the NU 2-yr JD program myself.  My case is more hopeless, though, because I graduated college at around a 3.0, so unless I get a 180, Northwestern shouldn't even be a consideration.  Anyhow, I've been working full-time for 4 years and I'm hoping to start law school in 2010, so that'll be six years of full-time work by the time I'd start, so hopefully that'll be a plus. I'm going to follow the 2-yr program.  I wonder if the career prospects will be the same as for people who do three.  And...no Summer Associateships?  Big disadvantage?

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