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Where should I go next fall? / New York LS or Hofstra Law?
« on: March 16, 2009, 01:11:34 PM »
I've been accepted to both -- with no $ offered. 

I live in Staten Island, approximately an hour from NYLS (via the bus) and an hour to an hour and a half from Hofstra (via car).  I'll probably opt for moving out to an apartment closer to the school though.

Anyway, I know that Hofstra is slightly higher up on the ranking ladder than NYLS, but I'll eventually want to work in Manhattan -- so would choosing a LI school, especially one that doesnt release their post-graduation employment rates, be the worse decision?

Although it may be a shot in the dark, I'm planning on transferring up and out of either one of those schools, no matter which one I ultimately choose.  I know I can't rely on that, so I want to make sure I choose the better of the two if I do end up toughening it out till graduation. 


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To Daned,

The long island housing situation is not like normal universities. there is on campus housing, and one specifically for grad/law students, but in my opinion it is over priced and institutional. I found my apt on the hofstra off-campus housing website. http://www.hofstra.edu/StudentAffairs/Commuting/commute_offcampus.html. You can also check out craiglist. Mainly, the options, a) I have a studio apt in a house that has been converted into different apts, b) renting out a room in a house, 2) move in with someone looking for a roomate, 3) rental apt which are pretty expensive 4) or finding a group of people to live with and renting a house. Overall, I'm happy where I chose to live. Not far from school and real close to the railroad to go into the city. Its also in a safe, family neighborhood.

To bounders,
One of my professors last semester falls into the 70/80 category, and one this semester I think falls into the other category. The rest are in the middle age range, with a couple being on the younger side. And I would add, I happen to like the professors that happen to fall into the 2 categories. But to give a broader perspective, you will probably not like all your professors, but you should be able to deal with all different kinds of teachers and adjust to the professors that you like and don't like.

Hope that helps clarify your two questions

The on-campus housing for grad/law students is a joke with the rules it has. It is OK if you JUST want to study, but if you plan to have any fun at all, do not move into these apartments. It is a great place to get work done, and meet certain people, but the rules are worse than some dorms I lived in while at undergraduate college. Do not expect to be treated as an adult here. I am not trying to bad mouth Hofstra, because they were nothing but nice to me with my transition and the problems I had at the begining of last semester (personal, not legal or academic or psychotic or psychological lol). But, I would say definitely listen to the OP and get an apartment in Staten Island, do not live on campus.

An apartment on Staten Island?  I dont know about that. 

I currently live on Staten Island, and even if I got an apartment by the Verrazano Bridge -- it would take me at least an hour to an hour and a half with traffic.  As much as I would love to stay here while going to Hofstra, I don't think that commute time would be the best option.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« on: September 28, 2008, 03:20:11 PM »
Sounds like you need to look through what you're missing and figure out why you're missing it.  What was it about that wrong answer you picked that you missed?  What about the right one?  What are you going to pay attention for next time so you don't miss a question like this? 

And the negativity has got to go.  That's two LSAT terror threads I've seen today.  Bah!
And "Nowhere Fast"?  Come on, man.  You may think it's cute to have a self-deprecating screenname, but that kind of stuff is mental poison...really.  Change your username to "LSAT god" or something.

I can definitely attribute the score decreases to my nerves.  I guess 'confidence' is what I'm missing.  The stress during the exam is causing me to slow down significantly.  My comprehension level, on both RC and LR, slows down and takes me a longer time to process certain statements.  This is especially true during the first quarter of every section.  I tend to only begin to warm up on questions 12-15 - ultimately depriving myself of the time needed to finish the section.  Although there may be some questions that are very difficult to get through - overall, it's the lack of concentration, due to my stress level, that doesn't allow me to fly through the passages/stimuli.  Also, I've noticed that although I tend to get the answer very quickly, I occasionally feel very uneasy about making it the final answer.  I tend to sit there and fight the urge to choose it right away.  Ehh.. now you can see how strained out I am...

Also, 'Nowhere Fast' wasn't chosen as a symbol to signify how depressed I am or to put me down.  It's the name of one my favorite songs by The Smiths... it's just the same name I've always chosen for message boards.  Haha - trust me, I'm the last person to think it's 'cute' to have a pseudonym that represents a gloomy and dispiriting emotion.

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Terror - It's eating me alive.
« on: September 27, 2008, 10:11:27 PM »
I was relying on the Burnout Advice thread to guide me through my turbulence, but its completely gone off on some Canadian beer tangent, so I've decided to start my own thread.  Anyway, instead of boring you with the minor details - here's the story in short. 

I've been studying for the Oct 4 the exam - for approximately three months now.  I've taken off of work and dedicated an average of 6-8 hours a day of studying.  Yes, I've read the bibles twice. I took Testmasters - completed each and every homework in full.  I've done preptests untimed and timed, numerous times.  Here's the problem.  I started the studying at around a 144.  With all the studying and dedication, I shot up very quickly.  A few weeks ago, I was averaging roughly 163 on the timed preptests - peeking at a 167. 

Here's the problem.  Once I hit the 167, I start going down.  Seriously down. I've been on a downward spiral ever since.  I took two separate days off to rest myself, but its seemed like its only had an even greater detrimental effect on me.  The harder I try, the worse I do.  The more I study, the lower the grades.  I tried to really focus myself and stay confident, but today I took 4th Testmaster Diagnostic and got a 153.  The weird part was that I didn't feel that the test was that difficult AT ALL.  I actually thought it was much easier than usual.  But somehow, I couldn't get past 20 questions on each section (not the LG's however.. I got a perfect score on that). 

I'm seriously losing my mind and have no faith in raising my confidence level.  I'm stuck in this never-ending *&^%-fest of low scores and I know that my potential is MUCH greater than this.  There's only so much I can do, and it doesn't seem like any of it will help me in the last few days before the test.  I have a few more preptests left and a bunch of individual questions saved for practice. What do I do?  Any advice will be of great benefit.     

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: the day of!
« on: September 27, 2008, 09:58:54 PM »
I'll be drinking a coffee and possibly eating something nutritious accompanied with a handful of vitamins.

I've been contemplating as to what I should be listening to.  As some studies have confirmed (and so did I in a psychology experiment), listening to classical music (particularly Mozart), increased spatial cognition and performance.  However, the effects were only minor and temporary.  Therefore, I'll probably stick with the same thing that I listen to before every diagnostic - The Smiths. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Burnout Advice
« on: September 24, 2008, 05:42:06 PM »
I pray you guys are right. 

I always doubted that a 'burnout' effect would seriously have a detrimental effect.  Roughly three months ago, I scored a 143 on my first diagnostic, no prior experience.  Since then, I've dedicated myself full force and studied 7 days a week, 8 hours a day, on average.  In the last two weeks, I've been averaging a 163/164.. and nailed a 167 on my highest.  After that, my preptests went to 156 then 152 then 158 then a 160.  Just like one of the poster's said previously, I felt like I nailed the material.  I was ending each section with extra time and extreme confidence.  However, when it came down to scoring... it was just a seriously depressing moment.

I decided to take today off, but my body is not allowing itself to relax.  I can't stop thinking about how bad my scores have dropped.. and I'm fighting the urge of doing another preptest tonight just to prove to myself that those test's are just some temporary flukes. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: SUPERPREP test B-HELP!!
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:02:38 PM »
For me, this question was based solely off of a process of elminition, rather than instantly seeing D as the answer.

For answer choice C, the fact that the hotel and meal prices have risen, while the cost of the passes have not, gives support as to why the hotel/restaurant revenues increased more rapidly than the tourist attraction revenue.  The assumption here is that the hotel/restaurant revenues increased their prices while having the same overhead as the year before.

For choice D, however, if the tourists' average length of stay remained the same in the two years, then the assumption is that they did not spend any more money on the hotels/restaurants/tourists attractions than the year before.  Therefore, the hotel/restaurant rise in revenue is not accounted for. 

There's definitely a more clarified way of explaining why D is the best answer, but I just did about a straight 8 hour study session, so this is the best answer my brain is willing to provide at this time. :P 

Hope this helps. 

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I also experienced an almost 20 point jump from my first diagnostic.  I was at 143 on my first try.  After taking a course, reading both PS books twice over and seriously putting in roughly 7-8 hours a day of studying a day, I've been steadily hitting a 161-162 on my preptests. 

Unfortunately, I'm seriously worried that I won't break 160 on the real thing due to my horrendous test-stress.  But come October, I should be complete with taking most, if not all, the Preptests (timed) and should be confident enough to hit a 164 like I intend to.

But I have to admit, when I first came onto this board, the few boarders that were claiming these tremendous jumps really inspired me to work as hard as possible.  I knew it wasn't gonna be simple for a 143'er to break a 160 by giving it 3-5 hours a week.  But all the hard work and the advice I'm receiving seems like it's definitely paying off.

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EarlCat

Two things:

1) Thanks for the thread/update. Awesome job.

2) Your link for the 'EarlCat Calculator' is just duplicate of the Preptest score link that is right above it.  So, just wanted to give you a head's up for the mistake.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which part of the sections are experimental?
« on: August 26, 2008, 01:29:58 PM »
No, it's always one of the first three.

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