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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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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 / Supplemental Reading - Possible RC Help
« on: August 12, 2008, 02:20:12 PM »
Although my untimed RC sections are slowly improving, I'm afraid that once I move onto timed practice, they will inevitably worsen.  Unfortunately, this is due to my slow-reading skills.  I've noticed that the passages that are based on 'Political Correctness' 'Cultural Relativism' are usually what slow me down the most.  I heard that reading certain publications such as The Economist, The New Yorker, and Scientific American will gradually help me develop better reading skills.

Does anyone else have any suggestions? 

Also, my Testmasters instructor suggested that I pick up some 19th Cent. philosophy due to its denseness. Does anyone know what would be a good selection from 19th. Century Philosophy?

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Studying for the LSAT / Supplemental Reading - Possible RC Help
« on: August 12, 2008, 02:18:47 PM »
Although my untimed RC sections are slowly improving, I'm afraid that once I move onto timed practice, they will inevitably worsen.  Unfortunately, this is due to my slow-reading skills.  I've noticed that the passages that are based on 'Political Correctness' 'Cultural Relativism' are usually what slow me down the most.  I heard that reading certain publications such as The Economist, The New Yorker, and Scientific American will gradually help me develop better reading skills.

Does anyone else have any suggestions? 

Also, my Testmasters instructor suggested that I pick up some 19th Cent. philosophy due to its denseness. Does anyone know what would be a good selection from 19th. Century Philosophy?

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