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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Help With Test Date Decision
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:46:28 PM »
If I understand this correctly, you are saying that you want to go to ls in Fall 2010? If this is true, I have to say wait for the next cycle. Not only do you have little time for significant study for the lsat, but you will have to drum up a personal statement and get some letters of recommendation. I'm not sure you have sufficient time for all of that.

Law School Admissions / Re: Best type of sandwich?
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:23:28 PM »
french dip with au jus!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:21:27 PM »
They're not grounded in scientific methodology however broadly you're using the word 'grounded'. Sometimes, as in Pinker's case, certainly, scientists write popular books just to take the piss. Except they're not taking and its not piss.

We will have to agree to disagree about this. The application of the scientific method is fairly cut-and-dried, and the furor around these books nearly always came from political and social spheres. The science itself was rarely attacked because the attackers didn't want to legitimate it by having an open discourse about it (though both books have a fair amount of pontificating that is obviously moralistic/ philosophic and lacks scientific proof.) I will say that this thread asked what we were reading now, which is why I mentioned Pinker's book. I agree with the basic concepts of these books but not with all the arguments in them, of course. However, they aren't my books to defend. Anyway, I haven't heard of Hilary Mantel. Perhaps I'll check that out sometime. What I really like is good southern fiction, contemporary and classic: Shelby Foote, Tom Franklin, Barry Hannah, and Faulkner, of course. Fiction prompts in me a response wholly unlike that prompted by nonfiction, and, as such, it will always be closest to my heart. Awe...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Houston Law Center vs. Tulane
« on: November 10, 2009, 05:16:09 PM »
You and I share similar numbers (3.49, 162), and I am also in Texas and looking at those schools. One of the main factors that I noticed was cost. Even out-of-state costs at UH are much lower than the 38 thou that Tulane charges. In terms of ranking, I think Tulane is higher but negligibly so. One thing's for sure:I'm already sweating thinking about living with the humidity of either place. Have you looked at texas tech or smu, and, if so, what are your thoughts? By the way, good luck in the process.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.50/166
« on: November 10, 2009, 03:45:50 PM »
I wouldnt say that your chances at Texas are slim-to-none. Being in-state helps, and your numbers aren't exceedingly low: you are above the 25th percentiles in lsat and gpa. Give it a shot, man, and good luck.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 10, 2009, 01:42:28 PM »
What trend is that?

psychometric bukkake.

To each his own as they say. However, it is too bad that books that make empirical claims grounded in scientific methodology and statistical probabilities are seen as "bukkake." I would even wager that you haven't read either.
Of course, this isn't the place for a flame war, so I will just add that I enjoy all kinds of books whether they be nonfiction or fiction. Do you have any good suggestions, luke?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 09, 2009, 04:14:45 PM »
What trend is that?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:21:09 AM »
The Blank Slate: the modern denial of human nature by Steven Pinker. Excellent non-fiction reading with plenty of scientific analysis and witty humor.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Scholarships and AA
« on: November 06, 2009, 09:04:34 PM »
For an interesting analysis of the claims about culturally biased tests, you guys should read The Bell Curve. It addresses a good number of the questions regarding what these tests (standardized exams) actually test, how ses plays into that, and the statistical truths about the importance of ses and intelligence.

There is no posturing. You either know grammar, or you don't. You either offer good criticism, or you don't. You treat other posters with respect, or you don't. You can go around spouting off about a person's lsat score, but, if you do so with amateurish writing that belies a shallow intellect, no one is going to think you are any smarter. By the way, I'm assuming you did read it since you responded, ass. Don't bother me any longer with your trifles.

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