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Law School Applications / Re: W on transcript
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:11:48 PM »
even if this is a flame, i have my own question about a W.  during my senior year, i tried to take a legal research class but this ended up accounting for my 6th class, so i had 18 credits.  i really couldn't balance the workload and the class essentially became an elective.  at the same time, it really couldn't be taken pass/fail (it was structured so that you either got an A or failed).  all of my other classes had to be taken to complete my major on time so i had to withdraw after a week.  do you think an addendum on my applications will be enough?  i feel like withdrawing from legal research could be a red flag but i also think my reason was very legit.  thoughts?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT, High School Senior
« on: March 07, 2009, 01:22:12 AM »
i also payed for my undergrad education entirely with loans, including my room and board.  you're far from the only person going to college with an unstable situation, stop being a d-bag about it and deal.

this is the dumbest thread ever, but like when i watch "degrassi" i feel sucked in!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT, High School Senior
« on: March 06, 2009, 05:40:15 PM »
i hate to break it to you, but it's very possible (in fact it's likely) that you'll pursue a major you haven't even thought of yet.  i started college expecting to major in english or journalism and ended up with a degree in integrated marketing communications.  i loved my major, i never considered anything similar to it until i went to college.  do yourself a favor and give yourself time to decide on what you want with your life without having your parents influence that.  you're only 18 and you're completely allowed to take a breath and enjoy yourself before deciding on what do to with your life.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to stay Motivated?
« on: March 06, 2009, 10:20:27 AM »

I have started preparing for the June Lsat. I have done a similar regimen in the past increasing my score +7 from 138. Is there any particulars you did in between daily sections? I would always go over my incorrect responses, and look over my outlines from the prep-course.

I was in the Kaplan prep course and I would try going through their "mastery" book and practicing all sorts of untimed questions and then going over the explanations.  I was studying while working about 10 hours a day with a 90 minute commute each way so it was kind of hard for me to buckle down and study more, but if i had more time i would have focused on untimed questions and thoroughly reading the explanations.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to stay Motivated?
« on: March 05, 2009, 09:51:21 AM »
PM me if you ever feel like you need a support system, I'm happy to help :)

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i'm sure someone else on this board knows a lot more about this than i do, but i have been looking into schools with joint degrees involving sports.  UGA has a sports studies/JD program but you have to get into the sports management program and not the law school.  this means they would look at a GRE score instead of your LSAT.  I don't know many more details but here is where I found the information:

http://www.law.uga.edu/academics/degree/index.html#Joint

This isn't a fit for me personally because I want to attend law school, but if you have your heart set on sports law it's something to consider.  Just wanted to throw that idea out there for you.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to stay Motivated?
« on: March 04, 2009, 03:50:44 PM »
I empathize with you, candy.  When I was studying, I had a 149 diagnostic, then a 152, and 158.  I was so excited to be going up so quickly but then reality set in.  I got a 156 on my next PT then a 154!!!  I actually ended up getting several 154s and towards the end I was back at 158/159 but not breaking the 160 I so desperately wanted.

There were low points during which I was giving up hope, I stopped studying and I wasn't taking everything seriously enough but my boyfriend and family were very encouraging.  After getting a 154 for a third time, I was in tears and my boyfriend said "when you fall off the horse, you have to get right back on otherwise you'll never get on again."  This is absolutely right.  I reminded myself of this constantly and kept pushing through, but I never broke 159 on a practice test.  At some point an instructor joked that I only needed to break 160 once and to make it count, and I took it to heart.

I got my February score on Friday, a 162!  I was literally screaming with delight...I went to call my parents and accidentally called a stranger, yelling into the phone that I got a 162.  good times.

When it came down to the weeks leading up to my exam, I did two timed sections a night (one logical reasoning and then alternating reading comp and games) as well as one PT per week.  It really helped me nail down my timing and my results got higher and more consistent when I did that.  This might not be the best strategy for you personally but I wanted to share my tactics in case this is something that might help you.

Just know that you absolutely can break past 160.  It just takes time, practice, and patience.  I am not a good test taker (the SATs were a debacle), but that's just not an excuse for giving up hope.  I am a firm believer that practicing standardized tests will result in improved scores and you just have to practice enough.  As that stupid joke goes, the best way to get to Carnegie Hall is practice, practice, practice.  We can easily apply that to law school :)

Everyone experiences lulls in reaching their goals and suffers from slumps and setbacks.  Not everyone has the courage to keep pushing forward but those who do persevere.  Have the confidence and strength to know that you can get past your slump and reach your goals. 

Good luck!



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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Pros/Cons of Cornell?
« on: March 03, 2009, 10:25:49 PM »
i went to ithaca college (the smaller, less elite, but way cooler school), and i think the town of ithaca rocks!  it gets really cold there but remember that if you want to Michigan or Chicago it would be a lot colder.  i'm currently in nyc and ithaca is generally only 10 degrees colder on an average day.

the cost of living is nothing and ithaca is seriously lovely.  it's truly amazing in good weather, which exists for approximately 4 weeks of the school year!  for obvious reasons i don't think cornell makes its students get out as much, but there are a lot of fun activities in the town.  there's an apple harvest festival every fall, an incredible brewery, and the best farmer's market i've been to.  the mall completely sucks though.

awww just writing this made me want to go back to ithaca.  sadly i will not be getting into cornell law but i hope you all enjoy it there!

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Recommendations / Advice needed
« on: March 03, 2009, 12:00:50 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I have a pretty good lineup of people who are willing to write recommendations for me.  I have a diverse group of people who know me in a variety of capacities.  They have all asked what I want discussed in the letters and that has made me wonder what points should be emphasized to make an effective LOR?  I am planning to apply to some schools where I think a strong LOR might give me a competitive edge so I want to make sure that this aspect is well-covered.  Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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Law School Applications / Re: UNC Chances
« on: March 02, 2009, 08:19:02 AM »
yeah, that's kind of what i was afraid of.  i will definitely be applying ON 10/1, so hopefully that will give me a decent shot.  thanks for the insight!

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