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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT virgin
« on: November 17, 2005, 10:33:38 PM »
ok so, right *now* i am planning on taking the LSAT next fall, and aside from experience with critical thinking / logic from philosophy classes i have never ever touched a diagnostic, practice book, prep course or anything..... what is the best way to get started?

negatives: i am a notorious procrastinator, i have little self discipline.
positives: i have a knack for standardized tests.

i know the questions have been asked a THOUSAND times, but:
1 - prep courses: pros & cons (ok, i know i know, NO kaplan or PR)
2 - do you take prep courses as a "get started" tool or just to squeeze out a few extra points?
3 - best books to help me get started?
4 - how many hours a week should i average for the first few months?
5 - are there are any things i should know about June/Oct/Dec LSATS...? any advantages/disadvantages?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: why do you want to be a lawyer.... the truth.
« on: November 17, 2005, 01:20:01 PM »
i'm gonna answer my own post, cause i'm extremely bored *and my dogs refuse to leave me alone so i can take a nap before work.....

i'm having a dilemma about law school, because while law has always appealed to me, since i was very young, i've never considered myself "passionate" about it compared to some of my peers. And, unlike some people, I seriously do not care about the "big money" or "big firms", I'm not interested in working for corporate america. If being rich was that important to me, I'd spend 3 years at Manhattan's finest watering holes looking for a twentysomething Wharton grad that needs a trophy wife.

So, my problem is: I studied International Affairs and got minors in History and Economics. I adored ALL of my classes... especially International Law, but the problem was: I loved my curriculum, the *learning* aspect of the major, but not the career aspect of it. I hate Corporate America, HATE IT. And the idea of "la femme christina" is cute, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't stand a chance at getting employed by the CIA or FBI. The Peace Corps is very admirable... for those that are willing to rough it, which this sorority girl / Long Island native is not willing to do. And lastly, think tanks and NGOs seem a little too political for me, considering I'm not an extremist on any issues, I'd probably find it hard to buy into them.

I've been told a lot by professors to consider law, (probably because I did well in several philosophy electives that based on critical thinking and logic and also in part because i did so well in international law), so I'm "considering it" by getting a paralegal certification. I really like the content and material of the paralegal program, but seeing as I don't have any actual experience in a law firm, i don't know if it's a great reason.

My parents are also a HUGE factor in this, they want me to make a decision about my future, whatever it may be, but it must include a PhD, Masters or JD. So, basically: my choices are -
PhD in History, a JD, or a Masters in International Political Economy (I really like Fordhams program).

I need some advice, please, helpppppp.

* and yes I will be applying in 2007.

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General Off-Topic Board / why do you want to be a lawyer.... the truth.
« on: November 17, 2005, 12:48:18 PM »
so after breezing through this site (and several other 'bound for law school' message boards...) i was wondering:

why do you guys want to be lawyers? and also:
when did you realize you wanted to be a lawyer?

right now i'm in the midst of deciding whether or not law school is the best option for me, so i was curious as to what made other people decide to go the law school route.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: washington and lee. any thoughts?
« on: November 16, 2005, 11:43:19 PM »
ok so i got a fee waiver from them. i have heard some good things about the school. i know the writing program is supposed to be very strong. I have also heard their is a fair amount of drinking that goes on. does anyone know anything about the school? how good is the rep? do they have a rep for anything in perticular? how is the social life? i know its in a small town. im not really sure if i want that. but if their r a handful of bars, some good people, some good restaurants a movie theatre and affordable housing i think ill be ok. so lets here it any thoughts at all on W&L


first off: it is *very* small and it is in an extremely rural town. Hell, JMU was in a rural town and the W&L kids used to drive over an hour to hang out at our bars.... anyway, i considered going there on a tennis scholarship for UG, but my brother's friend was alumni and admitted that the school is somewhat "backwards".... he insinuated that the students/faculty are all southern conservative bluebloods, basically: old money. they were also all-men until somewhat recently. food for thought. anyway, i do have a friend (male) that went to W&L law, i forget what his specialty was but right now he's trying hard to use his southern charm on every girl in NYC while he rakes in an obscene amount of money from some mid-size firm.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Best School Ranked 50-100?
« on: November 16, 2005, 11:32:41 PM »
Scholastically, their faculty is one of the top in the country.  They throw money around the way we wish all law schools did.  The students I met there were all happy to be attending Cardozo, and despite all this, at my ls fair they only had a box of brochures with a sign saying that the rep couldn't make it.  Kind of makes your fair look like they were representing themselves well in comparison.


numbers wise, cardozo's ranking seems quite low (162-166). for some odd reason though, when I went to a local ls fair, the cardozo table was dead, the rep was bored as hell and she practically begged me to sign their mailing list. I declined.


a lot of the NY law schools which are not national don't "solicit" students because they don't have the reputation factor that many of the best students are looking for... without the prestigious national reputation, schools like Cardozo and Brooklyn don't get half the credit they deserve. then again, i'm from NY and hope to practice law here someday, so those schools are a lot more attractive to me than say, someone hoping to practice in Cali. then again, it makes a lot more sense to consider those schools if you are hoping to practice in NY someday.....

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Law School Fashion
« on: November 16, 2005, 08:42:05 PM »
My own personal rule is: short skirts & low cut blouses for ALL classes taught by straight male professors. Stilettos optional.  ;)



All kidding aside: wear what is comfortable! You've got plenty of time to wear business suits and heels.


(oh, but for the love of G-d, please do not wear Uggs)


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: how many bars are around W&M
« on: November 16, 2005, 08:29:09 PM »
Haha, cheers to the OP for keeping it real..... no offense, but some of these law school discussion boards are so dull, its just a bunch of deans list students comparing their 170+ LSAT scores and 3.999999999999 GPAs. obviously law school is going to require dedication and hard work, but even the most studious students need to unwind and relax.

as for the OP for being concerned about the social scene around W&M: your concern is is a valid, especially considering that the W&M student body is notorious for highly competitive egos and lack of social skills. I have visited W&M and each time I've been disappointed, not so much because of the bars themselves (though there aren't that many and they are "delis" not bars, so don't expect dance floors and VIP sections) but because of the attitudes and seriousness of everyone. Even during last years NCAA semifinals, the bars were dominated by students from JMU, not W&M. I'm biased you see because JMU is a party school known for its excessively friendly students. Anyway, I will admit: the Green Leafe has some damn good wings.

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