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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Cooley: one of the greats
« on: August 16, 2009, 11:59:34 AM »
I read on another thread that Cooley used factors like the square footage of their library to come up with their rankings.  I thought it was a bit of sarcasm. It wasn't.  Some of the factors they consider (not sure how it's all weighted):

Total Volumes in Library
Total Titles in Library
Total Serial Subscriptions
Total of Professional Librarians
Library Hours per Week with Professional Staff
Total Library Hours per Week
Library Seating Capacity
Number of Networked Computers Available for Use by Students
Library Total Square Footage

I'm disappointed in Cooley's lack of inventiveness.  If they considered the number of janitors employed in library clean up, or the total surface area of desk-top space available to use for study... or SOMETHING, I'm sure they could have placed themselves above Harvard and the like.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is is possible LSAC is wrong???
« on: July 02, 2009, 12:21:34 PM »
Now, we're talking.  That makes sense.  Powerscore is wrong.  All I was saying was that what Powerscore said was incompatible with LSAC's credited response.  Now I know that I can't trust them 100%.  This particular case does make me wonder, however, what their purpose in provide "The Logic Ladder" is.  Does it normally shed some valuable insight, despite the fact that, in this particular situation, it was more harmful than helpful?  All I know is that I got this questions wrong 100% because of what Powerscore had written.

Actually, no matter what people are trying to say with as much authority as they can muster in their voice, Powerscore isn't wrong in this case.  "Most" can include conditions that entail "all."  Like I said above "Most people are Mortal" is true even in a world where "All people are Mortal." The last sentence in this particular question limits it so as not to include the possibility of "all," however.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is is possible LSAC is wrong???
« on: July 02, 2009, 01:21:11 AM »
I am a science/math major and I like to visualize things. lets plot a simple graph based on the premise given. Lets us A to represent the artist population and W for Well-educated non-artist persons. Then suppose the degree of insightfulness is on a increasing scale from the left to the right.

So most artist are less insightful -> some of the A's (5) are NOT LESS THAN W's -> it overlaps the lower fence of the W's
Then the rest of the W's are greater than all the A's.
Now look at the graph: the 5 A's are NOT LESS THAN at least 5 of the W's -> "Some A's are NOT LESS THAN some W's.

This graph fits all the conditions spelled out. The LSAC answer is correct no matter what the  numerical definition of "Most" or some is. The overlap can be 1% or 49%. Remember they inferred that at least some are NO LESS THAN, they didnt say "MORE THAN". You cannot prove that the overlap A's are LESS THAN, so they must be NOT LESS THAN.

WENonAs:                      WWWWWWWWWWWWWWW 

But if you don't interpret the "rarely" of the last line to mean that there are some members in the set described, a graph showing NO overlap would also fit the conditions.  The overlap can be 0%, too.  "Most people are mortal" is a true statement, even if the statement "all people are mortal" is also true.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is is possible LSAC is wrong???
« on: July 02, 2009, 01:15:29 AM »
I could swear the credited response for the following question (from PrepTest 2) is wrong.
"There is little point in looking to artists for insights into political issues.  Most of them hold political views that are less insightful than those of any reasonably well-educated person who is not an artist.  Indeed, when taken as a whole, the statements made by artists, including those considered to be great, indicate that artistic talen and political insight are rarely found together."

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?

I did not find any answer particularly appealing, but I do feel like the credited response was clearly wrong.  The answer is

"Some artists are no less politically insightful than some reasonably well-educated persons who are not artists."

The stimulus says, essentially, that most artists have less insightful political views than well-educated non-artists.  However, most does not preclude the possibility of all (since the concept of all contains the concept of most), and for this reason, I don't see how we can infer that some artists are no less politically insightful than non artists.  This is possible, but not necessarily the case.

Does anyone have any input on this?

I'd say you are right, if all you're looking at is "most."  The last line, I think, is intended to limit the scope of "most" to "most but not all," with "rarely" meaning the set has *some* members.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Advice from a guy who just finished his first year
« on: June 30, 2009, 07:50:44 PM »
Would you mind explaining how the Westlaw system works?  Do you have to pay for each case or is it a subscription?  Also, would taking a prepclass (such as law preview) before starting be worthwhile?  Ive heard mixed things.  Thanks so much. 

I'm not sure who this was addressed to, but I'll give what little help I can.  As for Westlaw, I think they have several subscription options (i saw a subscription rate pdf somewhere on , but can't find it now).  My understanding is that it's expensive as an individual no matter what option you choose.  It's included as part of your registration fees/tuition for most schools.  As far as prepclasses for law school, I can't see where they would be much help.  My guess is that they'll all come down to two or three pieces of actual, concrete advise: learn to outline your classes, brief every case, and learn IRAC.  The first and last are good pieces of advise, the second depends on your time availability and learning style.  I don't see paying time or money into such a class as being very useful, unless, maybe, you're a returning student who hasn't been involved in academics for some time and "getting comfortable" with things before entering the classroom might be psychologically helpful.

Incoming 1Ls / Re:
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:38:34 PM »
"The american dollar is loosing value by the minute, and trying to protect the ones in circulation against being further devalued isnt important? What is?"

Shoddy reasoning above.  The value of the American dollar isn't lessened by defacing or even destroying individual bills.  In fact, just the opposite argument could be made: every dollar bill destroyed is one less bill in circulation, making the remaining ones that much more valuable.  It doesn't exactly work that way in reality, but in principle you have things reversed: destroying actual bills of currency is actually a selfless act whereby I lose a dollar of spendable currency to help increase the value of everyone else's currency by x trillionth of a percent.  So help the economy, burn every "wheresgeorge" dollar you come across, out of respect.  Kinda like a flag that's touched the ground.

Law School Admissions / Re: Pre-Law or no Pre-Law?
« on: June 16, 2009, 12:22:17 AM »
I aspire to get into law to use as a jumping point for a political career. I'm really interested in criminal law and would love to work for a DA somewhere. I'm a high school sophomore with about a 3.3 GPA. There's been a lot of stuff floating around the internet saying whether or not to take a pre-law course in college for a jump start into a law school. So basically, should I major in pre-law for my undergrad? And if not, what should I major in to get a jump start on a political career?

Greetings.  I will tell you up front that I am biased.  I was never impressed with most of the Poli Sci or Pre-Law majors that I had dealings with as an undergrad.  In law school, I find some of them trying to apply the type of analysis they learned as an undergrad to law school problems, and the results usually aren't great.  Students starting with a 'blank slate' sometimes catch on more quickly.  I majored in philosophy and the thorough training in critical thinking is, I think, hugely beneficial in legal analysis.  That said, I wasn't planning on law school when I chose that major.  If I could do it over again, I would either double major, or major in economics with a philosophy minor.  I think the combination would suit politics and law brilliantly.  In reality though, major in what most interests you.  If you're studying something you have no real passion or interest for, you aren't going to get much out of it in any case.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Civic Literacy Quiz
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:01:45 AM »
32 out of 33 correct.  Question 27 is a crap question, and not just because I got it wrong.  Laden with arguable assumptions, etc etc.

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone Still Not Get Their Grades Yet?
« on: June 12, 2009, 02:08:53 PM »
Just doing a quick check out there to see who is still waiting for grades.  Can my school seriously be the slowest?  I'm sure this is going to hinder my transfer prospects.

Still waiting for mine.  And it irritates the #### out of me.  First it puts students looking to transfer in a bind.  It also puts students who may not want to come back if they knew how poorly they did in a bind, especially those looking to take summer courses.  Grading the freakin bar exam takes 2 min./question on average, how hard is it really to get students' grades done?  Most of us are paying too much for law school as it is, the least that can be expected and asked is professionalism in regular duties from those we're paying.  I'd be firing a real estate agent, lawyer, or car broker that handled their duties this way.  /vent

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