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Law School Applications / Re: Any tips for Class of 2016?
« on: July 23, 2009, 05:34:48 PM »
Work in a law firm- so you can understand what it's all about

we all know it's not the glamor on TV, but it's still useful and eye-opening to witness what a lawyer does on a day to day basis (read, research, write)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Help
« on: July 20, 2009, 09:24:14 PM »
With the first one:

Would you agree that if there are 4 people with ages 7,8,9,10 the average age is 8.5? If you know that recently the average age has increased from 8.5 to let's just say 9 couldn't that mean that either there are less young people (if you take away the 7 year old, the average age is 9) or there are more older people? The answer A states that there are more younger people, so let's say the people become 6,6,6,7,8,9,10. In order to have more younger people, yet have a higher average than before, you'll need to have more older people as well.
6,6,6,7,8,9,10,11,11,11,11. Therefore A supports the conclusion of the stimulus.

I hope that helps...the answer A allows you to eliminate the other option that would increase the average.

With the second one:

The conclusion that there is no reason for ANYONE to make dietary changes for the sake of preventing heart disease is too extreme. In the first sentence, it states that high cholesterol has been associated w/ the development of heart disease and that "many" people with high cholesterol DO NOT develop heart disease. However, SOME people do develop heart disease as due to high cholesterol. Therefore, by stating that NO ONE should make dietary changes would be overlooking the fact that high cholesterol does contribute to heart disease (C).

Hope this helps!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Diagnostic Score vs. Real LSAT Score
« on: July 08, 2009, 10:52:22 PM »
Score improvement is all dependent on the test taker. Some people don't budge, whereas others shoot up 20 points. As long as you dedicate yourself and keep doing practice problems and tests, you'll be sure to improve as well.

I, personally, would recommend taking the LSAT not long after you've completed the course. I took a summer course and took the LSAT in October, and I felt that having 3 weeks between the end of class and the test day rusted my skills a bit. The problem with taking time off between the class and test day is that while attending school, you'll be hard pressed to devote the same amount of time to the LSAT as during the summer. Keep that in mind when you decide to take time between the test and class. Good luck!

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Law School Applications / Reapply? Retake?
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:23:21 AM »
So, I've been looking around at the statistics and with my LSDAS GPA: 3.65 (Ivy) and LSAT: 172 (Oct. '08) it places me borderline at many of the T14. I DO want to apply this cycle, however, if the results aren't promising, would it be OK to reapply next year? I understand that people advise against reapplying that soon afterwards, especially if nothing changes in your app, which is why I'd think I'd retake the LSAT. During my first administration, the girl next to me whispered to herself as she went through the first two sections. I told her to stop, after the 1st section, to which she continued, and then finally left the test after the 2nd section. Did I feel bad? Sure...but it was pretty ridiculous. Anyways, my score report reflected her talking, as I got all of my 7 questions wrong in those 1st two sections (LR and RC). This doesn't seem like enough to write an addendum for, but I do think that I can score higher than a 172, which would seem to help my application. Any feedback would be great. I know it sounds absurd to consider retaking with a 172, but the stats do show that holding all else constant, a higher LSAT score would increase my chances quite a bit. ***My prelaw counselor advised me agianst retaking, or else I would have highly considered taking it again this past June...

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Law School Applications / Overwhelmed...
« on: June 15, 2009, 10:39:23 PM »
I'm beginning to look at the application process (this coming cycle), and am a little overwhelmed. I'm not sure where to start. I was hoping you guys could recommend a couple of good Law school application books or websites, that would give me a good step by step breakdown of how I should tackle this whole process. Any help would be great. Thanks!

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Law School Applications / T-14 Chances
« on: June 01, 2009, 12:09:52 AM »
I'm intending to apply to law school this fall '09. Having talked to my admissions counselor, I've been uneasy about my chances of getting into T-14, especially with the expected rise in applications. I was hoping for some feedback. I'm particularly looking at NYU, Columbia, UPenn, and Georgetown.

Undergrad: UPenn
LSDAS GPA: 3.65
LSAT: 172
Econ major, history minor

A couple of extracurriculars, no outstanding leadership. 2 LOR (one academic, one law professor), but nothing stellar. So as you can see I'm hoping that law school admissions is truly a numbers game, rather than relying on my other factors. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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