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Law School Admissions / Re: Resume Critique
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:32:05 PM »

Thanks for the response, Bigs. And another thank you for the compliment!

Yes, I am trying to be accepted into Pepperdine. I checked out lawschool numbers briefly in the past and didn't find any helpful info (although I will admit that I don't think I knew very much about nativating my way through the site, and my stay was all of maybe, 2-3 minutes lol).

So should I not worry too much about what is stated on my resume? If so, then that realization is very comforting! That is one less obstacle in my way!

Studying for the LSAT / Preptest(s) help please
« on: November 23, 2010, 07:20:49 PM »
Hi  :),

I have a few questions.

Preptest 16, St 2, #11

The stimulus is as follows: When the needle of a sewing machine becomes badly worn it can ruin clothes. In traditional apparel factories, the people who operate the sewing machines also monitor needles and replace those that are worn. Industrial sewing operations are becoming increasingly automated so it would be inefficient to hire people for the sake of monitoring needles. In conclusion, there is a new device which monitors worn needles that is expected to become standard equipment in automated apparel factories of the future.

Question stem: must be true

Correct answer: the needles of industrial sewing machines wear out at unpredictable rates.

Can someone explain to me why that is the correct answer? I don't understand the logic.

Preptest # 11, St 2, # 21

The stimulus is as follows: A society that has many crimes should not be called lawless. That is an abuse of the meaning of words because "less" means "without" so "lawless" mean "without laws". A society that has no laws has no crimes because no laws would be broken. A lawless society would then be a crimeless society. In conclusion, what some people say is a lawless society should actually be called "crimeful".

Question stem: must be true

Correct answer: A society that has some crimes has some laws.

I don't understand this answer. If this question is a lesson in formal logic where "some" is the inherent inference of "many", then I guess I understand why the answer is correct. If this question is not a lesson in formal logic, then I just don't get it.

Prepest #7, St 5, # 19

Stimulus: It takes 365.25 days for the Earth to make one revolution around the Sun. A year is 365 days long with an extra day added every four years which is divided into 52 seven-day weeks. Since 52 times 7 is only 364, anniversaries do not fall on the same day of the week. In conclusion, many scheduling problems could be avoided if the last day of each year and an additional day every fourth year belonged to no week, so January 1 would be a Sunday every year.

Question stem: when the proposal above is put into effect which one of the following groups would encounter scheduling conflicts?

Correct answer: employed people whose strict religious observances require them to refrain from working every 7th day.

I don't undertsand this one at all! :(

Thank you for taking the time to read this. As always, I greatly appreciate it!  ;D

Law School Admissions / Resume Critique
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:11:58 PM »
Hi  :),

Is anyone willing to critque my resume? I would prefer to have it more applicable to law school but I'm having a difficult time doing that because I lack law experience.

Any advice/critique would be greatly appreciated! I copied and pasted my resume from Word so I apologize if it appears a little out of sorts.

*Resume removed*

Law School Admissions / When to apply?
« on: November 23, 2010, 05:54:07 PM »
Hi all  :),

I know this is probably a stupid question (which I already know the answer to) but I would like some input. I'm taking the December LSAT and the score will be available around January 10. I'm thinking that the admission committee won't view my application until late January/early February. So, my question is, when would be a good time to apply? I want to apply asap (I get paid this week so I'm planning to apply next week before December 1) but part of me is thinking that it might not matter if I apply in December or early January because the ad. com. will not be looking at my application until my LSAT score is released.

I would appreciate any input. Thank you for your time!

EDIT: I have one more question. How do I address the ad. com.? Should I use the phrase, "To whom it may concern", "Dear Admissions Committee" <-that sounds kind of lame lol. Again, any input would be greatly appreciated.

Hi  :),

I think you have a good start! I have a few suggestions:

First, focus more on how your life experiences and community work shaped you as an individual and lead to your interest in law. Don't use the reason, "I want to help people" as a basis for pursuing a law degree. After all, if you want to help people you can always work at a homeless shelter, charity org., etc. instead of a law firm.

Second, focus less on what UALR WHB school of law can do for you and focus more on what you can do for the school. Put yourself in the admission committee's shoes. Would you accept a student who doesn't necessarily bring anything to your school or would you accept a student whose presence, intelligence, background and experience benefits the school? Admission Committees look for the latter student. And please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you don't have anything to offer. You clearly do but you need to be more specific.

Third, focus on something that makes you unique from other law school applicants. You mention how you lost your father (RIP), so how does that separate you from other applicants? Go into more detail about how you help/ed out your mother and how you were/are a mentor for your younger brother. Does any particular experience stand out as a focal point for wanting to purse a law degree? Or how does your position in the family provide the kind of experience deemed necessary or essential to pursue a law degree?

I hope my suggestions are of some help. Good luck to you.  :)

Hi  :),

I think your PS is very good! There are a couple of things that caught my eye.

First, try to avoid speaking in a passive voice. The second paragraph contains some passive language, i.e. "I had been berated", "I had been marked", "has been both", etc. Remember, heavy use of passive language weakens your statement.

Second, I think you should go into more detail regarding why you want to attend law school and why you think "leaving your comfort zone " makes you a desirable law school applicant. You need to explain how having such an outlook makes you more unique when compared to other law school applicants (after all, most students/people experience being out of their comfort zone so how does that make you any different?)

Third, you should find a way to relate your internship to law school (if applicable). How/why did the internship point your interest to law school? What have you learned from the internship that you can bring to law school (which other students cannot bring)? How does the internship make you any different from other applicants? There should be a relationship between your internship and your interest in law school.

That's really about it. I don't know how helpful my suggestions are. I did not think your statement was too redundant, personal or too much. I think you have a great foundation to build upon and with a little more work, you'll have a stand-out statement. Good luck to you.  :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Preptest 13, St 1, #4
« on: October 18, 2010, 07:28:35 PM »
Thank you very much for the response, Jeffort! Your explanations helped a lot!

Studying for the LSAT / Preptest 13, St 1, #4
« on: October 11, 2010, 06:41:55 PM »
Hi all. :D I need your help, please.

I worked on this game for 20 minutes and didn't score horribly but could have done better (I missed two out of seven). I didn't realize this was a pattern game until I finished the last question. I applied the rules to each question and answered them accordingly but my question is, how do you establish what the pattern(s) is based on the information provided in the rules? I've provided an example below:

23.)   N O T
         S O P
         N S T
         P O T

^That is the diagram I made based on the question info and by applying the rules. I did this for every question. At the end of the game I realized that there must be an inherent pattern governing the position of each variable, so I arrived at this:

Year1: p1 p2 p3     and     p1 p2 p3    (p= position)
Year2: p4 p2 p5                p4 p2 p5
Year3: p1 p4 p3                p1 p5 p3
Year4: p5 p2 p3                p4 p2 p3
Year5: p1 p4 p5                p1 p4 p5

Are these two patterns/diagrams correct? If so, how do you create these diagrams based on the information from the rules? As I mentioned earlier, I didnít have a diagram (know of the patterns) for this game until after I completed it.

Thank you for your time,

~Michelle :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study advice needed for my situation
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:18:12 PM »
I apologize for the delay in my response.

Stop churning and burning preptests.  Focus on a section or even just a type of question or type of game and really lock it down.  Forget about the clock for a while and work on getting a better understanding.  See if you can get yourself to the point where you can get a 180 off the clock.  Then speed back up.

Thank you very much for the advise! I've determined that I need to focus on parallel and assumption questions. Those two question types are the source of my point deduction. I'll start analyzing these questions in more detail to see what makes them tick. Thanks again for the advise, Earlcat!  8)

Earlcat has a point.  I did something similar to help increase my speed.

Another option you have is as follows for the LR sections.  I recommend doing the first 3-4 pages, then flipping to the back of the section and work backwards.  There is evidence that the first 10 questions tend to be easier questions (although you may have a tougher question thrown in).  Somewhere near the end you will find an easy question or two as I feel LSAC beleives many people won't get to them.

Lastly, don't dwell on questions.  If you hit a question you struggle on for a minute, skip it.  Better to get points at the end and guess on the 1 rather than taking 3-4 minutes on 1 question and guessing on two at the end

Thank you for the advise also! I have a tendency to dwell on the same question for a prolonged amount of time (which definitely costs me). I like your idea of answering the first half of the LR section then moving to the back portion. I'll see what occurs as a result of this new strategy. Thanks again for taking the time to help me.  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: Reapplying to repeat schools
« on: July 22, 2010, 03:03:19 PM »
Thank you very much for the response! I greatly appreciate it! I'll start drafting a new PS asap.

Thanks again!  :)

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