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Studying for the LSAT / How do I become an LSAT prep instructor?
« on: March 05, 2010, 01:09:13 PM »
I read one class saying that all their instructors had scored at the 99th percentile or high.  I scored at the 98th.  Can I be an instructor anywhere?  How do I go about doing it?

Choosing the Right Law School / How important is family background?
« on: January 10, 2010, 12:24:50 PM »
I saw this morning that male private part Cheney's daughter Liz has a JD from the University of Chicago.  When she applied in 1993 how important was her famous father (he had been secretary of defense).  I'm sure law schools look at that because people related to powerful politicians are likely to become important and bring interest and revenue to the school.

How famous does your mom or dad have to be for it to matter?  President?  Senator?  And are kids supposed to slip into the personal statement that their parents are important.  ("During the Gulf War, I was impressed by my father's...)

Choosing the Right Law School / Jobs for 0L?
« on: January 09, 2010, 03:01:22 PM »
I graduated college last year and go to law school next year.  Are there any law specific jobs I can get while I wait?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / What is T2, T3, T4?
« on: December 30, 2009, 07:44:56 PM »
I'm guessing the T14 are T1 and Cooley is T4, but what is everything else in between? 

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / For those who don't like rankings...
« on: December 30, 2009, 02:31:36 AM »
What's your alternative?  Everybody gets guaranteed a job after law school that pays the exact same amount?  Or how about instead of LSAT scores and GPAs everybody gets to spend a weekend fishing with every single admissions counselor?   :)

Choosing the Right Law School / Help or hinderance?
« on: November 13, 2009, 06:21:11 PM »
After high school, I didn't know what I wanted to do so I went to community college full-time for three and a half years while working.  I then transferred to a state school.  I graduated after three years there.

My grades were never bad.  I ended up with a 3.8 GPA at the CC and 3.63 at the state school.  LSAC only counted the 3.63 as part of my GPA.  I did very well on the LSAT.

Is having so many years of undergrad work going to help or hurt?  On one hand it makes me look shiftless, but on the other hand I've heard people complaining that their transcripts are too thin and I certainly don't have that problem. 

I didn't really explain it in my essay, but I just pointed out that I worked during that time and talked about my job. 

Incoming 1Ls / How to Use Law School Numbers
« on: October 28, 2009, 07:58:31 PM »
I should be able to figure this out on my own, but how do I add the schools I'm applying to to Law School Numbers?

Law School Admissions / Question about LSAC
« on: October 26, 2009, 03:01:32 PM »
About how long after LSAC gets your letters of rec. and transcripts do they show up as processed? 

Choosing the Right Law School / Really no jobs for T14 grads?
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:01:29 PM »
I hear people saying that in this economy there are no jobs for people from anywhere besides Stanford/Yale/Harvard.  Is this an exaggeration?  How many from Michigan, Northwestern, Chicago and the rest are still getting 6 figure jobs straight out of law school?

Studying for the LSAT / Is Prep a Rip Off?
« on: October 21, 2009, 09:14:06 PM »
Hi everyone,

When I started taking practice exams I was getting in the high 150s.  I bought a book that taught strategies for logic games.  This improved my scores a lot.  I went from getting half of the answers on the section right to missing one or two.  I took 10 practice tests the week before the LSAT and averaged 173.  My range of scores was 169-180.  I ended up with a 171 on the real thing.  I don't think any kind of class could've helped me.  The guy at my table told me he'd taken 60 practice tests and was averaging in the 150s. 

I believe the only thing you can do to improve your score is learn strategies for the games, but natural intelligence will put a cap on how well you can do.

From my research, the LSAT is basically an IQ test.  Mensa takes anybody who scores at the 95th percentile.  They talk about testing skills you've "developed" but IQ is something you're pretty much born with.  We know that from cross adoption studies (people end up as smart as their biological parents, not adopted parents).  There's no known way to improve it (if there was, all education problems in the country would be solved). 

If what I say is true, isn't the whole prep test thing a rip off?  Shouldn't they be exposed for the frauds that they are?  Does anybody have evidence to suggest these things can really improve scores in a way that studying on one's own can't?

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