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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?

Choosing the Right Law School / Can a Chicago Grad find Employment in DC
« on: October 21, 2009, 05:44:19 PM »
How important is location when applying for the top 14?  I'm 171 LSAT/3.6 GPA.  I want to apply early decision to Chicago because I live there.  But then again I want to live in DC after I graduate.  Should I absorb the cost and go to Virginia or Duke instead of Chicago or with a school like UC will I be able to find a good job anywhere?

Law School Admissions / Does Early Admissions = No Scholarships?
« on: October 20, 2009, 06:09:50 PM »
It seems to me that if you apply early admissions to a school they have to incentive to try to entice you to come with a scholarship if you're accepted.

Am I right?  I want to apply early ad to the University of Chicago because it's close to home and I can save money.   But if early ad causes me to lose tens of thousands in scholarships, it's not worth it!

Law School Admissions / List Community College
« on: October 19, 2009, 05:09:37 PM »
I had a few years at a community college before I went to a 4 year institution.  For my common application section it asks for any secondary schools I attended, graduate schools, law schools and institutions the grant bachelors degrees.  There's nowhere for the community college.  I thought about putting it under bachelors degree institution, but it's not listed.  But when I go to law school applications they ask for all higher education institutes I've attended.  If I tell them about my CC, how will I send the transcripts to LSAC? 

At my four year institution transcripts it indicates transfer credits I have but doesn't go into detail. 


Choosing the Right Law School / How is early decision enforced?
« on: October 17, 2009, 11:20:08 PM »
If someone applied early decision and when he got accepted changed his mind and wanted to go somewhere else, how would a school enforce that?

What if the person ends up not wanting to go to law school at all?

It doesn't seem like this would be enforceable in any way.

Choosing the Right Law School / 3.6 GPA/171 LSAT Top 14?
« on: October 17, 2009, 08:24:14 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've got a GPA of 3.625 and an LSAT of 171. 

Took 5 years to graduate (changed majors), humanities major, multilingual and spent two years at community college if any of that matters.  Taught English abroad.  Middle Eastern descent. 

It looks like I'm above the 25th percentile in LSAT for Harvard and Yale but my GPA is too low.  Can I safely expect to get into any of the other T14?

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