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Im currently a Political Science Major.

What is the best major, in terms of preparation for the LSAT?

To answer your question directly, the best major for LSAT prep is philosophy.  The subject is all about the art of argument.  I believe statistics show philosophy majors, as a group, score better on the LSAT that any other major. 

That's because philosophy people are smart to start with.

There's no best major for the LSAT.  You want to get better at the LSAT, study the test.  Just like if you want to bench more weight, do bench presses. not leg lifts. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.50/166
« on: November 03, 2009, 02:19:57 PM »
Slim at UT out at GULC.

According to this calculator, he's got a 12% shot at GU.  It's worth a shot.  The odds at Cornell are better.

http://www.lawschoolcalculator.com/cgi-bin/law_calc.cgi

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.71/171 chances to break t-14?
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:58:19 PM »
Nope, the only people who can break the T14 have 178-180 and 3.9-4.0.

I've heard that with AA you can do it with 175 and 3.8. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is Prep a Rip Off?
« on: October 29, 2009, 03:21:58 PM »
I personally improved 24 points from first PT to test day taking a Kaplan class, and do not think I could have done so studying on my own. It's not just the motivational factor that most people cite in support of classes - it's the value of having an instructor. It's the same reason, I think, that going to a school is superior to homeschooling. Having the feedback of others, and especially of an experienced instructor, will always trump going it alone.

Don't say always.  Often being around others is a hindrance, especially if you're way above or below the average. 

American schools are too politically correct to separate students by ability as they should. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: How to Use Law School Numbers
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:19:01 PM »
Never mind, I got it.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / How to Use Law School Numbers
« on: October 28, 2009, 09:58:31 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?

http://my.lawschoolnumbers.com/profile

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Law School Applications / Re: Question about LSAC
« on: October 26, 2009, 11:54:20 PM »
There's a button to submit my app now.  Should I do it and then add the LORs and transcripts when they come?

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The financial cost benefit ratio of law school just isn't what it used to be.  It's great that you want to make money by being a lawyer (it's a possibility that you will), but I think it's important that people understand it doesn't necessarily pay off unless you can go to school on the cheap or if you are good enough to get a great job.


Major Firms in the two major cities close to me have dropped starting salaries down from around 150k to 100k.

Most jobs outside those large firms don't pay nearly as much, and the huge percentage of law students don't get jobs at big firms.

So say you get a job at a good, medium sized law firm in Denver or Tulsa or some place like that.  You'll probably Start somewhere between 50k and 75k.  It's true that your maximum earning potential will be higher than a lot of fields, but you won't realize those advantages for many years. 

I can run through the numbers with you if you want, but it would be equally or even more financially advantageous to go into IT, Pharmacy, Dental Hygiene, or Community Banking, and the list goes on and on.

however, the top whatever percentage of lawyers are really wealthy, but that percentage is getting smaller faster than the rest of the economy.





What about somebody who got a humanities degree and no longer has the option of doing any of that stuff?  That's the position a lot of college grads find themselves in. 

I think we need to warn kids what a joke most degrees are.  It's really not right.

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Law School Applications / Re: Question about LSAC
« on: October 26, 2009, 05:36:06 PM »
I seem to remember it taking about 2 wks.

Yikes!  I thought there was no way it could take more than a couple days!  That's very wrong.  What on earth do we pay them two hundred bucks for? 

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Law School Applications / Question about LSAC
« on: October 26, 2009, 05:01:32 PM »
About how long after LSAC gets your letters of rec. and transcripts do they show up as processed? 

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