About how long after LSAC gets your letters of rec. and transcripts do they show up as processed?
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« on: October 26, 2009, 04:57:52 PM »
Doesn't just about every job you have a realistic job of getting suck?
It would be nice if we could all be basketball players or journalists but we can't.
I want to go to law school because I want money. I'll get my enjoyment from books and hobbies.
I'm sure engineers and accountants have message boards about how much their lives suck.
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?
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?
« on: October 21, 2009, 07:44:19 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?
No advice? Am happy to retake the LSAT, but need to figure out if ED is even a possibility.
Are you an URM? If not, then probably no.
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« on: October 21, 2009, 09:36:03 AM »
This advice telling the kid to take a year off is crazy. If you want to become a lawyer and don't have the desire to travel or do anything else for a year, go to law school. Every year you waste costs you a $130K a year you could be making as a Chicago grad.
« on: October 20, 2009, 08:09:50 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!