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Studying for the LSAT / Prep course cancelled?
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:35:45 PM »
I'm planning on taking a prep course for the June 08 LSAT - not positive which company yet. How often do courses like this ever get cancelled?

Most of the schedules for spring are available by now so I'm working it into my study plan and workload for my job -  but I've heard of people having the entire course cancelled because of instructor issues, etc. and they were offered the weekend course instead.

Common? I hope not . . .

So, anyone have this happen?

I'm registered to take the September 07 LSAT but because of a few reasons, I'm not going to be able to take it then and, at this time, I don't know when the best date to reschedule it will be. I saw the option to change the test date or center but, without having to write a letter requesting a refund (as under F&Q), is there a place to cancel online that I'm not finding?

I'm not concerned right now about how much of a refund, if any, I'll get back. I just don't to have it show as a no-show on my record.

Thank you!!!

Thanks! I won't stress over changing it now  :)

I registered to take the June test but things came up job arena and I haven't been able to prepare as much as I thought I would. I saw that for a fee (I think $35??) I can change my test date, but I'm wondering if that goes on my file? And is it noted as a "cancellation"? Would it be something I would need to explain in my applications?


This may be old news but it's the first time I've heard about it

Judge sues cleaner for $65M over pants

The Chungs, immigrants from South Korea, realized their American dream when they opened their dry-cleaning business seven years ago in the nation's capital. For the past two years, however, they've been dealing with the nightmare of litigation: a $65 million lawsuit over a pair of missing pants.

Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung, are so disheartened that they're considering moving back to Seoul, said their attorney, Chris Manning, who spoke on their behalf.

"They're out a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the system," Manning said. "This has destroyed their lives."

The lawsuit was filed by a District of Columbia administrative hearings judge, Roy Pearson, who has been representing himself in the case.

Pearson did not return phone calls and e-mails Wednesday from The Associated Press requesting comment.

According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That's when Pearson decided to sue.

Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn't satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of his lawsuit calls for $15,000 the price to rent a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.
"He's somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment," Manning said.

But the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson's strict interpretation of D.C.'s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12 violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three defendants.
Much of Pearson's case rests on two signs that Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service."

Based on Pearson's dissatisfaction and the delay in getting back the pants, he claims the signs amount to fraud.

Pearson has appointed himself to represent all customers affected by such signs, though D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz, who will hear the June 11 trial, has said that this is a case about one plaintiff, and one pair of pants.

Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Association, has written a letter to the group of men who will decide this week whether to renew Pearson's 10-year appointment. Joyce is asking them to reconsider.

Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone Butler had no comment regarding Pearson's reappointment.

The association, which tries to police the kind of abusive lawsuits that hurt small businesses, also has offered to buy Pearson the suit of his choice.

And former National Labors Relations Board chief administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative law judge."

"There has been a significant groundswell of support for the Chungs," said Manning, adding that plans for a defense fund Web site are in the works.

To the Chungs and their attorney, one of the most frustrating aspects of the case is their claim that Pearson's gray pants were found a week after Pearson dropped them off in 2005. They've been hanging in Manning's office for more than a year.

Pearson claims in court documents that his pants had blue and red pinstripes.

"They match his inseam measurements. The ticket on the pants match his receipt," Manning said.


On the Net:

Different things for different schools. Some schools absolutely hate it when applicants call their offices AT ALL with questions or additional info. Other schools will bump up a student when they receive contact from them as it shows them that you are interested and would accept an offer to attend. Just check out the board on success stories and try and determine where your prospective school lies.

Where is the board on success stories? I must be just missing it


This probably seems like such a simple answer - as far as just gain any law experience you can but:

If there were two students being considered for admission - same GPA range, same LSAT, both have comparable PS, LOR's, etc. (it's a stretch, I know) - - what is one top thing that someone could have done that would actually make or break that tie?

A friend of mine was just telling me that volunteering on the resume is so overrated because practically everyone who has plans to get somewhere (LS, Med school, etc.) has done at least some volunteer work.

I feel like the same goes now for travelling Europe. I know so many of my undergrad classmates who took a couple months after graduation to travel.

So, excluding grades, tests, the standard undergrad school organizations and typical work experience at a law firm, is there one task/experience/factor that would even make the schools say "Wow!"?

Or do the above activities pretty much cover everything?

I just checked the site for my state and it requires "all part-time and full-time employment as well as periods of unemployment - Account for all time since high school graduation."

At least it gives 12 spots.

I second volunteering. Just because your not being paid for it does not mean it can’t be helpful or impressive on your resume. Often you’ll get the chance to do things for free that you could not get a paid job doing yet. So if you wait tables, spend your free time volunteering in the legal community. I also don’t think having a blank spot on your resume is that big a deal, providing you can explain it/show what you did with that time. If I can hold out till 2009 w/o working for pay, I will not have made a salary in a decade. Spent most of it volunteering, that is impressive on it’s own!

Wow! I have to ask - how did you do it? I left a full-time job during undergrad in order to do two internships over the course of a year and I feel so under the water financially. I guess looking back I should have saved more.
Are you getting by on school loans?

As far as the people who recommend enjoying that last bit before school starts by having an easy type job, I guess they're talking about the summer before LS and not an entire year and a half.

I really do want something that's going to strengthen my app/resume. I just need some patience or some unclaimed money to pop up.

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