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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: April 29, 2004, 12:20:24 PM »
I took the online Kaplan course, and it didn't really help me. I would probably invest in a Kaplan book (or other prep books such as Princeton Review), but I would use it after taking a few practice LSATs. Then you can use their advice on the suggestions you have the most difficuly with.

Other than that, get your hands on as many "actual" LSATs as you can (can be ordered on LSAC's site), and practice, practice, practice.

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News Discussion / Re: Kerry: We may yet find WMDs
« on: April 29, 2004, 09:56:33 AM »
I think that our choices for POTUS this year are pretty disappointing. There is a lack of substance and originality to what they both say. Plus, we have one that is an extreme, and one that spends too much time walking the "appease everyone" fine-line.

Thomas Friedman wrote a great article last month. Here's a little bit of what he had to say:

"Imagination is on my mind a lot these days, because it seems to me that the only people with imagination in the world right now are the bad guys. [...] I am so hungry for a positive surprise. I am so hungry to hear a politician, a statesman, a business leader surprise me in a good way. [...] I so hunger to wake up and be surprised with some really good news -- by someone who totally steps out of himself or herself, imagines something different and thrusts out a hand."

I do think that Kerry's choice in VP will make or break his chances if he uses a little bit of imagination.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: April 29, 2004, 09:45:59 AM »
It was a very little jump.

You have a pretty nice GPA. Somewhere on the LSAC website they have guidelines for how they calculate GPA (I think that it is in their handbook). This will let you know what numerical value they assign to grades, and you can use it to calculate your new LSDAS GPA.

Are you applying next year? If so, good luck!  ;D

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSDAS GPA
« on: April 29, 2004, 09:34:10 AM »
They calculated my GPA off of the grades I received in college. My AP credits were noted as "advanced standing" credits in the breakdown on the LSDAS reports sent to schools, but did not factor into the GPA calculation. In fact, my GPA jumped a little by their calculation.

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Law School Applications / Re: American U. acceptance email
« on: April 28, 2004, 07:19:24 PM »
Anyone hear from American U. recently (i.e. -- the last two weeks)? They just changed the letter on their website to the following:

"April 27, 2004

Dear Prospective Student:

We are nearing the end of the admissions process for Fall 2004. By the end of this month, all completed files should be ready for committee review. Any applicants missing information will be contacted by their admissions counselor, most likely via email. These applicants will be given a deadline of May 7th to complete their files and if they do not meet that deadline, they will not be reviewed for admission.

The seat deposit deadline for the majority of our accepted applicants was April 15th. At present, we have sufficient deposits for our full-time program. During the next few months, we anticipate that some of those who have submitted a deposit may make other plans. In that event, we may need to admit from the waiting list for the full-time program.

During the first week in May, accepted applicants who submitted a deposit will receive an email invitation to join the AU/WCL Incoming Students List serv. This listserv will be the primary means of communication between the admissions office and our incoming class. This will also be a way for students to communicate with their classmates before school begins in August. Copies of all material mailed during the summer will be posted in file format to the listserv web site.

..."

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Books on Law School
« on: April 28, 2004, 03:48:29 PM »
I like them both. LSC gives some nice study tips, and a great overview of the whole experience. PLS is more about how to prepare before you begin ...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Inspiration for Law School
« on: April 28, 2004, 02:06:24 PM »
rock on. that's awesome.
 8)


Is it a Swingline? That movie (and my job being oddly similar) are inspiration as well.

Yep.  I have the Milton stapler.  Well, not the actual one from the movie, but yes, a red Swingline.  ;)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Inspiration for Law School
« on: April 28, 2004, 12:56:13 PM »
I'm willing to buy into the illusion ...

That exchange about the truth is ironic coming from the mainstream media, though. 

So, I can top any apparent stupidity on this thread.

What originally inspired me to go to LS? The movie A Few Good Men. That's right. The whole scene at the end between Tom and Jack just gives me shivers. I must've watched the movie a couple hundred times -- starting when I was in my early teens. So, anytime I start to feel like this isn't where I am supposed to be, I'll just take a break and watch the movie.

D.C. and CNN also are motivating forces for me.

The journal idea is a good one, I'm just terrible about keeping up with that stuff.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Inspiration for Law School
« on: April 28, 2004, 12:51:05 PM »
Is it a Swingline? That movie (and my job being oddly similar) are inspiration as well.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Inspiration for Law School
« on: April 28, 2004, 10:53:05 AM »
Oh, and I forgot about the series "The West Wing". Yeah, that gives me goosebumps as well (at least when Aaron Sorkin is the writer/producer).

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