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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Urbana-Champaign
« on: May 03, 2006, 06:27:26 AM »
check out Savoy though.  I don't mind going a little farther away from school as I will have a car.  How bad is the Bradley Ave. area?

It's not the worst neighborhood in the world, certainly nothing like many areas in larger cities - it's just not the greatest area compared to campus.  You'll certainly have to check it out for yourself.  It's mostly only a few select areas that are pretty run down, but you could certainly find something decent along Bradley.

I'm sorry I can't give you any more specific information,  but if you had an address or an intersection I could be of more help.  When you initially said "by the train tracks" I would need to know if you meant the houses right along the rail line or ones a block or two away, as that could make a difference.  Like I said, the bad area is quite small.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Visiting Urbana-Champaign
« on: May 02, 2006, 11:06:02 AM »
For those of you who knows Urban Champaign, is the area near Bradley Ave. a bad neighborhood?  Most of the cheap houses I am considering right now is located in that area near the train.  I wonder whether it is the train that lowered the property value or it is something else, like crime or age of the house...

It's certainly not the nicest area of town.  You would probably want to check it out and see how comfortable you will feel.  If you're planning on getting a house and having a car, I would recommend going further east into Urbana or south into Savoy instead of the Bradley Ave. area.  However, the Bradley Ave. area you speak of is, I believe, towards the edge of the "shadier" areas of town, if that helps. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT and other standardized tests
« on: April 18, 2006, 12:10:37 PM »
Of course, what they say and what they do are not necessarily identical..

Yes, I have considered that.  That's why I am thinking that if I am able to score a 168 or so that I may take the test and score similarly again in order to raise my average up.  I've also figured that I'll probably want my highest score to be at the school's 75th percentile with the average I would have before I'd really be considered.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT and other standardized tests
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:59:02 AM »
in the end, they're all just guesstimates anyway.  there's no way to really pinpoint a number score... but i think you can definately get into the upper-160s range at least, which would put you in a whole new categories of schools to look at.

Thanks for the help.  I really wish I had all of this information available to me initially, but its better late than never.  I hadn't really known anyone to take the LSAT and just assumed it was like the ACT/SAT and you could walk in without ever prepping for it.  

Anything in the mid-to-upper 160s would be fine with me.  I have been WLed at WUSTL, which I would be very happy going to, but I doubt I will get off the waitlist.  If I can score in a range that would get me into my alma mater, WUSTL, or Notre Dame I would be very happy.  Anything better than those schools would just be a bonus.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT and other standardized tests
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:45:14 AM »
Also, when using the SAT Verbal converter that TheHardestPart mentioned, does anyone know if the SAT-V is more similar to the ACT English or the ACT reading?  Or is it a combination of the two?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT and other standardized tests
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:41:52 AM »
Thanks for the reply.  Also, does anyone have any experience with how law schools (those in the T30 in particular) tend to deal with multiple scores.  I know some (Cornell, NW, Penn) say that they look at the top score and others (GULC) say they will with a certain increase.  However, say I am to score in my desired range - will schools really be willing to overlook the 156/159 with an average in the low 160s?  If I am able to score near 170 on the Sep/Oct exam, should I take it again and score the same on the Dec exam to try and increase my average?

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT and other standardized tests
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:23:22 AM »
To what level has everyone found their past standardized test results correlate with their LSAT result?

The reason that I ask is that when I initially took the LSAT I hadn't talked to my counselor or anything and managed to forget to bring a timer to the test, assuming they would have a clock in the room.  I scored a 156 and then decided that I should retake and prep; unfortunately, I started prepping before I found this website or any like it and I simply skimmed the stategy sections and took some practice questions without taking a full-length test.  On that exam I scored a 159.  No need to tell me how bad these strategies are, I am well aware of that now.

I pose this question because though I've gotten into a school that I would be happy to attend (Case Western) I can't help but think that I may be better off waiting a year and really prepping for the LSAT.  I have scored in the 99th percentile on all the previous standardized tests I've taken, including a 33 on the ACT (which I believe corresponds somewhere in the range of 1450-1500 on the SAT).

Basically, what would all of you think my chances of bringing up my score to the 167-170 range are, assuming I prep strenuously for the next several months until the Sep/Oct test?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Nuking Hiroshima, Nagasaki: justifiable?
« on: April 17, 2006, 08:31:33 PM »
A thought to consider when talking about the Japanese negotiations for surrender is their past insincerities in discussion with the U.S.  The then-government of Japan was not to be trusted and it certainly was not out of the question for them to simply use negotiations as a front in order to buy more time to rebuild and continue the conflict.

Waitlisted at seven: George Mason, Cardozo, Loyola-Chicago, WUSTL, Indiana-Bloomington, William & Mary, and Pittsburgh.  Also deferred at Minnesota.

« on: March 31, 2006, 02:01:51 PM »
They sent me an e-mail with the subject "Great News from Case" or something like that. I then received a regular-sized white envelope from them via snail mail about a week later.

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