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Law School Applications / Re: Disciplinary action
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:08:09 AM »
The previous response is exactly right. This isn't a serious offense and isn't likely to have any impact on anyone's decisions. However, failing to disclose it could have serious consequences--and not just for law school admission. Your application will likely be revisited by the character and fitness committee when you apply to the bar.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Diagnostic Test : redo it ??
« on: January 15, 2011, 09:49:06 PM »
When are you taking the test?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Diagnostic Test : redo it ??
« on: January 15, 2011, 12:27:01 AM »
That makes sense, and # 1 can be accomplished by retaking the same test (if the goal is the testing experience and practice, endurance building, etc.)  It's unlikely, though, that you'll get a valid reading on where you need improvement by retaking a test that you've seen before.  If your goal is a true diagnostic testing experience, using a fresh test would be very preferable.  I know that you are concerned about using up materials, but getting an accurate diagnostic (in terms of strengths and weaknesses, not scoring) is an important part of your prep--given the circumstances you're in, I think it would be worth your while to use another test to get a valid read on where you stand.

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Normally, I would recommend taking as long as it took to get your personal statement in shape, arguing that a stronger application a bit later was better than a weak application viewed sooner.  However, the truth is that the personal statement carries the most weight when you're borderline, and with that LSAT score is not likely to be the determining factor.  You don't want to waste the opportunity the personal statement provides and you definitely want to put enough work into it that it doesn't appear that you haven't invested in making your applications all they can be, but I wouldn't let it hold you up in these circumstances.

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Recommendations / Re: Letters of Recommendation
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:05:30 PM »
Sort of a side note, but anyone applying to law school (especially in this competitive environment) should drop the word "optional" from his/her vocabulary. If a school invites you to submit something if you choose to do so, do so unless there is nothing useful you could submit in response to that invitation.  While a school may not require letters of recommendation, many (read: most) of your competitors will be submitting them.  In addition to the fact that they will then have positive material in their files that you don't have, they'll look like they went the extra mile while you will look like you did the bare minimum required.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: so discouraged and need some advice
« on: January 14, 2011, 09:54:24 PM »
There is nothing productive you can do to prepare for the LSAT 3-4 hours per day and 6-9 during your break.  Everyone DOES have a different peak and you may not know yet whether or not you've reached yours, but it's entirely possible that you've crippled your own progress by trying to "cram" in a way that just doesn't work for LSAT prep.

I'd suggest that you take a few days off entirely and then take a practice test when your head is clear and work from there.  You've gotten some great advice here regarding looking for a specific weakness or two that you can attack and pick up multiple points.  When I taught for Kaplan, I often worked with a student during the last few weeks before the test to identify the highest-yield fixes available in the short term.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't postpone if you feel you still have room for improvement, but take into account that LSAT skills have to be kept fresh; if you won't have the time and commitment to practice at least a few times a week during that entire time period, you may actually hurt your score by postponing.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Writing Sample Critique, Please
« on: January 14, 2011, 09:46:43 PM »
Your structure is good and the fact that you've started with a clear statement of your position is, too.  But the previous poster is absolutely correct in that you need to acknowledge that your option isn't perfect and that the other option has potential benefits.  The prompt is constructed to make it possible to convincingly argue either alternative, and while it's important that you are decisive in your choice, failing to acknowledge that there are arguments to be made on the other side makes it appear that you don't see all of the issues--and it's important that an attorney be able to see all of the issues from both sides.

My only other suggestion is that you tone down the formality a bit in favor of clear writing and proper spelling.  There are several places where it seems like you've attempted to artificially use impressive-sounding or formal terminology, and in most cases that has resulted in misuse of a word (such as "preferentially") or a misspelling.  It's much better to be clear and correct in common language than to shoot for impressive language and fall flat.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Diagnostic Test : redo it ??
« on: January 14, 2011, 09:35:02 PM »
What would your motivation for retaking the test be?  To find out if you'd score better?  To practice the things that you didn't effectively practice when you took i the first time?  Some other reason?

The right solution depends on the problem you're trying to solve, which isn't entirely clear to me.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep courses: study before, or no?
« on: January 14, 2011, 09:30:38 PM »
I would suggest not, for several reasons:

-Each LSAT prep course works a bit differently, and mixing methods typically doesn't work well at all. 

-Practice can actually be harmful if you don't know what you're doing or your approach if flawed--you can be unwittingly ingraining bad habits that will be that much harder to break because you've made them second nature through repetition.

-LSAT skills "rust" if you don't practice regularly, and it is difficult for most people to sustain a regular study/practice schedule for 10 months.

-You'll be burning materials, which not only means you may find yourself short of current, relevant practice tests near the end, but that your classroom experience and the validity of your practice test scores may be compromised by having seen questions before.

All that said, is there a reason that you're not taking the June test?  There are several reasons the June test might be preferable if you don't have a reason to delay until October, and then you wouldn't have to wait so long to jump in.

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