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Studying for the LSAT / Re: the unscored section
« on: May 12, 2011, 02:18:30 PM »
Unfortunately, no.  Sometimes you can tell which sections are definitely scored, but as to the reverse its not possible to do.  For instance, the games section--if there are two, you know all others are scored; if there's only one, you know it is scored.

But, there is no loss in taking each section seriously.  Blowing off one section doesn't give you a leg up on any other section. 

Good luck!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Improving on a 165
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:39:10 AM »
My experience is that there is a study plateau that is very common.  Typically people improve quickly with a little study and then level off.  The next significant level of improvement comes around 150 hours of study.  Keep plugging away, you will get better.

Otherwise, you might consider a live prep course.  I know its expensive, but if you improve a little more you are going to an elite law school.  Well worth the $1500...

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: why do you want to be a lawyer?
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:35:01 AM »
A law degree for the sake of having additional options is a very expensive (both in time and money) choice. 

You should follow your dream in the restaurant business. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: international law
« on: May 10, 2011, 12:18:55 PM »
The schools with ranked specialties by USN tend to offer more classes in those subjects.  If you want to practice international law, consider applying to the top schools that serve the market where you want to live/practice. Take the classes that school offers.   Do very well in school, and you can have more choice in the direction of your carreer. 

IMO, attending a school ranked for specialty has little bearing on a job search. 

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Wanting to go to Law School but...
« on: May 10, 2011, 12:12:40 PM »
My point is that in any given application class, the number of former service members especially like this man will be low.  Not that Marines are unlikely to apply to law school. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Retaking LSAT
« on: May 09, 2011, 12:05:14 PM »
If you can get your score up into the 160's, it will help your application.  Schools have to report the LSAT of the students they accept.  Plan on explaining to the schools in an addendum why your last score was significantly better.  You have a better shot at every law school with 145, 153, 161 than just 145, 153.  But, if your last score ends up being 155, it will not help you. 

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U of Texas - Austin / Re: Applying to Law School With a Felony
« on: May 09, 2011, 12:01:44 PM »
My recollection is that I know people admitted in Texas after a DWI.  The key is to be pennetant and show that you have recieved some sort of treatment.  Volunteering with a charity that helps alcoholics migh also look good for you. 

Take responsibility for it; no excuses.  For the current position on it, you should probably talk to someone at the Board of Law Examiners in TX.   It would be a shame to work so hard and not be eligible. 

On your applications, the offense will not hurt you.  How you explain it does, however, have the potential for damage.  You want to show that you accept responsibility for your actions, you've learned your lesson, and that it won't happen again. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: When to Start Studying?
« on: May 09, 2011, 11:55:46 AM »
No need to be studying for the LSAT yet.  Focus on doing great in your new college classes.  There are classes, such as logic, that will help you do better on the LSAT; take it if you can.  Your primary focus right now should be to make an "A" in every class you take. 

Good luck! 

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Law School Applications / Re: Hey. just wanna say HI!
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:52:29 PM »
Welcome, let us know if we can help!

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General Board / Re: Worth Going to LS If...
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:50:38 PM »
I agree with the other posters.  Decide if  you want to be a lawyer (read should I become a lawyer) and if so, study for the LSAT and put a better application together.  If you think you are capable of getting to the top 5% of any law class, then you are should be capable of studying for the LSAT to get into the 170's and short circuit the whole transfer bit. 

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