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Loyola - New Orleans / Re: Loyola New Orleans 2011 Waitlist--HELP
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:38:03 PM »
Call the school, let them know that they are your first choice.  Ask about their process.  See if there is anything you can do that will increase your chances.  Visit the school; stop by the admissions office on your tour to introduce yourself. 

You could hear as late as the day before school starts.  Make sure to check with them every 2 weeks or so. 

Law School Applications / Re: Minor VS Internship opportunity, etc.
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:31:08 PM »
1) IMO, all else being equal, a .1-.2 improvement in GPA is more valuable than an internship. To qualify the statement, however, I am assuming that you have other activities on your resume to satisfy the admission folks.

2) Its not far-fetched to go to school in AZ and then take the GA bar.  You will have more difficulty finding work in GA than you would if you went to school there.  But, having a connection to the area will help to some degree.  The problem is going to be contacts.  If you want to end up in GA from an AZ school, you should spend your law school summers in GA interning/clerking. 

Good luck!

It does seem a little odd. 

It is reasonable if the firm is going to extensively train you in a specific practice area.  From their perspective, they probably don't want to show you all the tricks only to create a competitor.  The restrictions seem reasonable, and the termination clause works in your favor. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does this sound?
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:20:02 PM »
Top 50 sounds like it is within your reach; though, you should try to be a bit more proactive about where you want to go to law school.  Depending on where you want to live/practice law, there are good schools and not so good schools.  You might want to check on that.  Then you could have an absolute target for your LSAT. 

As far as prep, it depends on what schools end up on your list.  If you skip the prep course (which is a good investment), in addition to the practice tests, plan on buying these three books at an absolute minimum:

Powerscore Logic Games Bible
Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible
Powerscore Reading Comprehension Bible 

Good luck, and let us know what you decide!

No problem.  A prep course is still the way to go.

Otherwise, don't underline or highlight.  Instead, write notes on the test.  Note the main points, skim over examples and details supporting the main points.  If a question mentions a specific point or detail, reread before answering. 

You might consider a commercial prep course or tutor.  It will be worth it--this section is half the test.

In general, becoming familiar with the different kind of questions is important.  You might also read up and study about logical inferences and fallacies.  Here's the general process I used to get ready:

1. Read the question first so that you know what you will be looking for.

2. Read the paragraph. Pay attention to modifiers such as: all, none, some, most, every, if, only if, unless, etc. These types of words play important roles in the argument.

3. If the paragraph presents an argument, identify the conclusion of the argument.

4. Evaluate the argument. Make sure you identify the relationship between the premises and the conclusion. Spot any flaws.

5. Pre-phrase an answer. Predict an answer based on knowing the question and reading the passage.

6. Go to the answer choices. If none of the answers matches your pre-phrased answer, or is similar, eliminate choices until you have only one or two possibilities remaining.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I take the Test Master course?
« on: April 11, 2011, 11:33:09 AM »
IMO, you should either take the full course, or buy a bunch of prep materials and practice on your own.  My experience is that students only make significant improvement after a serious amount of study.  I think that 150 hours of practice/study is the minimum you need for significant improvement--the weekend course won't get you there. 

Given that the LSAT counts more than that stellar GPA you've spent 4 years working on, it deserves a significant committment.  Do the work, and you will be rewarded.

Good luck!  Let us know what happens...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 08, 2011, 03:25:37 PM »
He grew up in Lubbock, Tech was his first choice. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 08, 2011, 12:24:18 PM »
The LSAT is way different from the bar, which is Pass-Fail.

I have personally worked with/for Mark Lanier.  I guarantee you, if he were taking the LSAT right now he would be shooting for a 180. 

Not everyone needs a 180; not everyone needs to go to HYLS. 

General Board / Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« on: April 08, 2011, 11:45:34 AM »
It varies from state to state.  Most states consider the facts and circumstances of the conviction.  Expect to pay for legal representation on the character/fitness portion. 

We would need more information to give you any opinions.

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