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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell vs. UCLA
« on: December 19, 2011, 08:23:25 AM »
For what its worth, I go to Undergrad in Ithaca, Where cornell is located. The weather is horrible. Go to UCLA. Winters get really depressing in Upstate NY. Check out the suicide rates for undergrads at Cornell.

Law School Admissions / Re: application question
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:41:13 PM »
I agree. It will also make it easier on you when your grades to come in because if you have your transcripts into LSAC along with your letters of recommendation, you won't have to do anything when the results come in, LSAC will take care of everything.
Good Luck with your results.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: New to the board
« on: December 11, 2011, 12:26:57 PM »
If you are thinking about taking a class, I highly recommend Testmasters. As a preface, with any of these books, and classes its all about the time and effort you can commit to studying. I was scoring in the low 140's before I took this class and scored a 157 on the actual lsat. I think what helped me the most was towards the end of the class, after I had already learned the basics of how to take this test, I was taking three to four practice tests a week in test like scenarios. This was very time consuming because like you said sigliv, you have to go back and review all the questions you got wrong and see why you got them wrong. But once I started to do that I was seeing the most improvement in my scores.
So as a final word, depending on where you are in comfortability in knowing how to find the right answer, you might just want to do as many practice tests as you can. I have heard that powerscore books were good though, they will definitely help you if you are having trouble understanding why the specific answer is the right answer and more importantly, why the other answers are specifically wrong.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: DON'T DO IT!!
« on: December 07, 2011, 12:32:16 PM »
I was actually sitting waiting for a professor yesterday at my undergrad and read this article about how a law degree is actually still very valuable. Applications for law school are down to some of their lowest levels of all time. In addition the U.S. unemployment rate is about 9%, but unemployment for lawyers, higher than normal, but still under 3%. It went into some other statistics about debt to salaries, but the main point being that becoming a lawyer isn't about wining the lottery to became fast rich. It takes a lot of hard work and should be considered only if you are truly interested in the law.

Law School Admissions / Re: Scholarship stats link
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:58:26 AM »
I am interested in well. I am going to do some research myself let you know if I find anything.  I do know that allows you to see the scholarship amount of students with similar GPA/LSAT scores from you. But this is very limited as it pulls its data from many years of applicants on Lawschoolnumbers. Not the best tool for scholarship information, really good for probability of acceptance though.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When should I take my first LSAT test?
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:18:05 PM »
I agree with everyone who's saying don't take it until your ready. But this is the might be some bitter honesty. You better GET READY!... Its gonna be tough no matter when you take it so I would say start practicing after the holidays end. Start around the beginning of January for the June 2012 LSAT.

By taking the June LSAT you have two advantages:
1. June LSAT gives you a jump start on the applications. You will known your score and can start researching schools while people are still studying for their LSAT. If you get your letters of recommendations in early you can have all your applications sent in and completed before October. This is a huge advantage. It means early consideration along with knowing early so it takes some of the stress associated with the anticipation of decisions. 2. If you don't do so well or just want to take the LSAT over again because you think you can do better it leaves you the option of taking it in October and still leaving you plenty of time for applications. Additionally some schools will allow you to send in you application and let them know that you are planning on taking another LSAT in the future. So if you send in your applications at the end of September early October and decide to take the LSAT again in October you can have them put a note on the file that you will be awaiting scores for the October Test.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Attitude...
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:50:42 AM »
Ughh Finals. I can't believe that one year from now I will be preparing for 1L finals. Can't wait for that.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Attitude...
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:16:08 PM »
I totally agree...

Law School Admissions / Re: In need of some guidance! Help!
« on: November 29, 2011, 06:43:38 PM »
Another thing you might want to consider is working for a year or two before law school. Many law schools will focus less on your undergraduate gpa the longer you have been out of school on the assumption that you have done some maturing while out of school and in the working world.

Law School Admissions / Re: law school numbers reliable?
« on: November 27, 2011, 08:39:37 AM »
I thought the same thing when I first started to use it but it actually is pretty accurate. The thing is that it seems that the majority of the people who use the site are in that top percentile. A really good resource is the LSAC school search finder. It gives a decent amount of information and also gives a comprehensive breakdown of amount of people who applied and got accepted between ranges of LSAT and GPA.
I provided the link:

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