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Studying for the LSAT / Lost in a pile of LSAT-Prep books...
« on: May 13, 2006, 12:58:00 AM »
I'm drowning in all this information.  There are so many books, and information claiming to provide you with clear-cut strategies that will improve your LSAT score!  I'm inexperienced, I'll admit that.  I have never dealt with such a tedious task!  The SATs are less daunting in comparison.

Can you please advise me on things to purchase to begin my LSAT preparation?  What should I look for?  What are reliable companies?  What are some of the most notable, and EFFECT, test-prep centers?  How did you go about studying for this test?  What were your methods?  (etc...)

Your assistance is appreciated;

Thank you.

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Law School Applications / Improving the odds at HYS...
« on: May 13, 2006, 12:05:41 AM »
I understand that the two biggest factors are one's GPA and LSAT scores; however, I have noticed many applicants with stellar LSAT scores (165-175) and a solid GPA (3.6/3.7~) and still get rejected from HYS.

This upsets me.  I've been focused on doing well academically, but it is not enough - evidently.  I am really itching to go to the top law school in the country; what can I do to improve my odds, in addition to striving for notable grades, and LSAT scores?

P.S.  I have internship experience with a law firm, and I plan to continue that in College.

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I have always considered law as a potential career since eighth grade.  Yes, it was serious.  I wasn't one of those kids who couldn't pick an interest, and stuck with law.  I interned at a medium-sized law firm in New York City, actively participated in my school's Mock Trial and Moot Court team, among other Mock Trial competitions outside of school.  On top of that, I took a law course at the University of Chicago during my junior year in High School, and I won the mock trial there as well.

I am not trying to boast, or show off.  I am proving that I truly wish to make something of myself in the field of law.  I even considered other fields (business, doctor, psychology, professor, writer, actor, swimmer, etc.) but I ended up back with Law.  I loved it too much to let it go.  Everything else is placed on the "back-burner."  I will dabble in business through the stock market, or through corporate law.  I will write as a hobby, and continue to swim throughout college, and recreationally.  As for acting... I really enjoy it, but I cannot envision myself making a career out of it.  I'm not willing to take that risk.

I am graduating High School this year, and most likely I will end up at the University of Michigan for my freshman year.  I have the option to transfer to Georgetown University - with a guaranteed admission, as long as I retain a certain GPA; and, I'm willing to spend $120.00 on application fees, besides Georgetown - Stanford University, and University of Chicago.  Who knows, maybe I can make it into a better school?

Or, perhaps, should I attend the United States Military Academy at West Point?

My short-term goal is to get into Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and the like.  After that, to get recruited by a big, big law firm.  Hopefully, one of the best.  Which route is the best for me? 

Note:  I did apply to West Point, for other reasons than to just furnish my resume.  I would be happy going there, OR a great school like Georgetown U, and especially Stanford U.

I need some guidance on setting a path for success in my legal profession.

You're constructive advice is appreciated.  :)

Thanks,

Kyle

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General Off-Topic Board / Wit; Developing it...
« on: March 26, 2006, 10:40:34 PM »
How does one learn to think on their feet?  To think FAST.... and to develop witty remarks when on a date, for example.

Or to think quickly on your feet in case a case does not go your way?

And charm and charisma... how?  We all have the potential, but how do we unleash these characteristics?

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There are a handful of top notch law schools:  Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UPenn., N.Y.U., Georgetown, etc; but, there is only of one us.  We can't go to all of the aforementioned law schools.

What are your criterion for selecting a Law School?  Law is fiercely competitive; every path we take shapes our future.  Do rankings play a role; financial aid (etc)?

P.S.  How does one maximize their potential for receiving the biggest package from top law schools?  I am beginning UG this fall, so I am all ears.  I am financially disadvantaged, and I'm seeking every possible way to obtain the most money for a top notch education.

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Studying for the LSAT / The SATs Changed; will the LSATs change?
« on: March 25, 2006, 02:12:56 AM »
I am entering UG this fall.  Do you think it makes sense to begin preparing for the LSATs now; or is it likely that the test-makers will redesign the test as they did with the SATs.  Have they ever done that before?

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Attention soon-to-be law students:

What UG school did you graduate from?  How important is the rank of UG institutions in the eye of law schools?  GPA, is clearly important, but does it really matter where you graduate from?

EDIT:  What Law School are you going to now-or plan on attending coming from your respective UG institution?

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Pre-Law in high school / How-to become a Successful Attorney...
« on: March 22, 2006, 05:46:09 PM »
I am a High School Senior (Class of '06); I am in need of your help.  Please do not click "back" on your web browser, and here me out.  This is not another "help me get into law school" thread--it's more than that.

I am sure many High School students, UG students and LS students can learn from this.

A little information about me:

I am passionate about law; I love it.  I'm crazy about it. 

Ideally, I would like to get into a top 30 UG institution and then attend a T-15 Law School (preferably:  Harvard, Columbia, or N.Y.U.).  All of us wish this idealistic dream to become a reality.  But I fear I am far, far away from that goal.  Ever night, I go to bed ashamed that it may be unrealistic.  I'm sick of it; I want to change.  I want to change my fate, so to speak.  I want to become the best student and graduate with honors from the collegiate level, and get into the TOP law firm and become the best god damn lawyer in the country.

I'm not stupid.  I'm very driven, but I--quite frankly--screwed up throughout High School.  I read often, do research, and read case law on my spare time.  I never really bothered with homework and the like.  High School bored me.  As a result of failing to take High School seriously, I lost my academic work ethic.  It's hard for me to even get into the habit of studying, unless the subject interests me.

I only did extremely well in my Constitution Law class.  No, I'm not failing anything, but my grades are not strong.  It's not strong enough to get into a good UG.  I fear I'm falling onto the wrong path.

I need your help to get back on the right direction.

My, current, GPA is a 3.4 or 3.5, I think.  On a 100 point scale, my overall average is 87.89.  My SATs are low too; I didn't study or anything.  640 verbal/590 math/500 writing

I participated, and did very well, in my school's Moot Court competition and Mock Trial competition.  In fact, I was the leading council and the coach.  I even interned at a Law Firm, based in New York City (in City Hall) since Freshman year.

To sum it up:

I really screwed up in High School.  My average freshman year was in the high 70s, but I pulled out of that hole.  But, I still screwed up.  I could of done so much better, thereby exposing myself to better UG institutions.

I feel powerless and, a bit, hopeless.  I want to become one of the best in the field.  What must I do?

I would really, really appreciate your assistance.  I'm in a pickle...

Thanks,

Kyle

P.S.

Furthermore, I understand my years as a High Schooler is over.  So there really is nothing I can do with my HS GPA or my SAT score.  That's behind me now, unfortunately.  Time cannot be manipulated; but, what can I do now?  What must I do now while I hope to get into New York University, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago for UG?  Regardless if I get in or not, what can I do to better prepare myself?

How can I change my ways to become the best student; the best attorney; and socially adept?

--Please address all my issues--

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Pre-Law in high school / Becoming a Successful Lawyer.
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:53:25 PM »
I am a High School Senior (Class of '06); I am in need of your help.  Please do not click "back" on your web browser, and here me out.  This is not another "help me get into law school" thread--it's more than that.

I am sure many High School students, UG students and LS students can learn from this.

A little information about me:

I am passionate about law; I love it.  I'm crazy about it. 

Ideally, I would like to get into a top 30 UG institution and then attend a T-15 Law School (preferably:  Harvard, Columbia, or N.Y.U.).  All of us wish this idealistic dream to become a reality.  But I fear I am far, far away from that goal.  Ever night, I go to bed ashamed that it may be unrealistic.  I'm sick of it; I want to change.  I want to change my fate, so to speak.  I want to become the best student and graduate with honors from the collegiate level, and get into the TOP law firm and become the best god damn lawyer in the country.

I'm not stupid.  I'm very driven, but I--quite frankly--screwed up throughout High School.  I read often, do research, and read case law on my spare time.  I never really bothered with homework and the like.  High School bored me.  As a result of failing to take High School seriously, I lost my academic work ethic.  It's hard for me to even get into the habit of studying, unless the subject interests me.

I only did extremely well in my Constitution Law class.  No, I'm not failing anything, but my grades are not strong.  It's not strong enough to get into a good UG.  I fear I'm falling onto the wrong path.

I need your help to get back on the right direction.

My, current, GPA is a 3.4 or 3.5, I think.  On a 100 point scale, my overall average is 87.89.  My SATs are low too; I didn't study or anything.  640 verbal/590 math/500 writing

I participated, and did very well, in my school's Moot Court competition and Mock Trial competition.  In fact, I was the leading council and the coach.  I even interned at a Law Firm, based in New York City (in City Hall) since Freshman year.

To sum it up:

I really screwed up in High School.  My average freshman year was in the high 70s, but I pulled out of that hole.  But, I still screwed up.  I could of done so much better, thereby exposing myself to better UG institutions.

I feel powerless and, a bit, hopeless.  I want to become one of the best in the field.  What must I do?

I would really, really appreciate your assistance.  I'm in a pickle...

Thanks,

Kyle

P.S.

Furthermore, I understand my years as a High Schooler is over.  So there really is nothing I can do with my HS GPA or my SAT score.  That's behind me now, unfortunately.  Time cannot be manipulated; but, what can I do now?  What must I do now while I hope to get into New York University, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago for UG?  Regardless if I get in or not, what can I do to better prepare myself?

How can I change my ways to become the best student; the best attorney; and socially adept?

--Please address all my issues--

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