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Law School Admissions / Electronic application problem
« on: August 11, 2006, 09:22:00 AM »
I have classes from 5 different schools for undergrad and there isn't usually that many spots on the applications. What do I do?

Does anyone have any suggestions of how to do a diversity statement properly? I bought Anna Ivy's book and there is only like one paragraph on the subject. How long should it be? What are important things to do and not do. Etc. Thx

Law School Admissions / Resume Question
« on: August 06, 2006, 08:28:59 PM »
I've played competitive laser tag since about 1995. I have played in lots of events around the country (including teams from all over the world) and have won a bunch of titles. Do you think it is worth putting it on my resume under interests since it is sort of unique? It would look like this...

World Laser Tag Champion, 1995-Present
     2nd Place; Doubles, Team Event and Eliminator; Clash of the Titans; 2004
     3rd Place; Eliminator; Ultrazone Worlds; 2003
     1st Place; Team Event; Clash of the Titans; 1997

Let me know what you think and if you would put it down on the resume differently, if even at all.

Law School Admissions / Loyola or T30?
« on: August 03, 2006, 02:35:51 PM »
I live in LA and plan on practicing law here as well. I am not too concerned with big law but want to keep all my doors open if possible. I and a URM (mexican-american) with a 3.35 gpa and my prep test average is around 165 for the LSAT. UCLA is a top choice, but I don't know if I will get in. My question really is, if I don't get into UCLA. Am I better off at loyola or a top 30 school for job opportunities? Also, if I knock out a 165 what are my chances of even hitting a top 30? Thx

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / USD
« on: July 31, 2006, 02:53:10 PM »
I was down at seaworld yesterday and decided to check out USD since it is off the same freeway exit. I have to say however, that I was extremely dissapointed. While the buildings are nice and the campus is up in the hills, there were many things that I really disliked. First, the area around USD, the stores, the buildings and such, do not really reflect the nice parts of san diego. It was like once you cross the freeway (seaworld is on the other side) it goes down hill. Honestly, the area just really is ugly and run down. As for the law school building itself. I was unable to actually go inside since it was sunday, but the campus layout was pretty much a clump of buildings and parking lots. The law school was tucked away in the back off a side road that branched off the main artery of the school. While the building was fairly nice, the sign which marked it was in the middle of a grouping of three buildings and the law building itself did little to stand out. We had to figure out which one it was by process of elimination. All and all, I guess I can't complain too much since I haven't been inside it or seen any of the classes yet. But I have to say, campus appearence and location relative to things plays a big part in my choice.

Studying for the LSAT / Sept 98 LSAT
« on: July 25, 2006, 10:16:10 PM »
I don't understand something. I have been averaging like between 162-165 and for some reason I got a 171 on the 98 LSAT. I feel like something clicked (especially on the LR, on one section I only missed 1) but still I feel a bit uncomfortable with such a big jump in score. Has anyone had that happen? Like where something kicks in after a while. Or is the Sept 98 test like a really easy one? Can someone whose taken this test let me know how it compared to the other ones. Maybe my concerns are just crazy. Thx for the feedback.

Law School Admissions / Random Questions
« on: July 23, 2006, 11:39:26 AM »
I have a bunch of random questions that are not really related...

1) does the testmasters diagnostics use the experimental section?

2) Do you need to file your FAFSA before you file your financial aid for the school?

3) Anyone know what schools need a deans certificate?


Studying for the LSAT / low-mid 160's
« on: July 20, 2006, 08:57:26 PM »
I am sorta stuck here. I started studying about mid may and scored a 156 on my first diagnostic. I am currently scoring consistantly in the 162-165 range (163 average on my last 5 tests, I've done about 15). I am not really seeing much improvement passed that point. As for what I miss. It's really a crapshoot for me. I can only miss 1 question on games and then bomb one of the LR or miss like 6-7 on all LR combined and then bomb one of the games or an RC passage. Basically what I'm saying is I am inconsistant on my sections but my score is always in the same range. Is there anything I can do to fix that? Also up until now I have only self studied. I am enrolled in a testmasters course from late July until two days before the Sept30 LSAT. Should I expect much improvement since I've already studied a lot on my own or do I still have a shot of scoring close to 170? Any and all detailed feedback would be great. Thx a lot!!!!


I've also worked through both bibles and a couple of random logic games books

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Southwestern Ranking
« on: July 20, 2006, 06:45:59 PM »
I still find it hard to see why southwestern is rated so low. I really don't plan to go there seeing as its my safety. But still, I don't understand. Their average starting salary is very high (I think 80k). They have a bar pass rate that rivals loyola and their facilities are actually pretty high quality (They even have a 10,000sq/ft gym). Is it just so low based on the fact that there are better schools in the area. I just don't see the justification in it being t3. Let me know what you guys think.

Studying for the LSAT / Hardest LSAT
« on: July 12, 2006, 09:11:07 PM »
Which is the hardest LSAT out of all the previously released ones.

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