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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So, are you joining mensa?
« on: June 16, 2006, 10:27:40 AM »

The one I wish was better: Cardozo.  I hear great things about the school, but the website has no links to the law reviews, and not a lot of info:

And then Lewis and Clark and Georgetown both have great sites:

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What school's are within reach?
« on: June 16, 2006, 03:31:58 AM »
Yes, but where is Alex now?

I'd love to know...  let's see; 3.2 GPA and 150 LSAT...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: So, are you joining mensa?
« on: June 16, 2006, 03:16:29 AM »
Mensa's been good to me:

Went to one of their weekly dinners at a Chinese Restaurant.  Most people there were as described - socially inept, way over middle age, and in general - odd. 

Except one girl - young, Japanese, a mathematician, and about to move to Washington DC to work at the NSA.  We had a date, she spent the night, and then she moved away the next month.

Your mileage may vary.

... Suddenly, the majority of the applicant pool has say, somwhere near 170 as their collecitve average highest, when the school, last year, had an average LSAT somewhere around 160.

Now, Miss 165 is screwed - she went from being above the 75% to possibly below the 25%. And will never know it until years down the road...

Huh?  I don't see how.  At this point, she's either finishing up w/ law school and out of there.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Difficulty of Dec 05 vs. June 06
« on: June 15, 2006, 10:55:31 PM »
Uh huh.  And since I personally went from missing 2-3 per preptest section to possibly -17 on the June test, I'm predicting that this was the hardest test of all time, and will be given the appropriate scale. :-)

I'm right with everyone else in this thread.  I need to overcome a low GPA, and on my preptests had been missing only about 2 per section.  But on the June test, I fear I may have missed as many as 17. (!)

It sounds like a lot of people are in this boat.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Difficulty of Dec 05 vs. June 06
« on: June 15, 2006, 10:48:14 PM »
Yes, I'm sold by Powerscore's description of the process.  It's pretty much what we've been describing:

The difficulty of each question is known in advance, and a curve already exists - raw scores have been evenly parcelled into their place on the bell curve which then is translated to a percentile, which then is translated to the 120/180-range score.

But then, after the actual test is administered, the scale is "normalized", presumably to account for bizarre irregularities in the test-taker population.  I'd like to learn more about this part of the process.

In re, the whole shifting burden thing;  I just simply see the HUGE positive impact the new policy will make - vis a vis reducing performance anxiety, life planning, etc.

Percentage-wise, the increased cost of retaking the LSAT is on the order of 0.1% of the cost of Law School.

And if we limit that to only the cost of application, retaking the test once is on the order of a 20% increase in the cost, NOT a doubling.  (The books can be reused, app fees, etc.)

...while it's easy for us to criticize that for being short-sighted, you gotta pay the rent somehow.

Hey - you're talking to someone who had to prep at a cafe because the landlord would keep banging on the door asking for rent.  No exaggeration.  But I did find a 'sponsor' who paid my test fee for me. :-)

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