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I'm in a similar boat.  I'm in a graduate program at a difficult university, and as such my time is often exhausted with school-related work.  That being said, the difficulty and amount of written material has greatly improved my reading abilities. 

Here's my strategy:

2 practice tests per week, taken in non-optimum conditions (a noisy, busy coffee shop with kids scurrying, people talking, etc.)  I'm doing this to train my ability to focus with outside noise and such.  I could keep taking my practice tests in the comfort of my own home, but I don't think that the testing center will be that quiet.

Of course, I only take the tests timed, as well.

On other days, I've been working on the LG Bible.  I'll be through with my first go-round of that in probably another week or so, when after that I'll be working on the LG Bible. 

Btw, I'll be taking the test in September too.  Personally, I'd be flipping out if I was taking the June test and hadn't started preparing yet.  Good luck.

Here's the advice I've gotten from the pre-law advisor at my university:

Your core letters should be from professors who can assess your abilities in the classroom.  After all, you're applying to school, not a firm, and primarily the admission officers are going to decide if you're capable of being a competent law student, not a lawyer.

However, an extra letter that demonstrates your abilities in the outside world can also be submitted and may make a strong impression.

That being said, I'd send it, but only in addition to LORs from professors who can remark on your capabilities in the classroom.

Your stance on affirmative action....

Just wondering: what evidence did you draw on in making your claim that the criteria for eligibility for affirmative action should be solely socioeconomic status and not race?  Did you draw on any studies that gave you the impression that education and employment outcomes are consistent across races, once you account for socioeconomic status?

Also, are you criticizing affirmative action writ large or are you criticizing affirmative action admission policies for universities? 

Law School Admissions / Re: ASAP Program
« on: May 14, 2006, 07:36:44 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  It's okay though; I'm actually going to be in Japan for the summer, so I won't be able to attend. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT practice score improvement?
« on: May 10, 2006, 09:25:10 PM »
When I took my first practice test, I got a 167, and that was with bombing much of the games section.  However, after taking a couple different practice tests, I realized two things: 1) tests can vary significantly over time, and 2) practice is NEEDED to ensure that my score will be consistently high, irrespective of how I did on the diagnostic test. 

So, yeah, I'm shooting high (175+) for the test (when I take it in September), but I'm still going to prepare a lot.

Studying for the LSAT / Warming up...
« on: May 10, 2006, 09:21:31 PM »

I've been preparing for the LSAT for about a month now.  I'm not planning on taking it until September, but I've been noticing that I tend to do poorly on the first section of Logical Reasoning on my practice tests (especially if it's the first section of the test).  I don't know what the cause of my "late start" is, but does anyone else out there have this problem?

The difference in performance is stark: on the first section, I've been missing between 7 and 9 questions, whereas on the second section, I've been missing 2, maybe 3 questions.

Any suggestions?

"Enjoy" is perhaps a bit too strong of a word to describe my feelings about studying for the LSAT.  I guess "relieved" is probably a more appropriate one.  If I'm doing LSAT prep, that means that I've gotten done with the rest of my work during the day; being a graduate student with a heavy workload basically means that LSAT prep is my mental break. 

Black Law Students / Re: What's yo life theme song?
« on: May 10, 2006, 06:17:19 AM »
My theme song changes with the week...this week, it's Outkast's new song "The Mighty O."  I assume it's going to be on their new album My Life in Idlewild.

Another fav would be Common's "This is Me."

Black Law Students / Re: Plight of the young black man.
« on: May 09, 2006, 09:45:56 PM »
In what way would you have wanted young black men to be involved in "organizing" this conference?  As primarily a conference for academics who research topics concerning young black men, scholars were those invited to contribute their research to ongoing debates about these matters. 

If your question is "why is there a divide between researchers of young black men in the 'ivory tower' and the men themselves?", then that's a different can of worms.  If you can solve the dilemma of successfully conveying information from the academy to mass audiences, then you deserve a Nobel prize, my friend.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many Hrs/week
« on: May 07, 2006, 09:32:00 PM »
Oh, and I just started taking my practice tests in a Barnes & Noble.  Last time, I had babies crying in the background, teenagers jabbering away, etc.  Since it's not for certain that the testing center is going to be quiet, I think getting practice in noisy places will be good for developing my ability to focus in non-optimum conditions.

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