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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Weekend before
« on: May 24, 2006, 10:29:32 AM »
Thursday: Review over the LRB and LGB, and relax
Friday: Preptest 48
Saturday: PrepTest 42
Sunday: PrepTest 43

I need the momentum of a few days of PrepTests before heading into the exam.  Whenever I take a day off before a test, I end up scoring worse the day after.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Why do people not apply early?
« on: May 23, 2006, 02:39:36 PM »
Heh well sometimes the truth is harsh.

I'm not an auto-admit candidate anywhere, really, unless I cream the LSAT. So I've got to take every advantage I can get.

My transcript was just processed and inputed TODAY. I sent it in last Monday. It took one week to do this. I won't have the worry about sending a transcript ever again this application process (unless I get on a waitlist, but different story).

Of my four recommendations, I've met with three of them, and all three should be in by the end of this week. The other will be by the end of June at the latest.

Instead of running around preparing for the LSAT, getting recs, sending transcripts, and doing all of the other things the applications require me to, I'll just be working on my personal statement and that's it come September.

That's a relief, to be honest. Not necessarily because it will help me get in, but being organized and on time - ahead of the ballgame - will make my applications better and seem more professional.

I'm not a gunner, or an overachiever. Sure, I want to go to law school, and I'm a smart guy. It's the latter part that's motivated me to make sure I do everything the way it should be done. I guess I just have trouble believing people who are applying to the top 30 law schools would be sending apps in December and running around all fall doing what I'll have finished by the time I take the LSAT in June!

If we're going to fault people for being "too lazy" to seek that extra advantage in applying early to law schools, does that mean we should also fault people for being "too lazy" to work hard for a 4.00 GPA in undergraduate, or being "too lazy" to study months and months to get a top LSAT score?

If we worked harder to get our numbers up, then maybe we wouldn't need to get our applications in so early.  But then again, if everyone did that--the bar would just be raised and we'd be in the same situation as before.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Why do people not apply early?
« on: May 23, 2006, 01:36:49 AM »
Hmmm...here are some potential reasons:

(1) Planning: People want to wait until they get back the results of their October LSAT before they decide where to apply.  There's little use applying to only T14 if you suddenly bomb the LSAT and get a 150, and no use applying only to TTT if you get a 175.

(2) Perfectionism: Some people take a long time to write their personal statements and write out the applications, especially if they proofread many many times.

(3) Uncontrollable delays: Maybe it takes a long long time for your recommenders to get done with their letters, or you're waiting for your fall grades.

(4) Sudden decision: Some people don't realize they want to go to law school until the last minute.  They can be graduating seniors who panic about what to do after graduation, people who decide that they'd rather apply this year than next, etc.

(5) Too much other stuff: It's surprisingly how quickly time passes when you're studying for finals, writing a thesis, meeting work deadlines, etc.

(6) Back up plans: Maybe you apply EA to a few schools and then got rejected, so you submit a few late applications as backups.

(7) Change in circumstances: If you suddenly get a slew of fee waivers, you might submit late applications to schools that you otherwise would not apply to.

(8 ) Hope: Some people think that applying too early will mean a ding, especially since the law school hasn't seen the rest of the candidate pool. Otherwise, some people might not apply early because they are dreading an inevitable rejection.

(9) ? ? ?

In any case, I'm glad that people apply late rather than early.  If everyone applied early, there'd be no advantage to those who get their apps done before Thanksgiving.

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Law School Admissions / Re: penn v. columbia
« on: May 23, 2006, 01:26:43 AM »
Congrats on getting accepted to Columbia!  You should make your decision based on which law school you want to attend, not which business school you may want to attend, unless you've already been accepted to Wharton and Columbia's b-school.  I don't mean to be pessimistic, but I think it's a little premature to count on getting accepted to Wharton/Columbia just because you're in at the law school.

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I disagree.  I don't know about Kaplan, but I don't think Princeton Review tests are at the same caliber or consistency as the real LSAT preptests.  Sometimes, there are crucial typos or unfounded assumptions that drastically undermine the logic of the question, leading to unsolvable games, two equally correct answers, all wrong answers, etc.  For example, I took one PR test in which the logic game stated that A was taller than B and C.  It was clear from the answer guide that the testmakers made the assumption that this meant that B and C were equal heights.  This type of false assumption would NEVER be included on a real LSAT.

Taking bad tests can mean more than just getting bad material.  It can mean learning to make false assumptions or use poor technique too.

I scored 153 on that particular PR test, but my average on real LSAT preptests is approximately 173.  I don't think the difference in scores lies in the difficulty but rather, the poor construction of the PR test.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many hours a day do you study???
« on: May 19, 2006, 04:47:34 PM »
For those of you who are studying 5+ hours a day, what do you do during that time?

I've been taking one preptest per day (I still have 20+ tests to go) and reviewing over the questions I missed or found difficult, and then slowly going through the LRB about a chapter a day.  It only takes me about 3.5 hours a day...what do you do during the extra 2-4 hours?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How many hours a day do you study???
« on: May 18, 2006, 05:29:48 PM »
70 hours sounds like a lot.  Burn out could be a problem if you study much more than that.  I'm not sure about stopping three days before the test though.  I actually just got back from a 4-day hiatus from LSAT studying, and it was really hard to get back into test-taking mode.  I found that I was losing concentration and getting tired a lot more quickly than when I was studying everyday.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: December 2005 Games
« on: May 18, 2006, 12:56:47 PM »
My preference is for easier RC and medium difficulty games.  I find that RC is the biggest wildcard for me because of the time constraint and the variety of hard/boring topics, whereas as least for the games, using the LGB helps a lot to learn good technique.

My vote for hardest games section was the one that had the CD game on it back in 2000 or 2001.  It was so time-consuming!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: The Progress Thread
« on: May 18, 2006, 10:54:47 AM »
I agree with Hank's advice.  Looking at the timer can stress you out because you realize how little time you have left. 

What I do is skip questions that look longer to me (i.e., global LG, LR parallel reasoning, formal logic, inference questions in RC) and then do those at the end.  Just make sure that when you transfer answers onto the scantron, you account for skipped questions.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: December 2005 Games
« on: May 17, 2006, 10:49:00 PM »
The problem with easy games is that it tends to lead to a tougher scale.  I'm hoping the June test has easy games but doesn't have that same awful scale as the Dec 2005 one did.

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