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Law School Applications / Re: lsdas unaknowledged transcript
« on: September 26, 2006, 09:40:00 AM »
I'm in the same boat. I didn't even think about my dual enrollment classes from when I was in high school. I actually haven't submitted applications yet (waiting on do to get the LSAT over with first) but my impression is that you won't go complete until LSAC processes the transcript and includes it in your report. I sent a transcript request off to the school which offered the DE classes. I would suggest you do so if you haven't already.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Recent test's LRs
« on: September 25, 2006, 01:52:38 PM »
I actually think, if anything, the LR of the last few are a little easier. I think that they are different though, although I can't put my finger on exactly what it is. To me, it seems like they new LR sections are more in-line with LR Bible tips/tricks than the older tests. On both sections combined, I would I'm missing less, but it isn't even; the first section I might miss 5 or 6 but the second one I miss 1 or 0 (or the other way around).

If you aren't finding the RC sections tough, good for you. I don't think the reading selections are more difficult, I think the questions are trickier. I took PT48 over the weekend, missed 5 in RC: three main idea questions(!) and two "author would most likely to agree" questions. I think the differnces between the attactive, incorrect answer choices and correct answer are more subtle. I think this is especially true of the most recent main idea questions.

For LR, I noticed that once I narrow down the answers to two possiblities, I compare those two with each other for differences, as opposed to comparing each answer with teh stimulus. I improved my LR raw scores a few questions by doing this.

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I'm in the same boat. I'm usually am between 167-170, once in a while, I get an unusual low 160. I'm not 100% confident I'll get the 170 I'm looking for, but, I'm going to go ahead and take it. At this point, I'm not sure I could really DO anything to get those extra 5-10 questions right. There is no pattern to the questions I miss, its all odd ball things here and there.

If you notice a pattern, and you think you can improve, sure postpone. But if you are like me, where your misses are all over the place, is wating going to help? However, I also think a lot of this test is mental. I know I'm not EXACTLY where I want to be, but I am prepared. If you are feeling sketchy, and are thinking "dude, I'm not ready, I'm going to blow it...blah blah blah" It can affect your performance.

Plus, I think with a 3.4, 167, you are looking at a reasonable chance of getting into Emory, especially if you have strong PS, LOR and all of the other fluffy stuff.

If you are just getting out of school, I don't think waiting a year is going to kill you, it might even help as the poster above suggeted.

So, this doens't really help, but I'm just throwing things out there.

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Personal Statement / Re: optional diversity essays
« on: September 22, 2006, 03:46:11 PM »
I think I'm going to take a crack at one an see how it comes out. I started one yesterday, and got stuck after the first paragraph (my writing style is sort of hammer it out then modify...a lot). Honestly, I think I'm a pretty different dude. At least I always feel different. I absolutely have a different perspective/way of life than my co-workers and I'm different than a lot of those in my social circle due to my line of work (basically, I'm not a slacker).

I guess my approach is going to be to just fill in gaps, specifically, gaps that would make me different than other applicants. A lot of us are the same, but a lot of us are different as well. I'll just try to focus on my differentiators.

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Personal Statement / readers? anyone
« on: September 22, 2006, 03:37:16 PM »
My first attempt at a person statement is close to wrapped up. Anyone interested in offering opinons?

BTW... here are some fun facts/comments about it:

1) It might be a little weird, but it explains something that is mentioned on my resume which will not be explained elsewhere. It is a gap filler.
2) It is in the model of "what i do at work" except it isn't my full time job, its about a part time business I own.
3) It says something unique about me, at least I dont think most people who are applying would have a POS that is similar in its deatils (however, the main idea is probably common).
4) I am concerned about the "I RULE!" tone, but I guess thats what this statement is partially about.
5) This is meant to be a general personal statement, I'm working on diversity and area of practice essay to address those issues.
6) I never come out and say "this is why i would make a good lawyer law student" so if you didn't get that message, it is worth noting to me.

Anyway, any help would be appreciated...

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Yeah...I thought the same thing. I was making conversation with a girl once, and the issue of books came up. She cited DaVinci Code as her favorite book. Later, I was trapped in an airport and picked it up to read. I no longer have a decent opinion of this person.

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Personal Statement / Re: is it bad that i dont have a ps yet?
« on: September 22, 2006, 11:04:11 AM »
If you don't have a PS yet, you might as well not even apply to law school. If you have any chance of getting into the school of your dreams, YOU MUST apply NOW, without exceptions, and also get at least a 175 on your LSAT..so you better hit the books and take every practice test out there.

I'm kidding of course, but reading this board can sometimes make you think that way...

The only reason I'm even considering it pre-LSAT is I'm stuck on site for work with little to do except wait for software to fail. It's pretty boring, so I figured I would maximize my time. My original plan was to not even worry about it until after LSAT. You are totally fine. MoniLi said it best: this board is filled with overachievers. Most people who apply aren't this crazy.

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So, I followed through on a personal statement idea I was thinking about and wrote a first draft. In it, I talk about qualities I have which are suited to a career in law; but I never state that excatly. I simply talk about the qualities and apply it to activites I perform the part time business I own. I think if i did realte this directly to law (like the subject says), it would be coming from left field and sound totally forced. Also, I can't stand when I'm reading something and the writer spells out something that is pretty obvious (which is why i coudn't stand reading the DaVinci Code...I felt like the author was writing it for a 5th grader...but then again...the reading level of most people...)

Do you guys feel this is necessary? I think I would totally prefer to NOT do this, but I will if it is needed.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Games... ;)
« on: September 22, 2006, 10:08:12 AM »
I don't work out hypotheticals really, but I do use a pattern approach almost all the time on linear games. Especially on those where there are rules like "X goes either first or last". Sometimes I dont get much more than that, but just seeing the seperate lists, and working off of them for the local questions helps. I think you should do whatever works. I base my approach on the Powerscore methods, but I do my own thing that most people might find confusing. I usually miss 0 or 1 (if 1 usually a silly error)  so I would say it works for me.

I think if you can spare the 1.5-2mins...go for it. If it has improved your scores.

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Studying for the LSAT / Orlando peeps holla!!!!!
« on: September 21, 2006, 06:20:58 PM »
I know the subject is lame, but you clicked on it didn't you?

I don't know about anyone else, the night of Sept 30th, it's time to relax (and by relax I mean drink). Most of the people I associate have no appreciation for this test, its importance, or hard study/work for that manner. I'm thinking it might be fun to unwind with those  who do. So, if you are an Orlando peep, holla back y 'all!

(Seriously, someone needs to remove the urban/ebonic vernacular chip from my brain. This won't happen again, I promise.)

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