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I actually like the first idea the best (just to muddy the waters a bit). However, I will provide one caveat; make sure that your essay focuses on YOU not your mother. Sometimes when people write an essay about how someone changed their life, they tend to focus on the someone rather than themselves.

The 3rd topic I like the least (unless it is in response to a prompt that asks why you want to be  lawyer). I agree that it was from a pretty long time ago (Are you the same person you were when you were 15? I'm certainly not.) and I think those types of essays are going to be some what common.

I think the 2nd topic COULD work if you "do it the right way." I think pigwidgeon's concern is valid so I would be cognizant of it.

Of course, you could do some more brainstorming and come up with new topics if none of these seem to have the "wowness" for which you are looking.

I'm sort of in the same boat as you; I've been thinking about one topic for a while and now I've thought of a few others that might be better. I think I might write a rough draft of each one and see how they end up. If you have the time, you might want to try this approach and see if it works for you.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice in sections - Advice??
« on: September 14, 2006, 09:44:47 AM »
From my experience, they ended up being about the same. The scores below starting at the first 168 are half in sections and half completed under normal testing conditions. The odd 164 was a "section" test (during that test, the reading comprehension killed me and I didn't manage my time well on the games, i should have scored a little higher). Honestly, this surprised be because I figured the scores would be higher when done in sections.

I am finding success with a mix of both. I usually do one or two sections a night during the week (I work about 50 hrs a week) and on Saturday morning I do a full test. If you can make this happen, and have enough tests to do so, that might be a good route for you.

Of course, this is what worked for me...and because it worked for me it won't necessarily work for you. But, I'm sure with all of your LR practice..you knew that...

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Studying for the LSAT / Prep Test 46, RC, 4th passage...awful
« on: September 10, 2006, 08:22:57 AM »
I'm just complaining. The fourth passage in the RC section of Prep Test 46 was terrible. It was boring and the sentences were more convoluted then they needed to be. I'm surprised I got half the questions correct. I blame this section for me not cracking 170.

On a realted note, it's totally frustrating that one RC section can kill your score. Games and LR sections are fairly predictable, but when they can throw garbage like this at you, who knows who you are going to do on the test.

I'm just complaining...


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: are we a representative sample??
« on: September 10, 2006, 08:12:52 AM »
I know about 10 people who have gone to law school in the past 2 or 3 years and neither of them know about this board and not a single one scored higher than a 155 (most of them under 150). Granted, my friends aren't a representative sample, but it reminded me there are people who go to law school that do not prepare for the LSAT. I'm not sure of the exact stats, but I thought I read somewhere that 80% of test takers score between 140-160 and that 170 was in the 98th or 99th percentile.

I wouldn't worry about what other people are scoring. The scale is already set. Just hope to get a score that gives you a good chance to get into your target schools.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: reading comprehension
« on: August 29, 2006, 03:09:53 PM »
Try this thread

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,66715.0.html

The third entry down from Vera has a lot of good tips.

Also, for me just reading MUCH slower than I normally would helps. I actually follow along with my pencil just to make sure I abosorb the information.

Hope that helps...

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Studying for the LSAT / Orlando area LSAT locations
« on: August 07, 2006, 01:12:21 PM »
Does anyone have any info on Orlando area test sites? The one closest to me (UCF) is full. I selected the Deltona site but I heard from someone that took it there that it was a nightmare (took hours to get started, was crammed in tiny desks and everyone was on top of one another). Deltona is about an hour a way, so at this point, something in Lakeland or Tampa isn't that much further for me. Any info is awesome. Thanks.

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