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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: yea, so i opened it...
« on: May 26, 2004, 10:41:15 AM »
I agree with everyone else.  It's always a waste of energy to read into an email.  And some schools have a policy of only disclosing acceptance information via certain channels.  I worked for the study abroad office at my school, and no one was allowed to discuss information re: program status over the phone, email or in person.  Everyone had to either wait for a letter in the mail, or else in extenuating circumstances program directors could disclose info to the applicant directly.

If you really have a lot of concerns, or if you've been accepted somewhere, but are waiting to hear from your reach school, give them a call and see if you can get anything more substantial that way.

And with a phone call, at least you get a tone of voice to read into, rather than a dead email.  :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What else can i do?
« on: May 26, 2004, 10:30:30 AM »
I thought the Powerscore weekend course was great.  Especially since you've already taken lots of practice exams studying for the first lsat.  Your course materials are great, since there's over 100 pages of "homework" to work on after the course and really nail the skills covered during the class.

I was surprised, however, that most people were *starting* to study with the PS Weekend course.  I was one of the only ones in the room who had been studying on my own for over 2 months.  It definitely boosted my confidence a bit that I had a lot more work under my belt and therefore had a bit more of an advantage.

Good luck!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: No-Doze and the LSAT...
« on: May 25, 2004, 04:01:05 PM »
Having taken No Doz once in college, I don't recommend it!  It makes you jittery, and I doubt having your heart fluttering in your chest and quick, shallow breathing will help your focus any more.

I would try fitting in the 15 minute break into your practice tests, especially if you're getting tired at the end of the test.  That way, you can eat something, I'd recommend a combination of something with carbs and something more protein based so you get an energy boost, but you also get something more substantial to carry you though the whole way.  And hopefully eating something will wake your brain up and give you enough stamina to get through the next two sections, plus the writing sample.

And as for getting tired towards the end of sections...maybe taking 15-20 seconds to do a breathing exercise or something to refocus yourself would help if you do it half way through a section.  I'd think it's better to be fully alert for the whole section and miss one more answer due to time than it is to be drowsy and miss the whole last quarter of a section due to lack of focus.

Hope these help!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Dinosaurs and Meteors
« on: May 25, 2004, 11:31:27 AM »
Don't forget global warming and climate change!

And unfortuantely, the envorinmentalists can't get the full blame for this one, since they love tieing climate change to dinosaurs, as well!

Stupid dinosaurs...

And am I the only one that thinks about Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) and his dino obsession whenever you get one of those passages?  :D

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Law School Admissions / Re: RowGirl
« on: May 25, 2004, 09:48:35 AM »
Glad I'm not the only one who wastes times at work by constantly checking lsd...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: i SUCK at standardized tests!
« on: May 25, 2004, 06:52:44 AM »
It's a fact that for rolling admins, you have a much better shot by getting your apps in early.  I don't know what the rest of riceowl's app will look like, but just from a numbers stand point, if you're going for high caliber schools, you really should be trying to get everything in and done by the end of October.  That's at least been my experience from seeing people I know apply.  Schools like Harvard, Penn, Cornell, etc have so many applicants, that if they don't see your scores/app until December, your chances are much lower from what they'd have been in October.  If he takes the October lsat, scores and files won't be complete until sometime early December, and there will be a fewer spots and thus a more competitive admission pool.  I have a friend that got her acceptance to Cornell two weeks before Christmas, and she *didn't* do early decision.  Do you think these schools are going to wait till the deadline to admit people?

And I didn't say he'd *have* to take a year off.  I said he *might* need to take a year off, looking at his list of schools.  Granted, the rest of his application may be stellar with tons of off the beaten track experiences, or he may end up getting that 178 we all shot for, who knows.  His GPA is a big boost, but as some people find out, it's the whole package that matters.  But by the October lsat, there's already acceptances being offered, and there's less of a chance for some of the higher ranked schools, hence my statement that it "might necessitate taking a year off"

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Last Day To Change Your Mind
« on: May 24, 2004, 09:40:29 PM »
You don't get a refund if you change the date.  You can do two things.  Change the date you want to take it, which is the $40.  OR  you can decide not to take it at all, and then you may be eligible for a $40 refund.

At least, that's *my* understanding of it.


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Some help please...
« on: May 24, 2004, 07:40:53 PM »
Duh on my part for the U before R mix up..and the X thing I actually had correctly...I just put AM in my diagram on the exam on the bottom.

Thanks for pointing out my mistake!  I'm going to sit down and see if that'll fix my problems, and hopefully I can put this game behind me!

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Studying for the LSAT / Some help please...
« on: May 24, 2004, 05:44:00 PM »
I'm about to join the ranks of those who type out logic game questions for help.. :P  Sorry if this one's been asked already, but here goes..

Dec 1996, Game #3

An attorney is scheduling interviews with witnesses for a given week, Monday through Saturday.  Two full consecutive days of the week must be reserved for interviewing hostile witnesses.  In addition, nonhostile witnesses Q, R. U, X, Y, and Z will each be intervied exactly once for a full morning or afternoon.  The only witnesses who will be interviewed simultaneously with each other are Q and R.  The following conditions apply:

X must be interviewed on Thursday morning
Q must be intervied at some time before X
U must be interviewed at some time before R
Z must be intervied at some time after X and at some time after Y.

Here's what I got:

QR>X>Z

QR>U

Y>Z

    AM   __  __  __  __  __  __

    PM   __  __  __  X   __  __

         M   T   W   T   F   S

And QR can't go on Saturday or Friday afternoon, since both U, X, and Z have to go after.

I'm finding all the questions really hard, and the QR thing and the block for hostile witnesses is screwing me up as well.  A little guidence would be a great help, even if it's just helping make the bigger inferences to point me in the right direction...

Thanks in advance everyone!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: i SUCK at standardized tests!
« on: May 24, 2004, 05:34:48 PM »
First, you didn't say how long you've been studying.  Have you take 5 practice tests?  (you list 5 scores...) or have you taken 20?

My advice?  You should have started studying earlier.  Or you can push it off and take the October test, which, considering the list of schools you want to go to, might necessitate taking a year off.

Looking at the brighter side, you WILL eventually even off into an average 5-6 point range with work. (i.e. right now, I'm scoring regularly between a 163 and 168).

Your wide range of scores has NOTHING to do with your ability to take the LSAT.  So don't freak out about that.  It's absolutely normal.  I'm sure most people on this board will say the same thing.  I've been noticing that among people here that have posted their practice scores thus far, most people tend not to even out until after taking between 7 and 10 practice tests.  So either keep working and taking tests like mad, or push it off and perhaps try a prep course (I highly recommend powerscore, and others here have said good things about Testmasters).  If you really, really want over a 170, and don't start hitting it soon, this may be something to seriously look in to.

Best of luck studying! 

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