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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LG time problems
« on: January 11, 2007, 06:08:12 PM »
I think in my Kaplan course, only one person could ever finish on time and do well. For most people its not possible to finish on time while getting most questions right. As it worked out the same guy who always aced the LG section struggled with the RC section. Don't despair, if you can get 3 of the 4 games right you can still get mid 170's.

best of luck

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 170+ requires your innate ability
« on: January 11, 2007, 06:04:48 PM »
I think its some of both. I'm the type that can study hard and usually think very logically and get great grades, but I'm not gifted with the fastest processor ever made. I started at at 160 on my initial practice tests, saw as low as 153 once and managed a 171 on the real thing. At that point, I had been studying very hard for a long time and feel I was up against my innate limit - my brain just can't do it any faster. Give me another hour and I suspect I'd have no problem getting every question right, but with the time alloted I just couldn't get though all the questions in time. Anyway, based on my experience, it seems reasonable to expect about a max of a 10pt improvement from first attempt at a practice test to actual score. As always, your results may vary:)

best of luck

Law School Admissions / Re: GPA deflated by LSAC
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:54:14 PM »
Mine went up by .06. I really haven't a clue how they normalize the GPA's, but I assume it has something to do with the perceived rigor of your courses and level of grade point inflation at your school. Just guessing though. For the record I went to a state school, majored in Economics, did one semester in the UK and in general took the hardest/most advanced courses I could for electives.

best of luck

Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC doesn't work...
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:48:49 PM »
I never got it to work very well in IE7, but works fine in IE6 for me.

best of luck

I also studied abroad, but I think my undergrad school did things differently. They converted the British grades to "US equivalent grades". I was at Oxford and got alpha minuses which was a ton of work and an awesome grade by their system, but looks like an A-, but when the grades were converted to be applied for undergraduate credit at my undergrad school they all turned into A+/4.0's and the converted grades are all LSAC ever looked at (because that's all that's on my undergrad transcript). I think my school more or less bumps up Oxford grades by either one half or one letter grade when converting, don't know really because I didn't have room to go up by a full letter. Anyway, however LSAC does it worked out well for me as my LSAC GPA is higher than my actual GPA.

best of luck

Law School Admissions / Re: In at George Mason...
« on: January 03, 2007, 07:13:47 PM »
Congrats, GMU is a great school!

I went to GMU undergrad and know a couple of the law professors. I wouldn't classify it as a terribly conservative school overall, especially socially (other than being a dry campus).  The Econ department and to a lesser extent the Law school are quite influenced by free-market/liberterian economics/austrian/chicago as well as public choice of course. James Buchanon and Vernon Smith are both active faculty members involved with both the Econ, law and public policy schools. From what I gather the Law program at GMU is very strong in IP and Law and Econ. I actuallly took a Law and Econ course and found it very good. I'd be surprised if there's a better single L&E course anywhere.

have fun

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: University of D.C.???
« on: December 23, 2006, 12:45:42 PM »
I'd give GMU a shot, they are a very good school and rising quickly in the rankings. Without looking it up I'd guess your gpa is right in there and hopefully your LSAT will be sufficent. Be sure to write a good PS and include your westpoint exp in it. I suspect that will carry some weight.

best of luck

Law School Admissions / Re: Apply now or next Fall?
« on: December 23, 2006, 10:19:09 AM »
Thanks for the info, I'm a white, US born male so I'm not sure I could pull of the URM thing...might be ok anyway though....any thoughts on what affect applying now would have on applying next year if I don't get in on this round?



Law School Admissions / Re: Apply now or next Fall?
« on: December 23, 2006, 10:03:34 AM »
Thanks for the replies! I would certainly be happy with UVA, but if I wonder if I would kick myself for the rest of my life if I didn't give the others a shot and I don't know if trying now (and not getting in) would hurt my chances of getting in earlier. Looking at LSN it seems I stand a very good chance of getting in at HLS or the others if I were to apply fairly early and a pretty small chance of getting in now, but its hard to tell with much certainty..

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