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Studying for the LSAT / Prep test #26, Sec.3 Q.23
« on: April 25, 2008, 09:47:03 AM »
Here's a paraphrase of the question.

     Whenever he considers voting in an election to select one candidate for a position and there is at least one issue important to him, Kei uses the following principle in choosing which course of action to take: it is acceptable for me to vote for a candidate whose opinions differ from mine on at least one issue important to me whenever I disagree with each of the other candidates on even more such issues; it is otherwise unacceptable to vote for that candidate. In the upcoming mayoral election, the three candidates are Lee, Megan, and Newton. There is only one issue important to Kei, and only Megan shares her opinion on that issue.

23. According to the principle stated in the passage, in the upcoming mayoral election
(A) it is acceptable for Kei to vote for either Megan or Lee, but it is unacceptable for him to vote for Newton
(B) the only unacceptable courses of action are for Kei to vote for Newton and for him to vote for Lee
(C) it is unacceptable for Kei to vote for any of the candidates
(D) the only unacceptable course of action is for Kei to vote for Megan
(E) it is acceptable for Kei to vote for any of the candidates

I put (C) because the principle states that it is acceptable for Kei to vote for a candidate only when the candidate disagrees on at least one important issue, but Megan does NOT disagree with Kei on an important issue. I  thought, according to the principle, in all other cases, it is unacceptable. Lee and Newton disagree on the issue with Kei, but since there's only one important issue, the facts doesn't sufficiently satisfy the condition in which it is acceptable for Kei to vote for either candidate. So, I thought (C) was correct.

 The correct answer's (B). Can somebody explain this?

Studying for the LSAT / Getting 170s from 164
« on: April 07, 2008, 10:44:25 AM »
 It's been a while since I posted on this board. (Good to see familiar names! Hi Jeffort!) I actually got a 164 in the real thing last September and got accepted at couple schools. But something in my heart made me even more greedy, so I'm studying LSAT again! This time, anything below 170  will be worthless for me since I already have a 164. I'm focusing on LR and RC because I got -12 in LR sections, and I got -3 in RC but it's an unstable score.

So here's my question for 170-ers:
1. What score did you guys start from? and How long did it take you to get up to 170s?
2. I've already gone through the whole cycle (Powerscore LR/LG bibles, 2004 deconstructed, taking like 30 prep tests). Should I simply repeat my old studying cycle or should I do something else?
3. (Optional) I got a book called "Introduction to Logic" by Irving Copi and Carl Cohen. Heard this book's got pretty good reputation. Does it help for LSAT? if anyone has read it before..

I would appreciate if you 170ers leave any advice.

Where should I go next fall? / GWU vs. W&M($$) vs. UW-Madison
« on: April 04, 2008, 12:17:17 AM »
I'm in at George Washington U., William & Mary, and U. of Wisconsin-Madison. GWU is the highest in ranking, but it might be a little too expensive. W&M offers me $15,000/year scholarship that's renewed each year until 3L if my grade is higher than B. UW-Madison offers no money, but it's got a good reputation in my country for some reason. I'm an international student so I don't have any family tie in the country and I'll probably want to practice law in a big U.S. city before eventually heading back to Asia couple years later. (so, national reputation is pretty important to me.)

I'm leaning toward W&M because I'll get to spend about $33,000 more/year if I go to GWU. I think GWU has much better a reputation, though. So, what do you guys think?

Personal Statement / My DS - Can somebody look it over and break it down?
« on: December 22, 2007, 07:43:52 PM »
I've just written the first draft of my diversity statement. I'll PM my DS if anyone's willing to look it over, and correct and massacre my writing.
Let me know if you're willing to do it.

Thanks in advance.

Acceptances / Accepted at George Washington
« on: December 20, 2007, 05:43:34 PM »
I was notified by email. I applied through the early decision process which would give full 3-year scholarship if admitted. But I'm admitted through the regular process.

164/3.81, international student.

Personal Statement / My optional Statement
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:23:16 PM »
I'm working on my optional statement which shows my achievement. I wrote a one-page, short essay focusing on my career as a software engineer. Thanks to a couple of nice folks, it looks pretty good now, but I feel it could be better. so I'm posting it here.. give me a suggestion or correction. Thanks.

          I worked as a professional software engineer for almost four years before returning to my undergraduate study. Developing software is like constructing a skyscraper. As in the construction of a building, all the smaller functions and features are first defined, and then the engineer designs the big picture of the structure. When envisioning the big picture, the engineer carefully determines which software components will work with which others. When the design stage is finished, the programmer begins to create each component by writing programming codes. All the components should work harmoniously when the software is completed.
   One of my professional projects was to write a digital image editing software called Fotoro. By the time I finished the project a year and a half later, I had written over 50,000 lines of programming codes which control dozens of functional components working together. Once during the process of the development, I had to abandon all of my work thus far after discovering a fundamental structural defect in the architecture. From this incident, I learned how crucial it is to rigorously and seamlessly design the architecture at the design stage, considering and predicting all of the possible impediments in advance. The capability to think logically and analytically is also crucial to finding and fixing glitches in the software, which can take a few days and nights. The skills I had learned as a software engineer turned out to be very helpful when I studied economics in the undergraduate. For example, I created software for Solow Growth Model, a tool which dynamically illustrates a snapshot of economy.
As I now prepare to enter law school, I believe that my unique background and skills I gained as a software engineer will contribute positively to the student body and the Blank Law community.

Personal Statement / How do make this tricky sentence sound perfect?
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:07:43 PM »
So, this sentence is from my optional statement.

"For example, I created a software tool for Solow Growth Model in the intermediate macroeconomics course, a software tool which dynamically illustrates a snapshot of economy."

I know it sounds horrible. Give me a suggestion for a better sentence. So.. "dynamically illustrates a snapshot of economy" modifies "a software tool", neither "Solow Growth Model" nor "the intermediate macroeconomics course". Let me know if the meaning is still uncertain.

Thanks in advance.

Personal Statement / Need readers for my optional essay
« on: December 04, 2007, 10:00:36 PM »
I need readers for my optional essay which is for George Washington. The prompt is to write an essay about characteristics and achievements that can contribute to the GW law community. I wrote about my background as a software developer.

If anyone could proofread and correct my essay, I would really appreciate it. Let me know if you want to do it, I'll PM my essay.

ps. I'm not a native speaker, so there might be some grammatical errors.

Personal Statement / Anyone who would read my final PS draft?
« on: December 02, 2007, 11:19:15 PM »
Hi. I finished editing the final draft of my PS. Would anyone read my essay? I showed it to a couple of friends and they tell me it is basically a good essay with a good story but the wording's a little rough. (I'm a non-native speaker.) I would like to show it to as many ppl as possible. So if you have time to help me perfect this essay, please let me know. I'll PM it.

thanks a lot!

Studying for the LSAT / Questions about applying before retaking
« on: October 22, 2007, 05:26:59 AM »
Mr. and Ms. wise,
I got a 164 on the sep. test which is not bad, but less than what I think my potential is. I think I can get into t20~t30 schools with my 3.75 GPA, but I can't give up the dream schools. so I'm thinking of retaking in dec. Here's my questions regarding retaking.

1. If I apply to a school with my sept. score and get an acceptance from the school, would they cancel the acceptance based on my Dec. score if it's lower than the sept. one?
2. If I apply to a school with my sept. score and get a rejection from the school, would they reconsider my application based on my Dec. score if it's higher than the sept. one?

So, basically I'm wondering if I should apply with my Sept. score before retaking in Dec. If I should, then should I apply to only "safe" and "target" schools? or apply to all the schools including "reaches"? If they would reconsider the newer score from the Dec. even after rejection or if they don't cancel an acceptance based on the newer score, then I got nothing to lose by retaking in Dec. would it be the case?
Thanks for your help in advance.

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