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My instructor (TM) told our class to be taking diagnostics in the morning.  The Sept. exam will be in the morning and you should simulate test conditions as much as possible.

I also find that I perform BETTER in the morning/early afternoon than later in the day.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: anybody else have this problem?
« on: August 26, 2007, 05:29:17 PM »
I agree with you EarlCat, but I don't see why you disagree with me. 

Perhaps I could have worded what I wrote better.  But, I was ASSUMING that the OP had already, or at least come very close, to mastering the concepts necessary for an optimal score(the OP was scoring in the high 160's).  In which case, I thought his/her main problem was time. 

Mastering concepts through practice should be valued higher than simply working on speed during test prep.  However, once you understand and can apply the concepts properly, one MUST take multiple practice exams to get used to time constraints.

(A QB isn't going to practice running a two-minute drill unless he already has mastered the necessary plays and can execute them properly.  But once a mastery of both is obtained, it's essential to be able to run the offense quickly under time pressure.)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: anybody else have this problem?
« on: August 26, 2007, 01:56:27 AM »
I'm assuming that you're preparing for the Sept. LSAT.  The best way to improve on timed exams is to PRACTICE taking more timed exams.  If time wasn't an issue mostly everyone could crack a 160. Once you master the necessary concepts and put in the practice needed to recognize questions types and apply them, you really need to practice under time constraints.

College football is starting next week so I'll make an appropriate analogy.  It's one thing for a QB to master a playbook and execute drills all summer long.  But, the QB must also learn game management strategies and master how to handle the clock under pressure. 

If you put in the work to learn and execute all the essential concepts, you can easily work on getting your time down and learn to execute under time pressure.  Mostly everyone has to work on time. I'm taking in Sept. and I still have huge time issues...but we still have a month!

Good luck.

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Law School Applications / Re: Which law schools should I apply to?
« on: August 24, 2007, 04:55:51 PM »
Off topic:  I'm digging the Wittgenstein avatar.  hahaha.

To the OP, def get your score up.  Cracking the 150's is VERY do-able once you put some work in.  On one of my early diagnostics I hit 150 exactly and I didn't finish ANY section, got 9 out of 22 correct on the logic games, and 12 wrong on one of the LR sections.  If you can do that and crack the 150's, you can easily get a 155 on the REAL thing.  At first the LSAT is super humbling and dispiriting, but after practice the LSAT stops looking so impossible.

Good luck.

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Law School Applications / Re: September LSAT
« on: August 22, 2007, 02:00:00 AM »
I'm going to qualify this statement by saying that I am in no way an expert on the entire application process.

But, you and I are in the same boat.  I graduated in June; studying this summer for September's LSAT.  We'll have our scores October 22nd and I've already set a personal benchmark to have all my apps in by November 15th.  I'd recommend you do roughly the same.  This way you'll have your definitive LSAT score (you can adjust which schools you send apps to accordingly) and schools will also be able to immediately view your score and make a decision based on it (what's the point of getting your app in on October 1st if the committee won't make a decision til they see an LSAT score?).

Remember that most the individuals who post on this board are NOT representative of the typical law school applicant.  Sending your applications in November (or even early December for that matter) isn't going to ruin your chances for admission and would, in your case, provide you with some distinct benefits.

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Law School Applications / Re: Multiple Housing Write Ups
« on: August 22, 2007, 01:41:57 AM »
a) Freshman year I was (obviously) not 21 (I was under 18).  My 3rd I was not 21.  My 4th year I was 21.  Each case was pretty straight forward, I was found liable for consuming alcohol illegally within student housing.  There were no other factors; I wasn't going buck-wild all over the place, I didn't destroy anything, and I wasn't hostile to staff.  Nothing dramatic.  RA's made rounds, heard noise, knocked on door, and found alcohol/saw/thought they saw alcohol.

b)  I graduated in June, so I'm recently out.  I'm without a doubt going to explain about learning from my past mistakes.  Also, I was highly involved on-campus--tour guide, orientation leader, IFC vice-president, etc.--so I'm going to explain that I did have a commitment to my campus community--I just made bonehead mistakes while growing up.

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Law School Applications / Multiple Housing Write Ups
« on: August 22, 2007, 01:21:34 AM »
I plan on having all my apps in by November for this upcoming cycle.  I know others have addressed the issue of housing write ups for alcohol violations, but I wanted to run my scenario by you guys and get your thoughts.

I'm going to be up-front and very candid about my housing write ups w/ the schools I apply to.  I lived on-campus @ my university all five years I attended; my freshman year, I had one write up for alcohol, for which I had to make anti-alcohol posters for my hall--the usual slap on the wrist.  However, my 3rd and 4th years on-campus I was put on housing probation for an additional alcohol violation in each year.  I know that it's been universally agreed upon that one minor incident will not have a huge impact on one's file, but do you think that MULTIPLE write ups will play a significant role? 

Either way, I'm going to apply to the same schools that I feel I have a good chance of getting into once I have my LSAT score(October), but I've been wondering if any LSD'ers have well-formed opinions or testimonials regarding the matter.  Obviously, it won't look good to have to check "Yes" to one of those dreaded boxes @ the end of each app, but I'm hoping that these write ups won't have a determining role in my application process.

Thanks for any input! ;)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: assumption question-anybody?
« on: August 15, 2007, 01:03:17 AM »
B.

If there are no stances on substantive issues, then the argu. completely falls apart; the criticisim in the stimulus wouldn't be justified in any way, shape or form.  I think you can narrow down the possible answers to B and E pretty quickly. However, if you negate E, it doesn't do anything to the argument, so it couldn't be an assumption the argument depends on.


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Recommendations / Quick ? regarding LOR
« on: May 22, 2007, 08:05:18 PM »
Hello all.  First post, I've been lurking for a while.  I'm applying this fall, and matriculating Fall 08.

I've just asked three of my professors to write LOR for me and I have a pretty mundane question about the process.  I've read that some schools want professors to send LOR directly to them, while others obtain them from LSDAS only.  My question is this: since I'm having my professors write/send their LOR to LSDAS prior to application season, would I have to have each professor re-send their LOR to each school which requires LOR to be mailed directly to them during application season?  Is there any way around this possible scenario or it this unavoidable?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I look forward to getting to know people on this message board and taking the law application journey with everyone.

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