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General Board / Re: Appropriate Dress for Ceremony
« on: December 10, 2010, 12:00:01 PM »
I went with the suit. Thanks!

General Board / Re: Funding for the Bar Exam
« on: December 10, 2010, 11:59:20 AM »
Very cool. That sounds like fun. I'm looking into a eating and biking trip in Argentina for the post trip. We'll see if that is possible.  Hopefully I'll have a job lined up by then so that I won't be freaking about the money, but a post-bar trip is definitely going to happen.

Job Search / Re: Getting a Job with the Federal goverment
« on: December 10, 2010, 11:56:29 AM »
Thank you for the reply. I will definitely look into the public affairs office. I've spoken to one JAG recruiter but, as is his job, he only highlighted the good things about his job so I am hoping to get a good idea of the pitfalls in the job so that I might make an intelligent decision.

As for the hoodwinked, I honestly don't think it's intentional. But sometimes time etc. is counted differently depending on whether a person is serving etc. Like you said, probably reading up on the literature will be what is most helpful.

Do you think there's any marked difference between basic attitudes/ personalities between the three branches?

General Board / Appropriate Dress for Ceremony
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:00:31 PM »
I will be going to Pro Bono awards ceremony around lunch. Attorneys and judges will be honored for their work in the philanthropy. What would be an appropriate dress for such an event?



(I'm a woman so it's a little harder)

Recommendations / Re: Letters of Recommendation
« on: December 09, 2010, 02:13:49 PM »
Get three. An attorney one is good but I would also recommend getting an academic rec if you're still in, or not too long out of, school. Three is a safe number to have in general because sometimes you want to send them even when the school doesn't ask for it. It also gives you some flexibility as to whose you want to send.

Job Search / Re: Getting a Job with the Federal goverment
« on: December 09, 2010, 01:40:00 PM »
Two Questions:

(1) What is the difference between the three JAG corp branches,

(2) what kind of personality would you guys say it takes to make it through the military. One of the reasons I'm looking into government jobs is because I hate the pandering and politicking that goes along with firm jobs. I know you still have to do it, but I'm told it's to a lesser degree. Thoughts?

Also, I hear horror stories about certain contracts clauses not being disclosed and people being roped into more years of service than they originally signed up for etc. Is this true? If so, what are the general pitfalls to watch out for?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best prep-course company?
« on: December 08, 2010, 06:46:16 PM »
Kaplan's regular LSAT class requires 90th percentile.  The extreme class requires 99th% and has online sessions for those in the class who are scoring in the 160s to help you hit 170s

Huh. I didn't know that about the extreme class requirement. It must be something new. When I took the extreme class, my instructor had a 165 score. Also, I hit a block once I broke the 162 mark and had to resort to powerscore thereafter. The Kaplan booklet helped some, but it gets hard when you are only getting the score you're getting because of one horribly weak spot (games) which Kaplan is bad at teaching to begin with. That said, if you're good at games, and mid-range at RC, Kaplan will totally be helpful for  you reaching the 170's or high 160s

I agree with you on the freaking out and putting it off being counterproductive. However, I also caution just flat out taking it before you start hitting a steady score. Doing the latter would just be like taking the LSAT without any real prep or expectation. I studied my ass off, but it wasn't until I could hit the same score over and over again with about a one to two point variation that I felt comfortable enough to take the test. So yes to not freaking out, but no to the taking it just to get it over with.

Actually, you can get into a pretty good law school with anywhere from a 161 and on. The 160 mark is usually the deal breaker for T1 schools. Now, if you wanted to go to a top twenty school, yeah. a 165 will barely get you in, if that. It all depends on what you mean by "good lawschool."

RE the LR and RC. Getting a private tutor will probably help a lot but make sure that tutor is familiar with whichever method you are using. The last thing you need is a new tutor coming in and messing you completely up with a new LR method of categorization. RC is harder. When I took my LSAT I tended to ignore prep course advice because they were horrible methods. Especially when they tell you to do stupid *&^% like road map. There's no point, just read the damn thing, underline the important points and move on. You're gonna have to go back to re-read in greater detail for most of the questions anyways.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best prep-course company?
« on: December 08, 2010, 04:42:50 PM »
I did Kaplan and it was pretty good but the general problem with the Kaplan method is that it is weak in games as well as reading comprehension IMHO. I was a private tutor for a while and the students who took Kaplan consistently had trouble in those areas. Logical Reasoning,  not so much. I would recommend taking Kaplan for an overview and shoring up your games skills with a powerscore supplement like the Logic Games Bible. If you are already scoring in the low 160s, Kaplan is prolly not for you. If you are scoring lower than that, Kaplan's pretty good.

I also recommend test master if that course is available in your area. It has a really good reputation for churning out high scoring students. Also, both test master and powerscore require their tutors and instructors to score in the 170's. Kaplan only requires that you score in the 90th percentile. Don't know if that will sway you either way. but more info can't be bad right?  Hope this helps!

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