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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / DC Forum - anyone else attending?
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:33:01 AM »
I'll be there!  Anyone else going?  I was hoping to compare notes with some others afterwards...

Personal Statement / The 2008-2009 Cycle Personal Statement Exchange
« on: June 16, 2008, 06:57:14 PM »
Haldo, all,
    I was looking for some second opinions on my personal statements (Trying to choose which one to use and how to polish it), and I thought that one of the best ways to do that would be to start a group that would work together...Depending on the number of people who participate, we could all read each other's statements and comment...Via PM or an external board, of course.  Don't want to post those on here for public consumption.   Anyway, if you're interested, toss a reply on here and I'll get things started...

After reading several other threads on here and considering my options further, I had a thought that I wanted to ask you all about on here.  This is for those on this board that have already accepted an offer at a school and are either starting this fall or have been in law school for a little bit.  If you could please post a little about how you made your decision, what factors went into it, what your numbers were and whether you feel good or regretful about it, I think it would certainly help me a bit, and probably others on this board as well.  Any takers?


Law School Applications / Ivey Guide
« on: June 14, 2008, 06:04:22 PM »
Haldo, everyone,
   What is the general consensus of the advice in Anna Ivey's book?  I've been reading it recently and the advice seems to be pretty good, but I wanted some second thoughts.  Are there any points where its advice are particularly weak or strong?  How about her personal statement tips?  Anything else I ought to know about it?


Alright...I've got a lot of schools on my mind, and I wanted to run these by everyone and see what they think that I should do.  I come from a lower-income background and have to place a hard limit on paying more than 20,000 per year at any of the law schools that I'm considering.  I'd like for everyone who responds to pick which they think is the best out of my 3 categories and then what they think I should do from those resulting 3.   

My plans:
I'd like to start out as a small-town attorney doing general work, then perhaps move on to politics, either being a judge or running for state legislature.  Instead, though, I wouldn't mind teaching law school either, should my grades allow it.

My scores:
LSAT 163
GPA  3.85 - small, relatively unknown private university

Soft factors (If they matter at all):
Student body president who is working towards establishing an academic honor code on my college's campus
Eagle Scout
First in the family to graduate college
Appalachian (In some schools, this does matter!)
Will be completing my college's honor program
Two-time recipient of one of two awards for outstanding history students at my college.
Long history of volunteering in church and community projects.

The schools:
Washington and Lee, George Mason (I may be able to qualify for residency), Tulane, Case Western Reserve
University of Tennessee, Wake Forest,  Cinncinatti, Temple
West Virginia U.(I get residency), Akron, Mercer, Stetson

Where should I go next fall? / Suggestions and current schools
« on: October 19, 2007, 11:15:08 PM »
Alright...Just got my Sept. LSAT back, and I need some advice on law schools.

Sept LSAT: 160, previous LSAT 163.  GPA 3.85. 
Soft factors: Completion of undergraduate Honors project, Vice-President of the Student Body (Most likely going to be President, I'll know after the election), founder of a debate club on campus, Alpha Chi National Honor Society Member, Eagle Scout and first in family to attend undergrad.

Goals: I would like to go to a law school where I will have minimal debt but also have fair prospects coming out.  Ideally, I would like to start in a mid- to small-sized firm (No more than 20 attorneys) in WV, VA, TN, KY, or NC.  I would definitely prefer working in Western Virginia (Not WV - the western area of VA).  After several years of practice, I plan on doing one of four things: aim for a judgeship, run for election to the house of whatever state I'm in, try to find a teaching position or possibly start my own firm. 

Current schools:
University of TN
WVU - WVU has great placement in WV - but I'm not certain that I want to work in WV.  That being said, I can probably get a full ride either there or Mercer. 

Any thoughts on these three schools?  Any other law schools that I should consider that would meet my goals and give me some decent scholarships?

Forgot to add: Residency is in WV.

Studying for the LSAT / Suggested energy drinks for the test?
« on: September 28, 2007, 08:39:23 AM »
Sorry, this is just a random question, and probably more than a bit silly....Energy drinks vs. regular soda?  If energy drinks are better, then is any particular one best?  I've never really drank, I'd like some opinions....

Studying for the LSAT / The 5-minute reading plan
« on: September 01, 2007, 10:31:27 PM »
Haldo, everyone.  I'm preparing for my last 28 days of LSAT prep, and I would like some critique on my plans...

Looking at my copies of the LRB and the Nova reading comp section, I was rather overwhelmed by the sheer number of pages, so I devised a plan...Read in 5-page bursts, 4 times a day for 25 days on the LRB, 5 pages a day for 20 days on Nova.  My question is this: is this a logical way to approach the problem?  Will this lead to greater comprehension, or a fragmented understanding of the test?

As far as actual tests, I'm going to be doing one every other day until the last week, in conjunction with the above plans.

Any thoughts?

Personal Statement / Addendum?
« on: July 04, 2007, 01:19:00 PM »
I'm going to be retaking the LSAT this September, and if my practice scores are accurate, I can expect around a 170, up from my 163 in June.  Is this a big enough gap to require an addendum?

Also, to be completely frank, I have no real excuse for the low score in June.  I have no idea why it happened - things were pretty normal.  What should I write?  (Note: I'm not going to be making up a flu or something of that nature..)

Studying for the LSAT / Study group?
« on: July 01, 2007, 04:27:53 PM »
Sorry for making two new topics so closely together, but I had a thought...what if a group of us got together on the forum, picked 1-2 of the preptest books, and did them together?  We could perhaps do one test a week (aside from our other prep), then teach each other why the questions that we got wrong were wrong?  Just a thought...if anyone would be interested, respond.  We'd need to get something organized in under 2 weeks if we're going to do 1 test a week for 10 weeks like this.

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