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Studying for the LSAT / Getting my cancellation form ready....
« on: September 29, 2007, 11:43:17 AM »

I prepared so well for that test, but a friend called me at 1:00AM (fell asleep at 11) and woke me up. My nerves started getting to me and before I knew it the clock said 6:30 and I hadn't fallen back asleep.

By the first LR section my vision was distorted I was so tired. 

I was going to just switch to Dec. this morning but I didn't want to give in that easily. That was a brutal 4 hour lesson in date switching.

Studying for the LSAT / ..just got rocked by the june '07 test...
« on: September 01, 2007, 03:32:17 PM »
I've been prepping for a long time, so I figured it was time to see where my hard work has gotten me in terms of current tests; in comes the June '07 LSAT (w/ sec. 3 of PT 25 as the ex.).

I got a 156, [insert profanity-laden comments hereÖÖ..]

Completely devastated.

Games, fairly easy. Some how I ran out of time and guessed on every question on the last game (-8)

First arguments, fairly difficult. Made some pitiful mistakes that costed me (-8)

Second arguments, fairly easy. Performed as well as I normally do (~4).

Reading Comp, comparative reading wasnít as bad as I anticipated; but the last passage violated me in all kinds of ways (much like guessing on the last game) (-9).

Obviously this test is the best overall indicator of my expected performance on the 29th.

My question to you all is, what can I do to scrap my soul off the ground (other than beer bonging a fifth of captain morgan and doing a swan dive off a six-story balcony). This test truly took the determination out of me.

Just goes to show you that the logical difficulty of the tests aren't getting easier, yet the scale is crazy.

..and to throw salt on the wound, Michigan lost to Appalachian State?

Studying for the LSAT / Confused LSATer Seeking Brain Ninjas
« on: August 17, 2007, 05:12:52 PM »

So, I took PT 34 (June '01) yesterday and got a disappointing 162. While reviewing the entire test, I ran across a couple args that I still can't grasp. I was hoping a few of you can help me out.

Can someone summarize this arg stimulus:

6. The notion that one might be justified in behaving irrationally in the service of a sufficiently worthy end is incoherent. For if such an action is justified, then one would be behaving rationally, not irrationally.

Can someone show me the logical diagram for this stimulus:

23. To be horrific, a monster must be threatening. Whether or not it presents psychological, moral, or social dangers, or triggers enduring infantile fears, if a monster is physically dangerous then it is threatening. In fact, even a physically benign monster is horrific if it inspires revulsion.

Thanks in advance.


 So, to my knowledge, a PS doesn't necessarily need someone to state why they are choosing law school, correct? I've read that if a law school wants to know explicitly why you want to go to law school they will ask you for a Statement of Purpose instead of a PS. Still, my PS doesn't have anything about why I want to go to law school; what do you think?

Law School Admissions / Question about LS Resume'
« on: August 13, 2007, 10:20:53 PM »

I'm interning in Washington, D.C. spring semester '08 and was wondering if I should convey that on my LS resume. Should I include it and simply project the dates, or write a short addendum? Thanks.

Law School Admissions / A+ = 4.33 - What's your take?
« on: July 13, 2007, 05:52:49 PM »
So over the course of learning the various in-and-outs of the whole LS process the most shocking revelation has to be the fact that LSAC converts A+'s to 4.33. Personally, this pisses me off. Seriously. Apparently a 98-100 at certain schools is considered an A+, but my school (along with many of my friends') doesn't give out A+'s. Not to be conceited, but many classes I found myself in the 98-100 bracket. So, essentially, LSAC is giving a substantial advantage to students at schools who give out A+'s. I understand that UG GPA is not regarded as fair or equal, and the LSAT is supposedly an equalizer (i.e. puts everyone on an even playing field), but seeing people with a 4.22 GPA while knowing my GPA would be substantially higher if A+ís were given out at my school really irks me. So, I guess what Iím saying is that Iím a bitter s.o.b. and I am wondering if you think giving an advantage to a select number of students is fair to the admissions process (now that I think about it, not much with this process is fair: AA, a standardized test w/ tons of admission weight heavily favoring philosophy majors, law schools favoring Ivey League schools even  though many (I realize not all) are renowned for grade inflation).

*This is merely my opinion in an open-ended question format. I am NOT planning on writing an addendum about this (that would do nothing but falsely portray me as having a whinny disposition).

So I've been running into a little trouble with RC. I read all the threads regarding RC but was wondering what past LSAT-takers actually did on the test. Did you write out one-sentence summaries of each paragraph? Underline/highlight main points? Note various points of view? I just find myself having serious time issues when I write ANYTHING out. Should I just practice on my comprehension of the material, as to allow me to mentally note the aforementioned strategies. All help/insight is appreciated.

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