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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Disappointed: no progress
« on: September 21, 2007, 11:43:26 AM »
I've had a "checkered" past to put it kindly, and I really did little, other than drink and raise my girls, during my twenties. 

Check out the proverbial numbers @, find a school that matches your GPA and LSAT, then, check last year applicants.  This is a good starting point, but calling law schools and asking about $$ is better.

Also, if you're all about the potential $$.  There are much better ways to big $$ than law.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Principle question stems
« on: September 21, 2007, 11:35:28 AM »
First,  Strengthen/Justify Principle questions contain the a principle that acts as a broad premise, which supports or proves the conclusion.   Thus you need to identify what the underlying idea is, and then is used to draw the conclusion.   Think of it as an abstract Main point question.

Second, the Must be True Principle question is taken FROM the stimulus and applied to five different answer choices, therefore, it can address a possibility not addressed in the stimulus.   So, you are looking for the answer that is an EFFECT of the principle when applied.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Disappointed: no progress
« on: September 21, 2007, 11:23:01 AM »
Final_ID, I'm curious why you need a 170?  From what limited amount I know about you, you're concerned with $$ over anything else; be it a scholarship or future employment.

I'm geographically limited due to my wifes employment, so my choices are limited.  The top school in my area is University of Washington and with my GPA, I need about a 172 to be accepted.  However, two other schools, Seattle University and Gonzaga (which my very successful father attended before they were ABA accredited) are good schools. 

I've been honest with myself, I most likely will get around 162-166 even though my PTs are in the high 160s crossing to 170.  While this will not get me into my top choice, it will allow me to attend two schools that will most likely cost me zero. 

I am sure I'll catch a lot of flak for this but... if you're not in the top-14 schools, the school you attend really means little.  I am speaking from experience, for I know and have a lot of attorneys in my family, and most if not all, say the school you attend is very low on the list.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Disappointed: no progress
« on: September 21, 2007, 10:18:57 AM »
I'm going to be bluntly honest with you. I think you have an over-inflated opinion of yourself and your abilities.

I think your performance as an adult in the last 20 years, not stellar by your own admission, is more indicative of your performance than a score on a test 20 years ago. I think you need to start looking inward and fix YOURSELF, and then maybe you can concentrate on taking the LSAT and going to law school. The way to start is by being honest with yourself. No more hiding behind the "But I'm so smart and no one understands me!" bull. A majority of people on this forum are very smart, and we all seem to manage. Stop playing with girls 20 years your junior. Grow up. Get thee to a therapist and learn how to not be so damn self-centered and arrogant.

If you don't get along with a boss or two, hey, it happens to everyone. But when you can't get along with ANY boss, you need to start looking at the common denominator in those relationships, you.

As a fellow non-trad, I have tried to sympathize with you. However, you make it extremely difficult. You remind me of my teenagers, and I'm speaking to you now as I would to them. Time to stop lying to yourself and BECOME who you really want to be. Surely this isn't it.

Well, said.  Seriously, you NAILED it.   

As a non-trad myself, I keep asking myself, "why is this guy so proud to be dating strippers, 20 years younger, etc."  As a father of three girls one of which just turned 13, this is the type of personality that scares me the most.

Also, it won't get me MONEY MONEY MONEY from reputable schools. I suspect that I cannot afford typical law school debt. (And yet one related reason that I'm interested in getting a JD is that my earning power is so low that I cannot afford normal life without it. Cart, meet horse. You two agree on who is going first, OK?)

How much "Money" do you need?  Come on, this coming from a 41 year-old guy that proudly touts his stripper girlfriend, and let's not forget living with mom and dad. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: philosophy majors
« on: September 21, 2007, 09:40:10 AM »
When you plainly insult someone but then follow it up with "no offense," you haven't negated the insult.

But following up with " stupid feminine hygiene product..." clearly has negated the insult. haha

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Kaplan LSAT 180 for RC
« on: September 21, 2007, 08:29:39 AM »
doltyn had mentioned this earlier, and since I had the book but never used it, I decided to flip through the RC section.  I find it much more helpful than NOVA or anything else for that matter.  But I'm only half-way through it. 

Funny you mention Kaplan "sucking".  I got the book as a X-mas gift and set it aside because all the negativity I read about Kaplan on this site.  One week before the test, it's my main resource!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ***Old vs. New***
« on: September 21, 2007, 08:25:20 AM »
169 ... 170....ONE WEEK WHAT AM I GONNA DO

Wow!  What are you going to do?  If you do not get over a 170, you're a complete failure! No school worth attending will take anyone with less than a 170!!! (Note sarcasm)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to Sleep Well for Test Day
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:09:39 PM »
To the bane of my liver, I've used a combination of 3 out of the 4 for years...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How to Sleep Well for Test Day
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:03:11 PM »
I've been taking it for a week now (my MIL has a doctorate on Chinese Medicine, go figure, after 30 years as a DoD employee, and had both Mag and HTP-5 on her kitchen table.)  Works great!!!  With melatonin, I usually fall asleep fine, but wake up in the middle of the night. With the mag cocktail, slept all the way through until 5am (a feat for me.)

Does your MIL live with you?

This works: 10mg Melatonin, 100mg Trazadone, 6 Tylonel PM, and sex (or a hand job for the less fortunate).

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