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General Off-Topic Board / Is Europe Worth it?
« on: January 01, 2008, 03:57:07 PM »
It may seem like a silly question, I know, but I have a good friend in Lille, France and I'm thinking of trying to visit him before LS.  The trip will be absurdly expensive by my standards (I estimated at least 1.5k), and I don't really know if it's worth the cost when I factor in the probability that it'll degenerate into a month-long bender.

Yes, that may not seem like a risk, but I don't know if I want to invest that much money in a random Euro trip at this point.  I could always defer seeing Europe until I'm slightly older.  I've never been.

Any thoughts?  Did anyone go to France and feel like their life was irrevocably changed for the better?  He suggested that I give him a tenative answer as soon as I'm able.

Law School Admissions / Toby Won't Call, Right?
« on: January 01, 2008, 10:41:58 AM »

I checked LSN and it looks like 1/1 was the last post on the bugle.  Well, it was worth a shot and I'm glad I tried.  Most likely, I'll be at a non-Cambridge campus next year.

Perhaps it's for the best.  I've heard that their law school is a little too competitive.  Any thoughts?

Law School Admissions / Is This a Reasonable Decision?
« on: December 29, 2007, 06:28:40 AM »
I've decided not to re-take, since my latest PrepTests don't indicate a significant change in my abilities (maybe I'll break 170 by a few points, but that's about it), and there's always the horror of lowering my score, which could jeopardize my admissions chances at several schools.

This means that, most likely, I'll be attending a good school for a hefty price next year.  During all my time on these forums, I've never heard any "I attended (insert good school here) and the debt is crushing" sob story, so I'm wondering if they exist, or whether I should hear them.

All things considered, do you think that I'll regret this decision, or is my future school ultimately worth the price tag?  Should I make every available effort to raise my LSAT score, or is it reasonable to sit back and ride out my cycle at this juncture?  Do you think that I'll regret this decision?

Choosing the Right Law School / Slightly Disappointed.
« on: December 26, 2007, 12:04:35 PM »

Law School Admissions / My Public UG Was Somewhat Competitive
« on: December 23, 2007, 10:11:47 PM »
Any thoughts?  I didn't attend UChicago or anything like that, so obviously I can't comment with as much credibility as I would like.

Maybe we have the benefit of hindsight, which destroys this "allegory for the cinema" (whatever), but I've watched the film on several instances, and I always thinks it moves very slowly for any film, much less a Hitchcock.

Grace Kelly is gorgeous and Jimmy Stewart is almost as neurotic as Woody Allen, but, otherwise, I think this film is somewhat overrated.  It's more of a thought-provoking play, and, even then, it's a one-trick pony.

General Off-Topic Board / Dolphins over Pats
« on: December 23, 2007, 09:03:43 AM »
I'm going to call it one of the biggest upsets in football history, but it will happen.


Studying for the LSAT / Trickiest LR Question I've Ever Seen
« on: December 22, 2007, 06:14:48 AM »
I've seen some tough parallel reasoning questions, but this one beats all of them and then some.

26.  All known deposits of the mineral tanzanite are in Tanzania.  Therefore, because Ashley collects only tanzanite stones, she is unlikely ever to collect a stone not originally from Tanzania.

Parallel the reasoning . . .

A)  The lagoon on Scrag Island is home to many frogs.  Since the owls on Scrag Island eat nothing but frogs from the island, the owls will probably never eat many frogs that live outside the lagoon.
B)  Every frog ever seen on Scrag Island lives in the lagoon.  The frogs on the island are eaten only by the owls on the island, and hence the owls may never eat an animal that lives outside the lagoon.
C)  Frogs are the only animals known to live in the lagoon on Scrag Island.  The diet of the owls on Scrag Island consists of nothing but frogs from the island.  Therefore, the owls are unlikely ever to eat an animal that lives outside the lagoon.
D)  The only frogs yet discovered on Scrag Island live in the lagoon.  The diet of all the owls on Scrag Island consists entirely of frogs on the island, so the owls will probably never eat an animal at lives outside the lagoon.
E)  Each frog on Scrag Island lives in the lagoon.  No owl on Scrag Island is known to eat anything but frogs on the island.  It follows that no owl on Scrag Island will eat anything that lives outside the lagoon.

Studying for the LSAT / How Would You Simplify This LR?
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:25:02 PM »
I got it right, but my brain stings a little, and I doubt that I would have nailed it under timed pressure.  What are some simplification strategies?

22.  Some types of organisms originated through endosymbiosis, the engulfing of one organism by another so that a part of the former becomes a functioning part of the latter.  An unusual nucleomorph, a structure that contains DNA and resembles a cell nucleus, has been discovered within a plant known as a chlorarachniophyte.  Two versions of a particular gene have been found in the DNA of this nucleomorph, and one would expect to find only a single version of this gene if the nucleomorph were not the remains of an englufed organism's nucleus.


A)  Only organisms of types that originated through endosymbiosis contains nucleomorphs.
B)  A nucleomorph within the chlorarachniophyte holds all of the genetic material of some other organism.
C)  Nucleomorphs orginated when an organism endosymbiotically engulfed a chlorarachniophyte.
D)  Two organisms will not undergo endosymbiosis unless at least one of them contains a nucleomorph.
E)  Chrlorarachniophytes emerged as the result of two organisms having undergone endosymbiosis.

I was just working through PrepTest 36 and I came across a relatively simple sufficient problem with a henious answer choice:

"People who are not dissatisfied with themselves are less likely than others to pursue personal excellence."

Do you just turn it into satisfied?  That seems to be justified, since it's TCR.  Should you always turn - - into a +?  Any exceptions?

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