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Law School Admissions / Re: Taking UNLV over CCN
« on: February 12, 2008, 11:43:30 AM »
If I recall correctly, there's an In-N-Out Burger immediately on the UNLV campus.  There is no In-N-Out Burger in either Chicago or New York City.

It seems that the choice has been made for you.

if i knew this 2 months ago i would have applied to UNLV

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: URMs at Cornell/ Columbia
« on: February 12, 2008, 10:35:36 AM »

It's not like he's getting any personal gain out of his posts, but rather is seemingly trying to do you people a favor by having you realize what reality after law school actually is.

I don't view his selected samples as defining the "reality" of the legal world. In fact, some might say his samples are cynical, biased, and dare I say unrepresentative.

his samples might not be representative of the average legal career experience, but it must be admitted there are still many many attys who are unhappy with their career choice and their job situations. That is a reality.  It's good to do your research beforehand so you don't become one of these people.

I'm stunned at all the negative remarks that wiimote generates whenever he posts.  I for one, find his stories interesting and quite compelling.  It's not like he's getting any personal gain out of his posts, but rather is seemingly trying to do you people a favor by having you realize what reality after law school actually is.

I would take as much in as possible and do my research, since it is your future that you are playing with.  No need to insult the guy for finding interesting case studies.

I think this article is a good example of making sure you know what you're getting into...not the "T14 or bust" plan.  We all say "I'm different, I know I want to be a lawyer and I also know I'll work really hard and be in the top 10-15% of my class"....but would you still go even if you're only making 50-60k upon graduation?  your classmates will be working really hard, and landing a spot at the top of the class is not easy.  i've said this before on other posts, but you guys should really get a job at a law firm to make sure you can handle this work.  kudos to the people that have thought ahead and done that.

Law School Admissions / Re: ? re LSN site...who are the outliers?
« on: January 10, 2008, 12:24:12 AM »
from wikipedia:

In statistics such as stratified samples, an outlier is an observation that is numerically distant from the rest of the data. Statistics derived from data sets that include outliers will often be misleading. For example, if one is calculating the average temperature of 10 objects in a room, and most are between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, but an oven is at 350 °C, the median of the data may be 23 but the mean temperature will be 55. In this case, the median better reflects the temperature of a randomly sampled object than the mean. Outliers may be indicative of data points that belong to a different population than the rest of the sample set.

on all of these graphs you'll see a solid line of admits....the question bugging me is....who are the outliers?

like ilovecheese said...people that got into HYS with sub 170 lsats, not people that get into cooley with + 170 lsats (which would also be outliers, but not the ones i'm interested in).

obviously, you'll have some jokers screwing around to mess up the numbers, i.e. profiles with 4.0 and 180 lsats, not saying they dont exist but people are bound to mess with the site.

does everyone assume like I do that the numbers on LSN are slightly higher than reality, just because people that are so interested in the process are going to have slightly higher numbers?  can we make the assumption that when a school admits students below their 25th percentiles, they are admitting a larger percentage of students that dont use sites like this to improve their applications, maybe older students that arent so net savvy?

Law School Admissions / ? re LSN site...who are the outliers?
« on: January 09, 2008, 05:49:19 PM »
are these the URM's or are they the soft factor superstars?  I always hear people on here saying "you're such and such URM?  they give them a 5 pt lsat boost." well then wouldnt we see that reflected on LSN? thoughts?

taking the lsat again in feb.  i know some schools wont accept your feb score, but some will.  if i already applied to a school that does accept feb scores, do they have to ask for a new report, and i pay another $12 to have it sent out?  not worried about the $, just concerned that i understand the process correctly.

also, while on this feb test subject...suppose a school doesnt accept feb scores....can i appeal a rejection and note my higher score? obviously this is a last resort, not a strategy for acceptance.


in hindsight it was foolish not to add these details to give the situation some more context.

i already have a score that i am ok with, its from 2 1/2 years ago.  I already applied to about 10 schools with this score, i just finished that process a couple weeks ago.

i can still take your tips and use them, thanks much.  but this gives you guys a better idea as to why i'm having a hard time making myself go through with this again.  ultimately, its my choice so i have no reason to complain.  i feel like i need to give this one more shot but its hard to make myself study for this.  i need to see if i can get a better score, its just what i've got to do. and actually, the score that i have, the one im ok with, wont get me into my dream schools, it'll just get me into some decent local ones. enough typing, i need to hit the books.

need your advice.  kind words are appreciated, but im really looking for something more along the lines of selfmotivation. what can i do to get through a few more weeks of studying? i took a class for the dec lsat, bombed it and cancelled my score. i signed up for feb a couple days ago. took all of december off from studying. i was feeling good leading up to the dec test, i think i burned myself out towards the end, and also freaked out on test day. any advice for me? just a few more weeks..i know...but im suffering from a bad case of a.d.d. right now. or something.

thanks in advance.

Law School Admissions / Re: Cornell Dean's Certification
« on: January 04, 2008, 01:58:28 PM »
my school did the same.

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