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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How Long Did You Study for the LSAT?
« on: November 01, 2007, 02:05:46 PM »
I took my first diagnostic in June (169, although it was a "fake" LSAT, and I now doubt whether it was a good indicator of where I was then), then didn't do anything LSAT related until the beginning of September.  At that point I did a practice test once every three days or so and went through a couple other prep books.  Ended up with a 173.

I heard Wash U is very conservative...any comments? And what's up with the M to F ratio?

I don't know about the political climate of WUSTL itself, but St. Louis in general is what I'd call a moderate area.  The actual city itself always goes democrat, while the suburbs tend to run more towards the conservative side of the spectrum.  Of course there are lots of exceptions though.

What is the food like in St. Louis? Is there a gym on campus or nearby?

To add to wustl3l's post, there is an area known as the Hill not too far from campus well known for its great Italian restaurants, if you happen to like Italian.

(I'm a 0L, but I'm from St. Louis)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Why the hell do people transfer scores?!
« on: October 26, 2007, 11:26:30 AM »
I'll wager anything that people who bubble after each question actually lose less time, ceteris paribus. Why? Because everyone has to transcribe eventually and the people who bubble as they go never have to circle their answers.

Clearly a rigorous, scientific, double-blind study must be done to determine the answer to this important question.

Law School Admissions / Re: Gifts for recommenders?
« on: October 26, 2007, 11:19:08 AM »
This may (read: probably is) be a stupid question, but should I hand deliver thank you notes, or simply drop them off in their mailbox?  Does it matter?

I'd take it out if I were you.

Law School Admissions / Re: Will Adcomms Google Your Name?
« on: October 25, 2007, 02:56:28 PM »
Googling my name yields a bunch of pages that have to do with some bigshot accountant with the same name... he even has the same middle initial.  Maybe when I become a lawyer he can direct clients to his fellow (first name) (middle initial) (last name).

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Question about prep tests...
« on: October 24, 2007, 02:17:55 PM »
Yes, get all the "Actual" books.  They're real preptests.  Only buy individual preptests that have not yet been published in a book.  The most recent tests have not yet been put into a book, although there may be one soon (year or two?), as I think they've got 10 of them now they can throw together.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: is the LSAT getting harder?
« on: October 24, 2007, 02:14:22 PM »
Logic Games are definitely not as tricky as they used to be.  And Logic Games is by far the most learnable of the sections.  The first time I took a preptest cold, I didn't even get to 2 of the games and completely guessed.  After a couple months of study, I missed one question on the September exam. 

That being said, it's hard to gauge if LR and RC are easier or harder.  LR seems about the same as always.  They've thrown in the comparative passage for RC, but that didn't seem more difficult to me.  YMMV.  Also, these two sections respond less well to prep in my experience.

If you're not already doing very well on LG, that should be the area you spend most of your study time on.

So the LG are getting easier, and the RC may be getting more harder.  Really, the biggest difference that I can discern from earlier tests is the much stricter scale.  The content may even be somewhat easier, but you need to really nail it to get the same score that a somewhat more mediocre performance would have gotten you 10 years ago.

Where are you at now on your LSAT scores?  170+ is doable in a month or so, but it depends on where you're starting from.  Also, I wouldn't let the age thing get you down... I am (finally) graduating from UG in a month, and I'm 24.  Even if you take a year off you'll still start Law School as a younger man than I will.  And although a year seems like forever, it's nothing in the big picture.  If you're not satisfied with the LSAT scores you're getting leading up to the December tests, it would be MUCH smarter to take a year off, really dedicate yourself to studying, get some work experience, and then go to a (hopefully) much better law school than you could have gone to otherwise.

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