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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Informal LSAT Stats
« on: October 20, 2007, 02:04:12 PM »
1. 162
2. About 10 preptests, a Kraplan Logic Games workbook, various internet sources (like LSD!)
3. 163-175
4. 173

The vast majority of my improvement came in the Logic Games.  I went from getting half the questions wrong to only one on the  real deal (stupid mistake).  I was actually completely guessing on at least one, sometimes two of the games at first.

I would have gotten the LGB had I known of it sooner, but instead I just got the Kaplan logic games workbook.  It may not be as good as the LGB, but it worked for me.

Choosing the Right Law School / Here we go
« on: October 20, 2007, 03:14:11 AM »
I have a 3.58 LSDAS GPA (downgraded from a 3.60) and a 173 LSAT; very average soft factors.  I wish to stay in the Midwest if at all possible.  University of Chicago is my dream school.

Other schools on my list include:

University of Michigan
Northwestern University
Duke (maaaybe)
Cornell (again, maybe)
University of Pennsylvania
Washington University in St. Louis (I'm from St. Louis)
University of Minnesota
University of Illinois
University of Missouri-Columbia (safety)

Is this a decent list of schools to apply to given that I don't want to go to the coasts?  How likely am I to get in to Chicago or Michigan?  Should I really include more T14 schools even though I hate their location?  Should I apply to Harvard just for shits and giggles?  I am not sure how thrilled I am about the prospect of Biglaw.  A nice scholarship at a top 25 school with a good LRAP followed by public interest work sounds great to me.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Why the hell do people transfer scores?!
« on: October 20, 2007, 02:42:21 AM »
If you are able to not horribly screw up due to incompetence, it is a valid strategy for saving time.  That 2-5 seconds per question adds up over the course of a section.  I maintain that it is a good strategy.  However, like everything else with the LSAT, it is something that should be practiced.

And honestly, someone should tinker with the forum settings so that LSAT is  not considered a misspelled word.

173!   ;D  As a sidenote.  I had to work at a local TTT clothing store between 5-10:30 CST tonight.  I was on the boards at around 4:30 when the scores started coming out.  I refreshed and refreshed to no avail until I had to go to work.  I had to then go and fold clothes for 5 and a half hours while I agonized over my score.  But it turned out alright in the end.  I may actually quit that job tomorrow.

Congrats to all those who were satisfied with their score!

Today happens to be my university's "midterm break" day.  So no classes for me to skip!  If I like my score I shall petition to have the day renamed LSAT 180 day.

LSDAS sends complete copies of your transcripts to the law schools you're applying to, in addition to the summary report available on your LSDAS account.

I wouldn't say St. Louis firms prefer SLU and Mizzou grads, but St. Louis firms are very suspicious of people who go to WUSTL and have no other St. Louis connection.  It's very hard to convince them that you're not going to bail on them for a bigger city after you graduate (or a couple of years thereafter).  I knew people who would have been genuinely happy to stay in St. Louis and had good enough grades for some St. Louis firms, but couldn't get jobs in St. Louis and ended up in larger cities. 

Thanks.  That still seems strange to me, but I suppose that's what happens when there is a disparity in prestige between a school and the local market.

What are people not in the top third doing?  Do they know?  People in the bottom 50%?  I realize it may be difficult to generalize, but any anecdotes?

Is it true that St. Louis firms actually prefer SLU and Mizzou grads to WUSTL?

Choosing the Right Law School / Scholarship at T20 or T10?
« on: October 10, 2007, 10:15:27 PM »
This is hypothetical, and I know it to be.  Assume all of the following is true.

I have absolutely no interest in Biglaw.  None.  I will not sell my soul or my life or my marriage to make extra bucks.  I have a strong interest in environmental public interest work and government work at a livable wage.

I have the credentials to attend a T10 school.  Not HYS, but possibly CCN, and definitely MVB.  I would also be applying to places like Vanderbilt, WUSTL (I am from St. Louis and would be thrilled to work there), Minnesota, and UIUC.  I would also be applying to the University of Missouri-Columbia as a safety, where I would be almost assured of receiving a full-ride scholarship.  Mizzou places well in local markets.

Where would be the most cost-efficient school to attend given my goals?

Law School Admissions / Re: diversity statement?
« on: October 10, 2007, 09:57:35 PM »
Unfortunately, I suppose, I am quite liberal.  I guess I'll have to make a go of it as another one of the masses.

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