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Incoming 1Ls / Re: PREPPING FOR 1L -- HELP
« on: March 03, 2009, 01:35:50 PM »
Do nothing. Chill out. Drink some beers. Have a good time. Law school will begin in due time, and there will be plenty of work to be had at that point. And as for the job search, remember that if you start using NALP to compile employers now you'll have to pay for your mail merge lists whereas they'll be free once school starts.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pros/Cons of Cornell?
« on: February 28, 2009, 02:00:25 PM »
Go to Duke. Go to Duke. Go to Duke. Go to Duke.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Chicago Class of 2012
« on: February 09, 2009, 12:57:48 PM »
I live about a thirty-minute walk from the law school and walk all the time. I usually avoid the minus wind chill days, but even then, it can be done. I prefer walking in the cold to waiting for the bus in the cold. Anyway, when it's actually *nice* out, it's time to break out the bike.

And just to reiterate, there are university housing pets-OK buildings all over Hyde Park, including... looks like around 6... on the north side of Hyde Park. Look for the paw print:

OK, back to this obnoxious memo. If you catch me posting again today, please yell at me.

This is correct. I was mistaken because I was only offered and apartment on the north side and when I asked about the possibility of moving to a different building told that there weren't any others available - but that probably had more to do with the time that I moved up.

Even more reason to like university housing.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Chicago Class of 2012
« on: February 07, 2009, 11:39:30 AM »
Just some info:

I live in University housing and I really like it. If you want to be surrounded by all of your classmates its probably not the way to go - most of my neighbors are divinity students - but we have a really nice apartment (much nicer/larger than Regents) and pay like half the price (795/mo). That said, if you don't have any pets you should request a building on the more northern side of HP. You can't walk to the school like I can, but you'll be closer to the gym, the restaurants/bars, and to all your fellow students when you do want some company.

Just my two cents.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: University of Chicago Class of 2011
« on: February 07, 2009, 11:34:32 AM »
omg at "posner answers the feminists" today. who wanted to hug posner/hit him in the face with a pie? (i'm in the latter group.)

What wasn't to like about Posner? He shot down an entire critical perspective in under 10 seconds. Oh yeah, maybe thats what not like about him. Whatever, good laugh.

I'm assuming you're young and just don't know any better.

And I'm assuming you're a dummy.

Actually, its not an assumption, because you're trying to prove that white women are affected by AA policies in college admissions by pointing to Title IX. I might be "young" but I'm not stupid. I already knew that Title IX existed.  The fact that its illegal to discriminate against someone is not equatable to saying that they beneficiaries of AA in college admissions decisions. The point is that no white woman's application is put in a special pile because she's a woman. There is no white woman at HLS that scored a 158 on her LSAT.

By the way, I support AA. I just think you're coming at this from the wrong angle. A better way to point out the problem with opposing AA is that college loans are a form of AA - government backed support for a group of people who otherwise would not be able to attend college. But you don't hear any rich kids with 1100 SATs saying, "Man, if the government didn't give all those poor assholes money to go to college I'd be in by default."

But I digress. You're a dummy.

There are no affirmative action policies in place that benefit white women (at least in the college admissions game, which is what is generally considered on this board). White women are treated exactly the same as white men by admissions departments. Don't be a dummy.

Umm, AA started with women, hell title 9 is AA gone mad. They don't give white women an advatange in admissions becuase AA worked so well for them in the 60-70s that they make up half the damn population in school now. GET BACK IN THE KICTEHN U WOMENZ

Alright, you just said the same exact thing I did. They don't give white women an advantage in admissions.

There are no affirmative action policies in place that benefit white women (at least in the college admissions game, which is what is generally considered on this board). White women are treated exactly the same as white men by admissions departments. Don't be a dummy.

First things first, check your previous hypos, 9 times out of ten this will eliminate an answer choice or more, and probably half the time it will get you the correct answer with no additional work.

When you have to start testing, I don't think there's really any consensus about whether to test the choice thats in the most ACs (of course you don't test anything thats in every one) or the one thats in the fewest. If you go with with what's in the most, and it doesn't work, then you've just made a huge step towards getting the right answer. But if it does work, then you've not done yourself much good.  If you go with the one thats in the few ACs and it does work, you're golden. But if it doesn't, you're screwed. Moral of the story: Make sure you check your hypos (including correct answers from list questions earlier in the game) before you start testing.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 13, 2008, 11:05:25 AM »
I took a quick look at the RC bible. I didn't order it but got a chance to look over someone else's copy for about thirty minutes. It looks to me to be very well done, and basically it tries to teach you all the "tricks" that a good reader will already know, with a very well organized methodology. I think it could definitely be a big help for alot of people. That being said, at least from my preliminary look at it, I think that its going to have the same problems that all RC methods have. 1) If you only suggest methods for targeted reading, and discuss question types (which ithis bible does, but then goes far beyond it, which I'll discuss shortly), you will see some increases, but you'll never address the core problem that many students are having - bad reading ability. 2) If you take the other approach, which is what Powerscore had done with this book, and try to actually teach good reading, then the people that really learn the material well will see huge increases in score, but in the meantime you will leave a majority of people behind. This is because the number of things that need to be taught, the number of concepts that will be relevant to every single passage you will see is astronomical - hence 11 chapters, over 300 pages, all devoted to the subject.  With logic games and logical reasoning, there are only a few really key logical concepts to understand - these would normally be covered in a few chapters, or a few classes - and the remaining part of effective methodologies will be a discussion of each different question type, or each different game type, with a couple more concepts that will be relevant to each of those question types. This gives students the ability to think categorically, and draw only the relevant concepts for each question or game type.  But reading comp is, in this respect, totally different. The great majority of the information in those 340 some pages will be relevant to EVERY reading comp passage, meaning that there will be a great wealth of information not only to know well (which, admittedly, is true of every section) but also no real clear signal (such as a question stem or recognizable game type) as to what part of your knowledge is relevant. I anticipate that some of you will object that there are some clear distinctions in RC - for example, you know that you will probably see a science passage, a law passage, a humanities passage, etc.  But the fundamental approach to all of these types of passages is the same, meaning that knowing that you're looking at a "science passage" isn't going to help you in the respect that I just discussed.  Don't get me wrong, I think that reading comp is definitely learnable, and in the Reading comp bible I saw advice that is very, very similar (although different in a few respects) to the type of advice that I would give my students. And I've seen some student make big increases in reading comp. And I commend Powerscore for making a book that really tries to teach the fundamentals in a digestable way. And I'm sure that this book will help many students. I just think it will also leave many students scratching their heads.

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