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Studying for the LSAT / Is the 5 pt drop on test day true?
« on: November 14, 2007, 06:50:34 AM »
I had an admissions rep tell me to "expect a 5 pt drop from prep tests to the real thing". 5 POINTS? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I've been painfully consistent on prep tests... scoring with a range of only 1 point on EVERY TEST! And, while I continually try to get it higher, I have accepted that I may have "peaked" at a 159. And, with a 3.9 GPA, I stand a good shot at several of my T2 choices (and maybe lower T1s?). But, if this 5 point drop thing is for real, I'm in trouble...

Please, somebody... say it's a myth...

My life has been pretty good. I'm an only child. Moved every year as a kid, which although lonely, taught me independence. (Considered that a topic for awhile, but have no clue how to expand past that one fragment without sounding like filler). My parents are still married. They paid for me to attend a respectable private college where I majored in creative writing. After graduating, I went to paralegal school and have been working in that field for 5 years. I haven't had any struggles to overcome... ever. Things just seem to fall into my lap. I'm not a minority. I've never travelled abroad. I considered the paralegal angle, but two problems: a)this is probably a very common topic; b)the types of law I've worked in are not what I want to practice, and I feel wrong claiming "inspiration" when I've had none. Anyway, I have no idea what to write about... The examples I've seen all seem to be from people who have led an extraordinary life ("and as I held his beating heart in my hand, I knew..."). Seriously? Who ARE these people? My inclination is to be creative with a whimsical ancedote that leads into something more substantial, but I fear "whimsy" may not be the best approach for getting into law school. I could really use some guidance here. Thanks~

Studying for the LSAT / need a distraction?
« on: October 19, 2007, 10:26:46 AM »
This game is awesome and VERY addictive. Hopefully, it will distract everyone who's waiting for their score.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Fee Waivers = Better Shot?
« on: October 17, 2007, 11:07:05 AM »
I've received several Fee Waivers to well-ranked schools including W&L and Northwestern. Does this imply that they think I have a good shot at admission? Or, is this an attempt to up their number of applications, so as to lower their precentage of admitted students and appear more elite (of the 10,000 applications, we only took 100 people, etc.)?

Studying for the LSAT / Need advice QUICK- Kaplan has ruined my score!
« on: September 22, 2007, 03:01:35 PM »
Help! I need advice quickly! I didn't know this board existed until a week ago. Meanwhile, my attorney/boss told me that Kaplan was the best way to raise my score. So, I enrolled... before the class, I was scoring 158-159 pretty consistently... every week I "learn" more, my score drops. Today's test resulted in a 150!!! Should I take the LSAT in a week (if for no other reason, than to get my money back through their guarantee- unless somebody here knows if that's a scam too) OR should I forget about the money and postpone until December... studying under my own methods until then?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Texas rankings
« on: September 19, 2007, 08:23:22 AM »
I have a 3.88 from undergrad. I'm currently prepping for the Sept LSAT and am scoring 153-155 (although I'm working extremely hard to get that up a few more points before then). I'm leaning towards staying in-state (Texas). There are 9 law schools in Texas: UT, SMU, Baylor, Houston, TX Tech, St. Mary's, TX Weselyan, South TX, and TX Southern. I'm not going to apply to UT (unless my LSAT miraculously comes up 10 points), but I will apply to all the others. Here's my question: are there any schools in that list that are considered so bad that it wouldn't be worth going to (as far as job prospects goes-- keeping in mind that I plan to practice in Texas). Note: this question speaks to reputation... not to US News' "tier" rankings. Thank you~

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