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Incoming 1Ls / You’re TOO GOOD to me. Really.
« on: November 11, 2007, 08:09:00 PM »
Apparently some LSD readers have started a law school blog dedicated to making fun of my law school blog:

Your blog: WeFindYouRepulsive

My blog: LawSchoolBlogger

First of all, I’m completely flattered.  I had no idea inspired so much passion in you guys.

Second of all, I am pretty curious as to who started the blog…

Just want to know who to thank.

Incoming 1Ls / Not To Discourage You, BUT...
« on: October 24, 2007, 10:13:50 PM »
Not to discourage you guys, but FYI, roughly 90% of my classmates HATE law school.  I do like it…but I’m definitely in the minority.  You’ve been warned.


Why is John Edwards the only Presidential candidate who actually talks about beign a lawyer?  Is this what’s keeping him down?


Law School Admissions / Applying To 26 Law Schools?!
« on: October 24, 2007, 10:08:51 PM »
My friend Gabe just told me his sister applied to 26 law schools.  That’s CRAZY—right?  Has anybody applied to this many schools?   


According to the American Bar Association, when my father began his legal education in 1968, there were just 3,554 women enrolled in ABA-accredited schools; when I began law school in 2005, there were 66,613. In 1971,  just 5,568 minority students attended ABA-accredited law school; in 2005, 29,768 did. There’s a good chance my father couldn’t get into the University of Michigan Law School today with his old scores.

That’s the kind of sound-minded evaluation that can only be done in retrospect; before taking the LSAT, all I knew was that I had to score at least a 170 so I could get into my father’s law school or else, like scientist George Darwin, I’d be forever doomed to work in my father’s professional shadow.


Studying for the LSAT / Why I Didn't Take An LSAT Review Course
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:35:59 AM »
David Sedaris once wrote, “The truly crazy are labeled so on the grounds that they see nothing wrong with their behavior.”  Similarly, bad test takers don’t grasp how bad they are at taking tests until they get their grades back. If they knew how poorly they were going to do, they would study harder. That’s the best way I can explain my decision not to take any LSAT review courses.

I might justify my decision by saying 1) I did well on the SAT, 2) the LSAT is just one letter away, 3) my ex-workout buddy, who got into a prestigious California law school—a prestigious ABA-accredited California law school—told me that the LSAT and SAT are “pretty much the same test,” and 4) I believed him.

Unfortunately, in making my decision I failed to consider that 1) my parents forced me take a Princeton Review course before the SAT, 2) the course greatly improved my SAT score, and 3) the reason I stopped working out with my ex-workout buddy was that I couldn’t tolerate his habitual lying.


Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Lowdown For Beginners
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:32:21 AM »
The Law School Admission Test is a five-hour multiple-choice exam administered to crush the aspirations of twenty-somethings who grew up watching Law & Order thinking: That looks cool. I can do that. These twenty-somethings are largely wrong—they can’t do that. To make that point perfectly clear, the Law School Admission Committee designed the LSAT such that the average test taker (one who scores at the 50th percentile) can’t even complete the exam in the given time. As one might expect, half of all LSAT takers receive below average scores,  and for that half, the chances of admission are not good. But not to worry, Law & Order fans, according to the Northeastern Illinois University website:

“There are at least two accredited law schools in the nation that will take almost anyone, offering them the chance at law school, but nothing more. These schools tend to flunk out 75% of their students after the first year, taking their tuition and sending them off. But if you can hack it, you can stay.”
Students with low LSAT scores can also enroll in non-accredited law schools, but I don’t know why they’d want to; most states—California being the most notable exception—won’t even allow graduates of non-accredited law schools to take the bar exam. According to Princeton Review, non-accredited law schools have other problems:

“Some critics argue that schools not accredited by the ABA are oriented less towards instilling students with a thorough knowledge of the law, and more towards teaching them how to pass the bar exam, supplying part-time professors and Spartan facilities. Two years ago, approximately eighty percent of students who attended ABA-approved schools in California passed the bar exam, versus approximately thirty percent for students who attended [California Bar Association]-approved schools, and about fifteen percent for those who went the non-accredited route.”
The Princeton Review also says, “Many people feel that they have to score at least a 160 to get into a ‘good’ law school. That’s pure myth.” That’s a gentle way of saying, If you don’t score at least a 160, you are a failure—not just as a prospective law student, but as a human being. Nobody could ever love an idiot like you. Unlike the SAT, if you get a bad LSAT score, you can’t take the test a second time without consequence. Law schools are given access to your complete record, not just your highest score.

Learn more on my blog: -RickLax

Law School Admissions / Why So Many Poli-Sci Students Go To Law School
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:25:46 AM »
In terms of employability, political science degrees make English degrees look like business degrees. Politics isn’t a science and, therefore, there’s no such thing as a political scientist, and, therefore, Poli-Sci students generally need to find other fields to actually enter upon graduation.


P.S., At my old school, the University of Michigan, my Poli-Sci classmates swore they’d never go into teaching political science...but fraternity pledges say the same thing about abolishing hazing once they become upper-classmen. And yet, year after year, these ridiculous, pointless rituals continue.

As does fraternity hazing. 

“I have some exciting news,” my torts professor said, beaming, as if he had just won a Golden Apple teaching award. “I just found out ten minutes ago. The Dean sent out an e-mail. Here, I’ll read it to you.” My torts professor continued:

“From 2002 to 2006, the median LSAT score for fulltime students climbed from 154 to 160. That represents an improvement from the 53rd to the 82nd percentile, one of the largest percentile increases of any law school. For years, the DePaul University College of Law has ranked in the so-called third tier, which, along with the fourth tier, contains schools in the bottom half of the ranking. This year we were ranked as one of the Top 100 schools. In fact, we jumped to the 80th position. This is perhaps the largest jump of any law school in the history of the ranking system. ”

Whenever the subject of law school rankings or DePaul’s Tier III status had come up in the past, my classmates had feigned apathy, but upon hearing that we had made the Top 100 list, they burst into WILD applause.

-Rick Lax.

P.S., Read more at LawSchoolBlogger

Incoming 1Ls / Law School Blog (With Photos)
« on: October 08, 2007, 08:45:14 PM »
I’ve been writing about law school for about nine months now...and I just wanted to hear what you guys thought of my blog. 

You check it out at

You’ll find lots of pictures there, and, of course, you’re welcome to make fun of everything you read. After being on LSD for a while now, I’ve come to expect that….

Still, thanks,
Rick Lax @

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