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Law School Admissions / Re: why use lsac for applications?
« on: October 23, 2007, 05:12:18 PM »
Honestly I think the requirement to register for the LSDAS is kind of ridiculous considering the costs incurred to go through the third party. That being said, you have no choice but to use the LSDAS for your applications. You can send a hard copy of an application in yes, but all ABA accredited schools will require an LSDAS report so you have no choice; you must go through the LSAC in your law school admissions process.

I would retake your prep course if they offer the option of taking it again for free. I took a Kaplan course and didn't even do all the minimum requirements, but I feel like if I had done ALL that they had given me I would have scored (5-10 pts) better. The thing I have taken away from Kaplan is that the classroom component is good, but the real value lies in all the supplemental material they give you to do at home.

Law School Admissions / Re: SSN# on LSAC Apps
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:15:02 AM »
This happened on my app to Kentucky. I just kept clicking the boxes and retyping the numbers that it wasn't taking until it finally took them. This took a LOT of tries... I was almost considering not filling in the two numbers that I had this issue with.

If you are at the TOP of your class at even a lowly ranked school you can still enter into BigLaw. Sometimes I feel like the posters on here forget that BigLaw firms have satellite offices around the country (not just the major cities in the NE). I know this for a fact because I know some associates and a partner too that went to what many people call a TTT - I've also become convinced after going to their office with them that BigLaw is not worth the compensation.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2 questions?
« on: October 22, 2007, 02:49:55 PM »
Oh and one more thing if the schools that you would be retaking the LSAT to get in to (i.e. the T14's) average your score then I would also wrangle with the question of whether or not its actually worth retaking it. You say you have been scoring in the 167 - 170 range, so even if you were to score 170 that would yield a 167 once averaged. It may actually be worth it to get your application in earlier rather than wait for a 3 point gain. And also, not be a buzzkill, but if you scored say 167 on your Dec retake, that would average to just a 1.5 point increase.

I just took the LSAT in September and was hoping for a score in the 162-166 range based on my practice, but ended up with a 160. After weighing it out though I decided it would be better for me to apply early rather than retest.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 2 questions?
« on: October 22, 2007, 02:44:11 PM »
You should definitely go ahead and apply to Emory, BC, and Fordham because you have a VERY good shot as it is. In terms of T14 though I am not that sure because thats not a segment that I am considering at all. In my opinion though, I would apply to your T14 choices now as well, but indicate on the application that you are in fact retaking in December and to hold on your decision until then. If you weren't to retake you would still have a quite a nice pick of law schools in the T25 and maybe even a few of the lower T14 schools.

Law School Admissions / Re: 160/3.01
« on: October 20, 2007, 02:42:35 PM »

Law School Admissions / Re: 160/3.01
« on: October 20, 2007, 10:16:20 AM »
Also, after studying the LSAC Calculator a little more closely I'm also thinking of applying to Alabama, Kentucky, and Case Western.

Law School Admissions / 160/3.01
« on: October 20, 2007, 09:43:57 AM »
Soft Factors:
Worked Throughout Undergrad to Finance Schooling
Accelerated Education to Graduate in 2 Years Due to Financial Reasons
   As such, I did not take any of the BS classes that pad many people's GPAs.
Interned with Merrill Lynch
Studied Abroad in Beijing
Associate Justice on Student Traffic Court
Asian - Specifically, Indian

I included these in my personal statement.

As of now, I have applied to UF, Emory, FSU, Miami, Temple, Penn State, Georgia State, and Stetson. I realize that Emory and Temple are pretty much completely out of the question.

Do any of you have any suggestions on other schools that I should consider applying to?.. I would like to go to the highest ranked school possible, but don't want to spend time or money on applying to schools that I really have no chance at.

Thanks in advance!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT 3x?
« on: October 20, 2007, 07:22:54 AM »
The LSAT was essentially created as a one take test, except for extreme situations, but that has slackened a little bit as of late and some schools are starting to recognize that quite a few students are retaking, but three times is a bit much I think. You have to keep in mind that the LSAT is not like the SAT (a test that it is greatly in your benefit to take multiple times).

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