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Law School Admissions / LSAST 120-180 to percentiles
« on: August 30, 2004, 06:46:42 PM »
Does each score in the 120-180 range represent the same percentile for people taking different tests?  That is, does a 165 in 2000 mean you scored in the Xth percentile in 2001, and does a 165 in 2003 mean you scored in that same Xth percentile in 2003?  If so, does anyone know how the 120-180 range maps to percentiles?

Just wanted to let you guys know I just received The Next 10 Actual, Offical LSAT Prep Tests from LSAC today.  I ordered from their Web site on August 23, so it took them exactly one week to ship it to me.  I asked about the optional 2-day express shipping, and was told you need to place your order over the phone to do that. 

Speaking as someone with an engineering degree who has worked with compu-geeks for the past 5 years, I would be amazed if engineers outperformed on a general basis anyone whose major required reading and writing.  True, the logic games may come naturally, but that's only 25% of the exam.  The other 75% requires reading comprehension skills.  At Penn State, exactly 6 of 130+ credits required for an engineering degree are reading/writing related.

Law School Admissions / Re: Stupid president, hot daughters
« on: August 30, 2004, 01:43:12 PM »
W. has "street smarts".  That means he knows what street he lives on.  Seriously though, at least the guy tells it like it is: "After all," said W. with a smirk on face, "he tried to kill my dad."  No better reason than that for going after Saddam!  I'd be pretty pissed too if someone tried to kill my dad.

I'm in the same boat here.  I've been trying to get the Next 10 LSATs for 2 weeks now.  When I ordered the first 2 practice LSAT books from Amazon I had them in a week.  I couldn't find any of them at the Penn State bookstore today.  I had cancelled my Amazon order for the Next 10 last week when I realized how long it would take, and ordered from LSAC instead.  They didn't provide any time frame, so I sent them an e-mail inquiring about delivery.  I was told 5-10 days.  Did someone actually have it take 3 weeks?  If anybody knows how I could get my hands on a copy ASAP, I'll send you a money order first thing in the AM :)

Law School Admissions / Re: Admission probability calculator
« on: August 29, 2004, 08:33:46 PM »
Good lord that was fast.  Thanks! :)

Law School Admissions / Admission probability calculator
« on: August 29, 2004, 08:29:47 PM »
A few days ago, somebody posted a link to a Web site that calculates your odds of getting into every law school based on GPA/LSAT.  I forgot to bookmark the site and now I can't find the link.  Does anybody else have it?

Law School Admissions / Re: to how many schools will you apply?
« on: August 29, 2004, 04:45:38 PM »
Wow, I'm amazed that over half you will apply to at least 11 schools.  How are most of you financing that at $40-$70 a pop (Not including the LSDAS fee)?  Are fee waivers common?  What are the income limitations for fee waivers?  I would love to apply to a dozen schools, but I really don't want to spend more than a couple hundred bucks on applications.  I had planned on applying to 5 or 6 schools, although if it didn't cost so much just to apply, I would love to do more.

Law School Admissions / Paying for law school
« on: August 29, 2004, 04:21:21 PM »
I'm nearly 27 years old, and will be almost 28 when I start law school in Fall 2005.  I have been working full time as a computer engineer since graduating from college in 1999.  When I started thinking about law school several months ago, there were so many potential obstacles that I couldn't think about the big picture - I got the ball rolling and concentrated on one thing at a time.  First practicing for the LSAT, then getting letters of recommendation, even though I'm in the difficult position of having been out of school too long to get anything meaningful from past professors, and not being able to go to my current and only employer because I cannot reveal my plans to leave so far in advance.  At any rate, I'll be taking the LSAT in early October.  Based on the dozens and dozens of practice exams I've taken, I should score in the 166-172 range.  Obviously, my goal is the higher end of that range. My undergrand GPA at Penn State was 2.86 in electrical engineering.  I've punched the numbers into the admissions calculators on the Internet, and come up with a short list of schools to which I would like to apply, at which my estimated LSAT scores give me anywhere from 10% to 90% chance of admission.  So in a few short months, I expect the acceptance letters and rejections to start rolling in.  I'm now approaching the next obstacle in my road to law school: Paying for it.  From what I can tell so far, the good thing is that price is not an issue with most of the top law schools: They all cost around $30,000/year, give or take a couple grand.  I have noticed a couple exceptions, notably Texas (Especially for in state residents).  But all my calculations assume about $30,000/year for tuition, regardless of which school I choose.  Since I don't have $90,000 sitting in the bank (Or even $10,000, for that matter), my law school plans are entirely contingent upon borrowing money - Which I have no problem doing.  At the same time, I'm hopeful that a great LSAT score (172 or up) might get me some scholarships or grants?  How common are they?  Does anyone with such a low GPA have a shot at any grant-based financial assistance, no matter how close I come to acing the LSAT?  Assuming no grants or scholarships, and $20,000 a year cost of living expenses, I'd have to borrow $150,000 for 3 years of law school.  Will it even be possible for me to borrow this much money?  Once I exhaust all government funds, to what extent are private lenders willing to go?  The one thing I do have going for me is a perfect credit rating, but I'd trade it in a second for a decent GPA :)  Do a lot of people have part time jobs in law school?  Is working 15-20 hours a week waiting tables or tending bar feasible in a top law program?   I hope this wasn't too rambling, but this is my first step and I have so many unanswered questions about paying for everything at this point.  Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Law School Admissions / LSAC Web Site
« on: July 16, 2004, 11:46:44 AM »
Today is Friday, July 16.  I haven't been able to connect to the LSAC Web site ( at all this week.  Has anyone else tried or been able to? Just wondering what was up.  I need to register for the October LSAT.

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