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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: I could REALLY use some help
« on: January 04, 2008, 10:25:21 AM »
fair enough I just am tired of hearing "well raise your lsat score" it's kind of like "oh yeah no crap".  I think most people figure this out on their own.

Most people realize that a higher LSAT score will help their chances.  I also think that a lot of people do not realize that adequate preparation can enable them to drastically increase their score.  From what I have read online a lot of people have prepared marginally, scored below where they want to be, then resign themselves to not being able to achieve a higher score and settling for the schools that are in their range. 

It may be a fruitless endeavor to pursue a retake, but the downside is usually minimal compared to the possibilities and there are numerous anecdotes on this forum of people who pushed their scores up 5-10 points because they did study.  I think it is good advice to give and is one of the few things, if not the only thing, that a lot of us can do that will have a significant impact on our chances of acceptance at certain schools at this stage.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Federal Loans?!
« on: January 04, 2008, 10:12:50 AM »
I believe you can borrow $20,500 regardless of need.  Aside from that, I think your 2007 income will be considered in other federal loan programs.  Look for EFC (expected family contribution) calculators online.  I know you are independent, but the calculators I have used in the past take your salary and your dependent status into account.  My family contribution is $0, but my personal contribution is almost the first year's worth of tuition at my reach. 

I know it does not seem right to use last year's income to calculate this year's contribution, but the way I look at it is if I knew I was going to school this year, I should have saved some money last year to help.  I saved a decent amount, but not what my expected contribution is.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WUSTL full-ride vs. T14
« on: January 03, 2008, 02:24:46 PM »
If you are receiving full tuition from WUSTL, I think that the chances of you receiving no scholarship assistance from every T14 you are accepted to is fairly low.  The freedom of not having $100,000+ in debt hanging over me would probably be more enjoyable than attending another school.  Excluding HYS or Chicago, I would take the money, but I also have no desire to live in the Northeast. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: a Tale of Two Outlines
« on: January 03, 2008, 01:23:05 PM »
Flowcharts work for Ks better than other 1L classes.  I think, though, that whether a flow is useful depends on how one thinks.

That's why I was asking, I like a mechanical approach to many things and the flowchart seemed like it fit with my thought process.

What are Ks?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: a Tale of Two Outlines
« on: January 03, 2008, 12:33:11 PM »
I have viewed similar outlines and one I found (contracts from Harvard) was pretty interesting.  At the beginning the student made a flow chart for decision making.  The chart took about two pages and then he had a normal looking outline after that.  Have you found preparation like this useful or is the chart going to have just the immutable concepts whereas the test will want the idiosyncrasies that need to be further fleshed out in a normal outline format anyways?  Thanks for your insight so far.

Most of my personal statements were very similar, but that was primarily because there were few things about the schools that made them stand out to me, aside from the obvious things like reputation.  My application for WUSTL, however, I had to severely trim my "Why Washington University?" section to keep my personal statement under three pages.  In my opinion, for any reach-school, it should be worth the time to customize the essay and to provide substantive reasons supporting why you want to attend.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR question help please
« on: January 03, 2008, 10:52:26 AM »
Without diagramming, I would have probably selected A primarily because the conclusion has one of the elements in that answer and the other is found in the premises.  I'm not even sure how I would diagram this question.

Is this a paraphrase of the sub-conclusion or just a premise that supports that the sub-conclusion does indeed happen?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR question help please
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:18:52 AM »
Which test is this question from?  I can see E is wrong, but am curious about the others because D does not look like something that would stand out at me.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Setup for Feb 2000 LG #2
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:18:30 AM »
Once you see those rules regarding M,S, and P trigger each other you can also see that either M-S-P or P-S-M has to appear.  This isn't necessary to solve any of the games, but it might make them easier.  I saw this right off the bat, for some reason, but I usually don't try to look for things like this because I waste too much time. 

I'm far from an expert, just sharing my experience. =)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: February 2008 LSAT PPL: Present yourselves!
« on: January 03, 2008, 08:38:43 AM »
I'm in too.  Last chance for me!

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