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Choosing the Right Law School / 166, 4.0 -- Chances
« on: June 25, 2009, 10:24:45 PM »
I got my June retake score back today, and it was a 166 just like last October. Even though my PT average was 172 (prior to both writings), I'm not taking this goddamn test again. Anyway, here's the breakdown:

LSAT:  166
GPA:  4.0
UG:  bad third-tier state university
URM:  Not one, but I have a diversity statement about growing up very poor in an abusive household

Plenty of softs:  graduating with triple honours (both majors + general studies, including two theses); undergraduate symposium; resident advisor three years for honours college hall; note-taker for disabled students; grade grievance committee representative; pre-law society; various environmental/animal welfare volunteer work; solid part- and full-time work experience during summers.

My area of interest is international law with a focus on human rights, democracy and labour. I know, jobs for that don't exist, but that's not relevant to me right now. I know Cornell and Virginia have decent courses of study for international law, and those are really the only schools I have even a remote shot at within the T14.

I've checked LSN, Chiashu, etc but would like to hear the opinions of fellow LSDers.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: BOXES ARE FILLING!!!
« on: June 24, 2009, 08:53:11 PM »
They didn't show up, unfortunately. Huuuuge bummer.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: BOXES ARE FILLING!!!
« on: June 24, 2009, 03:31:47 PM »
In previous administrations, when boxes filled, it was a sign that scores would be posted soon. However, since the last administration they've updated the LSAC site format, which means that the box filling might not mean the same thing. I can't understand why that would be the case, though.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: BOXES ARE FILLING!!!
« on: June 24, 2009, 10:49:09 AM »

This isn't as cool as the dotted/dashed lines I got to endure last October, subject to rampant speculation and laborious amounts of caps lock profanity. Either way, box is updated. I really hope this means what it has for past administrations.

More people need to be in here freaking out with me.

Studying for the LSAT / BOXES ARE FILLING!!!
« on: June 24, 2009, 10:39:32 AM »
Not a flame. The Item Response Report for June 2009 has switched from blank to (Updated 6/29/2009). Bunch of people on TLS have it too. My testing centre was UMich, 6400. I don't know if this means the same as it did for previous tests, though, since the format of the LSAC website has changed.


Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Should I Write a Thesis??
« on: June 23, 2009, 10:17:26 PM »
I am finishing up one thesis (US policy toward Saudi Arabia) and starting another (contemporary analysis of Devlin's legal moralism) in the fall. This is required for graduation with triple honours at my UG, but the chances that law schools will ever see them are slim to none. It looks good on a resume, but most schools don't recommend sending copies of theses, even if they're relevant to the study of law.

I would recommend doing one regardless of its impact on admittance chances, unless you think it will interfere too much with studying, LSAT prep, applications, etc. Both of my theses are based in varying degrees upon papers I wrote earlier in college, so they didn't/won't take up too much time for me. That said, I wasn't working on either of them while studying for the LSAT, so I can't really touch on that.

Nevertheless, completing a significant academic work is a worthwhile endeavour, especially if you plan on writing for a law review or engaging in other substantial writing projects while in law school. But, if you think it will potentially detract from your GPA and LSAT score, I wouldn't take the risk.

Thankfully the qualifying statement makes it okay.

I'm the least superstitious person around until about two weeks before I take the LSAT. Both times I lived complely by routine, every single day. I didn't wear underwear the first time I got 170+ while studying for this past June's test, so I haven't worn them since. I also had a really awful broken toenail when I started practicing, but I didn't want to alter anything so I refused to clip it after the test.

I know none of this actually helps, but the psychological reinforcement is comforting.

I <3 Julie. Is there any word yet though for how the curve might look for the June 2009 LSAT or will that only be announced after the scores?

After (with) the scores. People over at TLS are predicting a -11 or -12, but it's entirely conjecture, so I would take it with a grain of salt.

Thanks a bunch. I think you're probably right. The department head doesn't know me as well as my boss, but I feel like her opinion will seem to have a little more credit than someone nonacademic.

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