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Studying for the LSAT / Unusual question
« on: May 04, 2008, 05:08:53 AM »
Basically, I've run out of preptests to take.  I know many of you don't like Kaplan, but their LSAT preptest library is pretty sweet.  They had a bunch of preptests on hand, which they let me use, and now I can't seem to find full preptests that I have not already taken at least in part.  I've checked preptest 7-45 and I've taken all but like 8 of them.  This will not be enough to tide me over until the June LSAT.  So my question is, are there any books that have "fake" full LSAT practice tests?  Or are there any realllllly old preptests (1-6) available somewhere?

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Wait List / WL dilemma(s)
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:22:55 PM »
I've found myself in the position of managing my lengthy list of waitlisted schools, and let me tell you its no fun at all.  I feel like I should win the most waitlisted candidate award for this cycle...  Of all the schools I applied to, I only got into my safeties (LSAC's calculator sucks).  Overall, this has been a disappointing spring. 

I do know that of all the schools that I have been WLed at, I'd rather attend Vandy; however, that seems like a distant possibility according to the numbers.  In fact, I don't really understand why they waitlisted me in the first place.  But Vandy places very well and is close enough for me to make the commute every day. 

As for the rest, each school appeals to me in its own way.  Each has its own distinct local flavor and each places well on its home turf, which is making it difficult to compare and prioritize the schools.  I feel like I would be happy ending up in any of these places because aside from wanting to make as much money as I can doing something that I like, I don't really have many other strong preferences about the location or nature of my future legal career.

Emory:  I've grown up in the South and belive that this region is developing faster than any other part of the country.  Decent placement.  Plus, its Atlanta!
Notre Dame:  Nice placement statistics, plus their goal of making students into a "different kind of lawyer" is admirable (probably not a factor for most people).
Fordham:  Nice placement in NYC, which is a city that I've kinda always wanted to work. 
BU:  Good east coast placement along with a semi-national reputation.
UTA:  Another school that I was fortunate enough to get waitlisted at.  It seems to have a commanding position in the Central-South area.
Wash U:  I know some friends up in STL and have been impressed by the city.

I plan on visiting many of these schools in the summer to check each place out and to beg their admissions officers to let me in.  With the possible exception of W&M and UW, these are all schools I'd attend over the ones to which I've been accepted (tOSU and GMU).  So what I want to know is what are your opinions on each of these schools and how would you guys rank my waitlist?  We can assume that I won't get any money at all, which is ok since I have always thought that I would be mortgaging my future for a legal education anyway.

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Wait List / U of Washington
« on: March 26, 2008, 04:56:39 PM »
Bunch of people got WL'ed today via email... including me. :'(

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Where should I go next fall? / GMU vs tOSU
« on: February 23, 2008, 12:21:36 AM »
On the one hand I've heard that George Mason is an up and coming school in a pretty good location.  On the other hand the Ohio State University seems to be a proven school in a not so awesome location with cheaper housing.  Suppose both schools will cost the same tuition-wise, which school should would be the better choice?

Some background info:  I would like to do copyright law, but if that should not work out I'd like to have a broad range of of quality program options open at the law school I'm going to.  Also, I don't want to be pigeonholed into a particular region of the country, which is one of the few things that concerns me about GMU and their regional rep.  I guess I'd like to know how far up GMU will rise and whether they can overcome this limitation and whether this will affect the value of their degree in the long run.  Even though I'm leaning GMU right now, I don't want to dismiss tOSU without having some feedback from people who would possibly know more about their program. 

Any suggestions?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Baffling historical numbers trend
« on: February 21, 2008, 03:15:13 AM »
I don't know if anyone has discussed this yet, but according to http://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/ there are quite a few T1 schools that have upped their median LSAT and GPAs consistently for the past 5 or so years.

What I'm having a hard time understanding is how schools can raise their numbers like that even though the LSAT is standardized.  If top law schools are all competing for the same top students, shouldn't a rise in one necessitate a decline in LSAT numbers for another?  But how is it that virtually every T35 school has maintained or improved their numbers?

One possible explanation I can came up with is the new policy that allows law schools to only report the top LSAT score, so that law schools are no longer penalized for accepting an applicant who has messed up 2 out of the 3 times he or she has taken the LSAT.


Also there is the possibility that with the gradual acceptance of the electronic application system, splitters are applying to more reach schools than they otherwise would and getting into these top schools.

Any ideas?

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General Off-Topic Board / Views on illegal downloading
« on: February 20, 2008, 06:13:54 PM »
So what are they?  There may be a bunch of future or current lawyers on this board, but according to the stats every one of you is a dirty law-breaking pirate  ;D

My views are pretty complicated, as I would think most of yours are as well.  I personally think that illegal downloading is indeed wrong since artists or software developers aren't being compensated, but I also think that both the industry and the IP law out there have not kept up with the changes in technology. 

The definition of fair use should be more clearly defined, and with the way we are able to quickly distribute data, music shouldn't cost $12-20 per album and software shouldn't be very expensive either.  Free is pretty hard to compete with, but "legal + easy + cheap" might.

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