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Law School Admissions / Re: Top 25 LSAT Whores
« on: August 04, 2004, 02:07:20 AM »
I disagree that Stanford and Berkeley are really LSAT whores.  They still need a good GPA for a good chance of admission.  From plugging in numbers on the LSAC and chiashu sites, NYU is a complete LSAT whore for the high numbers.  Your GPA can be a 3.0, but with a 179 LSAT you still would have above a 60% chance of getting in.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Kaplan Test Prep
« on: August 04, 2004, 12:12:43 AM »
I feel like the Kaplan class helped me a lot with my approach to questions in each section.  Then taking practice sections/tests and checking all of the explanations really helped me to understand the mode of answering on the LSAT.  A tip: while taking a practice, I would mark each question that I wasn't absolutely sure of and then go back afterward to read the explanation, instead of just reading on ones that I missed. 

I can't compare with other programs, since I didn't look at any of the other courses.  In my opinion, the biggest thing is practice tests and question explanations, after a basic foundation of each section.  For the highly motivated type (ie- not me), a book would probably be sufficient.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Kaplan Test Prep
« on: August 03, 2004, 06:26:37 PM »
I agree that it really depends on what kind of person you are.  Generally if I have a book on something like that, I have a tendency to rush through it and not spend enough time.  It was certainly great for me to have a dedicated amount of time set out to talk about the concepts.  From a 168 diagnostic, they helped me gain 11 points, so I say it's definitely worth it.

If you're someone who is self-motivated, one strategy book and a bunch of prep tests can probably work just as well.  I just know that I wouldn't have put in the time early on on my own.  Best of luck!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boston College or Duke??
« on: August 02, 2004, 07:31:32 PM »
It all depends on what you're considering.  If you love Boston and the north, Duke is going to be a big change.  As an undergraduate student who is used to having much more to do, Durham is a huge disappointment of a city.  And, I can't speak for the law school, but as an undergrad who is not the slightest interested in basketball, it gets overwhelming how much it is worshipped.

The south works great for some people.  I am not one of them.  I know that I belong in the north or the west, and so am not even applying to any law schools in the south.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Law School Poll
« on: August 02, 2004, 07:23:17 PM »
Why would one go to Stanford?  Other than the weather and atmosphere, one can't scoff at the fact that 2 of the current SC Justices went to Stanford law and 4 went to undergrad there.

Sure, more SC clerks come from Harvard than from Stanford, but when you factor in class size, the percentage is actually lower.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: how many hours are you studying for LSAT??
« on: August 02, 2004, 04:38:57 PM »
I felt that studying was not so helpful as taking practice tests.  I was taking the Kaplan class during school, so I didn't really do any studying outside of class.  But then summer came, and I tried to do one practice section a night and then a full test on Saturday.  That fell through after the first week, but I tried to do at least two practice sections a week.  Especially for logical reasoning and reading comp, practice is what really mattered for me.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 170+ scorers: Do you order your logic games?
« on: August 02, 2004, 04:26:16 PM »
I agree that it's different for each person.  For those who consistently finish the games section with a couple minutes to spare, ranking just gets in the way.  For those who need the time management, ranking by number of points is probably a better idea.

As for the June RC section, that was the hardest section I had ever taken and where I missed 2/3 of my questions.  You never know what section is going to be an outlier.

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I'm surprised that the standards are so low to teach these prep courses.  But I guess if you're approaching that range, you can parrot whatever it is you're supposed to teach.

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