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Cooley might be easy to get into but certainly difficult to exit. "Receiving an A from Cooley, (told by 1 attorney) is synonimous to receiving a C+ from U-M or Wayne State."
Ummmmmm....

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Civil engineer.

According to wikipedia:

Etymology

It is a myth that engineer originated to describe those who built engines. In fact, the words engine and engineer (as well as ingenious) developed in parallel from the Latin root ingeniosus, meaning "skilled". An engineer is thus a clever, practical, problem solver. The spelling of engineer was later influenced by back-formation from engine. The term later evolved to include all fields where the skills of application of the scientific method are used. In some other languages, such as Arabic, the word for "engineering" also means "geometry".

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Law School Applications / Re: hottest man on lsd? avatar or non-avatar.
« on: September 04, 2004, 02:00:23 AM »
Casino! Don't post contests you know you'll win.

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Law School Rankings / Re: What school for you?
« on: September 04, 2004, 01:29:31 AM »
Even though I think Santa Barbara has the most heavenly weather, I don't want to see the ocean.

I want lots of people. Chicago.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Swifty:
« on: September 04, 2004, 12:55:05 AM »
The numbers we've been reporting are on the LSDAS report, swifty. It gives you the mean, your GPA percentile (for your school), and a histogram of grades and LSAT scores from your school. This isn't a fair sample. It only represents people who apply to law school. Apparently, applicants are above average.

For example this site lists the means of many schools tracked through year (scroll down). It says my school, the University of Utah, is at about 3.04. This is much lower that the LSAC figure of 3.33.

It appears that inflation is worse at private schools. Stanford, for example, has an average of 3.44! Therefore, saying, "but I went to Chicago [or whatever]" shouldn't help people with low GPAs. ...In an ideal world.

You're also right about Sacramento, swifty. According to the link, your school has a mean of about 2.86 although the national average is 3.09. And that's for your school overall. I bet your department might be much worse. The other CSUs listed are about 3.0. You just have bad luck.

I really think more schools should be like this, but it's unfair when so many give out easy 'A's.


School mean GPA - 3.37
School mean LSAT - 163

My stats - 3.44 (55%) / 160 (re-taking in October)

So the question is, are adcoms going to look at my 3.44 and say "geez, that's on the lower end in general" or say "hmm, well the LSAT mean is high so there's stiff competition GPA-wise at her school.." or something like that...

Damn LSAT.  :(

Your school has an LSAT mean of 163? Where do you go?

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Law School Applications / Re: Miami letter
« on: September 03, 2004, 03:31:30 AM »
I love getting tips on opening these damn things. Yes, Miami was funny, but it would've been better with color-coded stamps.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Can anyone beat my school's grade inflation?
« on: September 03, 2004, 01:22:54 AM »
Yet according to the report you're only in the 38th percentile!

I really do hope that "harder" majors are given their due.

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You just need a hard science degree to take the patent bar.

I am a chemistry and philosophy major, but don't really want to become a patent attorney. Unless of course my real goals don't pan out. Pretty nice backup plan, I think.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Can anyone beat my school's grade inflation?
« on: September 03, 2004, 01:10:27 AM »
School Mean - 3.33
School LSAT - 154

Not as bad as yours. I'm in the 67th percentile. I wish there were somehow also normalized by major. The mean certainly couldn't be 3.33 for chemistry.

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I'm not either, but as a philosohpy and chemistry major, I think philosophy helped much more. Philosophy employs more LSAT-like text than English (I would reckon), but I'd still give English the edge over comp sci. Reading is integral. I think it's harder to quickly learn how to read well than, say, how to beat games.

I also think it's funny that science RC passages are alleged to be so difficult.

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