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Studying for the LSAT / New personal record score on a practice LSAT...
« on: January 29, 2006, 04:40:32 PM »
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I scored a 161 on the October 2005 practice LSAT.  That's the highest score I've ever gotten on a practice before and it's on the hardest scale ever.  I'm feeling really good right now.

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Studying for the LSAT / One week left...
« on: January 28, 2006, 03:56:43 PM »
Anyone else out there having pre-test anxiety?  My nerves are totally shot.  I'm afraid that all that practicing will do no good and that I will freak out and go blank during the test from a panic attack.  I'm probably going to take a Valium that day just to be on the safe side.  Haven't had to take one of those for months though.  It kinda sucks.

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Studying for the LSAT / Every question on a passage wrong???
« on: January 22, 2006, 03:04:26 PM »
I just got done taking the June 2005 practice LSAT and I got 8 wrong on the RC section alone.  Every single question I answered about the last passage was wrong, but I read that damn thing through twice!  Still, despite reading it through twice, I could not follow it because it was so damn convoluted.  I'm about to give up hope completely here and just say screw it, stop studying, take the damn thing, and let the chips fall where they may.  It's obvious studying for this has not done me one bit of good if the best I can do now is a 154, when the first test I took, I got a 158 on.  ARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!

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Personal Statement / I think this might be my final revision...
« on: January 16, 2006, 12:12:28 AM »
Anyone want to read it?

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Studying for the LSAT / Newer RCs are eating my lunch...
« on: January 15, 2006, 04:14:09 PM »
I just got done with the December 2004 practice LSAT (which I scored a 159 on) and that RC section ate my lunch.  As always, I got roughly half the logic games questions wrong (I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm just no good at these), but the next worst part I seem to have is the RC.  This was not the case with older tests.  RC is normally something I excel at in real life, especially when I'm not timed.  I got 8 wrong this time, which is the most I've ever gotten on RC before (3-5 used to be my norm).  What can I possibly due to get out of this RC rut in the next 3 weeks?

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Personal Statement / Professional résumé or academic one?
« on: January 08, 2006, 09:41:57 PM »
I'm graduating college this Spring, but I've been working full time as a computer technician/network engineer for the last 5 years, and in the IT field for the last 8.  Should the résumé I send the law schools I apply to focus more on my school, or more on my professional life?  Granted, I got 2 scholarships, and was admitted to 3 honor societies at my school, in addition to presenting a paper at the Michigan Academy, but all this is included in my professional résumé.  It's just not elaborated on very much.  Any help would be appreciated.

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Personal Statement / Looking for personal statement editors...
« on: January 08, 2006, 08:33:35 PM »
Well, there's one law school I'm applying to regardless of my LSAT, so I want to submit the app soon, but I need help with the PS.  I've got a first draft of it.  Would anyone here be willing to take a look at it and tell me what they think?  Thanks for your help!

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Studying for the LSAT / I'm starting to get really depressed...
« on: January 07, 2006, 05:57:51 PM »
I was doing really well using the Next 10 Actual Official... I was scoring between 159-160 and starting to feel more comfortable and confident.  Then I took test 44 from LSAC and my whole world turned upside down.  It seems the bar has been significantly raised over the last 2 years for every score.  Furthermore, I got 7 wrong on the reading comprehension section.  That's COMPLETELY unheard of for me.  THe most I've EVER gotten wrong on that section is 3 before.  The logical reasoning I did about the same on.  The logic games section I did horrible as usual (I'm lucky if I can get half of them done, much less right).  In the end, I scored a 156.

I feel like all the work I've done for the last 2 months has been for nothing.  Granted a 156 is still in Wayne State's range (152-158), but I can't afford to go anywhere else, so if I don't get in there, my hopes are sunk.  I've given up a lot in the last few months to pursue my goals of law school (a 4.5 year relationship, quite a bit of money, more sleep than I can even quantify, etc.) and now I feel like it's hopeless.  Because I didn't apply early to Wayne, I need probably a 158 minimum to get in there.  If I had applied early with a 156, I might have gotten in, but so much for that now.  I've got 7 years of full-time work experience (not in a law-related field though, so it's worthless), a 3.89 GPA, glowing letters of recommendation from the chair of the economics department, and my econometrics professor, and quite a bit of knowledge about law in general, and I feel like it's not enough.

Because I'm not rich, I have to go to a state school, and the only one I had a chance of getting into, is seeming more and more remote now.  I could easily get into U of D or Cooley, but U of D is $35k a year, which I couldn't even hope to get enough loans for, and Cooley is not even a law school in my opinion.  I could get a 3/4 ride through there, but the degree is worthless because no one will hire you with it.  This is just really frustrating and upsetting for me.  I HATE rolling admissions, and I REALLY HATE the LSAT!

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I want to attend Wayne State Law School next year.  My GPA is a 3.87, plus I have a nice academic and career resume of scholarships, honor society memberships, and an officer's position in my school's economics club.  My practice LSAT scores are around the 156-158 range, which is the upper bound for their acceptance range.  The problem is that I'm not taking the actual LSAT until February of 06, which is right near the deadline.  The LSAC calculator calculates my chances of getting accepted to be 90-100%, but with the way rolling admissions works I'm really fearing that I couldn't get in even if I had a 180.  How much of an issue is this likely to become?

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Studying for the LSAT / When should I start and with what?
« on: August 20, 2004, 06:55:21 PM »
I plan on taking the LSAT in spring/summer of next year.  When should I start studying for it, and what should I start with?  I don't know what first step to take.  I took one practice LSAT awhile back and  I scored a 160 on it.  The logic games are what tore me up the worst.  Any advice you can give will be appreciated!

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