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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 / Re: I think this might be my final revision...
« on: January 16, 2006, 11:17:25 PM »
Sent to all three of ya!

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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 / Re: Newer RCs are eating my lunch...
« on: January 15, 2006, 09:59:46 PM »
Were you on a ritalin trip when you took that picture? ;D

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Newer RCs are eating my lunch...
« on: January 15, 2006, 06:59:28 PM »
I took ritalin for awhile as an adult, but I never became addicted.  It did help some, but had some side effects I didn't like.  It killed my appetite and made my stomach upset.  That's something I don't care to repeat.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Jerks you meet right before taking the LSAT
« on: January 15, 2006, 05:09:04 PM »
No sh*t man, I live near Detroit.  I can find lots of cases, but unfortunately most of them wouldn't pay the bills.  I don't have a problem working for free as long as I make enough to pay my loans and live in a 2 bedroom condo somewhere that's not in Wayne County.  To end up in no worse of an environment (mid-middle class) than I'm in now is really all I hope for.  More would be great, but not required for me to be happy.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Jerks you meet right before taking the LSAT
« on: January 15, 2006, 05:03:56 PM »
No, I want to be something that people hate even worse: a guy that defends scumbags.  Yep, I want to be a criminal defense attorney, and for me, there isn't a type of case I wouldn't take.  I don't even care about the money all that much.  I could be happy making $65k-70k a year.  I care about defending people that the state takes advantage of, and if I have to get a few scumbags off to do it, so be it.  I believe everyone deserves a fair defense, regardless of what crime they're accused of or how much money they make, and I plan on doing pro-bono work whenever I can, as long as I can support myself semi-comfortably.  Since he's a client, I won't comment on how I feel about him personally.  Saying things about clients on a public forum is a great way to lose a client or lose your job.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Jerks you meet right before taking the LSAT
« on: January 15, 2006, 04:49:58 PM »
http://www.cooley.edu/publications/benchmark/hilary/2002/mckeen.pdf
http://www.mckeenassociates.com
http://www.michbar.org/news/releases/archives03/mckeen.cfm

Included the last link, because anyone that can afford to give $25k to a charity has to be making some kind of money.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Jerks you meet right before taking the LSAT
« on: January 15, 2006, 04:41:14 PM »
Ego, do you have some evidence to back up that claim?  Here in Michigan, 4 out of 5 law schools have medians/25-75s below 165, and since I've had several law firms as clients, I've noted that the vast majority of those clients graduated from those 4 colleges.  Only ONCE, out of roughly 100 different attorneys I've met, have I seen one that graduated from the 5th law school.  There were a few that graduated from out of state law schools, but those were in the minority (maybe 10% at most).  If those that graduated from those 4 schools had LSATs above 165, why would they have attended one of those 4, instead of either the fifth or an out of state college in the top 30?  One of the most successful attorneys in the state, Brian McKeen, is a Cooley graduate.  I'd really like to see the statistics to back up that statement.

Edited to add the following: If you were just trying to give an example of what you might say if you were that kind of person, then I got your tone wrong.  Unfortunately, with text, I find it difficult to read people's emotions or intent, using anything other than what's on the page.

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