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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Newer RCs are eating my lunch...
« on: January 15, 2006, 04:30:45 PM »
I can definitively say that my ADHD is not helping here either.  I've considered asking my doctor for a month long prescription of ritalin to boost my concentration, but I won't for two reasons:
1) I hate being dependent on drugs to make enable me to think straight.
2) It's not fair to other test takers that I take what is considered a performance enhancing stimulant.

I will take your advice and start reading more carefully on these.  Even if I have to guess entirely on the last section I'd still likely score better than 8 wrong.

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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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Studying for the LSAT / Re: The Official February Roll Call
« on: January 15, 2006, 03:50:31 PM »
I'm taking it in February... been doing 2 practice LSATs a week for the last few weeks, as well as reading the LG Bible, and Princeton Review's Cracking the LSAT.  My raw scores hover between 70 and 74, which is concerning me greatly.  Depending on what scale I use that's either a 159 or a 155.  That's quite a nice spread there.

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Personal Statement / Re: Professional résumé or academic one?
« on: January 09, 2006, 04:40:45 PM »
I have a general business minor, but didn't do any volunteer work (between 40+ hours per week, school, and a relationship I didn't have much time).  I have no athletic abilities to speak of, but I am a student pilot.

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Personal Statement / Re: Looking for personal statement editors...
« on: January 09, 2006, 11:22:59 AM »
I'll PM it when I get home from school tonight.  Thanks!

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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 / Re: I'm starting to get really depressed...
« on: January 07, 2006, 06:14:47 PM »
I have to go for February... My economic situation makes it such that waiting another year is not much of an option.  I guess the good news is that the October 2004 test is pretty indicative of the current difficulty level of these tests.  Given that 7 wrong on the reading comprehension section is totally unheard of for me, I can probably assume it's an outlier and that I'll do better on the next practice test I take.  LSAC puts my index scoreband for Wayne at somewhere near between 85% and 95%, but that doesn't take into account rolling admissions, which generally throws percentages down by anywhere from 25-35%.

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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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The vast majority of the attorneys I know are from third or fourth tier law schools.  Brian McKeen, one of Michigan's top malpractice lawyers, is a Cooley graduate.  I also know several people from Wayne State, and my professor is a practicing attorney from U of D.  By far, the most common degrees I see on people's walls are Wayne State, Cooley, DCL (now MSU).  I rarely ever see any one of my clients with a degree from U of M, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.  I know that it has to be possible to be successful with a degree from a third tier or fourth tier college because I have around 100 clients that are.

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