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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 / Re: When should I start and with what?
« on: August 20, 2004, 07:20:49 PM »
Well, I'd like a 180, but that's not going to happen.  If I can get high 160s or even 170 I think I could be satisfied with that.  My GPA is no problem as it's high 3.8s and will be about 3.9 by the time I graduate.  I just want to get into the best law school I can.

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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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Recommendations / Re: admission prospects
« on: March 09, 2003, 02:51:30 PM »
I've heard that it helps to spend time in the workforce, and of course, military service is usually looked favorably upon by colleges as well because it shows dedication, self-discipline, and good core values.  Of course, since I'm not in law school myself I can't say this with any large degree of accuracy except that I've heard that the more prestigious law schools like to see some good life experiences in addition to high scores and GPAs.

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Recommendations / Would this help at all?
« on: March 09, 2003, 11:28:16 AM »
One of my professors, specifically my Microeconomics professor is a practicing attorney in my state, would it be better to obtain a letter of recommendation from him even though he doesn't have a PhD?  Will any colleges care?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice LSAT...
« on: May 07, 2003, 08:49:52 AM »
I'll agree with this as well.  There are many ways to determine what somebody's socio-economic background are without asking the question, "What race are you?"  The fact that the question is even on college applications is insulting to me, and it should be insulting to the minority groups as well.  If people want to be considered partially on the basis of their SE background then I'm sure some genius can devise a questionaire that can adequately answer the question without asking what a person's race is.  What we're doing economically is actually providing an incentive for people of minority races to perform at a lesser standard because we're giving them an excuse to do so, because they can't help it, they're disadvantaged by circumstance.  There's a large portion of this in all races.  If they're going to consider SE disadvantaged people for admissions then they need to do it for all races.  They need to remove the race question entirely and go from there.  There should be no discrimination one way OR the other on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or religion in the admissions process.  I'm working my butt off to get the grades I need to get into a good law school and it disgusts me to think that my state university is even going so far as to defend what it believes is its right to practice racism (affirmative-action-based admissions) in the Supreme Court.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice LSAT...
« on: March 16, 2003, 09:43:38 AM »
I know being a protestant doesn't make any difference.  I only said that to indicate that I am everything that constitutes a member of the majority.  I personally think they need to remove the race question from all applications.  It doesn't need to be there at all.  I am dead set against affirmative action because in my humble opinion it is racist.  I've always believed that people should get jobs, school admissions, and other benefits because they work hard, and are dedicated and disciplined.  I believe that race should have not factor in the least when it comes to college admissions.  I honestly think that it's more fair that if two candidates have the exact same qualifications that either they should both get in, both not get it, or there should literally be a coin toss to see who gets in.  Coin tosses are not racist.  I'm going to get various study guides and also real LSATs to practice with before I take the actual test.  If I can just get that logic games portion down I think I could really do well.  The other sections I did really well on.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Practice LSAT...
« on: March 10, 2003, 01:07:39 PM »
It's still aways off for me.  I'm a junior, but I'm going part time so it'll be another 2 or 3 years before I graduate.  I'll probably take it a year before I graduate.  That way if I do have to retake for some reason I can do so right around graduation time.  I'd really like to get into one of the top 10, but I'm realistic enough to realize that a 159 is just not going to cut it since I'm white, male, anglo-saxon, and protestant.  Now, if I could drive it up another 10 points by some miracle I might at least stand a chance, but more realistically I'm looking at a couple schools including Emory, Davis, and Hastings with MSU as a fallback.  I'd love to go to U of M, considering its within commuting distance for me, but like I said, that LSAT score just isn't going to cut it since I'm not a minority.

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Studying for the LSAT / Practice LSAT...
« on: March 09, 2003, 04:46:31 AM »
I was wondering about a couple things.  I took a full practice LSAT last night and only scored a 159 on it (which I guess isn't horrible), but my question is, how accurate is that a reflection of what my actual LSAT score is likely to be, and my second question is about what percentile would a 159 fall into.  The part that really tripped me up was the logic games part.  It kicked my arse majorly.

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