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Law School Applications / informing law schools of Dec LSAT
« on: December 27, 2004, 02:25:12 AM »
I had an October LSAT score, so my application files were all complete in mid-November.  I decided on a whim to retake in December.  My second score was significantly higher, but no law schools are expecting a second score.  Should I notify them that a second score is coming?  And if so, how?  I don't want to be an annoying person calling an admissions office.

The law schools should process the new LSAC report by mid-January, and I don't think I'm in the auto-reject category that would make me a likely reject before that point, so there's probably no point in notifying them myself ahead of the LSAC report.  Or is there?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Are the logic games getting easier
« on: December 27, 2004, 02:14:24 AM »
All I can say is that the Oct and Dec 2004 logic games were the easiest logic games ever offered, in part because they had the fewest number of questions.  This also means that in terms of scoring, logic games are being deemphasized a bit.

Law School Rankings / Re: Why isn't Georgetown ranked higher?
« on: December 27, 2004, 02:08:54 AM »
All the part-time students do not help.  Nor does the overwhelming size and its general appearance as a lawyer factory.  And its yield simply isn't high enough (due in part to the fact that a very small, but undeniable percentage of people have issues with going to a Catholic school).

Law School Rankings / Re: Schools that will be moving up in rankings
« on: December 27, 2004, 02:01:55 AM »
I actually disagree with some earlier posts about USC moving up.  They just lost their top prof to Duke.  Speaking of Duke, they've put a lot of new money into the law school and with the new president there, I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the top 10 more consistently.

George Mason seems to have a consistently upward trend in recent years.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: The where should I apply post
« on: December 25, 2004, 03:24:58 PM »
Don't know where you went undergrad to put the 3.89 in context, but I think you should definitely throw in more top 10 schools, especially Penn and Michigan, and probably Chicago too.  You wouldn't be insane to include Columbia and NYU.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters...who took the course?
« on: December 25, 2004, 03:06:54 PM »
I did the full course.  If you're already scoring 168+ on practice tests, it's not worth it.  I actually scored lower on the October LSAT than I did on any practice tests I took prior to taking Testmasters.  I retook it in December without using any Testmasters material and did much better.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: TDPOOKIE's picture
« on: December 24, 2004, 06:32:20 PM »
This stupid argument is taking up precious space on the site.  PLEASE STOP!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT retest statistics?
« on: December 24, 2004, 01:25:38 PM »
If you are scoring in the 99th percentile (171+), you are nuts retaking the exam unless you were ill, hungover, screwed up a game, or didn't finish a section that you usually finish.

I can understand retaking a 169.  172 on the other hand ...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: retaking lsat for the third time
« on: December 24, 2004, 01:21:40 PM »
They won't look poorly on it if your score goes up another 8 points, but it's almost statisically impossible that it will, especially if you're already scoring significantly above average.  If you're confident you can improve, go for it.  It really depends exactly how low you started from.  There are very few people who score well under 160 on a real test who then magically score above 170.  Preparation can only do so much.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When should I take the LSAT?
« on: December 24, 2004, 01:17:32 PM »
If you're ready, take the test ASAP.  Procrastinating will not magically raise your score.  In fact, time away from college could very well lower your score, unless you keep studying, taking practice tests, etc.

Another key point - if you take in Feb and don't do as well as you want, you can then retake it in a year or two, and if there's a significant difference in your score, you can make a valid claim on your apps that only the higher one should be considered.  The longer the time gap between the tests, the more valid that claim would be.

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