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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GULC preferred Waitlist
« on: December 08, 2004, 01:23:49 PM »
I'm on it too.
Is it me, or is everyone receiving decisions today on the "preferred waitlist?"

Law School Admissions / Notifying schools about new LSAT score
« on: December 08, 2004, 08:12:49 AM »
All of my applications became complete in early-mid November.  I just took the December LSAT, but have not notified any of the schools yet because I'm worried that calling more attention to my retake (third LSAT overall, including one cancellation) is not a good idea.  On the other hand, it would be unfortunate to get rejected before they get the new, potentially higher score.

My reasoning for not informing them is that few schools actually reject people before January, unless their gpa/lsat is way below their average.  I'm confident that this is not a big problem for me, except at HYS.  I figure a higher score will definitely be noticed regardless.  I'm pretty sure my score will not be lower - if it is, certainly not by more than a point or so.

Does this make sense?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Strings of A on logic games section?
« on: December 07, 2004, 07:12:30 AM »
There were definitely 4 A's in a row.  And I'm 90% sure there were three more A's in a row not long after.

This is a dumb discussion.  These tests are not comparable and are designed to measure different things.  I know people who have gotten 1600 on the SAT and only scored 165 on the LSAT.  I know people who scored well under 1400 on the SAT and then scored 175 on the LSAT.  Still, is there some kind of correlation?  Probably.  Does it matter?  No, as my anecdotal evidence suggests.  You simply have to do well on the LSAT to get into a good law school.

I took the June test but cancelled the score.  In October, I scored 2 points below my target.  I don't think I did much better last Saturday ... What should I do?
I'm in the same boat.  Cancelled in June.  Scored 5 points less than I thought I would in October.  Took the December test and feel that I will score about the same as I did in October.  I'm 80% confident I will score as high or higher.  That luke warm confidence, combined with the stigma of a second cancellation, has me leaning toward not cancelling.  And despite what previous posters have said, I really think a second cancellation is worse than a score that is 1-2 points lower than the first score.  Second cancellations may be excused for select applicants (i.e. URMs), but I'm not betting on it as a white male.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Predict the Scale
« on: December 06, 2004, 07:11:18 AM »
89=170 is about right.

October curve was insane, so i dont think it will be repeated.  However, I do think it will be a harsh curve.  One point less harsh sounds just about perfect.
Agreed.  Either 89 or 90 for 170.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Curve
« on: December 06, 2004, 07:09:58 AM »
What do you think the curve for the test will be like?  I am thinking it could be potentially harsh, perhaps even more harsh than October.
I think it will be the same as October.  Both were easier than the average preptest.  Also, the 100 question factor (instead of 101) does not bode well.  I think the best case scenario is miss 11 instead of 10 to get 170.

Note from LSAC posted on Online Services Home.

#  LSAC is experiencing a delay in entering Letters of Recommendation (LORs) into candidate files. This delay has created a backlog of letters, so even some letters that were received over a week ago have not yet been processed. Please be aware that we have notified the law schools of this delay, and have requested that they accommodate applicants who may be attempting to meet early application deadlines and whose files may not yet be complete

It's about time they addressed the issue, but their message should say "so even some letters that were received over two weeks ago have not yet been processed."

I have a letter mailed Sept. 29 from a nearby state to LSAC in PA.  It still has not posted.

I just spoke with LSAC, and they said that the current processing time is 12-15 business days after they receive the recommendation.

Funny you mention that.  I called late on Friday, and at that point, it was 10-12 business days.  These guys had no idea what they were info when they created the targeted letter option.

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