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I am having some trouble seeing how a statement such as:

Georgetown usually takes the highest LSAT score if you have taken the LSAT twice. Please address any mitigating circumstances you feel the committee should address. (Georgetown Website)
Turns into:
Conditional: Georgetown if score is +5 or better.
( Website)


Fordham: "We average all scores" (E-mail from admissions officer)
Conditional: Fordham if score is +10 or better.( Website)

Do the claims have any basis in fact?
Any thoughts?


Law School Applications / Selecting a Tune from the Addendum Jukebox
« on: December 26, 2004, 02:51:58 AM »
I was wondering what your collective opinions are on the following: I took the lsat twice, once in October once in December my scores were a 156 and 166 respectively. Most law schools want explanations for a significant score increase and most schools seem to consider 10 points a significant increase.

I feel selecting a tune from the LSAT anxiety jukebox (ie. I got no sleep, I was nervous, My test taking neighbor was distracting, I was slightly shorted on time) is unconvincing although most of these factors were operating during my October test day.

Should I play a goody but oldy for the Adcomms or should I simply say something to the effect of "My October exam was far astray from my scores and their average on at least a dozen of my practice lsats (strictly timed). My October testing conditions were not conducive to scoring well and I think this shows in my first score. My second score is more in line with where I was practicing, my University work, and my research endeavors and I feel is more reflective of my true ability and potential".
Thanks for your feedback!

Studying for the LSAT / Teaching for Kaplan
« on: December 16, 2004, 04:15:35 AM »
Hey goes anyone know what the cutoff is for teaching at Kaplan, I read somewhere it was a 164 but I'm not positive on that.

I'm curious if there are many people (in law school or admitted) out there who may have been below their schools range in some of their statistics but was able to get the admissions counselors to look past bad statistics at what you've done with your time in college. Opportunities you've taken, clubs and activities you've been involved with, publications you've written etc.

I know there must be people like this out there. All the schools can't be pure LSAT guzzlers right?

If this applies to you I'd love to see your details and how you went about putting together you admissions package. PLEASE POST!


Personal Statement / An Untraditional Stab at the PS- Any readers for me?
« on: October 23, 2004, 01:39:59 PM »
I was hoping someone might have some time today (or any other day) to read my personal statement and give me some feedback. I'd be happy to return the favor for anyone who takes on this endeavor.

I decided to take a somewhat different approach from what I've seen before and write about one specific experience i've had and generalize from there as to how it helped shape my views on the law.

My goals in this essay were to get the reader engaged and keep them interested, produce a piece of quality writing, and explain one of the paramount reasons i'd like to go to law school.

My AIM name is z1jg, I can transfer you the statement via direct connect if you'd like to read it.
Or if you'd prefer you can e-mail me at or simply post here and I'll get in touch with you.

Thanks in advance for any help.  ;D

Law School Applications / Is 156 the end of hope?
« on: October 23, 2004, 01:30:32 PM »
I've been keeping track of this message board, and have been impressed with the quality and timeliness of responses. It's really a great thing to have a community of people going through the same experience you.

I got my lsat score back yesterday and I was taken back. I had been sporadic at times with my scores but my last 10 LSAT practice exams averaged to a 162 (167,165,157,161,162,164,162,160,160,163). Yesterday I was bestowed with the horrific score of 156:'(

Here is my question, as a Cornell student with a 3.6 GPA (in Policy Analysis and Management) and extensive academic and extracurricular involvement what are my chances of getting into a decent schools such as American, Villanova, Northeastern, U Conn, or Brooklyn Law.

Just to qualify my above statements during my time at Cornell. I was an operations manager in a research project founded  by a 1 million dollar grant. I was president of the Mock Trial Team here, and am currently vice President of our Pre-Law Undergraduate Society. I'm also working with a world renowned Psychologist on publishing original research in which I will be the primary author, on relating a novel personality theory to juror decision making.

I'm curious, what does it take for a school to look past one bad exam score? My plan for now is to apply to the schools I listed above by the end of the month, and then take the exam again in December and if the scores reflect my true ability the next time around to then start applying to the next level of schools (Boston College, GW, Fordham etc.) I'd love any advice.  ;D

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