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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Accomodations?
« on: May 18, 2005, 11:37:53 AM »
I was just wondering what the consensus was and pros and cons (I know most of the pros I believe) are for having a degenerative eye disorder that complicates and compromises your ability for taking the LSAT. I am having an appointment with my neural opthamologist in late June (unfortunately past the June LSAT) and will be evaluated for the seriousness and validity for more time on the LSAT. My question for any of you who know (with the exception of what the LSDAS/LSAC registration/information book states) what happens and how much of a disadvantage will my score be at if I asked for more time based on my eye disorder. BTW this is a legitimate problem that I was born with so please no snyde remarks. The disorder is Hershberg Congenital E.T. complicatd by Strabismus and heightened retinal pigmentosa (since the disorder tacks on disorders over time until I have no sight the original was Hershberg a very rare eyey disorder)
In other words I am blind in my left eye (20/250ish) or 6% vision if you want specifics and this affects my visual field and visual scanning (I am doing more research to present to my physicican later).

Other proof of my claim is that based on what LSAT instructors (several) have told me is that the difference in untimed (or double time) tests should not differ greaatly from timed proctored tests (they will differ but rarely more than 20 percentile points) My current untimed (double timed) LSAT is just over 90th percentille whereas my last highest proctored test (after about 14) is in the 47th percentile).
So what do you think?

Darrell Duncan

PS the rest of my application is very strong including being in the top 5%+ of my graduating class, member of many organizations, honor scoieties, worked in a law firm, published a novel (in press), variety of philantropies, the list goes on and my LOR's are GREAT!.  I will be applying for the next cycle and take the LSAT w or w/o accommodations in October.

 

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Studying for the LSAT / To study or not to study, that is the question...
« on: December 07, 2004, 12:56:02 PM »
 :) Just curious, because on and off I have studied (loosely that is) for over two years but seriously will be for over 6 months. I just want to know where we all fal in terms of preperation for such an important chapterof our law school admissions decision  :)

Ivy_Hopeful
(Darrell Duncan)

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I have a quick question that may seem asinine , I will ask for any advice or knowlesge out there anyway. My wife's recommender put her in a tight situation... She sent out the LOR's and instead of signing the back of the envelope to make it official, she just initialed them (first and last initials). Is this still considered "official" My gut says that this should still be fine and I am overreacting for her sake bt I just needed some reassurance or perhaps some evidence of others who have done this instead of actually signing with their whole signature accross the back to seal the envelope. What if the place fro the LOR says  "...along with his/her signature across the back..." Then will it still be okay, since initials seem still official to me but I don't know??? What do all of you LSD'ers think? ??? ;D
Ivy_Hopeful

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Law School Applications / What about blindness or mediocrity?
« on: July 07, 2004, 05:25:57 AM »
When I apply to ls my wife says in my PS (or whatever) that I should include the fact that  I have "overcome adversity" I was born blind (yes all the way, you'd be surprised how many people think that blind at birth is incurable) and have struggled but surpassed (successfully)my disability of being blind in the left eye as well as having no periphreal vision and low depth perception. Plus she said I might want to consider that I was a late bloomer so to speak in grades (that meant I did poorly on avg in highschool but did rather well from start to finish in college) my hs GPA was 2.81ish and now I have (counting GRO)   3.89ish... Bottom line I was denied acceptance to the University of Az (where I currently have attended for less than 2 years and will grad in May of 05 with only a handful of transferable credit) I was astounded by the fact that I could not go to college due to my meager GPA from highschool coupled with the fact that I was out for almost 3 yrs as well    (grad hs in May 99 begun UA after acceptance from comm coll class prerequisites in Summ 02)

SO what do you think? I know I should include my eye disorder (for all your photographic memorizers my disorder is extrememly rare and degenerative as well as it is long:
4 parts and accruing more as we speak)
Hershberg estotropia
congentital ET
with complications of strabysmis (sp?) and
hightened retinal pigmentosa (whew!)   

What about the denials from UA and later acceptance due to persaverance??

Any comments would be appreciated, thanks so much...
IVY_Hopeful

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Where should I go next fall? / Math vs. Law
« on: March 22, 2004, 08:00:19 PM »
I was just curious what the skill levels for the most part were for soontobe and wannabe 1L's... I ask this becasue my skill level was pretty high, but then a math assessment proved me wrong  :)
IVY Hopeful

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Law School Applications / Hello to all!
« on: March 09, 2004, 06:38:13 PM »
I just wanted to let everyone know that I am very proud of all of your accomplishments, and just wanted to state that I am to be married this Sat, March 13, 2004. Wish me luck (I'm a clutz so I don't want to to trip on the way to the alter). I have no colf feet just a VERY hectic schedule with a full time course load, work, preparing for a wedding, an RA'ship etc. Just looking for encouragement from all you soon-to be 1L's like myself, and anybody whom wants to offer advice being a married person themselves.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE LATTER HALF OF THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS YOU GUYS/GALS ARE DOING GREAT!!  ;)
IVY_Hopeful

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Studying for the LSAT / Kaplan: Isn't all that bad, is it?
« on: January 30, 2004, 02:43:50 PM »
I would like to hear the flip-side of this debate:

Kaplan sucks, I have heard this in the other topic, well here's the thing I won a free class (1,100 value) in a big drawing.  I couldn't believe it I was so happy to know that my prepreation efforts would not need to be allocated with burdensome cost (which I can not afford I get married in less than 2 months and I am paying for a Math tutor)
So here's what I need from all of you members, and guests of this forum. Please anybody who has a happy Kaplan outcome to share with me I am sick of seeing all these negative notes about Kaplan, but when I speak to other post-kaplan prep students whom have taken the LSAT they are more than pleased so. I beg of you, let's hear something positive about this company so I don't have to forfeit my free meal ticket. Please post if you have good things or good results from the Kaplan course (the regular course not internet based). I need good feedback before I go and spend elsewhere. Anyone??

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / argument
« on: January 29, 2004, 04:24:01 PM »
Is there an echo in here? J/K Good Man/Woman

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT and UGPA
« on: August 18, 2003, 01:00:06 PM »
So let's keep those munbers rolling:
How well did you do on the LSAT recent or not.

Also to compare what was your undergraduate GPA (if applicable):

Here's mine
3.79 (current) 3.92+ (fingers crossed @ graduation) UGPA
159 LSAT (practice tests) 170+ (fingers crossed)

AS you can see I am early in the game I am currently a sophomore/junior speeding my way through my undergrad to get to law school.  I just was curious as to all of you girls/guys numbers Thanks a bunch,  ;D

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Practice and Diagnostic Tests
« on: September 17, 2003, 10:42:02 AM »
I was just wondering if anyone would like to share some/all of their LSAT practice scores and even some diagnostics (for those who aren't aware of these, the diagnostic tests are similar to practice tests but they are the before during and after the fact of studying usually through programs such as Princeton review or Kaplan etc...) I would appreciate it I will post mine as they come available (I am taking my first practice/diagnostic today wish me luck  ;)) Thank you all for your information! ;D

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