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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Accomodations?
« on: May 18, 2005, 01:04:14 PM »
Is spelling like an 8th grader a disability? If so, I should have also applied for special accommodations.

Is being stupid also a reason for special accommodations?


What are you getting at. Seriously, no and no. Learning disabilities are legit and in my case I was born completely blind, after one eye was fixed (almost) the other didn't take and due to this problem (I have proposed) my standardized test scores reflect my theory about the visual scanning for my one good eye (or lack thereof) when I am given more time to "scan" the words my score skyrockets and I as of recently scored in the mid 90th percentile range versus scoring as low as 20th (or lower I can't remember) percentile timed.

In other words I was scoring as low as mid 130's timed and as high as 165 with more time...


Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep in Ann Arbor, MI
« on: May 18, 2005, 12:58:14 PM »
Testmasters and self study are bes IMO

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep in Ann Arbor, MI
« on: May 18, 2005, 12:47:44 PM »
This is knd of off-topic although I can help you a little...

I have taken Kaplan and overal there strategies are okay (self-study worked better)

I had a question, where do you take the LSAT in Ann Arbor, is at U Mich? I am moving to Ann Arbor and will be writing the LSAT in October this year in Ann Arbor if it is at the university...

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Accomodations?
« on: May 18, 2005, 08:37:53 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.


Law School Admissions / Re: Majors and GPA
« on: March 03, 2005, 11:06:47 AM »
IMO, Anyone can receive a liberal arts education with a B.S. or B.A. just because one is a B.S. doesn't prequalify these degrees as liberal arts.



Choosing the Right Law School / Re: EFC? FAFSA question (again)
« on: February 16, 2005, 12:03:39 AM »
My undergrad EFC was 0 because I strategized and used my father (who was a cabby) never filed his return (not necassary to claim FAFSA funds). But now I am married and my wife just filled out the damn thing and her EFC (and is approz mine give or take for this next year) was not much but still substantial in comparison to when I was a "dependent" 2,350.
My wife just got into U Penn for her masters program (her #1 choice) and was freaking out about being able to pay for it. Tuition just went up 4,000 a year from 46,000 annual over two years over 90,000 on top of undergraqd debt. Granted by LS debt will topple 150,000 or more but this is no competitition.

IVY_Hopeful (very_hopeful)

Darrell Duncan

This poll is demonstrating what I thought it would. It looks like studying from 1 to 3 months is the norm so far but keep 'em coming!


Studying for the LSAT / To study or not to study, that is the question...
« on: December 07, 2004, 09:56:02 AM »
 :) 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  :)

(Darrell Duncan)

Site Suggestions and Announcements / Re: assistant moderators
« on: November 22, 2004, 02:54:01 PM »
I would love the opportunity to be a global moderator I have been active in LSD since August 03, and I have helped countless individuals in their law school application processes. I would love to stamp out non-topical and outright trollish behavior in order to maintain the integrity of this site and continue to provide service to those that are in need. I have spent many hours researching and replying to posts so that I can give an educated and heartfelt response and I loath those individuals that take advantage of the system (trolls). Andrew, please give the opportunity to keep LSD infrmative and helpful for a long time to come. I was the first Sr. Citizen by helping out those that needed the help and had questions, let's not let trolls take these positions in  LSD (up to an including LSD obessed markers) and reserve these places for those who have earned it (TDPOOKIE1 is one of them)

Thank you for listening and any LSD vets want to vouche for me please feel free.
Darrell Duncan (aka Ivy_Hopeful)

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