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Studying for the LSAT / June 2003 LSAT
« on: September 08, 2005, 11:21:17 PM »
How did you do on this test? Just scored my lowest in the last 3 months! Admittedly, it was in part because I'm tired, bored, unfocused and lost momentum after not completing the games section. I know.. excuses excuses

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General Off-Topic Board / 49 Guests, 23 users (1 hidden)
« on: September 04, 2005, 08:28:10 PM »
OK. So I happened to scroll to the bottom of the main page and catch a glimpse of the user stats a few minutes ago. Apparently, there are 49 guests, 23 users (1 Hidden).

What what what??? There are twice as many people NOT willing to contribute as there are contributing??!?!?
And who is this hidden person? Please, show your face. What do you have to hide?

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General Off-Topic Board / Are you the guy on the right?
« on: September 03, 2005, 09:30:39 PM »

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Studying for the LSAT / Rate difficulty of June RC.
« on: August 05, 2005, 07:54:27 AM »
With 2 months hindsight, how would you rate the June í05 RC section? I think most ppl have had enough time to consider this. So what do you think?

Also, why did you select the option you did?

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Law School Applications / Taking the LSAT 3 times
« on: August 02, 2005, 07:32:13 AM »
So do schools really care if you take the LSAT 3 times? It would seem so. But consider this. We KNOW that most schools are interested in one thing and one thing only, and that is a higher ranking in USNews. Sure they may be interested in weeding out applicants who try to game the test but why would they select someone with a 158,164 over 158,164,172? Especially when the second applicant will have a positive impact on their ranking? Add to that the fact that the second individual has shown that they CAN score higher and I think taking the test a 3rd time, if you really can score higher is not a bad idea.

Granted, you may run into trouble if you score 163, 163 and 164. Or worse, 163, 164, 161. But if you are making 5 to 8 point increments, you should definitely retest.

Also given that this test is supposed to measure some innate ability that should not change significantly over 2 years. If you can go from a 157 to 172 doesnít that suggest that either the test if flawed or that you are an anomaly? Perhaps this is why some schools will only consider the higher score if you score 8 to 10+?

Edit:
Another reason to take the LSAT a 3rd time is when you have a split. Say 158/168. If you can score 168 on a third test, you encourage the adcomms to look at the 168 as a more realistic measure of your abilities.

Of course Iím not suggesting that we all take the LSAT 3 times. But for the few (and there are only a few) who can make significant improvement or those who would like to reinforce a higher scoreÖ. Why not take it a 3rd time?

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Personal Statement / Common Flaws
« on: July 16, 2005, 10:10:39 AM »
Found this list of common flaws at http://www.essayedge.com/law/essayadvice/course/lo_flaws.shtml

 :o

Let these humorous but unfortunate examples be a lesson to read your essay carefully for unintended meanings and meaningless sentences:

    "It was like getting admitted to an Ivory League school."

    "Berkeley has a reputation of breeding nationalists and communists."

    "I'd like to attend a college where I can expose myself to many diverse people."

    "I was totally free except for the rules."

    "In a word, the experience taught me the importance of dedication, friendship, and goals."

    "I have an extensive knowledge of the value of intelligence."

    "I envy people with a lot of time in their hands."

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General Off-Topic Board / Favorite commercial
« on: June 30, 2005, 12:38:07 AM »
Well I like "good" commercials. usually funny and/or interesting ones. My latest favorite is the new DQ commercial. http://www.dairyqueen.com/IDQNet/KillerBee.asx

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Studying for the LSAT / POLL: Practice Score vs. LSAT Score
« on: June 26, 2005, 01:02:23 AM »
OK. My idea of your practice test sore is the sore you hit consistently. So if you took 20 PrepTests and scored 180 on one, your practice test score is NOT 180.

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You be the Judge.
Here is an excerpted synopsis of Einar Sokkasonís saga from Jared Diamondís ďCollapseĒ. Jared provides the synopsis and I did the excerpting.

A Typical Week In the Life of a Greenland Bishop: The saga of Einar Sokkason

While off hunting with 14 friends, Sigurd Njalsson found a beached ship full of valuable cargo. In a nearby hut were the stinking corpses of the shipís crew and its captain Arnbjorn, who had dies of starvation. Sigurd brought the bones back to Garder Cathedral for burial, and donated the ship itself to Bishop Arnald for the benefit of the corpses of the souls. As for the cargo. He asserted finders/keepers rights and divided it among his friends and himself.

When Arnbjornís nephew Ozur heard the news, he came to Garder, together with the relatives of others of the dead crew. They told the bishop that  they felt entitled to inherit the cargo. But the Bishop answered that Greenland law specified finders/keepers, that the cargo and ship should now belong to the church to pay for masses for the souls of the dead men who had owned the cargo,, and that it was shabby for Ozur and his friends to claim the cargo now. So Ozur filed a suit in the Greenland Assembly, attended by Ozur and all his men and also by Bishop Arnald and his friend Einar Sokkason and many of their men. The court ruled against Ozur, who didnít like the ruling at all and felt humiliated, so he ruined Sigurdís ship (now belonging to Bishop Arnald) by cutting out planks along the full length of each side. That made the Bishop so angry that he declared Ozurís life forfeit.

While the Bishop was saying holy mass in church, Ozur was in the congregation and complained to the Bishopís servant about how badly the bishop had treated him. Einar seized an axe from the hand of another worshipper and struck Ozur a death-blow.  The bishop asked Einar, ďEinar, did you cause Ozurís deathĒ? ďVery true,Ē said Einar, ďI have.Ē The Bishopís response was: ďSuch acts of murder are not right. But this particular one is not without justification.Ē The Bishop didnít want to give Ozur a church burial, but Einar warned that big trouble was on its way.

In fact, Ozurís relative, Simon, a big strong man, said that this was not the time for merely big talk. He gathered his friends Kolbein Thorljotsson, Keitel Kalfsson, and many men from Western Settlement. An old man named Sokki Thorisson offered to mediate between Simon and Einar. As compensation for having murdered Ozur, Einar offered some articles including an ancient suit of armor, which Simon rejected as rubbish. Kolbein slipped around behind Einar and hit him between the shoulders with his axe, just at the moment when Einar was bringing down his own axe on Simonís head. As both Simon and Einar fell dying, Einar commented, ďIt is only what I expected.Ē Einarís foster-brother Thord rushed at Kolbein, who managed to kill him at once by jabbing and axe into his throat.

Einarís men and Kolbeinís men then started a battle against each other. A man called Steingrim told them all to please stop fighting, but both sides were so mad that they thrust a sword through Steingrim. On Kolbeinís side, Krak, Thorir, and Vighvat ended up dead, aw well as Simon. On Einarís side, Bjorn, Thorarin, Thord, and Thorfinn ended up dead as well as Einar, plus Steingrim counted as a member of Einarís side. Many men were badly wounded. At a peace meeting organized by a level-headed farmer called Hall, Kolbeinís side was ordered to pay compensation because Einarís side had lost more men. Even so, Einarís side was bitterly disappointed in the verdict. Kolbein sailed off to Norway with a polar bear that he gave as a present to King Harald Gilli, still complaining about how cruelly he had been treated. King Harald considered Kolbeinís story a pack of lies and refused to pay a bounty for the polar bear. So Kolbein attacked and wounded the king and sailed off to Denmark but drowned en route. And that is the end of this saga.

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General Off-Topic Board / Road sign
« on: June 12, 2005, 11:20:16 PM »

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