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Current Law Students / Re: lsat
« on: July 28, 2005, 04:19:49 PM »
can't you just wait one more year and your scores from 3 years ago will be off your record?  i am pretty sure there is a 3 year limit on old scores.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Studying=180??
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:38:42 AM »
my Testmasters instructor went from a 143 initial diagnostic to scoring a 172 on the actual exam.  that's a 29 point increase.  and since the first test, he joined testmasters and taught the LSAT for a year (obviously not everyone has this opportunity) and has scored several 180's on his diagnostics since then.  he is waiting for the 3 years to elapse from his first score so that he can have a 180 as his only test score on record.  he was very confident that he would land a 180 with a little time to spare, and based on his instruction and demonstrated ability I have no reason to believe he will not.

so yes, i think if anyone of reasonable intelligence with A LOT of dedication (this is an extreme case) can score in the 99th percentile if not the 99.99th percentile.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The "bringin' it back" thread.
« on: July 27, 2005, 11:09:30 AM »
Does anyone remember the cartoon "Ducktales?"  One of my favorites.  Also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the bomb.

Black Law Students / Re: Howard's homecoming
« on: July 10, 2005, 03:29:34 AM »
all i know is that in ludacris' song "pimpin all over the world" he says he can't miss the "homecoming at howard."  sounds pretty important to me.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 14, 2005, 09:44:49 PM »
can you rewrite your post please (I'm not trying to be sarcastic but i can't figure out what you are trying to say)  Sorry i'm a little slow

Incoming 1Ls / Re: 'BigLaw' Who Wants it? Who has it? Why?
« on: May 14, 2005, 12:16:33 PM »
I am a pre-1L so I may not know much but I heard a speech by the UW LS Dean Joe Knight here in Seattle and he says he works 80-90 hours a week and has since he was a 1L at Columbia.  He says he budgets his time in weekly intervals of 168 hours. 

I don't have the ability to replicate the compelling nature of his speech but here are some of the key takeaways: Don't constrict yourself with a "need" for sleep.  He says he's trained himself to need an average of 4-5 hours per night.  He answers his email before bed and when he wakes up.  He gets his workout in at 5 am, makes his daughter breakfast before school at about 6am and is off to work by 7:30.  He leaves work about 7pm (in Seattle that is good thing because of the horrible traffic).  He doesn't really eat lunch unless he's meeting a "client" (usually donors and the like).

The point is that you can be really efficient with your time and still spend time with your family, friends etc.  If you can restrict work at the office to stuff that must be done there, and do a lot of the "extras" like answering email at home then your time suddenly becomes a lot more abundant.  As for the idea of 168 hours in a week, as opposed to 24 hours in a day...that is a very novel and productive way of thinking as I see it.  Some days you can be more or less productive as long as you meet your weekly quota.  Assuming BigLaw firms are OK with you coming to work before 8 and getting your "other" stuff done off-campus you may be just fine. 

In closing, the thesis of Dean Knight's speech (which was delivered extemporaneously and very impressively) was to "Think outside the Box."  If you want to get something done and you're only working 90 hours a week, there are still 78 hours left in the week for you to accomplish that thing!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: What's Your Major?
« on: May 13, 2005, 07:14:09 PM »
accounting major...the tax accounting courses at my school are taught by two tax lawyers (both with LLM's from NYU) and I definitely feel like I am getting a good mix of business and law.  One of them actually stresses the importance of the use of the Socratic method (unlike most teachers here in wussy Seattle).

Other business courses give you a sense of what you need to do to succeed in the workplace and especially the entrepreneurial side if you are going to eventually practice by yourself.  I do wish I was a little more well rounded but definitely feel advantaged.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Starting with a 138
« on: April 29, 2005, 08:32:04 PM »
I don't know about 1 month of studying but if he is a reasonably intelligent person willing to commit a significant amount of time he can hit 170+!  Laugh all you want but my Testmasters instructor tested at a 142 first time and we all know Testmasters people are 99% percentilers.  He got a 171 after a Kaplan (lol) prep course and he said he studied about 20-40 hours a week.

Tell him to study during the summer the summer and take the October real reason why he shouldn't take the extra time. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Columbia w/ 50k vs Cornell w/ 87k
« on: April 25, 2005, 01:07:25 AM »
you could probably make $37k as a 2L summer intern from its Columbia!  go to NYC

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