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In defense of Jgunnz, the practice of averaging LSATs is still a mystery to many of us.  Although there are people who test consistently, there are also others, such as Jgunnz, who manage increases greater than the margin of error. 

This is a guy who obviously studied, went to a respectable undergraduate institution, was active in ec's, etc. and is having difficulty getting into some of the law schools to which he applied because of one score on one day (from his LSN profile). 

Twarga, hi!  Glad youíre back.  Even though I think youíve been too harsh on BigTex.

I think his problem is that School X didnít read his posts.  If they had, like we have, theyíd know the full story.  They really screwed the pooch here.  From their reaction, it sounds like a school that had already offered him admission (i.e., not Harvard).

What they should have done was e-mail him and ask for the addendum.  At that point, they could have 1) decided that their admission decision was correct, or 2) rescinded the offer based on the perception of dishonesty.  Contacting other schools should never have come into the equation.

Why?  Because itís a violation of anti-trust laws, in my humble non-lawyer opinion.  It doesnít seem like it from our perspective, but legally we are the consumers, and they are the industry.  Communication within an industry is very circumscribed, lest it become collusion. 

As a business owner, I know that doctors arenít allowed to discuss a lot of business issues amongst themselves.  Contract terms, etc. are off-limits.  People have been prosecuted.

And schools HAVE done this exact thing before.  In the 80s and earlier, schools (including the Ivy League) did get together to divvy up applicants so that they wouldnít have to compete for the best ones.  And now they donít.  Because such a practice WAS determined to be an anti-trust violation.

Again, it's difficult to make judgment on either Tex or the law school since we don't have all of the evidence.  Nonetheless, I really don't see how that school made an antitrust violation.  Collusion means getting together to fix prices, etc. It's a different kind of information.

What is considered a high/low LSAT average for a university?

To the best of my knowledge, Tex has always been the model LSD citizen.  He's already going through difficult times, he doesn't need for people to compound his problems.  He was simply trying to help the other members on this board by telling us to watch out.  

No matter what, it is unfair to continue to evaluate or judge the guy when he isn't here to respond for himself.  Let's just listen to what he said and move on.  The faster we get over this debacle, the better.  We need to stick together and work as a team.  Instead I see us fractionalizing.  

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Letter of interest?
« on: March 10, 2005, 03:33:08 PM »
Thanks, good tips!

Pickles: like the avatar, makes me think of summer  :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Letter of interest?
« on: March 10, 2005, 07:02:56 AM »

I know that once put on a waitlist, it is beneficial to write a letter of continued interest.  However, I'm unclear about the details. 

For instance, to whom do we address the letter?  To the dean?

What makes a solid LOI?

And what length should it be?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I retake in June???
« on: March 09, 2005, 07:05:45 AM »
Hey :)

I dissent.  I say YES you should. 

First, the average test taker scores 3 points above what they had gotten the previous time.  Some schools will take the higher score and others will average.  Even if they average, you can still get a 2 point increase.

Then, there is the fact that you KNOW you are capable of doing better.  That will haunt you and you know it.  If you can get over your recent hump, I'm sure that you can improve.

Also, you have to ask yourself some questions.  Like: did you make any mistakes?  Is there anything you learned from the Feb LSAT that will help you to do better in later tests?  Were you nervous/anxious/tired/sick? 

Finally, a 165 is a respectable score.  BUT, it won't set you apart from the pack.  If you're looking for top 25, then you're fine.  If for T14, you'll probably need something more.

Just have faith in yourself!  Either way, best wishes!

Law School Admissions / Re: American and Emory
« on: March 08, 2005, 02:58:47 PM »
Oooooh... I think you have a while to go.  First you have to receive the "complete" notification and then it takes at least another month. 

Sucks, doesn't it?  I'm in the same boat.  I've already resigned myself to putting down at least one seat deposit  :(  Have the schools even received our scores yet?  Mine doesn't have a date next to "score."

Law School Admissions / Re: American and Emory
« on: March 08, 2005, 06:03:22 AM »
Have you even received notification that your application is complete?  I applied in November and didn't get a response until Feburary.  They definitely take their time doing things.  If you absolutely can't wait, then you should email them. 

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