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I got accepted to Georgetown, but didn't get the letter until last Monday so I couldn't make it to admitted students days Thursday and Friday. Did anyone go? How was it? Thanks!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Housing/Car at Harvard
« on: January 27, 2005, 01:35:32 PM »
My husband (then-fiance) graduated from Harvard's joint degree law & economics program a year ago. He lived off campus and had a car. The car was an enormous hassle. Expect to pay large amounts of money for a neighborhood parking sticker that will allow you to drive around the streets forever looking for a spot to parallel park. If you do get a car, definitely get a very small one. He used his car maybe once every couple of weeks, and it was frequently getting towed because he forgot to move it on street cleaning day or when a section of the street got reserved for a moving van.

Off-campus housing in Cambridge is expensive too, but I don't know how it compares to dorm and meal plan costs. I never saw the inside of the Harvard Law dorms, but we did have some friends who lived in married student housing, and that setup was pretty nice.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: LSAT 175-180
« on: January 26, 2005, 12:58:31 PM »
Luckily, I've always been a very good standardized-test taker. That helped. But I did a lot of prep too.

I bought a book of actual former LSAT exams. I took a first test with no prep just to get a baseline (164). Then I worked through a large number of logic games questions because they are of course the trickiest part. After that I took several more practice tests in the week leading up to the exam (172-176). About a week and a half before the real exam, I realized that I was getting bored with the repetitive test taking and wasn't focusing all my attention on it the way I should be, so I just stopped. I took one final practice exam, then scored 175 on the real test.

I would suggest, if you are already a good test-taker, don't waste your time with the "strategies and explanations" type of test-prep book put out by Kaplan, Barrons, or any of the rest. It's exactly the same advice you would get for the SAT or GRE - read all the answer choices, eliminate definite wrong answers, etc. The books of real tests, answers, and nothing else are much more helpful. The big exception to this is if you're having serious trouble with the logic games section, since there are actual strategies you can learn to do better on the games.

Also, just because you have a book of full-length tests doesn't mean you have to take a whole test all at once. If you're having trouble with games, do just the games sections. When you run out of time, finish the rest of the problems anyway.

Georgetown is distressingly non-communicative with its applicants. On the status check, I went to complete in a decent amount of time, and to decision very quickly after that. Then I waited and waited, but the letter never showed up. Finally, two weeks later, I called the admissions office. It turns out my decision letter had been returned to them by the post office (for no apparent reason - the address on it was correct), and they hadn't bothered to tell me about it even though they should have had my phone number and e-mail address.

Turns out I was accepted. Numbers: 3.55/175. Georgetown is my top choice since I'm stuck in D.C. for family reasons, but if they're this unhelpful about everything, maybe I should consider GW more strongly!

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