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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Which LSAT is the easiest?
« on: April 17, 2005, 03:43:59 AM »
From what I saw when I was studying this varies every year--get a book of the most recent LSATs available to study from and see if there is one particular time of year that is easier for you.  Also, I think that June is easier just because you are less likely to have other things going on when you are studying.  Really though, there's no way to predict how "difficult" a given LSAT will be--the whole point of a standardized test is that IF it is an easier test you will have to do better on it to get the same score as you would on an "easier" test with fewer correct answers.  There's no real way to predict EXACTLY what will be on a given administration--like no one predicted that last year's June test would have fewer games questions and more reading comp questions than normal--because of that (only really a couple of questions difference) it was an "easier" test than me because I was awesome at RC and terrible at games--led to me winding up getting a higher score on the real thing than on any practices.  Just study your arse off and take it when you have the most free  time to study and you should be fine.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: New "Late" Accepted Thread...
« on: April 15, 2005, 04:35:59 PM »
Still waiting almost everywhere and haven't heard anything in over a week from anywhere.  Basically I only care about Vandy and UIUC at this point when I'm realistic about my chances, but I just wish places would get back to me so I could start making housing arrangements  :P

Wait List / Re: Washington U in St. Louis drops from #20 to #24
« on: April 10, 2005, 04:37:55 PM »
Its basically a matter of not improving quickly enough.  The were tied with GW and I think ND for 20 last year, and although all of the pertinent stats for wash u increased this year they did not increase as quickly as the schools in the 20-23 spots now.  That being said, the dean at wash u is really hopeful to shoot back up into position next year because apparently the class of 2004 had an amazing employment rate that won't be figured into the rankings until next year.  Besides, all of the schools in the 20s shuffle around a lot so a couple rankings spots dont really matter over the course of three years.

Law School Applications / Re: report sexuality to LSAC?
« on: April 10, 2005, 04:34:03 PM »
Yeah, the schools definitely get the info.  A friend of mine last year checked that he was gay and he wound up getting letters from some oddball schools he had never heard of congratulating him for "coming out" in the law school admissions process.  I don't think it has any real effect on admissions decisions unless you make a bigger deal out of it though, because he wound up at a catholic university with a huge scholarship (Saint Louis U).

GW just seems to be way behind...I was complete there in January and just heard from them a couple of days ago.  As for Northeastern a good friend of mine had the same problem with them last year.  Go ahead and give them a call and see how much info you can get out of them.  Good luck.

zDoes it matter if your last semester grades are lower for law school purposes?

Not as long as you a least do well enough to graduate in good standing.  However it will matter if you are trying to get into a school off the waitlist because great last semester grades are one thing you can send them to try to convince them to let you in.

A big part of it, ESPECIALLY if you want to go into BIGLAW is building connections early on.  Lets take your random school in Pennsylvania.  Most people who go to that school will get a job in the area surrounding the school after their 1L year, and then will get another job there for their 2L summer.  If they have good grades they will get a job with a good firm that 2L summer, and then if they do well at work they can either be offered a job for after graduation before the 3L year even starts or they will have solid connections to the people in that office when they are applying later on.  This is the same reason why people who do public interest jobs during their 1/2L summers have a more difficult job finding a non-public service job for after graduation. 

Mine was my political ecology term paper.  It was a 20-25 page paper that we had the entire semester to work on and it was due at 9:30 this morning....I finally started it at 2:00 yesterday afternoon  :-[

How is the 1L summer job hunt going?  Have you found it fairly easy to line something up or has the competition been too much?

Pre-Law in high school / Re: i need major help (literally)
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:34:59 AM »
Well, I philosophy used to be one of my majors.  Personally I hated it, but that's just my experience.  As to what you can do with it if you decide against law school, here is a link (with some more links) that my former philo advisor directed me to.

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