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Law School Applications / Re: criminal record
« on: August 01, 2005, 02:16:30 PM »
Did you have a lawyer represent you at any point during either criminal proceeding?  If so, they might (really, they should) have the information you need.  If that turns up nothing, you might want to contact the judge who presided over your hearings.  They usually keep records of some sort for reference.  If neither works, then it might be possible that neither was put on your record, but I'm not sure.  The first charge (theft of services) sounds fairly weighty, so they probably did put it on your record.  That's about all the info I can provide as a lowly pre-law hopeful.  Contact me in a few years when I've passed the bar; I'll probably be a better help then.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters Course Reservation
« on: August 01, 2005, 12:39:18 PM »
I'm currently enrolled in TM in NYC.  I registered about 3 to 4 weeks before the start of the class.  They require that you send in an enrollment confirmation form by fax or mail about 7-10 days before your first class so that they can send you your materials before the start of the first class.  If they don't receive it within that period, they charge you a lateness fee of $50.00 I think.  So leave yourself around 3 weeks before the start of the first class, and you should be fine.  Everyone in my course received their prep materials the day before our first class (two days after our first diagnostic).  And just in case you haven't hear, TM is incredible.  I've had just two classes and feel so much more confident with the test and have learned how to approach a number of question types that gave me a tough time during my first diag. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Impossible?
« on: July 31, 2005, 12:22:31 AM »
I personally do not have that experience (yet).  I took my first diagnostic last weekend, and got a disappointing 151, yet the Testmasters class I'm currently enrolled in has already paid dividends as I have learned important techniques for approaching the sections I have the most difficulty with (LR and LG).  However, there have been a number of TM students who have made the increases you are asking about.  In fact, I know of one who had a diagnostic score of around 144 who ended up with a score in the mid-170's.  While the course certainly played a role in her improvement, anyone who is dedicated enough to study hard will be able to improve.  If a prep course isn't feasible for whatever reason, I would suggest buying books with real LSAT exams in time (ie: 10 real LSATs, 10 More, the next 10, etc.) and doing those.  You don't have to take entire tests in one sitting.  you could use one book to do sections one at a time, and another book for taking more diagnostic tests.  Practice really is the key.  While some people might try to convince you that there are shortcuts or easy ways out, they're just blowing hot air. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Most Difficult Logic Games
« on: July 29, 2005, 09:35:09 PM »
I just got through the first lesson's homework for TM.  The logic games homework problems were all pure sequencing problems, which were extremely easy.  Are pure sequencing games the easiest?  Which are the most difficult?  I'm sure I'll find out soon enough, but I'm curious.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Howard University
« on: July 27, 2005, 11:57:33 PM »
It's a predominantly black law school in DC.  The reason it is so highly recruited from is primarily because it is the largest historically black law school.  Even Wachtell Lipton Rosen Katz recruits there, and they are by far the most difficult law firm in the country to get an offer from.  Firm recruiters are always on the lookout for black law students to recruit (especially black males), and there is no better place to look then Howard.  Despite its poor rankings and lackluster GPA/LSAT score averages, it has produced a number of highly impressive jurists, Thurgood Marshall probably being the most notable of its alumni.  It also has a very dedicated faculty, and is a hot spot for the formation and cultivation of the nation's premiere African American leaders. 

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Studying for the LSAT / computerized study aids
« on: July 26, 2005, 04:16:27 PM »
Does anyone know of any high-quality (not Barron's, etc) computer programs that allow you to study for the LSAT?  I have a Kaplan cd-rom, but the problem with Kaplan is that they don't use actual LSAT questions or exams.  I'd prefer something that includes real LSAT questions and/or full-length exams.  Any suggestions?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Nervous and in need of some help
« on: July 10, 2005, 12:16:27 PM »
Try heading over to http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com and do a user search.  You can input minimum (or maximum) values for UGPA and LSAT numbers and search for users with similar numbers as you to see where they applied, got accepted to, and where they ultimated matriculated.

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I'll be taking the late summer course at the 42nd street location.  I registered last night.  Should receive the prep package sometime next week. 

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