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Now, I know GPA adendums rarely help. But I think in my case, if I explain the situation it will significantly help.

IMO you're wrong on both accounts.

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Law School Applications / Re: Should I call??
« on: February 01, 2006, 07:35:48 PM »
I would definitely call...there's a difference between calling cause you're annoying and impatient and calling because it's been months and you don't even know if they got your stuff.

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but a lot of it is probably the advice i got here to come down much harder on the dept than i was doing. thanks to everyone!!!  ;D

You're welcome...I felt like a jerk for calling you a battered wife, but I knew it might help stir you up and would pay off in the end.....although now that I think about it my apps are all late in the cycle too and I'm guessing that some of my reach schools are schools you'll get into....hmmm...that's no good  ???

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I would still apply in case you come to your senses before you make your decision.

LA = lots and lots and lots of traffic (I live here too)
Yale = by far the best law school in the country

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why didn't you apply at Harvard/Yale?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Teaching at Kaplan vs. Teaching at Powerscore
« on: February 01, 2006, 12:13:16 AM »
Powerscore, assuming you score a 172 or better....that's why I'm working at Kaplan :D

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: do i have a chance...
« on: February 01, 2006, 12:11:55 AM »
It's definitely possible to get in the 170s....you won't really be able to fully gauge where you're at imo until you take some more recent tests (ie last 2-3 years).  Getting a tutor would definitely help you....I would suggest taking lots of pratice tests, and always taking a lot of time to go over the ones you got wrong, why you got 'em wrong....what you're thinking was and why it was flawed....and remember it (or log it like mentioned above), cause you'll almost certainly see a pattern.

0-2 wrong on games is really good....but unfortunately the other sections are harder to improve than games are.  Also, the last few tests the curve has been a lot harder....if you're someone who consistently gets about the same raw score (ie 15 wrong) as opposed to the same scaled score (ie 160), then you'll almost certainly do worse at least you would have on oct 05 and dec 05, as those scales were much harder.  That's what I did anyways :)  I was consistently missing 8 or so on each test....on most that was a 174, once I got a 177.....I felt really confident taking it (dec 05), and did my usual 8 wrong...but it was only good for a 170.  That's why I say it's hard to gauge when you're taking tests that are from awhile back.

G/L

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: full length LSATs online
« on: February 01, 2006, 12:04:06 AM »
You can access them from the testmasters site...but I forget the link....it's something like

http://www.testmasters180.com/LSAT/MONTH_YEAR.pdf

that's not right, but it's something along those lines....they have like 5 years or more worth....no answer keys but you can find those on here and elsewhere on-line.

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Law School Applications / Re: Title for Personal Statement?
« on: January 31, 2006, 10:57:19 PM »
just put "Personal Statement" at the top so they can identify it easily...I wouldn't recommend titling it (based on info from adcomms themselves).

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For a lot of schools the completion deadlines are in two days...as in they have to have all your materials by then...depends on the school.  I'm tellin you tho...the reason you aren't a priority is cause you were too nice on the phone (which is obvious if you said "thank you").  Pretty much every job I've ever had and other people I know have had...if someone is telling you to do something but you're too lazy to do it and it's not that important, then fine you won't do it.....if someone is SUPER UPSET over something and going crazy (and btw I'm not saying like cuss him out or anything....just let it be known how much you need this and how he is the only thing standing in the way of you and top law schools) then you'll get it done (if for no other reason than just to get them off your back.

He is definitely a jerk and you should be ticked at your school....but w/ bureaucracies you have to fend for yourself....they are the way they are and if you don't do your part in forcing them to get the ball rolling then it's just as much your fault as it is theirs.

frankly, if i'm going to be auto-dinged because i'm not complete by February 1st, it's over for me already. i do think i'll have a bit more leeway.. my apps were turned in and acknowledged by schools weeks ago. i'm not sure how they'll deal with the fact that LSAC won't send the stuff til later, but i don't think that in itself will mean my app cycle is over. if it does, well.. then my undergraduate owes me a lot of money in app fees.

And you're right, i was too nice on the phone. i did send the email, and i hope it will get acknowledged. if i don't get an answer i'll call again tomorrow morning, and make some louder demands. yeah, i'm a pushover, but i'm trying with what little options i've got. i'm just appalled that this sh*t isn't done. my advisor said she gave my transcript to someone other than the guy in charge a week ago also because of the delays, but that person is the dean, and she isn't responding to emails either. Lovely.


Last comment...I'm not trying to be mean....just trying to get you to realize the situation you're in so you'll do something about it, which will ultimately help you out (tough love, if you will).


You're like a battered wife who sits there and complains to all her girlfriends (LSDers) about how much of a jerk her husband (your school) is for beating up on her day in and day out....yes the husband is a jerk, but she's just as much responsible for not leaving him (read: get really mad and make it happen).

G/L....and I really do think that guy is a jerk and your school stinks....it's just that you have to make the best you can of a bad situation, and I don't think you're doing that right now.

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