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General Off-Topic Board / Re: <<<[[ THOUNGE ]]>>> (Newbies Welcome) POll: Free Will
« Last post by Thou on June 21, 2017, 08:07:17 PM »
Law School Admissions / Re: Doing Worse on Second LSAT? Should I Cancel?
« Last post by loki13 on June 15, 2017, 06:47:34 AM »
So, first some general thoughts.

The LSAT is, in part, an aptitude test. That means that no matter how much you prepare, no matter how much you study, there will be a ceiling to your performance. I say this with caveats; like any standardized test, you can get a few points by understanding test-taking strategies. You can be more comfortable with standardized tests. On the LSAT, in particular, people can increase their LG scores to a certain point by understanding how they work. But once you get past that point, you quickly hit diminishing returns. It's my experience (both having taken the test and done very well and having tutored individuals to take the test) that most people perform optimally, with preparation, the first time. Sometimes the second time. If you keep studying and re-taking the test, you'll burn out, because there is a limit to how much you'll prepare for it.

A 162 is a fine score. It's ... low for T14. But certainly doable for GULC (Geogetown) and the like. Apply to several and see what happens! As for the second test- it depends on your comfort level.

Please note that due to a nearly decade-old change in ABA policy, different schools have different policies regarding multiple LSAT scores. You can look them up! The usual rule is that they will take the highest score, but it varies ... and policies get a little wonky with some of the T14. I know that many top schools view taking the LSAT more than twice as a not-great signal.
Law School Admissions / Doing Worse on Second LSAT? Should I Cancel?
« Last post by greysonfitzgerald on June 14, 2017, 08:39:00 AM »
I just took this past June LSAT, and I'm trying to weigh my options. This might be excessively long, so I apologize in advance. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

This June LSAT really killed me. I started off with the LR experimental (which is arguably harder than usual) and then proceeded to the RC (which, like the LR experimental, is considered to be of elevated difficulty--coupled with the fact that RC is my worst section). By that time, my spirits were already crushed and I was feeling very uncertain about my performance. The only section I nailed was LG, which the general consensus is that it was ridiculously easy.

For the past several PTs that I've taken, I have been able to accurately predict my performance. The questions I mark for BR are the ones that I miss. On this test, however, I felt as though I was doubting every other question and had to blindly fill in the last 3-4 questions for each section (except LG) because of poor timing. I've been PTing in the mid 160's thus far.

I also wrote the Feb LSAT and scored a 162. In contrast to this exam, I was only hitting 158's during that prep. I felt pretty bad about that exam too, but it some how turned out significantly better than what was projected from my PTs. Whilst I'd like to hope that the same thing will happen for the June test, the fear of scoring the same (or worse) is terrifying to me. I'll be applying with a 3.92 GPA and am focusing my efforts on the lower T14 schools (Georgetown, Cornell, Northwestern, etc.).

In short, I'm trying to figure out what I should do. Either:
   -Cancel my score and stick with my 162
   -Cancel my score and try again in September (though I honestly don't know if I have the mental stamina to retake again)
   -Keep my score with the hopes of doing better

And if I do keep my second score and it happens to be worse/ the same, how negatively does that impact my application to low T14 schools? Would a 3rd exam make up for it?

Job Search / Re: Interns, Volunteers and Assistants needed for Harlem Archives!
« Last post by eferreira on June 09, 2017, 03:36:54 AM »
I'm also looking for voluntary job but I live in the northern part of the U.K. and I guess the offer is not in the U.K.  I'm open to an offer please.
Have you ever wondered what a conversation with a statistic would be like? What would be the very first thing that you would want to know? Would it be their story? Would it be how they came to not be a statistic any longer? Sadly, statistics are numbers that donít have voices or answers to any of those questions, because statistics are the end of a story, and not the beginning of one. I once was almost a statistic, the kind that shows up in the form of a short obituary on page four of the local paper, a sort of here one moment and gone the next, with no mark left on this world at all. I am not here to tell you that story though. I have quite a different story in mind, one that even I never expected I would have the privilege not only to tell, but to write as well.

It started with 24 years of a life gone by and nothing to show for it except for prescriptions for Xanax, Prozac, and a divorce that couldnít be finalized fast enough. What had brought me to that point was a cumulative assortment of finding any way I could to avoid the fact that I was no longer a child, and the adult world was no longer as kind to petulance and tantrums as it was when I was ten years younger. Sultry glances, tight dresses and a come-hither smile once could solve any problem I had in the world, but one morning I woke up after a night out with those tactics, with more problems created than any that could have ever possibly been solved. I was just one Google search away from confirming that I was destined to be every statistic in the book.

Becoming a statistic was not what scared me the most. I could handle that my actions were leading to an inevitable and self-fulfilling prophecy. What I could not stomach was that morning when I walked through the front door of my fatherís home, what I should have been able to call my home, and saw the absolute shock on his face that I was even still alive. I donít remember much about that night, but whatever I had done was enough to make my father ready to accept that he had done all that he could for me, and that he was too tired to fight for me to not have that spot on page four of the local papers.

For all intent and purposes my fatherís eyes could have been a full-length mirror that was placed in front of a blind person who was able to see for the first time. It was the very first time I thought beyond all of the vices that came to make up my existence up unto that point. I just froze there in front of my father and allowed myself to take a really deep look at my reflection. Something broke inside me at that moment, and trust me when I say that there was not very much left inside of me that was intact.

It did something amazing for me though. It changed me. I wouldnít describe it as a come-to-Jesus moment, because it was so much more than that. I had always taken that saying to mean that someone who is having a come-to-Jesus moment has just hit a moment of realization, and not really a moment of change. Starting at that moment I saw through my eyes a future. The future was something that I never really thought about until then. Up until that point I lived my life in the moment with no regard for the past or the future.

A life like mine at twenty-four years old was the life read about in my social work classes when I was an undergraduate. Back then they were just words on paper that were to be memorized the night before an exam. They didnít hold much more meaning than that. Even when I was a case manager for those applying for disability benefits, I paid what I read on paper no heed, because before I would be able to  see that I was crashing fast I would have to be stripped of everything I held dear in life at that time. It would take being absolutely alone in the world, without any support from friends or family, because they were more tired than I was. It is difficult being more tired than someone who wakes up and doesnít remember quite how they got to that point.

It is hard to be alone in this world. Some people choose to not be alone for very long, and the company they surround themselves with to ease that unbearable ache of loneliness puts that right back at square one, and right back on their way to page four. When I finally saw my reflection I neither wanted new friends or an ending. I wanted a new beginning for not only myself, but for others who find themselves in similar situations.

I learned one very important thing when I worked as a case manager deciding Social Security disability benefits for initial applications to the program, claiming that they could not work. That lesson was that medical evidence trumped subjective evidence, but it was legal evidence and guidelines that trumped the two former. It made me realize that, being the person I am, I could bring about very little change for myself, or for the people who were just like me with the current laws and policies in place.

I had some idea once upon a time that it would be a career in social work that would allow me to change the world, but that couldnít be farther from the truth. I learned that social work is limited by laws and guidelines, and social work is all about following all of those laws and guidelines right down to the letter. There is more accountability in making sure the rules were followed perfectly rather than the act of doing what is actually in the best interest of a person. Social workers move sand hills. Laws are what move mountains, more specifically, the people who influence the creation of laws.
I learned that by witnessing a local attorney defend a man, my father, in a hearing for involuntary placement in a psychiatric unit in a rural part of Florida. This attorney knew the law inside and out, and during those fifteen minutes that I had the privilege to witness him in action, showed me all that I needed to know. That attorney was not the only one who taught me something new that day, but the judge and the stateís attorney taught me as well. I walked out of that courtroom knowing that I had found my voice.

So here I am. I have a life story that makes for a better Lifetime movie than it does as an inspiration to go to law school, but it is what I have. Life is constantly testing my level of commitment, but only those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve are rewarded with lifeís most precious gifts. It takes a resolve that is constant and consistent to move mountains. I am devoted to not becoming a statistic, and changing the current avenues for people who are on their way to do just that and with a little bit of faith, for those who are already there.

I am ready. With words, strong and powerful, I will bridge oceans and move mountains, all for a better tomorrow. The past, it can stay there, as a reminder if it wants to, but it doesnít own me anymore. The future and all of the wonderful things that I know are waiting for me there does.
Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on June 06, 2017, 03:12:48 PM »

So, is the democratic party now becoming "the hiliary Clinton party"?

Because all we hear about is loser of the election talk and hillary Clinton leading the sith lord rťsistance....

Democrats are going to be out of office for a while at this point. They need to right their ship. Drain the swamp and put Bernie in charge
Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on June 05, 2017, 10:47:31 PM »

Why is Hillary Clinton still voicing her opinion about her election loss?

Move on Hillary, nobody really cares what you think anymore.
I am really feeling bored with her.

Just will pop back every now and then as her criminal  investigation continues.  Her superpac is dead in the water and her book will be a telling collapse because by the time it comes out less and less will care.

I was once worried that she might have beaten BaraknObama....but the DNC couldn't put the fix in for her back then because of the far left's interest in Obama and the trump wing of the Dem party went for Obama as well..

Hillary, nobody cares about you any more.

Move along. We've heard this all before. Hillary is old irrelevant news.
Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« Last post by Aristogeiton1 on May 29, 2017, 12:03:23 PM »
I don't see too much new stuff being posted, I'd imagine a lot of the posting is on TLS and JDU, but I'm definitely glad to have this site as a resource. Especially as an up-coming Black Law Student at the extreme end of PWI.
Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on May 25, 2017, 08:50:35 PM »

Democrats are really bleeding out because Trump is not going to be impeached or anything like it...
The Tea party rose and affected the slow decline of the democratic corporate machine in power...

The democratic party is in shambles...
Focusing on removal of Trump---when--lets face it..democrats just helped vote him into not good policy.

More house democratic seats will be lost--as racist or identity politics has not been abandoned.

As the jobs prospects in crease and as unemployment drops even a little....that truly helps trump.
He will probably be elected again if status quo continues.

Why? Because.the Russian collusion doesn't even matter to most people.
Democrats tried to rig the election for Hillary....
People....democrats in particular wont let that be forgotten anytime soon.

As long as Nancey Pelosi is still in power....the party is going to die.

I pray she stays in office a very long time...shes a great political barometer for failure
Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: GW (75k) vs Cardozo (Full)
« Last post by loki13 on May 25, 2017, 07:02:27 AM »
First, don't worry about the long-term (politics) since that's a long-term, inchoate goal. Unless you're thinking of immediate entry into politics, that doesn't matter for school selection. Instead, concentrate on your short term- BigLaw.

Both schools will give you an opportunity for BigLaw, if you do well. The question is- where do you want to practice?

If you want to practice in NY (and/or NJ), Cardozo.

If you prefer DC (and/or VA), GW.

IMO, I'd take the full scholarship. That's the one definite. You can't count on either getting a BigLaw job or wanting a BigLaw job after you've been in law school, but law school debt will last a lot longer than you think. Try and avoid it.
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