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Incoming 1Ls / Allegedly Retired HLS Poster taking q's
« on: July 12, 2007, 09:10:38 PM »
Yea, my fiancee is far away, and I get bored.  I'm supposed to be retired, but if you have any questions, let me know.  I'm a rising 2L at HLS.

General Off-Topic Board / Bass retires from LSD
« on: February 15, 2007, 02:32:27 PM »
Today's the last day.

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT to change -- RC and Writing Sample
« on: October 18, 2006, 03:28:23 PM »
I didn't see this after a quick look, so I figured I'd post it.  I got an email about it, and while I don't much care, some people here might:

"Beginning with the June 2007 administration, LSAC will introduce a variant of reading comprehension, called comparative reading, as one of the four sets in the LSAT reading comprehension section. In general, comparative reading questions are similar to traditional reading comprehension questions. However, there is one significant difference:
instead of being based on one passage, comparative reading questions are based on two short passages. The two passages together are of roughly the same length as one reading comprehension passage has been, so the total amount of reading in the reading comprehension section will remain essentially the same. A few of the questions that follow a comparative reading passage pair might concern only one of the two passages, but most questions will be about both passages and how they relate to each other. More information, including test preparation material for comparative reading, will be available on the LSAC website ( in mid-February 2007. This information will also appear in the printed LSAT & LSDAS Information Book, to be distributed in February 2007.

Also beginning with the June 2007 LSAT, test takers will no longer randomly be assigned one of two different kinds of writing promptódecision or argumentófor the writing sample.
All test takers will be assigned a decision prompt. The writing sample will continue to be unscored.

These two changes are a result of extensive research by LSAC staff and consultations with the LSAC Test Development and Research Committee."

I just wanted to point something really obvious out.

People love the LRB, and rightly so: it is the best book currently on the market for Logical Reasoning.  Why?  There are a few reasons.  There is a lot of specific strategy based on question type.  There are lots of detailed explanations for specific questions.  It tries to do just one thing--the LR section--and do it well.  For the most part, it succeeds.

That said, people should realize that the word "bible" in its title doesn't mean we should all drink the Kool-Aid.  The advice presented in the book is based on choices made by people, and these people are 1) not perfect, 2) not even perfect when it comes to the LSAT, and 3) motivated by more than just the desire to produce the best techniques.  (1) and (2) should be obvious--the people who wrote the book and human.  (3) might be less obvious.  When writing an LSAT book, there are two primary considerations: writing the best book possible, and writing the most profitable book possible.  Usually, the better the book, the more profitable it is.  But when quality and profit conflict, profit usually wins.  The result is a loss of quality.

Stop spewing the dogma that reading the question stem first is always a bad idea.  It might be a good idea for some or most people.  But Powerscore can't flip-flop on the issue--it's either always good or always bad, and PS says always bad.  Okay, fine.  This is just one example.  If the bible says it, it might be a good thing to try.  It doesn't have to become a religion.

Note that I am not suggesting that we ignore the LRB.  In fact, I think that it really is the best book on the market right now.  Just stop acting as if contradicting the bible will send you to LSAT hell (I guess that would be <150 IRL or <170 on this board).  Offer the advice in the LRB as good advice from a good source, not gospel.

Incoming 1Ls / What about those ridiculously expensive law school books?
« on: August 23, 2006, 11:12:40 AM »
So I heard buying law books was going to be way more expensive than ugrad.  But I've bought every book for the fall except one, and I've spent $145 total.  The only book I haven't bought is $40 new.  This doesn't seem too expensive to me.

What am I missing?

General Off-Topic Board / Old Locked DOWNY Rant
« on: July 28, 2006, 01:24:19 PM »
I like this DOWNY rant, but it's in a really, really old locked thread.  Can't just bump it.

Quote from: DOWNY
What's up fuckers,
I know its been awhile since I last rapped at ya, but things have been pretty ricockulous in DOWNY land lately. To start, this dta character (a DOWNY arch-rival as all you loyal readers know) actually started a happy DOWNY board just for DOWNY.
dta, I just don't know what to say, this is DOWNY's dream come true, an entire thread devoted just to him. Then again, with all of the chaos DOWNY creates there are lots of threads about him, mostly negative. Anyway, the gesture is nice, but rest assured DOWNY will still post his antics in other relevant forums, such as the LSAT study room.

Anyway, back to the original story. So the problem with riding camels is that they're really unstable and they walk in this bobbing motion which makes it hard to hang on especially if you're tripping. So this fucker, let's just call him Downy McCamel, starts walking near this big gorge. And he started opening his mouth and making this crazy sound like he was constipated or something. Last thing I want is for his hairy-ass to start spitting on me. The handler somehow thought I know how to ride camels and gave me the leash, and I was tripped out of my skull and didn't know what to do. So, you guessed it- I jumped off that fucker and ran like hell. That hurt like a female dog, because camels are actually really tall- riding those things puts you about 10 feet off the ground. Plus the handler got all pissed and started yelling for "bakshish" (tip) when DOWNY took off, but @#!* it I was high. Lesson learned- riding camels takes a lot of skill and is definitelly not like driving a car, which of course you can do when on drugs. This was an important lesson learned for DOWNY. Peace out for now, I have a long strenuous night ahead of me of drinking and running over small children with my car. Also, this week DOWNY will be going to the zoo to try the camel thing again, because zoo camels and more domesticated than Egypt camels. Plus, zoo camels like to eat nachos and cigarettes, just like DOWNY.

Langdell's gonna be plastered with my bumper sticker:

2000 Dodge Neon ES
(Incidentally, my car sucks because I don't have money.)

Incoming 1Ls / Early Loan Repayment on a NYC salary
« on: July 09, 2006, 09:27:41 AM »
So I was just looking through salaries by year for NYC ( and thinking about paying off these ridiculous student loans.

I did some calculations for 100K in debt consolidated at 6.5%.

I calculated how much after taxes (Federal, State, and FICA--I didn't do NYC, but I also didn't factor in ANY deductions, not even standard ones) these salaries make, and then I figured out how much salary remains for loans paid off in 4 years.  Here's what I got by year:

81610.35125   88800.35125   98850.35125   112250.3513 (paid off)

2 questions: 1) Does this calculation make sense and 2) Is this a reasonable salary for NYC to live on?

Caveats: I know I didn't factor in bonuses (which I hear range from 5 to 40K), Social Security, Medical benefits, etc.  This is a rough calculation.

If these calculations are correct, they seem to indicate that students at schools that feed into these firms shouldn't be afraid of loans.  The fifth year, you stop paying them and take home roughly 155K after taxes.

Tonight, I planned to get trashed.  I don't do this often.  I usually drive to bars, have a drink or 2 and chill.  But tonight, I planned to go to the bar I go to every Thursday and drink myself silly.  I wanted to celebrate my last time there.

Penn decided that tonight would be a good night to have the "Walnut Walk," when 5 billion penn students go to every bar in the world and sweat all over your beer.

I couldn't take it.  There were so many of them (how they keep their acceptance rate down, I'll never know).  I had to leave my bar.  That's right - MY bar.  I go there every Thursday.  These sweaty long island jews (95% of Penn's population) are never there, but tonight they came in matching t-shirts to ruin my druken stupor.

Instead of getting drunk, I got coffee at Cosi.  Here's to being sober when I shouldn't be able to type.

I hate penn.


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