Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

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941law
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Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby 941law » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:50 am

I've yet to practice any of the writing samples - insane or is this the norm?

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby horrorbusiness » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:53 am

941law wrote:I've yet to practice any of the writing samples - insane or is this the norm?


TLS1776 is the only person ever that's practiced them AFAIK

edit: to be fair, he did get a 180 though

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:59 am

Read one of the prompts. Can you write a couple of semi-coherent paragraphs arguing one position or the other (doesn't matter which) without fucking up their/there/they're and its/it's? Yes? You're golden.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby 941law » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:05 am

Figured as much. Just looking for confirmation in these late September days.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby soj » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:36 am

Not worth the time worrying about unless you have no room to improve in the scored section.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby Redzo » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:38 am

Pointless to practice for this. Trust me.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby SanDiegoJake » Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:42 pm

Absolutely pointless to practice this.

However, to ease your mind, I offer the following essay advice.

1) Don't try to be great. It's 35 minutes. If you try to write a great essay, you'll only be able to maybe knock out one great paragraph in the 35 mins alotted. Imagine if you were to hand in your essay to a college English professor. Prof would likely give you an F and say something like, "This is a shoddy essay. It looks like you only spent 30 minutes on it." To which you would reply, "That's true. I did spend about 30 mins on it." Trying to be great in 35 mins is how good writers mess this essay up (well, as much as it is possible to mess something up that has no relation to your LSAT score or your chances of admission to Law School.)

2) You'll be tired after the 5 sections that count. So take it easy on yourself by using one of the two below simple templates. Each prompt has two conditions for the decision, and two options. You can either write condition-centered or option-centered.

Condition Centered:
Intro Paragraph
-State Thesis

Paragraph 1: Condition 1
-Evaluate Option 1 and how it meets or does not meet this condition
-Evaluate Option 2 in the same manner

Paragraph 2: Condition 2

-Evaluate Option 1 and how it meets or does not meet this condition
-Evaluate Option 2 in the same manner.

Final paragraph: Conclusion
-Recap thesis


Option centered: Intro and concluding paragraphs are the same.
Paragraph 2: Option 1
-Evaluate how condition 1 is or is not satisfied by Option 1
-Evaluate condition 2 in the same manner

Paragraph 3: option 2
-condition 1
-condition 2

I think you get the gist of it...good luck (though you won't need it on this part of the test)

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:25 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Read one of the prompts. Can you write a couple of semi-coherent paragraphs arguing one position or the other (doesn't matter which) without fucking up their/there/they're and its/it's? Yes? You're golden.


Crud.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby imjustjoking22 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:06 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Read one of the prompts. Can you write a couple of semi-coherent paragraphs arguing one position or the other (doesn't matter which) without fucking up their/there/they're and its/it's? Yes? You're golden.


Crud.


You can totally write an entire essay avoiding both its and it's.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:19 pm

imjustjoking22 wrote:
Tiago Splitter wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Read one of the prompts. Can you write a couple of semi-coherent paragraphs arguing one position or the other (doesn't matter which) without fucking up their/there/they're and its/it's? Yes? You're golden.


Crud.


You can totally write an entire essay avoiding both its and it's.


Haha I'm sure you can. But I didn't, and IT IS set in stone forever on the LSAC site.

OP: Don't worry about it.

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Re: Writing Sample for Oct. 1st

Postby bp shinners » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:40 pm

imjustjoking22 wrote:
Tiago Splitter wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Read one of the prompts. Can you write a couple of semi-coherent paragraphs arguing one position or the other (doesn't matter which) without fucking up their/there/they're and its/it's? Yes? You're golden.


Crud.


You can totally write an entire essay avoiding both its and it's.


Just go Data-style and do not use contractions.




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