The Official December 2014 Study Group

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby MEAhrnsbrak » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:49 pm

The event last night with the Deans of Admission from Stanford, Duke, and Cornell was awesome. It made me really excited for next year! A lot of the information was nothing too new, but it was still good to hear. Below are some of the notes I took while I was there.

As we were all expecting.... There is a Declining applicant pool; however, the employment is rising.

"December LSAT is just fine. It won't affect your decision in any way." All three schools stressed the importance of a quality application versus an early application. Especially with the numbers the way they are, unless you are far above their means, then they are going to hold applications and wait for all of the applications to come in in order to get a better picture of the applicants they have to choose from.

LSAT Writing Prompt: There was a huge emphasis on this portion of the LSAT. Not that it is more important than your score, rather that completing it is necessary to get into good schools. They shared several bad prompts and stressed the importance of completing it correctly. They want to know "can you write, communicate, and make connections."

What they look at when deciding to admit you...or not...
GPA: institutional quality, mean LSAT score from each school, grading practices, majors not accounted for

CAAS Report:
- LSAT score band,
- semester by semester breakdown *look for trends
- LSAT Writing Sample
- Transcript

LofR: make sure your recommender a know you very well. Celebrities don't impress them. Prestigious roles in society don't impress them. They want a recommender who knows your skills and strengths. They want to hear what impressed your recommender about you.

Resume - don't worry about one page. Take the time to explain in yiu resume rather than wasting that space in your personal statement
Personal Statement:
- think of it as interview
- what impression do you want to leave
- topic doesn't matter
- personal story - tell the story that you can't pick up anywhere else in the file
- "sometimes the ones that impress us the most are the quiet ones"
- DONT WRITE OBITUARY - This is an inside joke among the schools. They race each year to see who gets the first obituary personal statement. They dislike it because it is writing about things that haven't actually happened. It doesn't shed light about who you are today and who you will be at their law school.

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:10 pm

mist4bison wrote:
MEAhrnsbrak wrote:What they look at when deciding to admit you...or not...
GPA: institutional quality, mean LSAT score from each school, grading practices, majors not accounted for

Resume - don't worry about one page. Take the time to explain in yiu resume rather than wasting that space in your personal statement

Personal Statement:

- DONT WRITE OBITUARY - This is an inside joke among the schools. They race each year to see who gets the first obituary personal statement. They dislike it because it is writing about things that haven't actually happened. It doesn't shed light about who you are today and who you will be at their law school.


1) does "mean LSAT score from each school" mean what others at your alma mater received on the LSAT compared to you? As in, where you fall in the range that people at your school receive?

2) I'm surprised about the page count comment. Good to know, though, because cutting my resume down to 1 page is like nearly impossible at this point.

3) That;s actually freaking hilarious that they get obituary PSs. :lol:

thanks for all the info!!



Apparently. On my transcript summary report thing, the avg lsat score from my undergrad is a 156...not sure if good or bad.

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:11 pm

MEAhrnsbrak wrote:The event last night with the Deans of Admission from Stanford, Duke, and Cornell was awesome. It made me really excited for next year! A lot of the information was nothing too new, but it was still good to hear. Below are some of the notes I took while I was there.


Thanks for the info!

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:23 pm

Dirigo wrote:
nlee10 wrote:Apparently. On my transcript summary report thing, the avg lsat score from my undergrad is a 156...not sure if good or bad.

That's pretty good. Mine is 150. At least yours is above average.


Counted out of 99 people. Don't know if this is yearly or over some x-year period. Went to a 18,000 large public college with a heavy emphasis on Engineering and business. There's some neat data on admissions within lsac. lol

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:34 pm

mist4bison wrote:
Dirigo wrote:
nlee10 wrote:Apparently. On my transcript summary report thing, the avg lsat score from my undergrad is a 156...not sure if good or bad.

That's pretty good. Mine is 150. At least yours is above average.


Wait, what? Where do I find this?


The Academic Summary Report on the Transcripts page. You need to have all transcripts processed first.

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:40 pm

peppermint wrote:
nlee10 wrote:
mist4bison wrote:
Wait, what? Where do I find this?


The Academic Summary Report on the Transcripts page. You need to have all transcripts processed first.

I just went to go look at mine & it's a 164 at my degree granting school. The school I transferred from is a 149. Crazyyyyy


dangggg. 164. You go to an ivy? xD

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:43 pm

peppermint wrote:
nlee10 wrote:
peppermint wrote:
I just went to go look at mine & it's a 164 at my degree granting school. The school I transferred from is a 149. Crazyyyyy


dangggg. 164. You go to an ivy? xD

Lol, yeah, and it's out of 759 ppl :shock: My other school was out of 10, haha


Dang, that's crazy, mine was actually out of like 260ish.

90% of my college friends majored in engineering or business. Hardly any who wanted to do grad school. lmao

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby surf » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:08 pm

mist4bison wrote:Did anyone do a running start type program? Where you go to college during high school? I'm trying to input my schools into CAS and when I select other institutions it asks me to select the level: Bachelor, Graduate, or Law. I guess I just put bachelor? This kind of seems like BS, though. It was fucking high school.


same issue with me. I took 5 or so classes while I was a junior/senior and was stoned at all times of the day so yeah I did horrible. haha I just put bachelor for mine.

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:51 pm

Tomorrow is PT 59 for me. (Dw guys, not burnt out so I'm to go!)

This one has a pretty big curve at -14. Haven't taken a PT with this big of a curve in a long time. Aiming for a 158 or higher!

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

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nlee10 wrote:Tomorrow is PT 59 for me. (Dw guys, not burnt out so I'm to go!)

This one has a pretty big curve at -14. Haven't taken a PT with this big of a curve in a long time. Aiming for a 158 or higher!


good luck. going to hit an older PT in the 30s tomorrow before I move into the 50s range.

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Re: The Official December 2014 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:24 am

surf wrote:
nlee10 wrote:Tomorrow is PT 59 for me. (Dw guys, not burnt out so I'm to go!)

This one has a pretty big curve at -14. Haven't taken a PT with this big of a curve in a long time. Aiming for a 158 or higher!


good luck. going to hit an older PT in the 30s tomorrow before I move into the 50s range.


Thanks. I'm leaving the 1-30's for drilling. Will probably do a few more 40's but really focus on 53-73 until Dec 6th.
gl to you too.




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