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  1. Usually when people say 'zero ECs' (myself included) they mean that they have no volunteering, leadership, competitive athletic, or artistic achievements. Based on inquiries I've made on the forum thus far, ECs outside of these categories aren't worth mentioning. Even as somebody who uses their free time relatively constructively (reading, playing an instrument, exercising, etc), I'm reluctant to try to draw a connection between those 'unofficial' ECs and my interest in/aptitude for legal studies for fear of the claim being underwhelming or self-aggrandizing. However, given that my current PS strategy involves basing claims of my interest in/aptitude for legal studies on specific research projects in my upper year classes (i.e., it's lame), I welcome any refutation of the above or tips to improve.
  2. If you don't mind me asking, what did you discuss in your PS?
  3. What would be the best way to explain poor grades from first/second year if one doesn't have a good excuse or the real reasons are too sensitive to disclose? In that situation, is it better to forego any explanation of the poor grades and focus instead on how one succeeded in later years? My current stats (beginning final year of undergrad) are cGPA 3.18, L2 3.84, B3 3.90, LSAT 169.
  4. Thanks for sharing that. Similar situation here--I'm thinking of primarily focussing on my academic strengths and tying that in with why I want to study/practice law. I have some rough first year grades as well but am planning on limiting my explanation to a brief addendum rather than discussing it much in my PS.
  5. Inconsistency could be caused by any number of reasons. It's difficult to pinpoint what the issue is without knowing anything about your study history/etc. If you're really bouncing between 160 and 150, then you're picking up +/- 15 correct answers, which is a lot--i.e. so many that I wouldn't just attribute it to a single bad habit (e.g. in the way you approach NA questions). Burnout/fatigue is a plausible explanation. Not many tutors I know recommend doing full preptests every day or back-to-back unless you're on a really accelerated study schedule; better to do a single section at a time and really concentrate on the blind review. Adjust the number of sections you do per day depending on your availability, usually 1-3 (maybe more if you have a lot of free time!)
  6. I have similar stats and am in the same predicament regarding ECs... Just wondering what you wrote about/are thinking of writing about in your PS. I'm pretty chapped for inspiration/material 😅
  7. There is a book called The Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defence which may provide some useful strategies. While highly influential, this particular title is a bit dated. You might be better off doing some research on your own to find a more recent publication. That being said, I have to defer to the expertise of the other commenters; your current employment situation does not seem like an ideal opportunity to practice assertive confrontation. Now, while that is not what Verbal Self Defence purports to teach, it should be emphasized that, when implemented poorly, even the most robust de-escalation or conflict avoidance techniques can come across as hokey or, worse, condescending. I suppose this is a long way of saying that I hope you find these resources helpful, but use them at your own risk.
  8. The New Yorker magazine, or Henry James' later work. Good luck!
  9. Practice the core RC skills (e.g. reading a paragraph and summarizing its key points in your head before moving on to the next paragraph) as much as possible outside of your LSAT studying.
  10. If one's sketch is otherwise sparse, is it worth including ECs like club-level sports?
  11. Generally speaking, are students permitted to make audio recordings of lectures for personal use?
  12. For daily practice, do individual timed sections and then thoroughly review your mistakes. IMO your best bet would be to find a tutor who scored in your goal range and have them evaluate your workflow, especially for games. Also keep in mind that if you want to be confident about scoring 175 on the actual test, you should be aiming to score 179-180 in practice.
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