BillCooper wrote:rcharter1978 wrote:To me, you're underestimating the idea that gaming a standardized test is a skill that someone who gets a 170 on the LSAT understands. Someone who got a sub 150 score probably doesn't understand.
Blaze -- by your own account you didn't really study on how to game the LSAT and you didn't take a bar review course. So you never really have studied the strategies associated with law school standardized testing. The fact that you bombed the MBE portion bolsters that point.
The same, IMO could be said for students who couldn't get a 150 on the LSAT. Since students raise their LSAT scores through studying/tutoring/prep classes, there is no particular reason to think they are smarter -- because on diagnostic testing they may have scored in the sub 150's before tutoring. But they learned the tips, tricks, strategies, study methods that raised their score to a real 160-170.
I don't think there is any conspiracy other than that. If the UBE was looking to screw minority students I think they would do it with the essay portion, which you did well on.
I do think GPA matters because if you're constantly at the bottom of your class at a lower ranked law school it probably means you didn't learn anything or retain any of the information that you'll need for the bar exam. Bottom of class students at Harvard are going to be different than bottom of the class students at a lower ranked school. We can discuss why if you disagree.
You simply need to learn the MBE and you'll be fine.
Can't agree more. I was a complete moron, borderline mentally retarded idiot in law school that finished at the bottom of my class. After a month of studying, I cut a 144 on the MBE. It's simply (a) learning the elements of the law, and (b) learning the tricks and snares of the MBE.
Wasn't bottom of my class, but I have to echo this sentiment. Any idiot can get a 145+ MBE. Do all of the Adaptibar questions, read all of the explanations in detail, do all of the Kaplan MBE course, and there will be no surprises on the MBE. You will have seen it all before and the right answers will jump out at you. This was my method, got a 167 while working full time.