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Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« on: September 12, 2004, 05:31:35 PM »
Here's my depressing story and I have no idea on what to do:

My top choice school rejected me twice over the past three years.  It is a 4th tier school.  I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees there with very solid gpa's, however, I have a horrible LSAT score of 147.  Last year I was accepted to another school equal in ranking and chose not to attend because I want to stay where I currently attend.  The school gave me some advice on ways to strengthen my application,  however, mentioned that I will most likely not gain acceptance because of my LSAT score.  I have taken the LSAT a total of three times.  I bombed it twice and then scored 147.  Currently, my previous scores are considered stale for admissions purposes leaving me with only the 147.  My target school mentioned that I could attend the other school for a year and then transfer.  My opinion is that this is a ludicrous statement because why on earth would I attend one 4th tier school, work my ass off, and make a lateral transfer across the 4th tier.  I could always retake the LSAT.  I know if I put in the time and effort I can score much higher.  In reality, however, this will put me out of law school another year which I do not want to do at this point.  Also, I do not want to attend a school intending to transfer and then end up being stuck at a school I do not want to attend in the first place.

What on earth should I do.  Over the past three years my sole purpose in life has been strengthening my creditentials in order to gain admission to this school to no avail.  I'm just disgusted at this point.  Should I just attend somewhere else and hope to transfer or retake the LSAT.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

foxnewssucks

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2004, 05:34:09 PM »
how much time did you spend studying before you got the 147?

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Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2004, 05:35:15 PM »
my father once told me, "don't worry about what you are doing, just do something."  i thought it was good advice.

my advice, go to school.  at this point, it will be a step forward, rather than sitting in that limbo of a position you feel like you are in now.

good luck to you, either way.

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Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2004, 05:38:43 PM »
how much time did you spend studying before you got the 147?

I took the Princeton Review which lasted about 8 weeks and improved my score from 135 to 147.  I only took 1 diagnostic per week (that was a big mistake).

foxnewssucks

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2004, 05:40:58 PM »
how much time did you spend studying before you got the 147?

I took the Princeton Review which lasted about 8 weeks and improved my score from 135 to 147.  I only took 1 diagnostic per week (that was a big mistake).

hmmm, that is a decent amount of study.  I still think that you should/can raise your score some more though... It might also be worth looking at taking a Testmasters or Powerscore course.

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2004, 05:44:33 PM »
The only used the materials Princeton provided.  I have been seriously considering either Testmasters or Powerscore.  In fact I was just comparing the two online. I have tried neither of the two nooks you mention but I do know that they are highly recommended.  I know I can attain a much higher score on the LSAT, however, that will put me out another year most likely.  I am trying to weigh all my options and make the best decision.

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2004, 05:45:53 PM »
FF,

Your scores are incredible.  Did you achieve those scores as a result of self study or did you take a course?  Thanks for input.

TheDecline

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2004, 05:47:07 PM »
"I could always retake the LSAT.  I know if I put in the time and effort I can score much higher."

If you are confident that you could score higher than I think you have to retake the LSAT.  In the grand scheme of life another year before law school won't kill you.  I know that's probably not what you want to hear right now, but if you want to go to a school of your choice it's really your only option.  Good luck!


foxnewssucks

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2004, 05:49:07 PM »
The only used the materials Princeton provided.  I have been seriously considering either Testmasters or Powerscore.  In fact I was just comparing the two online. I have tried neither of the two nooks you mention but I do know that they are highly recommended.  I know I can attain a much higher score on the LSAT, however, that will put me out another year most likely.  I am trying to weigh all my options and make the best decision.

ok, the princeton materials pale in comparison.  I am in the Testmasters course, and it is very good.  Why don't you apply to some schools that you will get into and start preparing to take the Dec. or Feb. test.  That will give you enough time to study and try to get your score up.  That way you will be able to attend school next year at one of the accepted schools, or apply late to your target, or possible wait out a year if you get a good score.  The only risk would be if you score lower, but I think if you study enough this should not happen.

foxnewssucks

Re: Very Depressed and Confused. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2004, 05:50:13 PM »
FF,

Your scores are incredible.  Did you achieve those scores as a result of self study or did you take a course?  Thanks for input.

I studied for a month on my own and went from 160-170.  Moved into the 170s while taking the Testmasters course.