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Title: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on October 06, 2009, 10:12:56 AM
Okay, I have dropped the ball, but I'm really good at picking it back up and running with it. I did NOT realize that I needed to take the LSAT this year in order to attend LS in the fall of next year! I work full time about 50 hours a week, and am taking a full course load (online). Fortunately I can get most of my school work done during work hours so that frees up a lot of my time at home and weekends to devote to LSAT prep. I have yet to take ANY practice test, and have no idea where I'm at on the LSAT scale.
I really do NOT want to take a year off between graduating undergrad and going to LS, it will kill my momentum. Top schools aren't important to me. Actually I'm hoping to attend Phoenix School of Law here in AZ that has a part-time program.
What is the best course of action to get prepared for this test, and do well? I don't want my GPA to be affected as I'm trying to maintain my 3.75. I know I can DO this, just need a practical approach. Any input?
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: legalized on October 28, 2009, 10:11:07 PM
Okay, I have dropped the ball, but I'm really good at picking it back up and running with it. I did NOT realize that I needed to take the LSAT this year in order to attend LS in the fall of next year! I work full time about 50 hours a week, and am taking a full course load (online). Fortunately I can get most of my school work done during work hours so that frees up a lot of my time at home and weekends to devote to LSAT prep. I have yet to take ANY practice test, and have no idea where I'm at on the LSAT scale.
I really do NOT want to take a year off between graduating undergrad and going to LS, it will kill my momentum. Top schools aren't important to me. Actually I'm hoping to attend Phoenix School of Law here in AZ that has a part-time program.
What is the best course of action to get prepared for this test, and do well? I don't want my GPA to be affected as I'm trying to maintain my 3.75. I know I can DO this, just need a practical approach. Any input?


Did this work out for you? If not are you going to take it now and use the score for next year's app cycle?
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on October 29, 2009, 06:45:03 AM
I'm taking the test December 4th. I called the law school(s) of my choice and checked to see if I'd be fine applying for fall 2010 if I took the LSAT in December. I'm taking a Princeton Review accelerated prep course from now till December 1st. It will be tight, but I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so excited to moving to the next phase of my long term plan.
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: Pardon Johnny Cash. on October 29, 2009, 07:12:48 AM
I'm taking the test December 4th. I called the law school(s) of my choice and checked to see if I'd be fine applying for fall 2010 if I took the LSAT in December. I'm taking a Princeton Review accelerated prep course from now till December 1st. It will be tight, but I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so excited to moving to the next phase of my long term plan.

But be cautious.  If you don't feel that you've maxed out your LSAT potential and there's still plenty of room to improve, think about taking a year off.  But if you're feeling great, good luck!
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on October 29, 2009, 07:18:05 AM
I'm taking the test December 4th. I called the law school(s) of my choice and checked to see if I'd be fine applying for fall 2010 if I took the LSAT in December. I'm taking a Princeton Review accelerated prep course from now till December 1st. It will be tight, but I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so excited to moving to the next phase of my long term plan.

But be cautious.  If you don't feel that you've maxed out your LSAT potential and there's still plenty of room to improve, think about taking a year off.  But if you're feeling great, good luck!
thanks, thats a good point. I'll know more when I start taking these practice test, but I'm pretty sure i'll be able to capitalize on the momentum. I'm pretty dead set against taking a year off, so I'm sure that will be  an incintive for me to do well
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: legalized on October 29, 2009, 08:21:36 AM
I'm taking the test December 4th. I called the law school(s) of my choice and checked to see if I'd be fine applying for fall 2010 if I took the LSAT in December. I'm taking a Princeton Review accelerated prep course from now till December 1st. It will be tight, but I'm sure everything will work out. I'm so excited to moving to the next phase of my long term plan.

But be cautious.  If you don't feel that you've maxed out your LSAT potential and there's still plenty of room to improve, think about taking a year off.  But if you're feeling great, good luck!
thanks, thats a good point. I'll know more when I start taking these practice test, but I'm pretty sure i'll be able to capitalize on the momentum. I'm pretty dead set against taking a year off, so I'm sure that will be  an incintive for me to do well

incentive.

Well good luck, what i've read is that it is a test that can be learned...so just take as many tests as you can even outside of the ones they give, time yourself (cause i see that seems to f. up many many people), and go in there like you OWN the LSAT! ROFL 
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: llianehunter on October 29, 2009, 08:57:05 AM
Ok i am in almost the same exact situation. I work full time, have been for almost half of my college career and i am taking the lsat in dec. like you, i do not want to take a year off before i attend law school.  I say go for it, mostly because i am too. lol. i took the kaplan prep course last summer and then chickend out and did not take the test. i've been studying off and on for a year now and am accelerating study time as much as i can working fourty hours. pretty tough. im crossing my fingers for the both of us. this question might sound dumb, and i cant believe im asking it but, how do u post on the discussion board?? lol. ive been looking up and down on this website and cannot find out how to do it
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: Pardon Johnny Cash. on October 29, 2009, 08:58:24 AM
Ok i am in almost the same exact situation. I work full time, have been for almost half of my college career and i am taking the lsat in dec. like you, i do not want to take a year off before i attend law school.  I say go for it, mostly because i am too. lol. i took the kaplan prep course last summer and then chickend out and did not take the test. i've been studying off and on for a year now and am accelerating study time as much as i can working fourty hours. pretty tough. im crossing my fingers for the both of us. this question might sound dumb, and i cant believe im asking it but, how do u post on the discussion board?? lol. ive been looking up and down on this website and cannot find out how to do it

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Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on October 29, 2009, 09:51:37 AM
Ok i am in almost the same exact situation. I work full time, have been for almost half of my college career and i am taking the lsat in dec. like you, i do not want to take a year off before i attend law school.  I say go for it, mostly because i am too. lol. i took the kaplan prep course last summer and then chickend out and did not take the test. i've been studying off and on for a year now and am accelerating study time as much as i can working fourty hours. pretty tough. im crossing my fingers for the both of us. this question might sound dumb, and i cant believe im asking it but, how do u post on the discussion board?? lol. ive been looking up and down on this website and cannot find out how to do it

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ya, I'm baffled, because you posted hunter :-[
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: 'blueskies on October 29, 2009, 05:35:49 PM
lol
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: mccarthy on October 29, 2009, 06:29:09 PM
Maybe he means "how does one start a thread."
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: llianehunter on November 04, 2009, 03:27:48 PM
Lol, i know how to reply to a post. but not to start my own which was my question
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: mccarthy on November 04, 2009, 04:17:31 PM
You should see a tab that says "new topic." That's what you're looking for.
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on November 05, 2009, 06:23:58 AM
well I am enrolled in an accelerated Princeton Review LSAT prep course. I started off by taking a practice exam the first day to see where I was, and as I thought I was pretty unfamiliar with the process. I scored a 137 :-[ But, at least it wasn't a 120....lol. Princeton review guarantee's a 10 point gain from the first test given or your money back. My teacher said I should expect to gain about 10 percentage points (whatever that means)
I have a month of three 3.5 hours classes a week, and weekly practice tests. I felt good after the first class having several "Ah Ha" moments when she explained the techniques for taking the exam. I am not applying at top tier schools, so I'm not overly concerned with getting an absolute high score. I'd be happy with a 150-160. Being a URM will work to my advantage but thats not what I'm banking on. I have a high GPA, highly regarded LOR's, I hold public office, heavily involved in the community and tons of valuable life experiences to bring to the table.
I registered with lsac for the dec. 4th exam and I am really excited to move to the next phase in this process.   
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on December 07, 2009, 06:29:39 AM
**UPDATE**
Well I took the LSAT December 5th, and after taking a prep course through Princeton Review I must say the actual test seemed easier than the proctored practice test that I have been taking for the past month. I felt good about the test while taking it, and I'm looking forward to see how much my score improved when I get the results!! I'm preparing my applications as we speak. Law School fall '10 here we come!!
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: EarlCat on December 07, 2009, 08:29:37 AM
Princeton review guarantee's a 10 point gain from the first test given or your money back.

That wasn't the case when I taught there.  You sure you read the fine print right?
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on December 07, 2009, 01:59:08 PM
Princeton review guarantee's a 10 point gain from the first test given or your money back.

That wasn't the case when I taught there.  You sure you read the fine print right?
yes, and you're right. They only guarantee an "improvement" where as my instructor said I should expect to see a 10 point improvement. When we pressed the office personal for further clarification she concluded that even a 1 point improvement would be sufficient to meet the terms of the guarantee 
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: legalized on December 26, 2009, 11:41:23 AM
So how did the scores go trudawg?
Title: Re: Full time student, full time employed, need to take LSAT in 2 months! Help?
Post by: trudawg on January 13, 2010, 06:53:31 AM
So how did the scores go trudawg?

well, not as good as I'd hoped, but I'm just going to apply anyway. I spoke with the admission counselor at the ONLY school that I'm looking to get into and she stated that I should be fine with some strong LOR's so I'm working on that right now. If I don't get in, then I"m going to complete a 1 year masters degree program and try again next year, but something tells me I'll be just fine