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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Need advice, please
« on: January 02, 2016, 05:08:41 PM »
Hi Travis,

Thank you very much for the response; it is greatly appreciated!

Shortly after the dismissal I spoke with admission counselors from each school that I plan to apply to. Each one stressed that it was imperative to improve my LSAT score and to explain (as precise as possible) the reason(s) behind the dismissal. I briefly explained to them what I experienced and how that negatively impacted my performance on the finals. Each counselor said that I have an appropriate issue to address in an addendum letter. They were also impressed to learn that the assistant Dean of the law school is willing to write a 505 letter for me along with two other Professors who are willing to write letters of recommendation.

I created an eleven month LSAT prep schedule. 3 months will consist of games review where I will work on familiarity and methodology. 5 months will be spent on logical reasoning review/methodology. 3 months will be dedicated to taking timed exams. I will spend at least 3 days a week on LSAT prep, four days will be the maximum in order to avoid burn out. Does this sound like a good prep schedule?

Thank you for your time :).

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Need advice, please
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:24:39 AM »
Where you trying to work in while going to law school? Most of the lower law schools have most of their student do this.
Its a stupid death trap. Could a person who got into Harvard do that and survive? Barely. Could you? Maybe? But why do that. If you "have to work" don't go to school. That is what the living expenses is for. That is why they give you that extra $15,000 a year. If you can't live on that. Don't go to school. You WILL fail. Harsh reality.

If you failed without working, don't even try again. Not trying to be mean.

Hi Trinitite,

No worries; you did not come off mean. You are correct, in fact. I should not have attended law school while in that kind of a financial situation. I did not work at the time because the law school put a cap of 10 hours per week. Working 10 hours per week would be worth neither the time nor money because the little extra money earned from it would have not been enough to alleviate anything.

I am currently in the process of paying off all personal debt and saving money for law school. That way, I will not have 10 monthly payments to make while in school and will have money set aside, two things that were not present while I was attending school.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Need advice, please
« on: November 25, 2015, 05:42:51 PM »
Thank you both for the responses.

Maintain FL 350, I identified the problems awhile ago. The main reason why I had such a difficult time in law school was due to my financial situation. I had almost $10,000 in credit card debt, no job and was 100% dependent on financial aid. The financial aid was insufficient to live on for each semester and actually ran out half-way through each one. I lived in my car at one point and went up 48 hours without eating several times during each semester. I did not have a meal before any of the finals and suffered from sleep deprivation.

The second reason was partly due to my learning strategy. I started changing it during the second semester and landed in the top 80%+ on several midterms. I did more adjusting during the third semester and got the top score on two midterms. So I had the ability to do well but my financial situation pretty much negated that.

There is some silver lining though. Two of my Professors, the Assistant Dean at the law school and another Professor who is on several of the school's committees, are both willing to write letters of recommendation for me. They knew of my financial situation and also acknowledged how prepared I was for class.

Studying for the LSAT / Need advice, please
« on: November 24, 2015, 08:56:51 PM »

I think it might be best to provide some background info before asking for advice. I took the lsat twice in 2010, in February and December. First score was a 143 and the second was a 146. Terrible scores, I know. I was accepted into a non-ranked law school, experienced financial hardship while I attended, got bad grades and was academically dismissed after the third semester. I now have over $120,000+ in additional student debt. I will have to start over if I am accepted into another law school, so basically the time spent at that non-ranked law school was for nothing.

When I first started studying for the lsat in 2009, I approached it with an "undergrad mentality". Meaning that I thought I could buy lsat prep books, memorize info in those books and do well on the lsat (stupid, I know now). I did not take a timed exam for the February or December exam. I answered about half of the questions on both exams.

I decided to study for the lsat in late February 2013 (after the dismissal) with a different approach because my first approach did not work. I drilled question types for most of 2013. I started taking timed exams in 2014. I could not answer every question under timed conditions so I decided to start with a base number. In logical reasoning, for example, I could only answer 12 questions in 35 minutes. So I set a goal of 12 questions within 35 minutes. Then would increase to 13 questions the next month, 14 in the following month, etc. I set this goal for each section. I am now finishing 95% of the questions under timed conditions which I am fine with. The only questions I do not answer are the 5/6 questions in one reading comprehension passage.

I want to score a 165 or higher on the lsat. Right now I am scoring in the low 150s. I have taken preptests 29-40, 42, 44, 47, 50-68 timed. So the only exams remaining are 69-75. My plan was to take the February 2016 lsat but I do not think I will be scoring anywhere near a 165 in 2 months. There are a few reasons why I want to score a 165. First, it is doable. My blind review scores range from the mid 160s to high 160s.  I even have a few low 170 scores. Second, the thought of acquiring more debt for a law degree is scary. So I want to get a full scholarship. A 165 lsat score along with my undergrad GPA of a 3.5 can do that. Third, having an academic dismissal on record negatively impacts my appeal as a law school applicant. So I want to do as much as I can (i.e., score a 165 on the lsat) to become a more appealing applicant and also to show that I have the ability to succeed in law school.

So what would you do in my situation? I hate the idea of postponing but it appears that might be the best thing to do. One last thing to note, I work 40+ hours/week and commuted to work for almost a year in 2013 which is why my lsat progress has been slow.

Sorry for the long post.

Thank you for your time,


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Preptest(s) help please
« on: December 10, 2010, 01:39:21 PM »
Hi :),

I wanted to get some last minute fine-tuning finished. I'm making sure that I get enough rest tonight though! Please wish me luck for tomorrow (I'm feeling a bit anxious  :-\).

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Preptest(s) help please
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:09:38 PM »

Hmm, why did you go with (B) ? 

Did you get mixed up about the question type and/or just make a semi-random guess to keep moving after getting sucked into the problem for too long?  It's a pretty dense/difficult question.

Given that it is a 'what can you conclude from the information provided above' question with no evidence presented to support a conclusion about what will actually happen in the factories in the future, I'm curious about what went wrong that lead you to decide (B).  Just trying to help you figure out where you went wrong when you attempted it so you can hopefully not make the same mistake again.

Thanks Jeffort. I chose answer B thinking; since the new device would become standard equipment (and essentially replace workers who monitored needle wear) that the workers would have one less job to perform (since their previous job of monitoring the needles was relinquished by the new device). I thought answer B was a rough capture of my idea.

Please keep in mind that I took this test months ago, so my understanding is better now than what it was previously. I will admit that if it wasnít for your explanation, I would have (currently) selected answer E. Thank you for the explanation! Number 16 is a pretty tricky problem considering how answer D and E correspond to different question stems which is the reason why one answer is correct and the other is not.

I have another question for you, if you donít mind. I finished preptest 61 today and I have a question regarding section 4, #25.

Stimulus: There can be no individual freedom w/o the rule of law because there is no individual freedom w/o social integrity and pursuing the good life is not possible w/o social integrity.

Question Stem: The conclusion above follows logically is which of the following answer choices is assumed?

Answer: There can be no social integrity without the rule of law.

I donít understand this one at all. Öwait a minute, I think I just got it lol. Please be patient with me. Iíve been awake since 4am (Tuesday).

Here is my understanding- I used the ďunless equationĒ:

     c: IF-->RL
   p1: IF-->SI
   p2: GL-->SI
So basically, to arrive at the conclusion (IF-->RL) I need to select an answer which will add an unstated premise (the assumption) to one of the stated premises (IF-->SI). In order for me to arrive at IF-->RL I need to show SI-->RL because once I add that assumption, I get IF-->SI-->RL which, when linked together equals IF-->RL!

Man, if my logic is correct than Iím an idiot for getting that problem wrong! I guess that is what I get for studying when Iím tired/not in mood. Now, if my logic is incorrect then Iím completely lost and please help me!

Thank you again for your time. Iím going to sleep now!

~Michelle :)

**If anyone wants me to delete my paraphrase of problem #25 I'll be more than happy to edit my reply. I don't want to violate any rule(s)**

Law School Admissions / Re: Resume Critique
« on: November 30, 2010, 06:22:13 PM »
That is great news! Thank you for the input. I'll add some revisions here and there if need be.

Thank you again for all of your responses! You're da bomb!  8)

Law School Admissions / Re: When to apply?
« on: November 30, 2010, 06:11:49 PM »
Thank you all for responses.

Unfortunately not all of my material is at LSAC at the moment. I'm still waiting for the LORs to be mailed (I'm hoping my professors send the letters before Christmas). I'm also in the process of finalizing my ps. much as I would like to apply asap, I think it's my best bet (now) to wait until late December/early January. I figure that the ad. com.s won't look at my application until it's considered 'complete' which won't occur until roughly January 10 when my LSAT score is released.  :-\

To answer Memememe's question; I graduated from CLU and live an hour and-a-half away from the school so I thought it would be more convenient to ask here.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Preptest(s) help please
« on: November 30, 2010, 06:03:59 PM »
Thank you, Marcus Aurelius and Jeffort for the responses! I greatly appreciate the explanations. They are extremely helpful.

Jeffort, I selected answer B. Thank you for the explanations of the other incorrect answers though! Much appreciated.  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: Resume Critique
« on: November 23, 2010, 08:02:43 PM »
That makes sense. So the question is, does my resume look competent? Is there anything you personally think should be reworded, deleted, expanded upon?

Thank you for your time.

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