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Yeah Miami, that sounds like you're doing really well. Here's to you!

My confusion still lies within timed vs. untimed. When do I move to timed? How much time is TOO MUCH TIME on untimed tests? I'm thinking about taking untimed tests once a week, since I don't have class on Tuesdays.

Also, where can I find full, legitimate practice tests for free as opposed to PR's? I noticed it wasn't full as soon as I started it, but I went with it anyway, figuring it would be a good benchmark. I really hope working through the PR book at all is worth it - I'm giving myself three weeks to get through the whole book (1 week per section). Then, it's moving on to Powerscore.

General Off-Topic Board / Any metalheads on the boards?
« on: August 15, 2011, 07:16:21 AM »
I started my own website - I just review what people give me. Check it out at

If you have mp3's or something to send me, just email it:

That's honestly a bummer. Writing's definitely my strength as opposed to critical reading, LSAT aside. I'm over it, though - I'm just ready to get cracking on studying! I will enjoy these last few days of summer, then it's off to be books in 7 days. I will make sure to post my progress as well.

It sounds like picking what to study is half the battle! I think I'm going in this general direction, though:

1. Take a legitimate, full practice exam. Whether I include the writing sample, because 1) I'm already good at writing, and 2) It's not counted, is debatable.
2. Work rather quickly through the Princeton Review book. It's all inclusive, I already bought it, and it has to have some good practice at the absolute least.
3. Take some more practice tests, whether they're through the Princeton Review book or something else I find. That way I'll see if there's a trend in what I'm good/bad at, as well as see if there's any improvement as a result of working through the book.
4. Buy / work through the Powerscore books for the sections at which I am weakest.
5. Take practice tests and review things accordingly up until December 5.

That sounds good to me! I greatly appreciate everyone's help, as I most definitely wouldn't be on the right track without you guys.

Thanks so much for all of the replies. I'm enjoying the last week before school starts, so I haven't really been around.  :P

Both of you guys are right, actually, when it comes to BU. I did go to Belmont University for undergrad (chemistry), and now I'm going to Purdue University (chemistry, management minor) - so that's where the BU came from at first. I am, however, shooting for Boston University, Fordham, or UNH for pharmaceutical IP law or something of that nature - so that's what the BU means now! Haha.

As for all of the remarks regarding the Princeton Review "Cracking the LSAT" book - I had no idea. I honestly should have checked with the forum before getting the book, and even when I was planning out my study sessions in my calendar I noticed the severe lack of attention the book gave the critical reading section. Critical reading was what kept me out of most great undergrad schools for the LSAT; I definitely need to study more than 3 passages and need more tips on how to do well for the test that really matters.

Does anyone have a good idea as to how to prepare starting the first day of class up until December 5? I'm stumped on how I should divide up my time, though I would say that writing is by far my strongest, then comes logic games and arguments sort of neck-and-neck, then reading. I'm thinking I could take about 4-6 practice tests in the 12 weeks, but I won't if that doesn't prove effective.

Miami, I would greatly appreciate the Kaplan Outline. I'm between buying that or the Powerscore books - which look really good. I need to develop these fundamentals now so that I'm not still working on them when it's time to study for both my LSAT and Analytical Chemistry.


That sounds great, thanks for the encouragement and advice. I'm going to stick with the Princeton Review book for now to get an overall knowledge of the test, then most likely move to the Powerscore books. Thanks again!

Studying for the LSAT / Will this study method work for 148 -> 160's?
« on: August 11, 2011, 05:44:37 PM »
Hey guys,

I just took my first practice test out of a Princeton Review book today, and I scored 148. I had no idea what was even on the LSAT - that's why I took the practice test! It probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, considering I didn't know what to expect at all, but at least I didn't completely bomb it.

My goal is mid 160's, and I think I can do it considering that 1) I know what to expect, 2) I have until December because that's when they're administering it at Purdue, and 3) I have the easiest class load I'm gonna get in my last four semesters of school. I'm planning on spending 4 hours a day, 4-5 days a week in the library working on homework, and once I'm finished it's LSAT time. I've scheduled a few lessons out of the Princeton Review book a day, and between now and December I will have taken between 4 and 6 practice tests.

I'm really looking to get into some good IP schools on the east coast - something like Fordham, UNH, even BU (I'm a chemistry major at Purdue, so pharmaceutical IP interests me!). Can someone either tell me if I'm on the right track or suggest alternative methods?

Thanks a lot,

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Slightly Discouraged Science Major
« on: May 04, 2011, 03:23:28 PM »
My next question was FalconJimmy's question. Sorry it took me so long to get back to this thread ... finals are tomorrow!

All of your suggestions have been amazing so far, thank you so much everyone!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Slightly Discouraged Science Major
« on: April 22, 2011, 12:56:52 PM »
grant proposal writing

I might be missing something here, but what does this have to do with being an attorney?

Most likely nothing, but I figured I would answer the previous posts' questions by fully explaining my career options / likes and dislikes. I also don't know what degree I would need in order to do just that.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Slightly Discouraged Science Major
« on: April 22, 2011, 11:51:10 AM »
Well graduate school is very important to me, and along with chemistry always being an interest of mine and music being my main hobby, I have always enjoyed writing. That's why patent writing, intellectual property law, and grant proposal writing have seemed like ideal careers to me. I can go from project to project, translate what non-English speaking researchers or people that aren't very good at writing are explaining to me scientifically, and create an easy-to-read grant proposal for the government or the courts upon which they will decide how much money to give. That's ideal for me, since staying in one place kind of bores me, and I love to write about things that I actually enjoy (as opposed to most writing class prompts). So to answer post #2's question, I'm sure I want to do something with law.

As for post 3, I have a little more room for classes which I am using for a writing minor, and some of them are going to be fun/easy classes. My last semester will consist of mostly seminars and my senior research thesis to finish my chemistry major, so I am expecting a jump in GPA there. That patent bar seems very intriguing; that means I could pursue another graduate degree that could possibly be more relevant to my interests, AND be able to write patents?

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