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I was admitted to all three law schools that I applied to, and I'm pretty sure where I will be going. I've started reading some of the 0L books (GTM, 1L of a Ride, etc..) and I'm freaking out a bit. I did fine in undergrad, but to be very honest, it wasn't outrageously difficult. (or even "very", if I am totally honest.) I know law school will be different. My worry is mainly getting on a study "system", one that will work for me and that will be effective. I am prepared to study a lot, but I'm worried that I won't know "how" to properly study in the beginning, and then I'll be trying not to sink by the end of the semester when exam time comes. I know this is probably premature, but can anyone tell me where I can find an idea of how to start my 1L year right? Most texts, posts, tell you to "outline", "take notes", "brief cases", but no one tells you exactly how to do it in the most effective way possible. Is there a prevalent method to 1L studying? a recommended method, or schedule of how much time to devote to each class and avoid time traps (excessive briefing that is unnecessary after covering the basic information that "is" necessary, etc..)?

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Studying for the LSAT / For those of you that scored 168+ on the LSAT...
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:22:57 PM »
How did you prep? Did you find certain techniques more/less helpful than others? How much time (months, hours per day) did you devote to studying for the LSAT?

Thank you.

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I was planning (until recently) to just apply to local schools, and do well enough to get scholarship money (possibly full ride) in at least one of the local schools. However, I may be moving to Michigan because of my husband's job in the next year or so, changing the amount of law school options I have. There is no T14 or even a Top 50 school in my area (Pittsburgh) so this is kind of an exciting possibility.

The issue is my GPA is currently 3.2. I have 67 credits so far. I'm planning on applying after the June 2011 LSAT, and I will have one more semester worth of credits, which could (if I get all A's and all 6 courses that I'm taking) push me up to 3.37 according to my calculations.

Applying to Michigan with a 3.37, is it completely out of the question? I am also considered underrepresented minority, and I would apply with binding early admission (as this is a "dream" school, so being accepted I would obviously go)

How high would my LSAT have to be? I know their 25/50/75, but considering my low GPA, I imagine it would have to be significantly higher, if this is even possible at all.

Thanks,
Carmen

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Studying for the LSAT / The "most effective" logic game strategies?
« on: December 10, 2010, 01:32:40 PM »
I attempted to begin my LSAT training last week (taking LSAT in June), only to be completely stuck on the first question. I didn't even know where to begin!! This leads me to believe that my weak area is definitely the logic games portion. I have done exercises on the other areas, and while I need to practice (I'm just beginning- and plan on giving this test my ALL) it wasn't nearly as challenging as the logic games part. I found myself staring at the problem, scribbling notes and symbols, only to get the question wrong. I will either take a course or hire a tutor, but I'd like to begin my self-prep as soon as possible, and work on my own. I don't want to wait until the course or the tutor.

Is there an effective (but easy, think Logic for Dummies) way to learn the "tricks" of each logic question type? I've read online that there are only a few types. I started reading the McGraw Hill Logic Games book and the explanation is... (how do I put this) more confusing than the LSAT questions themselves.

Any suggestions?

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While reading a few law school application books, I was surprised to learn that being a minority might benefit a law school applicant. Is this so, and what exactly makes one a minority?

I was born and raised in Chile (South America), but have had American citizenship since being naturalized at birth by my American mother. I did not move the US until 8 years ago, and I hold both nationalities/passports, even though neither country acknowledges the other. (I'm American in the US, I'm Chilean in Chile).


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Law School Applications / what is considered a "good" GPA for law school?
« on: December 08, 2010, 09:16:23 AM »
I know it depends on where one applies, but generally speaking, which is a "good" GPA? Meaning, what is the cut-off? Anything over 3.5? 3.0?

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Studying for the LSAT / Best prep-course company?
« on: December 05, 2010, 10:25:20 PM »
I'm taking the LSAT in June and taking a prep course for it. Kaplan seems to be the go-to choice in my school, but I'm wondering if there are any real differences between them? I'm doing a PR book before the course, just to get started.

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