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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Workout (Princeton Review book)
« on: February 06, 2008, 04:33:50 PM »
Another thing I give to my really really high scoring students is the LSAT Workout.  It's the only book with fake LSAT questions I'd ever recommend.  The guy who wrote it did a really good job mimicking the real test, especially on Games and RC.  He just made everything about 10x harder.  *evil grin*

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This isn't meant as a slight toward EarlCat, but as he does have a connection to TPR, I figured it may be best to ask others if they have any experience with this book.  Is it worth buying?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Unusual BA.
« on: December 31, 2007, 11:06:32 AM »
This is long.  My apologies.

I'm about as non-traditional as they come.  I was home schooled through high school, screwed around in community college for a semester and still got all A's (though I did withdrawal-passing from a few classes), before taking an internship with a catalog company. After that, I attended for a single year at a private (NON-accredited) college where I had an LSDAS determined GPA of 3.07.  My GPA was that low primarily due to a freakin' F in science (first science exposure, really) and their non-grade inflation policy--self-consciously keeping grades lower except for "exceptional" work.  I did *very* well in the class that is probably most applicable to LS (rhetoric) garnering a rare SCL in my final quarter there and getting good grades the other quarters.

After the year there, my dad's salary was cut by more than half (airline pilot), so I got a job, left the college, and have been working full-time since then.  I got my degree through a fully-accredited (regional accreditation--the highest level of accreditation) via CLEP and other proficiency exams.  Because it was almost exclusively attained via proficiency exams (I had 8 credits from the community college transfer in and nothing else), I did not have a GPA like one normally would.  The college does not assign a grade to proficiency exams, only assessing a pass/fail.  I passed all without a fail, I should add...  To make up for this, I enrolled in another similar college (same level of accreditation) that DOES grade some of those exams before my degree was completed and had grades assessed for a fair portion of those exams: 33 A credits.

The long and short of it is that my LSDAS GPA is 3.66, but I only have about 61 "converted" credits (the rest are termed "unconverted" on my LSDAS GPA due to the pass/fails).  Oddly, that works out to something like 194 total credit hours.

I have been working full-time and have excellent recommendations from that for the past 4 years, and I will probably get a very strong recommendation from one of my profs from the year at the private college (if I decide to ask for it).  That year was 2003-2004, though.

My December LSAT was 163, but I'm planning to retake in June.

Does anyone have *any* clue how adcomms are going to look at this?  I can see several possible scenarios:
1. They won't care very much.  The 3.66 LSDAS and my LSAT score is all they'll care about. 
2. I'll get dinged severely because I'm more of a question mark.
3. I'll get props for being a non-traditional and work experience.

But I have no idea how all of this may play out because I've never heard of another applicant having a history anything like this.

Thoughts anyone?

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