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Law School Admissions / letters of recommendation
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:24:44 AM »
Hello all,
I'm having trouble with letters of recommendation. I've been out of undergrad for about 6 years so its been difficult. I work in customer service and I got my boss to write one of them but most of the schools I am planning on applying to require two. I've asked a former supervisor/training class teacher but I can't get her to return my emails anymore. Not sure if my retail jobs supervisors would do. Family friend won't work. I thought about asking others at my previous job. Will co-workers suffice or does it have to be a supervisor? I also thought about getting in touch with some of my college professors or perhaps my counselor (therapist). But I don't know if they would remember me. I thought about taking a class at a local community college just to get a professor's recommendation. Even though I am planning on retaking the LSAT in June and not planning on applying until next fall, I am stressing out about these letters of recommendation. I wanted to know if anyone had any advice on getting them.

Studying for the LSAT / SEPT 27 LSAT
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:35:35 PM »
I am taking the LSAT on Saturday September 27. If I perform similar to how I've been doing on PrepTests, I will be lucky if I get a 150. And with a less than stellar college transcript that's not good (GPA around 3.0).  My diagnostic was a 141 I think if that. I've read nearly two-thirds of the PowerScore Bibles. And a little less than half of The LSAT Trainer. I've been using 7 Sage videos some for LG prep and explanations. I ran out of time to study for reading comprehension and I am still not a giving a strong performance in any of the other sections. Time and guessing a lot being my biggest downfall. But there are major question types in LR that I am just not getting. PowerScore seemed to me to be more aligned to the way I think. But it is very detailed and at times too much information.

I feel I will more than likely retake the test. Due to a dire financial situation, I will probably wait until June to retake it. And I will start law school in 2016. I'm not a morning person anyway. Being in school won't be an issue with finding time to study. I was thinking of taking an LSAT prep course. Right now I am deciding in between taking a PowerScore course or a 7 Sage course.  PowerScore is significantly more expensive but may be more tailored to my learning style with detail and in person teaching. Regardless, cost may have to be the deciding factor. However, 7 Sage has been excellent prep especially for help on LG. And seems to be very visual which is also suited to my learning style. So I wanted to ask if anyone had any experience with either course and any pros and cons I may not be considering.

Thank You.

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT prep and family
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:46:05 AM »
I am planning on taking the LSAT on September 27 but I am having a big problem with preparing for the test. Let me give some background first, I am not in school. I graduated from undergrad in 2010. I am currently unemployed  and I live with my family (mom, dad, brother, niece, puppy, cat). My niece is 5 and needs a lot of attention. Mom works at home for the family business. So most days it's just me, mom, and my niece. Mom seems to think since I am unemployed I have no responsibilities and nothing to take care of on my own. My niece doesn't understand privacy and silence. So between my mom not realizing the importance of the LSAT and having to be with my niece a lot it's been difficult to prepare for the LSAT.  I've tried explaining to my family how important the LSAT is with little success. I've tried compromising by saying I need to study a few hours a day everyday. That attempt was better than trying to explain but it still didn't go very well. I get made to feel guilty if I study all day and by time I get those few hours to study I am exhausted. I wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions on how to deal with this or knew of any articles/literature I can give my family. Thanks.   

Law School Admissions / Just Getting Started
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:29:14 AM »
Law school has always been something that was tossed around in my head but I finally made the decision to attend law school. I am planning on taking the LSAT in September (I'm reading a lot about it and going to get study books but any study tips would be appreciated) and applying to start in Fall 2015. I received my BA in History from NC State University in 2010. And I have been working this time and had some family issues. But I had some questions.

#1-For undergrad I went to community college for two years where my GPA was at least a 3.5. I don't recall the exact number. And when I transferred to NCSU, my cumulative GPA is 2.56, not including my transfer work. I also took some post-graduate work at the community college but did not complete (thats my second question) and that GPA is I think 3.0 roughly. My GPA at NCSU was greatly affected by a major depression my two worst semesters are the semesters where my depression was the worst. From my research so far on applying for law school, I think I should do an addendum. However, do you think that depression is considered an excuse or a legit illness/disability by admissions representatives? Do you know if they take just my NCSU undergrad work alone of if admissions takes an average of all college work? I have about a 3.0 if they take the average. Regardless I realize this probably disqualifies me from the T14 schools.

#2-I know some schools require a statement on why I didn't complete a legal program. I was enrolled in a Paralegal program but did not complete it. Actually it is part of the reason I decided to go to law school. But the reason I did not complete the program has other circumstances as well. Would it be a good idea to explain these circumstances in an addendum?

#3 I'm starting to brainstorm on my personal statement. To make a long story short, I am thinking about writing about my depression and what I learned from it. I think a lot of it was caused by childhood bullying and there may be some tabula rasa philosophy as well. Is writing about depression taboo or again is it considered just whiny?

I think that is it for now.
Take Care.

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