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Law School Admissions / Re: High School Information on LS Applications
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:33:48 PM »
Liz Lemon, thanks for you advice. The reason why I listed all of the factors was because as far as I see it, a GED is not nec. worse, but it's def. not better than a high school diploma and I want there to be absolutely no misunderstanding on the parts of the admissions folks. I was very driven and hard working in high school, I just had other personal issues that I needed to take care of and work on. But thanks for the advice.


I used to spell my name as Sonya, but thanks for the note :)

Law School Admissions / High School Information on LS Applications
« on: December 02, 2009, 05:28:58 PM »
Quick question for anyone who may know what one would have to put down in this kind of situation :

Due to the fact that both of my parents were incarcerated in my sophomore and junior year of high school, I had gotten my GED, although I attended a good High School, and was in the gifted program at the school. Since I got my GED after my junior year, I went to college a year earlier, transferring from a public university to a private one, and having a 3.78 GPA at the end of it all. So here go the questions:

1. Firstly, what do I put in the slot that asks for the name of my high school that I graduated from ? Where do I put that information? Do I write down  the name of the HS I went to ?

2. I am taking the LSATs on Saturday, and hope to scoring in the 168-171 range (knock on wood:)). With a 3.78 GPA, finance major, my own business at 14 y.o. and an article written about it in Young Entrepreneur magazine, as well my own non profit org. that helps children of incarcerated parents, does anyone think that my GED will affect me negatively?

Many thanks in advance

This question may seem a little basic, however, I am extremely confused as to when exactly the LORs should be sent to LSDAS in order for everything to go smoothly.

I am taking my LSATs on Sept. 26 and I believe I should receive my results on October 19 if I am not mistaken. Thus, when should I ask my professors to have them ready by ? Can I start applying as soon as I have my scores on October 19 ? If so, I realize it is better to start applying early so should I have all recommendations at the LSDAS by October 19 or earlier ? 

Also, since I am on the topic, how much time should I give the professor in advance to write the letters ? Is 2 months too much ?

Thanks so much for your answers in advance,

- Sofiya

Law School Admissions / Re: Looking for some advice.
« on: April 09, 2009, 11:06:42 AM »

Law School Admissions / Looking for some advice.
« on: April 08, 2009, 01:04:27 PM »
Hey Everyone. Quick question to those who are experts in this area. My freshmen year, I attended a CUNY university in NYC. That year, I graduated from HS a year earlier because both of my parents were going to jail and all they wanted for me to do is just go somewhere. Needless to say, my first year at my CUNY, I did horribly in school because being alone at 17 years old with both parents in jail was VERY hard for me. I ended up with a 2.85 for 28 credits. For my sophomore year, I transferred to Pace University, finance major and have a cumulative GPA of  3.79 for 71 credits 9 giving me a cumulative GPA of 3.52). I am taking practice LSATs and plan to score in the 175-180 based on what I see from my progress. Also, some of my soft factors are starting my own business at 14 years old ( being featured in Young Entrepreneur magazine as well as interview with UK BBC), working in Fidelity as an Intern for 1 year as well as beginning my own non-profit organization geared at helping children whose parents are in jail.

Do you think that when the counselors see my cumulative 3.52 they will toss my application, or will my story of really struggling emotionally my first year of college help me out. Will they even look at my transcript to see that I transferred or will they just think I was lazy in school? Does my personal situation matter ?

I have been working really hard  to  make sure that I will get into the top schools over in NY ( Columbia, NYU) so please let me know what you think.

Thanks in advance.



Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Preparation Courses
« on: November 17, 2008, 01:52:33 PM »
Again, thanks for all the replies. I am really not considering Kaplan as a choice because I had my own bad experience with the school, and I am not wasting my money on useless classes. In regards to Nelson, I was wondering if anyone knew of any good schools like Nelson, perhaps based on one person, or a private group of tutors. Maybe I should consider a privcate tutor someone knows as being an educated and knowledgeable professional in this field although I prefer the classroom setting more for these purposes. I am also planning on taking the test in Sept. 09 and was looking to maybe even take two separate courses. One in the upcoming Spring, and one in the summer. Perhaps you guys would have suggestions now that you have that last piece of info.

- In regards to Princeton Review, I find that their approach to the courses is too advertised, too commercial with no real knowdledge foundation. Princeton review is everywhere that is why I am a little skeptical of companies like it. I have found that smaller, more private schools are the hidden gem, the ones that have the best professors, not a 20 y.o. kid teaching other 20 y.o kids how to think logically (hope that doesn't offend anyone.

Any suggestions ?
Whatever you do, don't sign up for Powerscore. Their approach is too complex and lacking in so many aspects.

^ wasnt even considering Powerscore, although I do have the books.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Preparation Courses
« on: November 14, 2008, 12:50:18 PM »
Thanks so much for all the feedback everyone. I have actually began studying on my own and got the bibles, the books, the resources, I just feel that I am better learner when its a classroom, and although studying at home is # 1, going to a classroom and having an expert in the actual LSAT test taking technique help me out would without a doubt help me out.

In regards to Brody, he is currently a private tutor, and comes with a price tag of $7300. I have not heard very positive things on other Princeton tutors, except the fact that they themselves did well on the LSATs, which is applauded, but might not help me, and might not be worth the money.

One of the most important things that you can do is GO SIT IN on one of the classes being taught. IMHO any company/teacher that is worth their salt will let you see what the class is like before making a decision. That way you can make an informed decision about the class. Think of it as taking a test drive before buying a car.

^ Thanks for the tip. I will definetly sit in before commiting and I agree, a person who believes in his/her abilities and strengths in teaching a classroom should not have any problem with me sitting in on a little portion of the class.

Thanks again everyone.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Preparation Courses
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:32:22 AM »
Btw, I found about Brody, he is currently teaching in Princeton Review but does anyone perhaps have some kind of contact info on him because they won't tell you the instructor's name until the class ? Gabriele & EarlCat, why do you so highly recommend him specifically ? (besides the fact that he got a 180). Who would you say is better, Nelson or Brody?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Preparation Courses
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:05:45 AM »
Thanks everyone. I will definetly take a look at both of the schools you mentioned. In regards to Brody, how many people would you say are in his class ? Also, does anyone know anything about the level in NYU LSAT classes? - Many Thanks.

Law School Admissions / Re: Soft Factors for Law School
« on: November 05, 2008, 12:49:13 PM »
Thank you so much for your input everyone. It's really useful to hear it from others who have went through the same thing as I am planning to do

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