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I would strongly recommend re-writing from scratch (and your school's pre-law advisor and/or writing center may be able to help).

Here are a few broad notes:

1) Consistency. It's either "I have" or "I've." Pick one. I would strongly suggest "I have" because "I've" is a bit informal. Also, keep an eye on your tense. If you are talking about the past, you the past-tense.

2) Whether true or not - you probably don't want to lead your PS with an explanation of why Law & Order motivated you to become a lawyer. I'm not saying you can't do it, but unless it is impeccably done, it makes you sound trite.

3) Also, whether true or not - things like "writing in legal terms is my career goal" is equally odd. It makes you sound insincere.

4) I would delete the first full paragraph - it adds nothing to your story.

5) Cut down your sentence length. Once you start approaching 20 or 25 words, you should get to a period. Example:

"My first job came when I was in my early teens working for a summer job, I was in need of a job because my mother was a struggling parent with no father around, and any help that I can offer I knew would be vital for the family."

can be written as:

My mother was a struggling parent with no father around. Any help that I could offer would be vital for the family. So, when I was in my early teens, I got my first job.

which can be re-written as:

My mother was a struggling parent. My father was not around. My family needed my help. So, on my thirteenth birthday, I got my first job.

6) Drop superfluous phrases. You use phrases "like most kids in high school" or "I knew that I..." Drop those phrases entirely. They add nothing to your story or your rhetoric.

7) You talk quite a bit about things that are likely on your resume. There is nothing wrong with bringing it up, but make sure that you are adding to your story. In other words, don't just say things like "I have X degree" and leave it at that. If you are going to talk about your degree, talk about the context behind it. For example, why you chose that degree; what you have done with it; how you think it will help you moving forward; etc.

8) Drop things that are (should be) obvious. Don't tell admissions that you promise to study hard. At best, these phrases will take up space - space that you can use for beneficial points. At worst, admissions may take it as a signal that you may not be willing to study as hard as you can and are saying this in order to compensate. Again, it's better to just leave these things implied. Imply that you will study hard with your impeccably written PS.

What you have is a great first draft - you put onto paper your background and aspirations. Now comes the hard part - making that into a unique, compelling story.

Good luck!

General Board / Re: Crazy how numbers have changed
« on: September 23, 2015, 08:16:53 PM »
Well I should do actual work now.

get them billables

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 162 to 170 before October LSAT?
« on: September 18, 2015, 03:18:27 PM »
So, a few things.

Is it even realistic to expect this big of a jump in my score with only 3 weeks left?


No. It is extremely unrealistic to expect anything significant to happen in 3 weeks, particularly when those 3 weeks are near the end of your studying prior to an exam. Realistically, you are looking at getting a 157-168ish on the real thing right now.


You are unusual than most of the people that post on here; you have a 3.93 GPA from a top school. That is huge. If you can get into the high 160s on the LSAT, you are a looking at T14. If you can break into the 170s, you are looking at T6 if not T3. Right now, if you get a 160, you are looking at T30/50. There is nothing wrong with T30, but the outputs are noticeably different than T6.

So now is where we come to a crossroads. You need to seriously ask yourself what your values are - what are you really trying to get out of law school. It sounds like you have what it takes to get into at least the high 160s/low 170s - but it will take more than what you are doing now. I ended up getting in the high 160s - but I put in 8 hrs/day for 6 months.  I went through every single published test, most under timed conditions  and at least 15 full test conditions.

Now, if you aren't even remotely interested in big law or fancy fed. clerkships, than screw it. Take the LSAT now - you will get into a great law school. But if you are interested in big law/clerkships (which have their owns set of pros and cons) or if you want to get scholarship money - it may be worth it to stick it out until February or even June.

Good luck!

you need to focus your mental energy on things that are within your control. anything that is not within your control is pointless to think about. right now, the only thing that you can focus on is preparing for the LSAT. at this point, that means working through prior exams and reviewing your mistakes. repeat.

as for what score you need to get into what school.... forget it. it is all speculation at this point. the score you need is the best score that you can get. period. let what come come. we can worry about what school that translates into after the exam. but for now, just focus on killing the LSAT.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When was the last time
« on: August 02, 2015, 12:04:09 AM »

I mean - if you just started studying, I wouldn't freak out too much. Give it your all and see what comes - that is literally all that you can do.

If towards the end, you see no improvement, you need to be real with yourself. As other posters have said, if you are having problems grasping basic LSAT fundamentals, you are facing more issues that a low LSAT score. Law school is not THAT intellectually difficult, but it does push you in specific ways. For all the problems that the LSAT has, it is actually good at measuring basic things that, without, you are unlikely to succeed. And I don't just mean in law school, I mean as a lawyer. If you are having issues connecting logical dots in logic games, just wait until you are given 100+ pages of bare-fact depositions and and a seemingly endless legal vacuum that is West Law.

But again, I would stick with it. It may just be a bad start or a high plateau that you need to reach.

Good luck!

1) Learn about the exam and strategies on how to tackle it.

2) Practice applying the strategies untimed on individual questions. You should have strong reasons not only why a given answer is correct, but also why the other ones are 100% incorrect. You should jot down at least short hand reasons either way. This process is going to take a long time to internalize (hence why it is untimed).

3) Once you have untimed under control, practice taking full sections (not full exams). Again, don't worry about timing - but do start noting how long it is taking you.

4) Once you have an idea where your timing is, keep practicing on more exams, adding more sections, reviewing your sections after the fact. The more you do this - and the stronger you focus on your strategies - your time will naturally fall down to where it should be. That said, you should start figuring out ways to maximize points. In other words, if you realize you take too long/keep missing Fallacy questions, skip those and keep them for the end - that way, you can spend your time on questions you can knock out quickly and accurately.

5) Once you are doing 3 sections in a row, getting consistent times/scores, move on to full exams. By this point, your timing and scores should be leveled out. The point now is to solidify your game and boost your confidence.

Good luck!

News Discussion / Re: POTUS
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:27:40 AM »
Looking at it from an unbiased perspective - my guess is Clinton v. Bush.

Rubio is a strong contender, but is still too green. Obama was green, but had the charisma and smarts to win debates. Clinton would likely annihilate Rubio in debates. Rand Paul is an interesting candidate, but unlikely to garner enough support from the conservative base. Opposite is true for Sanders... interesting candidate, but unlikely to garner enough support from the liberal base.

The main issue with Kaplan is that they do not use real, licensed LSAT questions. As a result, some other questions are just off.  It's been awhile, so I suppose this could have changed, but that was the biggest legitimate complaint back in the day.  The difference is real.

I did Kaplan's self-study books in 2012 - it was 100% real LSAT questions. I don't know anything about the actual Kaplan courses though.

Princeton Review's self-study books were 100% fake questions.

I also did the Powerscore books. Of the three, I liked Kaplan the best. Princeton Review was a complete waste of time and Powerscore broke things up just way too much into subcategories - it became more so about learning about powerscore's method than it was about learning how to take the test.

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