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Law School Applications / Re: what tier should I be looking at?
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:01:51 PM »
The "scholarship" I'll have if attend this Law School is irrevocable (although I may be kicked out for very poor performance). It has been earned by my parents both retired professors. They only way I would have to pay for something is if I turn 27 and I'm still in law school (very unlikely). Even then, I would only have to pay about 2k a year.

The Law School is rank #1 in the region but If I attend this school I think it would be very difficult for me to move around the US and practice law some place else if I ever want to move from here.

I have 2 options.

1. Stay where I live study and go to law school for free. I'll probably won't be able to more around the continental US.

2. Attend a respectable US law school, have more career opportunities and carry 100k of debt for a good while.

I'm starting to lean towards the first option because it seems going to respectable Law Schools in the US has only regional benefits.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How can I improve my reading?
« on: March 26, 2012, 04:41:28 PM »
Thank for the encouragement. I was kinda joking when I wrote I was aiming for 180. What I meant to say is that I really want to get the highest score possible thus I'm aiming at 180 however I'm well aware of the odds.

This may seem like a detail but I noticed yesterday that I was moving my head a little while reading from side to side and that can be distracting because it's more difficult to focus on words and phrases. I think it may be harder because I waste time coordinating my eyeball movement with my head movement. I've started practicing reading by just moving my eyes and it seems to work much better for me. Again, I know its a very small detail but anything that helps is welcomed.

Also 10-15 point increase seems very reasonable. Any other suggestion exercise etc welcomed...

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Law School Applications / what tier should I be looking at?
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:35:18 AM »
what tier of specific LS should I be looking at?

US citizen
GPA 3.36 (upward trend last 4 semester 3.7+)
LSAT 161
URM

I graduated from Accounting in a top Public Latin American research University ranked 15 overall (it reached 5 overall in whole American continent once... when we had nobel prize winners etc.  :( now we're just going backwards).

I will include in my application my work experience which include entry level work in accounting and  special work done for a reputable US university. I have also done humanitarian work  (not because of LS.. I've been doing it my whole life), traveled to 25 countries and 60 cities around the world and live abroad for months.

I want to attend the best possible law school in the US and moving is not a problem. I really need to start narrowing down my possibilities in the US and if they are worth it because I can go to a local LS for free (yes for free) here where I live.

I would really like to hear suggestions.

Thanks in advance 

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Studying for the LSAT / How can I improve my reading?
« on: March 26, 2012, 01:38:40 AM »
I have finally joined the forum I've been reading for months! First, I would like to thank this fine community for providing such diverse and supported opinions.

So... I just came to the conclusion that I'm wasting time (by not studying 6 hours or more a day) and came to realization that the LSAT  I plan to take is in 2.5 months!

I took an LSAT under timed conditions about 4 months ago without any idea of what the LSAT was about and scored 144. Today, under timed conditions and after 1.5 weeks of prep program (about 35 hours of studying including virtual classes), I scored the average 152.

I would say that 16 of the 40 wrong answers where consecutively at the end of each section. Probably a consequence of filling the bubbles randomly because I had ran out of time. I feel like I'm having trouble concentrating and I fail to read and truly understand what I'm reading the first time.
Also, English is not my main language. I was born, raised, and still live in a Spanish speaking nation.

I would like to know if anyone has any advise on how to improve reading speed and comprehension.

I feel like this would be the factor that would most greatly help me improve my score. I'm aiming for 180 but a 160+ would also be ok.

Any help and words  of encouragement appreciated. Thank you.



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