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Law School Admissions / Re: Teacher-Lawyer
« on: September 18, 2016, 04:20:07 PM »
I am hoping that the original poster of this will see my comments, although I realize that this post was created months ago. To anyone else who is a teacher considering going into law, maybe my response will resonate with you.

I too, am entering my 5th year in teaching and am ready to "throw in the proverbial towel." However, my reasons for wanting to leave the classroom have little to do with teaching itself. I live and work in one of the most disenfranchised communities in the entire country. I grew up, live, and work on an Indian Reservation, where unemployment is as high as 60% and social disease is ravaging the community. Schools are perhaps the ONLY place where students feel safe. However, our district has become riddled with corruption in all forms ranging from nepotism to embezzlement.
My desire to pursue the study of the law stems from growing up with and seeing increasingly horrific acts of injustice. Our administration has terrible policies, leaving teachers and students feeling demoralized, overworked, and under-appreciated. Someone in our community needs to step up and look at this under a microscope, but in our small, banged-up community, we have no lawyers. The only professionals we have in this town are doctors, and we cannot even keep them staffed permanently, because as soon as their children hit school age, they run. I don't blame them.

So I suppose my humble-brag begs the question: why do you want to go into law? I'm not saying I am Mother Teresa, and I wouldn't expect most people to be, either, but going into law connotes justice. I do not think that you will be immune from criticism being an fact, you might be under the microscope yourself. However, being an attorney WILL certainly grant you more authority and power...a voice, I should say....than being a classroom teacher.

Studying for the LSAT / Low Diagnostic Score & Study Timeline
« on: September 18, 2016, 03:52:39 PM »
Please forgive me, I'm sure this is a regurgitation of someone else's post, but I just took a diagnostic test and am unhappy with my score: 134. In my own defense, I was not concentrating (at all), skimming through the passages, and did not time myself (i.e., not working "under pressure").
I am set to take the LSAT in December, and have signed up (cringes) for an online Kaplan prep course, coupled with a few study guides (LSAT for Dummies and Barron's). Assuming I really "hit the books", is there a realistic chance I can score in the 150s-160s range?
I am not aiming to go to a top 10 school, my desire to attend law school is to come back to my small town and help in the education sector in helping low-income families navigate the system as well as revising policies (I am a teacher right now and am finishing up my Masters, if that's of any benefit).
Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you much.

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