Thank you for saying that its good I am thinking ahead. I get really tired of people telling me to focus on my undergrad and that I may change my mind, etc. I hate to admit this, but the entire reason for going ahead with my bachelors is specifically so that I can get into law school. Sure, there is a pretty large possibility that I may not get in, etc. and then atleast I will have a bachelors to compliment my paralegal certificate, but I am pretty goal oriented and hell bent on law school.
I guess I just want to know, is it possible to go to a state law school with an lsat score around 150? That is pretty average, right?
150 is very average. (The statistical median is right around 151/152.)
That said, most law schools require higher scores, including most public schools. You should generally shoot for at least a 155 to be reasonably competitive.
On the other hand, there are some schools where you can get in with an LSAT below 150. They're obviously not the best, but they're still out there.
One thing to think about -- if you have a strong relationship with your current firm (and it seems that you do), then you may be able to get a job there even if you just attend a modest local law school. It depends on the firm, but if it's not a real snooty place, and they know you and like you, and know you're a good worker, they might be able to take you on once you get your JD, regardless of where it's from. Studying PT and continuing to work may be good for this, as it will maintain the relationship and make the segue from paralegal to attorney fairly seamless.
In other words, you're relatively well-positioned. You have grades and contacts, which are a huge part of the picture. Just work steadily on the LSAT -- it's very learnable -- starting out completely untimed, and just focusing on the concepts. Start with a basic Kaplan book, and then carefully work through the powerscore books, or take a quality course. Give yourself a good amount of lead time, ease into the process, and you'll feel much more comfortable with the test fairly soon.
Awesome, thanks for the advice. I hope you are all right about the LSAT being "learnable." I do have several years to work on it which is helpful.
I do not think I could maintain my position at my firm while I am attending school b/c the nearest local school that would accept part time students is 2 hours away. I am about 30 mins away from Notre Dame, but I do not believe they have part time programs. (Plus I highly doubt I could get into ND, though it has been a life-long dream). My hope is to be accepted to either IU Bloomington or IU Indy. Bloomington would be my first choice (ND is just a fantasy) but I read somewhere on the IU Bloomington website that this year their accepted students had higher gpa and lsat scores than the norm. So the bar has been raised!
It's definiteliy learnable. I helped someone go from 120's to 160's recently. Just work steadily on it over time.
If you can't study part time, then ask your favorite lawyer about the possiblity of working as an attorney with the firm down the road, and what kind of school/GPA they'd require. Start laying the groundwork for a future position, just in case it's needed.