Matthies is absolutely right. If you have time, you might also try and do the corresponding E&E chapters as you finish each part of your courses.
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« on: June 26, 2009, 07:00:48 AM »
Definitely retake the LSAT, and study for it this time. Also, you might consider adding a double major or whatever in order to justify spending another year in undergrad so you can repair your GPA somewhat.
i'm really curious about this. this seems to be something people (especially 1Ls) say a lot, but i've never heard any substantive reason why this is the case. would you guys offer your best guess as to why this phenomena seems to occur so often...?
I think this might be an "old wives' tale." You just hear about it because people will often speak up (very loudly) when something unexpected happens. You know: "WTF, how did I get an A in Torts?" Conversely, people are less likely to speak up when they get the grade they expected because they won't find it noteworthy. Also, I think people tend not to talk about grades (because it's awful form) unless they are emotionally overcome by, for example, surprise, and forget about decorum.
It is hard but manageable. Law school is neither so difficult nor so important as the LSAT. If you Ace the bloody LSAT and graduate last from Harvard, you might still get Biglaw offers. On the other hand, You could do so-so (160) on the LSAT and graduate in the top 25 percent from, for example, Temple, and get stuck at 60K per year after graduation.
Law school is easy and unimportant compared to the Fing LSAT. Of course, I am exaggerating in order to make a point, but it is a frustrating and important point, especially in this economy. : (
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:58:03 PM »
You could also apply to Pepperdine, which is another good LA school that just might offer you a big fat scholarship.
Don't be silly. Pepperdine is ranked at a respectable #55. Florida Coastal is in the 4th Tier!
When I said "survival" what I meant was...I want to work hard, I want to do well, but first and foremost I don't want to spend 25k and fail out. The school I'll be attending fails the bottom 15% and if everything is riding on one exam, people who have a bad test day could face some serious consequences.
Just read this over the summer: "Mastering the Law School Exam" by Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus. That should help.
« on: June 19, 2009, 12:00:59 PM »
One danger with deferring is that law school kind of interferes with your personal life. I mean, if you fall in love or something like that, its tough to get married during lawschool or even as a new associate working many hours a week. GTown is a great school. Is Duke really any better?
Pay Kaplan their blood money, and retake the LSAT. Kaplan's long expensive class can supposedly improve your score by 5-10 points. You have a 2.9 GPA, so I would guess you'd need 158/9 LSAT for a lower Tier 1 or a Tier 2. You can retake the LSAT in October and still qualify for early admissions, which boosts your chances even more. I think you would be better off that way, instead of going to the tier 4 in this awful economy, and just hoping for the best.
I'd retake the LSAT and shoot for at least Tier 2. Law school is pretty horrible. It's 3 years long. There any hours of studying a week, no Pay, and Lots of debt. And you might get dumped for it. So, you only want to go if you have a solid basis for believing your school is good enough to get you what you want.