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There is no doubt the school knows that it can dole out small scholarships to people who are already in their school. There just seems to be something wrong about rewarding someone for one four hour exam while basically dismissing someone who performs well over the span of the entire first year.
I think the more accurate label would be to call it a testmanship. In short, law schools dole out ridiculous full paid scholarships to someone who performs well on a four hour LSAT. However, someone works hard throughout their first year, does really well, only gets an offered peanuts. Of course, this is just my experience, but it just doesn't seem fair. They hand out several small scholarships to help statistics. Kind of reminds me of the NFL draft pick salaries being more than proven veterans.
« on: July 24, 2008, 01:37:09 PM »
I got my schedule this week. It is fairly spread out. Two days of the week I begin at 8:20, and on the other days class doesn't start until nine or later. There are some breaks in between my classes. I'll basically be in class any where between 2 and half to three and half hours per day (this is actual in class time). Needless to say, it is probably safe to assume that you will begin class possibly at 8 and no later than 9 or ten, and you will be inside the law building until at least two or three and possibly as late as 5.
Ok guys, here's my situation. Next year, I will be attending law school in the state where I live. The tuition is just under 10,000 per year. Estimated book cost is 1,300, and I have signed a lease to rent a house for 575 per month. I have received the following aid package from the school. 8,500 per year in sub. staff. loans and 12,000 in unsub. loans. In addition, I have been approved for 8,000 in Grad PLUS loans. This total is a shade over the total cost of attendance for the school. Also, my parents will be helping me out by paying my rent. I am thinking about just taking advantage of the stafford loans? What should I know about these loans (i.e. interest rates, payment plans, etc...)? How much are the monthly payments for the unsub. if I immediately start paying interest. Also, what kind of payments will I be looking at after I get out, assuming that I take out the max. staff. amount every year (20,500)? Any help would be great.
I think it's important to clarify my last quote. I did not mean to say that significant increases are not possible, only that they are not common. I would venture to say that the average test taker's score does not fluctuate more than 5-6 points with each testing. Also, for every person that posts on this board and says they scored more than ten points higher, there are 10 more who scored lower the second time around. Study hard (timed, full length tests) and good luck. A small improvement (5 points) will work wonders for your chance of admission to most schools.
Good luck on getting an eleven point jump on your LSAT. It just does not happen. Unless, you completely bombed the first test for some reason (i.e. you were way too nervous, you couldn't concentrate, etc...). Small LSAT improvements are possible. I would not go into the test thinking you will improve your score by more than 5 or so points (unless it fits the criteria mentioned above). People who have ridiculous jumps in the LSAT scores just completely screwed up the first time.
Your situation is not completely hopeless. Not everyone in the world is capable of scoring incredibly high on the LSAT. With that being said, many people do worse the second time around. However, if you feel that something specific was wrong that day (i.e. feeling ill, overly nervous, etc...), by all means retake. Personally, I scored a 150 the first time and did worse (147) the second time. However, my 3.92 UGPA was enough to get me on the waitlist and eventually accepted the best law school in my state (granted it is still a T3). However, I am happy working in my home state. Just take the time to think about your situation and do what seems logical.
Maybe this will help... I scored 150 on the LSAT and had a 3.92 GPA from Ole Miss. Rejected from Memphis. Accepted at Mississippi College. Waitlisted at UALR and then accepted to part time program. Waitlisted and then accepted at Ole Miss. I'm going to Ole Miss.