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I thought the test was definitely do-able (as if there was any other option), compared to the proctored practice tests I've been taking in the prep course I took. I do well with LR and it was great that the test started of with that, and there more sections on that than anything else. The games is what I have a challenge with, and I thought the games were relatively easy compared to what I have been practicing on.
Can't wait to get results, as they will determine a great deal of my future!!

Princeton review guarantee's a 10 point gain from the first test given or your money back.

That wasn't the case when I taught there.  You sure you read the fine print right?
yes, and you're right. They only guarantee an "improvement" where as my instructor said I should expect to see a 10 point improvement. When we pressed the office personal for further clarification she concluded that even a 1 point improvement would be sufficient to meet the terms of the guarantee 

Studying for the LSAT / I took the LSAT December 5th!
« on: December 07, 2009, 06:37:20 AM »
...........and honestly it was not as bad as I thought! Logic games were my weakest section where arguments and reasoning were my strongest. And low and behold my 5th experimental section was reasoning.
I took the Princeton Review accelerated prep that was a month long, and before that I had NEVER even touched an LSAT book, or done one single question.
For those who are doing self study with the bible I will say this: I had a study group with a few students who were in my review class and some who were self study, and I must say the self study logic-bible folks seemed equally equipped as those of us who spent $1200 on the course.
I am sooo glad this ordeal is behind me. It was very stressful, and time consuming having to work two jobs, continue a full course load, and prepare for this test.

Well I took the LSAT December 5th, and after taking a prep course through Princeton Review I must say the actual test seemed easier than the proctored practice test that I have been taking for the past month. I felt good about the test while taking it, and I'm looking forward to see how much my score improved when I get the results!! I'm preparing my applications as we speak. Law School fall '10 here we come!!

Black Law Students / Low LSAT, T4 schools......lets talk!
« on: December 01, 2009, 09:24:16 AM »
I'm a non-traditional student, 33 years old black male and have made a career in the IT field for the past 10 years and actually make a pretty good living doing it. However I want to do something that has a little more meaning and has the ability to make a visible difference in the lives of others. That along with my passion for the law has put me on the path to law school. I'm currently finishing undergrad after a 10 year hiatus on track to graduate with a 3.75 however I'm struggling with my LSAT. I took an accelerated LSAT prep course through Princeton Review (actually my last class is tonight) before my scheduled December 5th testing date. I'm scoring low, but it is improving and I do feel as though I have a firm grasp of the LSAT structure. Realistically I'm hoping to get a 150. Top schools simply aren't important to me. In fact my school of choice is Phoenix School of Law here in AZ that offers a part-time program where I know my 150 will safely land me into their program. As a result of my low practice test scores I have added more schools to my application list that generally admit students with lower scores, but have a high bar passage rate. Honestly I just want to "GET IN" law school and will do anything to make that happen.
My question is what are the true drawbacks to going to a lower tier school, if working for big $$ firm isn't on your radar? I honestly see myself practicing law on my own and eventually running for public office.
Is anyone else in a similar situation as I am?

Black Law Students / Re: Criminal record and Law School application?
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:25:51 AM »
Thanks! I actually just got fingerprinted yesterday to get a FBI background check. Which will tell me not only convictions but even arrest that resulted in no convictions. I just want to be absolutely open, accurate and honest as I can. I have nothing to hide and have paid and learned from my mistakes in the past.

Black Law Students / Criminal record and Law School application?
« on: November 23, 2009, 01:21:36 PM »
I have a criminal record (no felonies) 3 or 4 misdemeanors ranging from disorderly conduct to use of Marijuana from 10-15 years ago. I am 33 now and obviously a non-trad student. Where/how do I disclose this information? And do I give detailed reports of the events surrounding each incident? Its really hard to remember dates, agencies etc.
Any advice for me? :-[

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Getting REALLY bad scores- wait until feb?
« on: November 23, 2009, 01:15:15 PM »
I'm in a similar situation, and I just feel like waiting a year will kill my motivation and momentum. I am just going to take the december test and see how i fare, and if its bad then shoot for Feb. I say take 10 more practice tests between now and then and just go for it.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Anyone know law schools
« on: November 16, 2009, 07:23:24 AM »
Phoenix School of Law is pretty much non-traditional. Average student age is 33 and class size of 30

well I am enrolled in an accelerated Princeton Review LSAT prep course. I started off by taking a practice exam the first day to see where I was, and as I thought I was pretty unfamiliar with the process. I scored a 137 :-[ But, at least it wasn't a Princeton review guarantee's a 10 point gain from the first test given or your money back. My teacher said I should expect to gain about 10 percentage points (whatever that means)
I have a month of three 3.5 hours classes a week, and weekly practice tests. I felt good after the first class having several "Ah Ha" moments when she explained the techniques for taking the exam. I am not applying at top tier schools, so I'm not overly concerned with getting an absolute high score. I'd be happy with a 150-160. Being a URM will work to my advantage but thats not what I'm banking on. I have a high GPA, highly regarded LOR's, I hold public office, heavily involved in the community and tons of valuable life experiences to bring to the table.
I registered with lsac for the dec. 4th exam and I am really excited to move to the next phase in this process.   

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