Given your desire to stay in the West, I'd recommend USD. I think you'll be competitive for the school. I live in SD and I LOVE their campus. That's where I took my LSAT.
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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard is encouraging me to apply, but with my numbers is there a point« on: October 31, 2008, 03:41:21 PM »
Intern for a JAG
Going to Vietnam to teach English for seven months before law school
Graduated in three years
So GoJC, thoughts? Am I interesting enough? None of these activities are fellowships or research oriented. It's just crap I'm doing on my own.
Law School Applications / Re: Harvard is encouraging me to apply, but with my numbers is there a point« on: October 31, 2008, 03:36:23 PM »
Como, that's what I thought. Those low acceptance rates play a role in rankings do they not?
Law School Applications / Re: Harvard is encouraging me to apply, but with my numbers is there a point« on: October 31, 2008, 03:29:06 PM »
Damn! I knew there was a catch.
« on: October 31, 2008, 03:12:22 PM »
I got an email from Harvard encouraging me to apply, but I'm not sure why exactly. Both of my numbers are below their averages and I'm a white male. Is there even a blind shot in the dark chance?
How is Penn painless? They require that "why Penn" essay. Easy is Virginia
I'm sure the success rate of people getting accepted without doing it is extremely high. How "optional" is it really?
Take the LSAT on a date when you have ample time to study for it. Many take the June exam for this reason because the October administration falls right in the middle of the fall semester.
I found the books and self-study to be sufficient for me. The way you can find out where you stand is go to LSAC.org and download and print their copy of the June 2007 LSAT for free. Take the test timed and calculate the score. If it is below 160 or so, I would recommend taking a prep class.
The LSAT Games Bible helps immensely too. The book focuses solely on games and really improved my score.
I would advise a retake. In these coming months, identify your weakest areas and focus solely on those for a while. Take a class if you have not already done so. If games are one of your weaknesses, buy the Games Bible. Take tons of practice tests, some untimed and others timed. You can get the score up.