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Personal Statement / Personal Statement--question
« on: January 01, 2010, 12:56:45 PM »
Describe my personal and educational background?!?  Can someone give me a little more to go on than that?  How long should it be and what should I talk about.

I'm not really a traditional law applicant (if there is such a thing).  I'm 30 and was a chemistry major and then an education major before leaving school for 5 years (during which time I had 2 children and a small farm) which kept me very busy.  I went back to college for one semester and graduated with a BGS.  During my 5 year break, I have plenty of stories that I could tell, which are somewhat entertaining, like the first time I milked the annoying, fence jumping, extemely WILD milk cow that my husband simply had to have or the first time my husband wasn't home and I had to assist in the birth of a baby goat.  Unfortunately, that's pretty much all I did for 5 years and those things aren't exactly relavent to law school. 

I was the second born in a family of 5 children.  We were poor and moved a lot.  By the time I graduated from high schools, I had attended 11 different schools.   It was a lifetime ago, and I don't especially feel like thinking or writing about my childhood.  If I had applied to law school at 22, I'm sure that my childhood experiences would have felt more relavent to me, but at this point I don't want to dredge up things that happened 20 years ago.

I currently teach middle school math.  And while, there are some things that I love about my job, particularly the way that I make a difference in the lives of young people the way that so many dedicated teachers impacted my life.  It isn't enough.  Everyday I day dream about law school.  I thought that the joy that I would get from doing something as noble as teaching would be enough to justify not pursuing the career that has been calling me for many years now.  It isn't, and I'm not sure how to explain that without comming off as a flake who won't stick with law school.

Suggestions?

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Results
« on: December 28, 2009, 12:21:18 PM »
My score is 164 which is 90th percentile. 

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Studying for the LSAT / Results?
« on: December 06, 2009, 09:09:09 AM »
How long does it normally take to get your results?  Does LSAC ever e-mail scores earlier than their announced e-mail date?

Thanks!

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Studying for the LSAT / What should I do to prepare?
« on: September 12, 2009, 04:08:11 PM »
I'm currently teaching middle school mathematics, which as it turns out, is not the job for me.  I decided to take the LSAT in December and apply to Law School in January before the 2010 deadline.
I took the June 2007 practice test.  Under timed conditions, my scores were as follows: Section I - 15 correct.  (I ran out of time, so I actually worked 16 and of those I got 14 correct.  I guessed on 7 and I got 1 of those correct.)  Section II - 18 correct.  (I did a better job pacing myself and I answered 23 questions with 16 correct and guessed on 2 and got 1 correct.)  Section III - I finished all the questions and answered 23/25 correctly.  Section IV - I finished all the questions and answered 22/27 correct.  My raw score, 78, converted to a 160.
Questions 1: 
What books should I buy/study to prepare for the LSAT?
Question 2:
I'm planning to apply to LSU law school in Baton Rouge Louisiana and Southern Law School, also in Baton Rouge.  I have a BGS with a minor in Mathematics and a Minor in Humanities from Nicholls State University.  My undergrad GPA is about 3.3.  What LSAT score will I likely need to get into either of those schools?

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