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Studying for the LSAT / Questions about test day
« on: November 24, 2009, 11:35:34 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I'm just starting to look into law school, and I have some newbie questions about the rules
of the game on test day.

Forgive me if these are already on here, but there doesn't seem to be a search feature here,
and I looked quite a bit online with no success.

Here are my questions:

1)I understand the basic structure of the exam - 5 multiple choice sections with a break between
  sections 3 and 4. What I'm wondering is whether they take your answers to each section after
  the section ends. If not, can you go back and change your answers to a previous section if you
  finish one of the later ones early? Not that I'm planning to have any extra time, because I'm
  pretty slow on these things, but just wondering if it's even a possibility.

2)Is the test always administered as a paper test with the Scantron bubble sheets or is it on a
  computer.

3)Is it true that you can't use scrap paper? Is just read that here:
  [http://www.admissionsconsultants.com/lsat/test.asp].
  If that's true, I don't know how they expect you to get through those logic games. I tried a couple
  last night, and diagramming them seems like the only way to have any chance of getting through them
  in any reasonable amount of time. Do you have a paper copy of the exam that has the questions on it, that
  you can write on?

4)I think I read that you have 5 days to cancel your score, and that if you do, the schools get notification that
  you took the exam, but they get no score. Two questions on this:
  a)How do the schools handle this situation as far as averaging scores? Do they just ignore it. Does it hurt you at
    all?
  b)What if you have a bad night's sleep, and you know you're not going to do well. If you just don't show up, is it
    the same as showing up, submitting, and canceling? I'm guessing it is and the schools still get notification that
    you took the exam, just no score.

Thanks,
ptoomey

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Hi Everyone,

My interest in the law is specifically in Estate Planning. I'm wondering whether it's important
to go to a top law school, given that my goal is to initially work for a small firm doing Estate
Planning, and then eventually go off on my own.

I'm sure it's always better to have a top school on your resume, but does anyone know of anyone
who went into Estate Planning right out of law school? Were they at the top of the class? Good
school?

If I end up getting serious about this, I'll obviously try to get accepted to the best schools
possible. But as a career changer with a very specific goal that has nothing to do with corporate
law, I'd be happy to let all you young hot shots fight it out at all those super stressful schools,
for those big law positions.

At the same time, I don't want to put all that effort in and have a mediocre school on my resume,
if it's going to affect my chances of finding a job in Estate Planning. Does Anyone know what the
job outlook is for Estate Planning, and how much competition there is for the jobs?

One other question - does anyone know of any schools that have a strong concentration in Estate
Planning? I'm looking for schools in the New York area and in Phoenix.

Thanks,
ptoomey




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