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Law School Applications / Re: Should I attach an addendum? (drop in gpa)
« on: October 28, 2010, 07:18:04 PM »
how long should your addendum be? I wrote one to explain my low LSAT score. Its bout 5 of 6 sentences.

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I took the June LSAT and as soon as I left I cried and almost cancelled my score. I ran out of time on the Logic Games and that threw me off mentally for the rest of the test. I decided not to cancel and the next few weeks were torture, I kept going over every question in my mind and convinced myself I got a 120. However, I ended up being pleased with my score! So, moral of the story, you're going to underestimate yourself but just relax and everything will be fine.. you can ALWAYS retake it.

This is the most encouraging thing i've read... I did pretty decent on logic games, considering i didn't get flustered and got to the last game and answered 2 out of 5 or 6 questions ,then bubbled in random answers for the rest... my problem is I guessed on at least 4 questions on each section. and i feel like I was in a daze the whole time. I know i didn't give up. I definitely kept pushing and trying to stay focused. somethng keeps telling me i could have done better but a part of me feels like I did just fine because I didn't give up like I did when i took it last year. its just better to expect the worst so that if its better than you thought then you cannot be too disappointed.

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I feel the same way. I'm trying not to become completely depressed though I know I am already getting there. I was doing well on practice tests and today at the test, I just freaked out. Mind wondering everywhere, trying extremely hard to stay focused and uggghhhh guessed on waaay too many questions. Probably up to 20. Thats horrible!!! usually on the practice tests, I guess on about 15 and still get a good score. ugggh i'm absolutely miserable. I guess a 3.75GPA and Honors and B.S degree in Political Science  from a Top 25 public and being URM just isn't going to be enough for me. Very discouraged right now.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR: speed or skill?
« on: September 25, 2010, 06:08:12 PM »
This is so true. I almost never miss questions from 1 -14. There are usually a few hard questions at the end but there are always some really easy ones that you just never get to because you're tied up in the middle. I don't want you to lose hope girl. I started out wit ha 142 diagnostic last year taking kaplan. Didn't do so hot on the LSAT, given i only studied for 3 weeks and got a 144. BUT since then, I have studied casually for the year and now scoring at a 158. I am taking the Ocotober LSAT. DON'T GIVE UP. You will get there. Its all about improving your skills. figuring out what is going on in the question. and most importantly FOCUS! speed comes along as you get used to the questions. Ultimately, don't set your goals too high. Even I know I may never get in the 160s. Sometimes, telling yourself you need to get an unreasonable score adds to your anxiety and makes you worse. Just try to do your best and stop focusing on the scores. Anyways thats my two cents. Good luck!

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Wait List / Re: WAITLIST AT LSU...
« on: August 11, 2010, 10:51:14 AM »
Thanks John!

I have 2 months to prepare, with more dedication and motivation, I think  I can do this. I have already jumped 10 solid points already (my original score was a 144 ugh). But I studied consistently for over a year and I believe I can make another 3 to 4 point jump just gotta give it my all from now till October. crossing my fingers.

Rach

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Wait List / Re: WAITLIST AT LSU...
« on: August 10, 2010, 11:49:25 PM »
I'm black, but I really try not to rely on that. Though, I must admit, looking at those stats did make me feel a little better. I have a 3.75 GPA and graduated with Honors, and i'm getting between 154-159 on LSAT under timed conditions. I plan on taking it in October and would ideally like to go a top 35 school (according to U.S news rankings).  I don't really know how realistic that is but it is just really frustrating because I have done all the right things. Worked my butt off through college, graduated from the University of Iowa, got involved with student orgs, held leadership positions, and this one test is really screwing me over. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself but it is just really nerve-racking.

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Wait List / Re: WAITLIST AT LSU...
« on: August 10, 2010, 07:42:41 PM »
Hey John,

Quick Question. Are those links you posted with law school data credible? if so, thank you sooo much for posting them. This gives me a much better idea about where I am and how much better I have to do if I want to get into law school.

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Omg Yess!!! I need a study group badly!!! So here's my story. Just graduated from a Big Ten University. Ideally, I would have been starting my first year at law school this fall but due to my immense failure at the LSAT last June, I was forced to postpone my application till this fall. I sadly got a 144 on my first test. However, since then, I have been studying off and on and have received a score as high as 159 but mostly I have been consistently scoring in the 150s. Now I have 2 months to prepare for this wretched exam. I don't have a job because its really hard to get a job in this economy with a political science degree even if you do have a 3.75 GPA with Honors. So I"m trying really hard to stay positive and not allow this test to break me but Gosh, its getting so hard to stay motivated when I"m broke and i have loans to pay back and this stupid test is kicking my ass!! ahhh, so yes, a study group like this would be absolutely wonderful. I am a woman of color but I'm not going to rely on that because frankly, I don't believe affirmative action actually helps people when it comes to getting into law school.

Have you guys considered skype? I have a webcam and would be willing to do a video chat with someone who is dedicated to studying everyday.

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