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I am in the process of kicking off my efforts to prep for the LSAT now.

Much like you I took a diagnostic test, although my test environment was more accommodating than your was. I ended up with a 153, but more important (in my mind) than the score was that I seemed to score fairly closely across the various sections.

With this in mind I have started off with two task. Going over the diagnostic test at a very leisurely rate, trying to  understand why the right answers are right and why the wrong answers are not right (or not the best answer...). Also I am starting to work on my skills related to the Logical Reasoning (LR) section. I picked this section because the test will have two LR sections, so improvements in this section will pay bigger dividends than that of the other sections. To help me in this effort I am reading the PowerScore LR Bible.

Once I have completed the LR Bible, I plan to try another practice exam to see where I stand and then evaluate from there. Given that I work full time (in a job that requires a considerable amount of additional training performed mostly on my own time), spend about three hours a day commuting and have a family, this process is going to take longer than I want it to. Currently I am aiming to take the LSAT either June or October of 2013, so I do have some time to work with.

Good luck with your test prep, please keep us informed of how things are progressing for you.


I'm genuinely curious about this.  Please tell me why you think it would be better to take one class at a time

Ask your mommy. I'm beginng to think there are a bunch of retards on this forum. I quit posting to this forum a while back and I am going to stop posting again. Too many uneducated people on here asking stupid common sense questions. I'm not responding to to stupid questions.

Your a bit heavy on the attitude for a reasonable question.

When you opt to follow a path contrary to that used by well over 90% off all law schools in the country (likely 100% of ABA law schools) you cannot be exceedingly surprised when others wonder why your drawing outside of the lines.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Law school with a physics degree
« on: July 06, 2012, 02:37:53 PM »
I agree that the situation is not fair. But occasionally exceptions are made at top programs, you may want to look at the law school numbers page ( Keep in mind that all the info on that page is self reported.

But if you are interested in IP law, or some other element that would build upon your existing experience, you may well be in decent shape even if you go down a few positions in ranking. I know that George Washington prides itself on IP (it happens to sit near the Patent Office).

Happy hunting,

General Board / Re: QUESTION: How long is the J.D degree good for?
« on: July 05, 2012, 08:09:40 PM »
This would be up to each states Bar. Although I have not looked specifically for this, I have read through the admission requirements foe a few states and have not noticed any time restriction.

Although I suspect that waiting for 10+ years would not make it any easier to pass the Bar exam.

Insert obvious disclaimer that anyone considering taking a 1-2 decade break after law school should take a look at the requirements for any state they may want to join the Bar.

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Am I a non-trad?
« on: July 05, 2012, 01:10:57 PM »
The term non-trad is fairly loosely defined.

Being a (little) older than some of your potential peers would qualify you by many people's standard. Other elements looked for by some users of the term include having pursued career level employment, having family responsibilities, having served in the military, intending to take class on an alternate schedule (e.g. PT night program).

Short answer, yes, but not as non-traditional as many non-trads.

My undergrad was Computer Networking, since then I have added a Masters in Information Technology.

I would assume that the OP is referring to UDC, given what forum the comment is posted in.

Unfortunately, I do not have much insight to the UDC admission process, so I do not have much in line for an actual answer.

District of Columbia / Re: Is UDC worth it???
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:24:13 AM »
I am not now nor have I been a student at UDC.

But I have lived and worked in the DC area for the last 15 years. Yes, cost of living is quite high compared to many parts of the country, and that is something that anyone considering going to UDC should consider. As for if the school is "worth it", I guess it would depend mostly on the student.

On the down side, there are no shortage of Law Schools in the greater DC area (Georgtown, GW, GMU, American, Howard, CU) arguably each of these other schools have bigger more reconizable names, and as a graduate you need to be aware that you may find yourself fighting to get out of the shadow of these other schools.

On the bright side, this school, even for those who are paying full freight, non-resident tuition, is the most affordable law program in the region. The campus is accessiable bia a reasonably good transit system (the Metro), which increases the flexiablity in gaining access to various city resources (and for those with an interest in the law, you can do far worse than DC for a city to emerse yourself into the study of law).

Good luck with whatever path you should choose.

Law School Applications / Re: Appalling GPA, what are my chances
« on: September 12, 2011, 12:15:46 PM »
Im not going to Cooley.

I want to go to an NY school...
but I am willing to make an exception if I can't get into any.

Put the best number on the board that you can for your LSAT and apply broadly. It is a bit of a crapshoot. If your number does not come up then consider casting a wider net. I suspect that the end result will not be as bad as you fear.

Law School Applications / Re: Appalling GPA, what are my chances
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:17:48 PM »
Most schools place more weight on the LSAT than GPA, so if you do well on the LSAT you will likely have some options, but most people report that splitters are less predictable than those who rank in a similar matter on both measures.

Having some time between you and your bad marks, plus a few accomplishments, such as quality work experience may also help move things in your favor. But it is important to remember that you will be attempting to dig yourself out or a hole, so you need to be flexible, as it is hard to predict who will be willing to give you a shot.

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