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You might consider a commercial prep course or tutor.  It will be worth it--this section is half the test.

In general, becoming familiar with the different kind of questions is important.  You might also read up and study about logical inferences and fallacies.  Here's the general process I used to get ready:

1. Read the question first so that you know what you will be looking for.

2. Read the paragraph. Pay attention to modifiers such as: all, none, some, most, every, if, only if, unless, etc. These types of words play important roles in the argument.

3. If the paragraph presents an argument, identify the conclusion of the argument.

4. Evaluate the argument. Make sure you identify the relationship between the premises and the conclusion. Spot any flaws.

5. Pre-phrase an answer. Predict an answer based on knowing the question and reading the passage.

6. Go to the answer choices. If none of the answers matches your pre-phrased answer, or is similar, eliminate choices until you have only one or two possibilities remaining.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I take the Test Master course?
« on: April 11, 2011, 09:33:09 AM »
IMO, you should either take the full course, or buy a bunch of prep materials and practice on your own.  My experience is that students only make significant improvement after a serious amount of study.  I think that 150 hours of practice/study is the minimum you need for significant improvement--the weekend course won't get you there. 

Given that the LSAT counts more than that stellar GPA you've spent 4 years working on, it deserves a significant committment.  Do the work, and you will be rewarded.

Good luck!  Let us know what happens...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:25:37 PM »
He grew up in Lubbock, Tech was his first choice. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 08, 2011, 10:24:18 AM »
The LSAT is way different from the bar, which is Pass-Fail.

I have personally worked with/for Mark Lanier.  I guarantee you, if he were taking the LSAT right now he would be shooting for a 180. 

Not everyone needs a 180; not everyone needs to go to HYLS. 

Current Law Students / Re: Felonies & Bar Admittance
« on: April 08, 2011, 09:45:34 AM »
It varies from state to state.  Most states consider the facts and circumstances of the conviction.  Expect to pay for legal representation on the character/fitness portion. 

We would need more information to give you any opinions.

The most important factor in your decision should be where you want to live/practice. 

Scholarship students tend to be at the top of the class (but not always).  Those in the top 25% of a law class, who get some legal experience while they are in school, don't usually have too bad of a time finding work (even at T4).  There are exceptions, obviously, but I would say that the preceding statements are 80% accurate.   

If you have no ties to a city, firms will be more cautious in hiring you.  They don't want to invest that money in a new associate only to have them get homesick.  So the more ties you have to an area, the better. 

I hope these thoughts help.  Let us know what you decide!

Current Law Students / Re: Why Law School Sucks for me
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:05:10 PM »
Couldn't we say the same thing about most bachelor's degrees?

As far as your grade improvement, it comes from the fact that you aren't wasting time going deep into each issue because you barely know anything.  Instead, you are forced to spend the majority of the time discussing the facts and applying them to the problem.  I came to the same realization in law school. 

If we made it shorter, there would be even more competition for the handful of jobs available.  If anything, we should add a year.  ;) 

Law School Admissions / Re: High LSAT, Low GPA - Where can I get in?
« on: April 07, 2011, 09:47:44 AM »
I'm no expert, but I think you should be fine.  LSAC does not include pass/fail hours in the GPA, and even if they did, a 0 hour course will have 0 effect on your GPA. 

Thanks.  I would take UT over STCL all day long too! 

Not offended... just wanted to splain myself...  :)

Law School Admissions / Re: High LSAT, Low GPA - Where can I get in?
« on: April 06, 2011, 12:27:04 PM »
The good news is that most schools weigh the LSAT more than the GPA.  Some go up to about 75%, but I think average is about 60% (all a guess based on experience). 

Because of your low GPA, your application will be reviewed at each place.  I don't think you are an auto admit because of your GPA; at the same time, however, you aren't an auto-reject because of your LSAT. 

Spend a significant amount of time on the application.  There is a free checklist in the book linked in my signature, it might help. 

Good luck, let us know what happens!!

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