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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 05, 2011, 12:16:59 PM »
If you need, many of the companies offer an online version of the study programs.  Some come with personalized coaching (via telephone) as part of the package. 

I would recommend putting in at least 150 hours before test day.  1 hour a day is a good start.  The prep course will  make it easier.  If you need more material, get the powerscore books.   

I would suggest that you compile your own personalized rankings. Ranking systems can't really do anything but tell you a school's reputation.  US News is remarkably close on that. 

The most important factor that you should be considering is where you want to work/practice after graduation.  Going to University of Iowa (#27) won't help you much if you want to work in NYC.  Different schools have different reputations in thier community for specialties. 

Good example is South Texas, a T4 school, which is in the top 10 trial advocacy schools.  Graduating from South Texas (if you are on the moot court team) gives you the same opportunities in Texas that UT (#15) does.

Make a choice of the schools that accepted you and pay a seat deposit.  You can always forfeit it if you get in at SW. 

US News does both tax and litigation rankings:

Litigation Rankings.

Tax Rankings.

For non-ranked specialties, you should find a school with one or two professors who are famous in that area.  There are a lot of practice focus' that you will have trouble finding very many classes on.  Expertise in those areas isn't generally available from law school. 

The OP was posting to get a link to his website, it wasn't a sincere request for info. 

Non-Traditional Students / Re: Admissions chances...
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:03:00 PM »
I think your thinking is roughly on the right track.  You should be focused almost exclusively on LSAT right now.  You could also start to think about whether any professors remember you well enough to write you a letter of recommendation. 

The major with the highest acceptance rate to law school is Math/Physics. 

I don't think you need to worry.  There is a link to a Free book on my signature--it has a checklist that will take you through the process. 

Financial Aid / Re: Financial Aid Availability
« on: April 04, 2011, 11:52:56 AM »
I don't know where you live, but often state schools offer a very reasonable price tag and provide good opportunities where your roots are established. 

Regardless of your credit, you will be able to get federal loans of $20,500 per year.  During year 2 and 3 of law school, you may qualify for some other federal programs because you will not earn much money while you are in law school.  Federal loans are awesome! If you borrow the full amount, you can always lock in a payment below $400 a month and, depending on what type of work you do, even lower.  Schools also offer student loans that wouldn't necessarily focus on your credit score.

But, the best financial aid you can qualify for would be a scholarship based on LSAT score.  Take a prep course and study your ass off, and you might get to go to law school for free! 

In my signature there is a link to a free guide that has a checklist for getting into law school, it may help. 

Good luck! 

One of the most important considerations in which law school to attend is where you want to live/work after law school. 

Of the 3 listed, I would say that Cal Western is the best.  That degree, however, puts you working in CA for the forseeable future.  OK city, would probably give you job in OK or Dallas market.  I have no clue outside of AZ how Pheonix would do--the problem is the association with the online college, and the fact that its newly approved.

Texas Tech would do ok for a job anywhere in TX, Dallas market is probably the highest concentration.   

The thing to remember about USN rankings is that they are a ranking of each school's reputation.

Reputation should factor into a person's choice of school, but it usually shouldn't be outcome determinative. 

IMO each potential law student should consider many different factors, reputation being on of them, and make their own T25 list.   

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