« on: December 28, 2011, 11:31:24 AM »
I love what this conversation turned out to be. Hah
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That's a good question. When I first applied I listed all the schools about 6-8 . Than about two weeks later I decided to apply to about four more schools. So the original 6-8 I applied to wouldn't know I applied to an extra four schools, and I doubt they care enough for you to have to call them to update your application. So I really don't know why that matters.
Maybe they want to know if you applied to say four schools in the same region they might want to compete over you. But with that logic they might also be say well we don't need to accept him because I am sure one of the other schools in the area will. Or it could be a psychological game where there trying to see where you think you should be getting into.
That's all I got.
Also the opportunities while in school are going to be limited at Cornel. Ithaca is a small town. I was interning in the DA's office while in Undergrad and during my last few weeks I saw some Cornell Law Students beginning to intern there as well. What I am trying to say is that during the school year your real world experience may be more limited in Ithaca than Los Angeles.
For what its worth, I go to Undergrad in Ithaca, Where cornell is located. The weather is horrible. Go to UCLA. Winters get really depressing in Upstate NY. Check out the suicide rates for undergrads at Cornell.
I agree. It will also make it easier on you when your grades to come in because if you have your transcripts into LSAC along with your letters of recommendation, you won't have to do anything when the results come in, LSAC will take care of everything.
Good Luck with your results.
If you are thinking about taking a class, I highly recommend Testmasters. As a preface, with any of these books, and classes its all about the time and effort you can commit to studying. I was scoring in the low 140's before I took this class and scored a 157 on the actual lsat. I think what helped me the most was towards the end of the class, after I had already learned the basics of how to take this test, I was taking three to four practice tests a week in test like scenarios. This was very time consuming because like you said sigliv, you have to go back and review all the questions you got wrong and see why you got them wrong. But once I started to do that I was seeing the most improvement in my scores.
So as a final word, depending on where you are in comfortability in knowing how to find the right answer, you might just want to do as many practice tests as you can. I have heard that powerscore books were good though, they will definitely help you if you are having trouble understanding why the specific answer is the right answer and more importantly, why the other answers are specifically wrong.
I was actually sitting waiting for a professor yesterday at my undergrad and read this article about how a law degree is actually still very valuable. Applications for law school are down to some of their lowest levels of all time. In addition the U.S. unemployment rate is about 9%, but unemployment for lawyers, higher than normal, but still under 3%. It went into some other statistics about debt to salaries, but the main point being that becoming a lawyer isn't about wining the lottery to became fast rich. It takes a lot of hard work and should be considered only if you are truly interested in the law.
I am interested in well. I am going to do some research myself let you know if I find anything. I do know that http://www.hourumd.com/ allows you to see the scholarship amount of students with similar GPA/LSAT scores from you. But this is very limited as it pulls its data from many years of applicants on Lawschoolnumbers. Not the best tool for scholarship information, really good for probability of acceptance though.
« on: December 06, 2011, 11:18:05 PM »
I agree with everyone who's saying don't take it until your ready. But this is the might be some bitter honesty. You better GET READY!... Its gonna be tough no matter when you take it so I would say start practicing after the holidays end. Start around the beginning of January for the June 2012 LSAT.
By taking the June LSAT you have two advantages:
1. June LSAT gives you a jump start on the applications. You will known your score and can start researching schools while people are still studying for their LSAT. If you get your letters of recommendations in early you can have all your applications sent in and completed before October. This is a huge advantage. It means early consideration along with knowing early so it takes some of the stress associated with the anticipation of decisions. 2. If you don't do so well or just want to take the LSAT over again because you think you can do better it leaves you the option of taking it in October and still leaving you plenty of time for applications. Additionally some schools will allow you to send in you application and let them know that you are planning on taking another LSAT in the future. So if you send in your applications at the end of September early October and decide to take the LSAT again in October you can have them put a note on the file that you will be awaiting scores for the October Test.
I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.