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you need to focus your mental energy on things that are within your control. anything that is not within your control is pointless to think about. right now, the only thing that you can focus on is preparing for the LSAT. at this point, that means working through prior exams and reviewing your mistakes. repeat.

as for what score you need to get into what school.... forget it. it is all speculation at this point. the score you need is the best score that you can get. period. let what come come. we can worry about what school that translates into after the exam. but for now, just focus on killing the LSAT.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When was the last time
« on: August 02, 2015, 12:04:09 AM »

I mean - if you just started studying, I wouldn't freak out too much. Give it your all and see what comes - that is literally all that you can do.

If towards the end, you see no improvement, you need to be real with yourself. As other posters have said, if you are having problems grasping basic LSAT fundamentals, you are facing more issues that a low LSAT score. Law school is not THAT intellectually difficult, but it does push you in specific ways. For all the problems that the LSAT has, it is actually good at measuring basic things that, without, you are unlikely to succeed. And I don't just mean in law school, I mean as a lawyer. If you are having issues connecting logical dots in logic games, just wait until you are given 100+ pages of bare-fact depositions and and a seemingly endless legal vacuum that is West Law.

But again, I would stick with it. It may just be a bad start or a high plateau that you need to reach.

Good luck!

1) Learn about the exam and strategies on how to tackle it.

2) Practice applying the strategies untimed on individual questions. You should have strong reasons not only why a given answer is correct, but also why the other ones are 100% incorrect. You should jot down at least short hand reasons either way. This process is going to take a long time to internalize (hence why it is untimed).

3) Once you have untimed under control, practice taking full sections (not full exams). Again, don't worry about timing - but do start noting how long it is taking you.

4) Once you have an idea where your timing is, keep practicing on more exams, adding more sections, reviewing your sections after the fact. The more you do this - and the stronger you focus on your strategies - your time will naturally fall down to where it should be. That said, you should start figuring out ways to maximize points. In other words, if you realize you take too long/keep missing Fallacy questions, skip those and keep them for the end - that way, you can spend your time on questions you can knock out quickly and accurately.

5) Once you are doing 3 sections in a row, getting consistent times/scores, move on to full exams. By this point, your timing and scores should be leveled out. The point now is to solidify your game and boost your confidence.

Good luck!

News Discussion / Re: POTUS
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:27:40 AM »
Looking at it from an unbiased perspective - my guess is Clinton v. Bush.

Rubio is a strong contender, but is still too green. Obama was green, but had the charisma and smarts to win debates. Clinton would likely annihilate Rubio in debates. Rand Paul is an interesting candidate, but unlikely to garner enough support from the conservative base. Opposite is true for Sanders... interesting candidate, but unlikely to garner enough support from the liberal base.

The main issue with Kaplan is that they do not use real, licensed LSAT questions. As a result, some other questions are just off.  It's been awhile, so I suppose this could have changed, but that was the biggest legitimate complaint back in the day.  The difference is real.

I did Kaplan's self-study books in 2012 - it was 100% real LSAT questions. I don't know anything about the actual Kaplan courses though.

Princeton Review's self-study books were 100% fake questions.

I also did the Powerscore books. Of the three, I liked Kaplan the best. Princeton Review was a complete waste of time and Powerscore broke things up just way too much into subcategories - it became more so about learning about powerscore's method than it was about learning how to take the test.

start asap. the amount of time you need is obviously completely personal to you, however, i think 3-6 months is a good rough guesstamate. Past 6 months and you are likely wasting time - less than 3 months an you will not have had enough time to engrain certain things.

If you want to live in Oregon, go to Lewis & Clark. Period.

Very roughly speaking, where you go to law school will dictate where you can find a job. This is, of course, reductive - but is generally a decent way of looking at things.

Yale/Harvard and a few other T14: Global pull
T14: National Pull (although some have much better pull in certain regions than others - i.e. GTown has its best pull in the east coast, while Columbia is going to have strong pull even on the West Coast).
T100: Regional-State-County Pull
Rest: County-City Specific Pull

For example, Harvard can get a job literally anywhere. Northwestern can help you get your foot in the door anywhere in the US, although it will have its strongest pull in the mid-west. Vanderbilt can help you get a job in the south, although the best pull in TN. UF in Florida, although the best pull in north florida. UMiami in south florida, although the best pull in Miami. FIU in Miami-Dade. etc. It will be extremely difficult for an FIU alum to find work in New York. But an FIU (ranked 102) alum will have a far easier time finding work in Miami than a USC (ranked 20) alum.

In other words, if you know you want to work in Oregon, your best bet at finding work is to either go to a school in Oregon or go to a T14 law school. This does not mean that you will not be able to find work in Oregon if you go to UW, just that you will be fighting an up-hill battle - especially if you don't have any other connections to Oregon.

Now, if you really don't care where you work, I would strongly consider UW. You will likely have a stronger shot and getting a stronger job in Wisconsin if you go to UW than if you went to LC and tried to get a job in Portland.

Finally, the cost difference is nominal. Really, in the grand scheme of things, $9k - even after interest - is a drop in the bucket.

General Board / Re: Stay or leave?
« on: June 05, 2015, 12:34:39 PM »
To synthesize what others said:

Have a clear understanding of why you are in law school. If the only reason you are in law school is to get into a big law firm (or another high-GPA required job), then dropping out now might make sense. In almost any other scenario, dropping out now likely makes less sense.

But if the thought of dropping out is a real one - regardless of your reasons - I would make an appointment with your Dean of Student Affairs asap. Bring a very concise, clear list of concerns along with a clear understanding of why you are in law school at all.

Finally, note that a law degree is far more than a piece of paper. If you treat law school correctly, a law degree can help you reach your fullest potential as a social individual as well as a professional and an intellectual. This is why JDs are highly regarded even outside of the legal profession. Of course, this shouldn't be the only reason you are in law school - there are far less expensive and less emotionally draining paths you can take for that. But this is something to think about at least.

Good luck!

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