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Studying for the LSAT / Re: When was the last time
« on: August 01, 2015, 10:04:09 PM »

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!

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 20, 2015, 07:27:40 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.

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.

Current Law Students / Re: Stay or leave?
« on: June 05, 2015, 10:34:39 AM »
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!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: HELP:(
« on: May 11, 2015, 07:57:26 PM »
I'll second what Citylaw said.

First, I'm of the view that it is not in anyone's interest to take the LSAT before they are 100% ready. No one can to tell you when you are ready - only you can. And it is clear that you feel like you are not going to be able to showcase the best of your abilities for xyz reason. That is fine - really. Just don't waste your time, money, and psychological fortitude by throwing yourself under the bus before you can bring it. My suggestion is that if you are honestly serious about law school, invest 100% of your energy the 3-6 months before a LSAT exam in preping for it. It's not necessarily about getting X score - it's about getting the best score that you can possibly get.

Second, and as an extension from my above comment, don't fret about a particular score. Yes, you want to sort of keep track of your progress to improve and, yes, you want to aim for that 180. But one thing is having positive mental ambition; it is an entirely separate thing to cripple your progress by obsessing over numbers. Dream big, play (err... prep) hard, and let one come come.

Third, mid 150s is where it's at for most schools. Keep it up and you will have very strong options. My baseline score before I started peeping was around the high 140s and my real LSAT ended up being in the high 160s. A 20 point increase is not impossible - it's just difficult. Again, don't go crazy about trying to get xyz number - your goal is to gain the skills necessary to showcase your fullest potential on the LSAT. That might be a 160 for you or a 170 or a 155. You will know when you are fully prepared.

Good luck!

LSD ftw.

Helped me study for the LSAT and pick my law school. But as a current 1L, I, sadly, have more pressing things that take my time.


I was going to concur with Maintain. My only added notes-

Watch out... Scalia in the house!!!

For all you know we are all using the same screen name and hired by Law School Discussion to disagree to generate content.

...exactly what a Law School Discussion employee would say.... MARTHA MINOW!!!!

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