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Law School Admissions / Re: Major Study Advice
« on: September 08, 2013, 08:45:37 AM »
Not sure, but here are a few considerations:

1) You entrance will primarily be dependent on your LSAC reported GPA and your LSAT score. Soft factors, such as your major, will have an impact on your file, but not nearly as much as your numbers. I've read that law schools (at least the top schools) give ABOUT 1/3 weight to GPA, 1/3 to LSAT, and 1/3 to personal statement and other soft factors. If your numbers are borderline for a school, it will come down to how your soft factors rank with other applicants.

2) You will have to explain why you switched majors. This is not inherently bad, but note that if you do not explain it well, law schools could take it as a sign that you can't finish what you start, you may not finish law school, and thus you are risky to accept. So, if you do want to switch, have strong and defensible reasons for it.

3) The nice thing about unusual majors is that they are typically under-represented. The scary thing about unusual majors is that they are typically under-represented. Again, it will all depend on how you portray it. What about your coursework puts you in a unique and strong position to study and practice law?

4) If you maintain that GPA and your LSAT score is at or above a school's median... you are gold. If your LSAT is below a median, your only hope is on your soft factors and, more importantly, how you portray them.

Good luck!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Time to allot for studying
« on: September 08, 2013, 08:21:35 AM »
I'd say you take the test whenever you feel most prepared - no sooner. That will probably be, in terms of practice time, very different for each person. I'm not sure where lawschooli.com got their info from, but there are plenty of people - myself included - who have continued to score higher, more consistently with more time. I actually read somewhere that some LSAC rep said he recommends at least 6 months of study.

I spent about 2 months drilling technique/method until I was consistently scoring 180s on un-timed tests. I did not plan that, it just so happened to take me that long to get there. I then took 2-3 months to transition into timed tests and then another 2 months to transition to exact test conditions. By test day, I had taken just about every single test available and did not run out of tests. Remember, you MUST review every single test - in some cases multiple times.

I ended up scoring within my average LSAT PT band - albeit in the lower end of it.

Good luck!

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Current Law Students / Re: LSD Needs to Modernize Site
« on: September 05, 2013, 05:16:00 PM »
<3 Julie lots. Cryptic fun indeed.

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Law School Admissions / Re: 157 LSAT 3.61 GPA chance to get into Temple
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:37:01 PM »
http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com

If you are within any school's GPA/LSAT average (25th to 75th percentile), you have a shot. If you are on the lower end of that average, you need to seriously bring it with your softs (personal statement, LOR, resume, transcripts, courses, work, diversity, etc.). A one point LSAT difference from the 25th percentile shouldn't be a strict cut off, but, again, means you have to bring it that much more else where in your application. Also, remember that there is no real statistical difference within any 3 point LSAT band. So, if a school's average is 161 and you have a 157 - you are basically there.

Good luck!

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Law School Admissions / Re: Printing LSAC'S LOR Form(urgent)
« on: August 28, 2013, 12:33:00 PM »
Not sure...

If you are legitimately having issues with LSAC's site, contact them directly. Of course, be succinct and cordial.

Good luck!

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Studying for the LSAT / June 2013 - Ink Stain
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:08:51 PM »
Not much of a horror story, but...

When we were all filling out our scantron with our names and what not, I saw there was a big ink stain covering several answer responses. I alerted the proctor and she asked me if I wanted a different scantron or "just see how it turns out with that one. I'm sure it'll be fine..."

"Just see how it turns out..."?????? And she was serious!

No thank you, I'll take a new scantron, please...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: December LSAT Support Group
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:57:24 PM »
Also note, the RC in GRE is quite a bit easier than on the LSAT. LSAT is far more dense and the questions are far more specific/broad. The method you can use on the GRE RC is not quite the same as on the LSAT.

The up side is that a lot of the skills you learn in LG and LR practice will be of huge help in RC.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: December LSAT Support Group
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:53:07 PM »
Best advice I can give you is to:

a) Outline any prep material you use and refer to it as needed (in terms of methodology and what not)

b) Drop the idea that you are "studying" for the test

The only "studying" you may be doing is learning about the LSAT (what it is, looks like, etc.) and methods to tackle it. Aside for that, the LSAT tests how well you can think logically (find deductions) and comprehend written information. LG primarily tests logic, RC primarily tests comprehension, and LR is about 50-50. These are all skills, however, not knowledge. Therefore, you practice for the test, you don't study. Furthermore, as you practice, you are gaining real skills that will be directly beneficial to you both in law school and as a practicing lawyer.

c) Section off your practice between LSAT info/method, un-timed, loose-timed, strict-timed, and full prep-test practice. Early on you should focus on un-timed practice, closer to the test should be full test practice.

d) Practice, practice, practice. Put in at least 20 hours a week between now and then. When you are a month out, you should be taking several tests each week and reviewing each test from beginning to end.

e) Eat a lot of chocolate.

Good luck my friend! You will rock it!

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First off, if you haven't dived into LSAT Blog's website... do it, and do it now! Great advice and helped me a lot...

Second off, I did self study as well. Here is my review on the books I used, take what you will from it:

1) Princeton Review: yuck!!! just... no... stay away from it 100%...

2) Kaplan: My favorite - it lays out a very methodical approach to tackling the test and elaborates on that method in a very positive and uplifting way.

3) Powerscore: Very good material... however, a bit overkill. Kaplan groups things and elaborates, but in a more balanced way. Powerscore goes a bit too far for my taste. That being said, they certainly have great perspectives on things. I ended up basing my approach on Kaplan and supplemented it with tips, and tid-bits from powerscore.

As far as the october test, I'd echo what everyone else said. You should only take the test when you feel you are 100% prepared. If you don't, there is nothing wrong with the December test. If you do feel like you have a shot for october, I would say register for it just in case (if you have the $$). Feel it out the closer you get to test day, you should have a good idea of where your potential is by then. If you feel like you can easily score another 6+ points on the test in just a few months, then stick it out until December. If you feel like you'd at best score another 1-2 points on the test, then I'd go for the october test. At that marginal difference, you'll probably benefit more from applying earlier than maybe scoring a point more on your LSAT...

I ended up scoring 1 standard deviation below from my practice test average (my nerves got the best of me during the first half of the first section - after that it was smooth sailing). So if your practice tests are taken under real conditions, and you do this over and over and over again, you should have a decent idea of where you are. Just take whatever your average is and add/subtract 5 (about two standard deviations from your test score)... you will more than likely score somewhere in that range, and probably on the lower end of it...

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Law School Admissions / Resume - High School
« on: July 27, 2013, 06:45:38 PM »
Hi guys,

I know there has been a few threads regarding this topic, however, none on this question in specific.

My high school is highly ranked and is also a college. I completed several college credits there and LSAC will be reporting them.

I assume this warrants a place on my resume...What do you guys think?

Also, I of course have strong awards, activities and volunteer exp. here - if I do put my HS on my resume, should I also include a bullet referring to this as well?

Thanks!

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