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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Solid Strategy for Law School?
« on: October 16, 2011, 09:17:26 PM »
I find it awesome that you are thinking about your goals this early in you college career. However, I would not take a semester off if you can avoid it. A tip would be, if you have the time, not to study rigorously for the lsat for 3 or 4 months like many people do. (because you are right, it WILL show up in your grades in school) Because you already know your graduation time and when you want to take the lsat, study the lsat comprehensively at a nice steady pace. If you can work with the lsat steadily for a year or 18 months, rather than vigorously for 3 months, it might serve you much better. You will gain much more experience with the lsat and retain more knowledge of the test. I have been studying every aspect of the test for about 8 months now, and I still have 8 months until I take the test. I am enrolled in 18 credit hours, and will be enrolled in that many for two more semesters. I only study the lsat when I have free time and am not needing to work on homework and such. Many people will probably tell you that you need to put in hours and hours and hours a week for 3 months or something like that. However, this is not always the case. I took a preptest when I first started studying the lsat and scored a 147. Through 8 months of steady but comprehensive studying, I am almost at a 160. You will nail the lsat fundamentals into your head if you study steadily for a long period of time, rather than hardcore for a few months.

Law School Applications / Re: 178/3.69 CHANCE ME!
« on: October 15, 2011, 03:35:33 PM »
I know it seems to give lower chances at lower ranked schools with those numbers. Many schools will not accept students who are way outside of their lsat or gpa range. For instance, a school with a 155 average lsat is usually not going to accept someone with a 178 lsat. They feel like accepting students with that high of numbers would be filling up a seats that they know the student will not take because he will likely be going to a better ranked school. You would probably get accepted to at least 10 of the T14. Good luck!

Law School Applications / Re: chances
« on: October 02, 2011, 10:58:47 PM »
Thanks for the input. I am taking all of that into consideration!!!

Law School Applications / Re: chances
« on: October 01, 2011, 02:50:37 PM »
Well the full ride at OCU law mandates that you stay in the top one third of the class. I know this is probably a common attitude but it can't be that hard to stay in the top third of the class assuming I will be in an entering class in which the average person only received a 3.1 ugpa. That does reveal a little bit about a person's effort in undergrad. Not saying that's a bad GPA but you know what I mean. Also, my soon to be wife has a good job in OKC. I don't want her to have to quit that job because she is making pretty good money, and if I went to Tulsa I we would have to move. She could keep her job if I decided on OCU or OU. In weighing Tulsa vs OCU, If I got a full ride to Tulsa I would surely get a full ride to OCU. Considering Tulsa's average ugpa and lsat is higher, would it be inaccurate to say that it would be harder to remain in the top 3rd of the class at Tulsa than at OCU? If so, and if both offer a full ride, it would be thoroughly retarded to attend Tulsa as it would be easier to lose the scholarship there. This leaves me with OU or OCU. Just have to decide if I want to be 80,000 bucks in debt with a JD from a decent school, or possibly no debt from a school with a poor reputation.

Law School Applications / chances
« on: September 23, 2011, 07:56:19 PM »
Ok so I am stuck in a dilemma. I would like to know what my options are. I will probably have a 3.4 gpa and right at a 159 to 160 lsat. Plan on applying to oklahoma university, tulsa, okc law, texas tech, and probably one more school. I know my numbers are better than the 50th percentile at all the schools im going to apply to, except OU, which i'm right at the 50th percentile. But, I will probably get significant scholarships to tulsa and okc law (possibly full ride at okc), and texas tech. but not to OU. What should I do assuming im accepted to all of these schools.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Benefits of Intro to Logic Course for LSAT
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:38:12 PM »
The power-score bibles explain this question in their books. They feel, and I agree, that your time is best spent by preparing specifically for the tasks on the lsat. while an intro to logic course may hit on some portions of logical arguments and the like, you will be dealt alot of extraneous info that is totally unrelated to the lsat. Like History of philosophy, the greek philosophers, and philosophical theories such as the divine command theory and natural law. Ive taken 2 logic courses at my school and they both covered about the same things, 99.9% of which will not help you for the lsat. At least that is my experience.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: First Practice Test score
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:28:55 PM »
I started out at a 147. Within about a month of studying, I was up to a 157. Hoping I can get a few points higher to get a 160

Law School Applications / Re: In a panic, seeking advice!!
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:23:29 PM »
Tulsa is probably not an option for you. Average gpa is like 3.3 with the 25th percentile well above 3.0. I think the average lsat is 155. Unless you are a minority, I would not get any hopes up on Tulsa. You would have an ok shot at okc law. average gpa is 3.14. average lsat is 150-151.

Law School Applications / Re: Undergrad suspension
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:26:12 AM »
I question if I should explain the suspension at all. I think my transcript should be adequate at explaining that I did terrible my freshman year, got suspended due to grades, then bounced back and got all A's and B's throughout all of my remaining semesters. I feel that my grade trend is obvious and giving a lame excuse like "I just wasnt prepared" is a bit cliche. Does anyone agree?

I trust the powerscore bibles when they say its never a good idea to read the stem first. They give five good reasons why to always read the stimulus first. One is simply time management. They say that studies indicate that if you read the stem first, you read the stimulus second, and often times you go ahead and read the stem another time. Which is just wasting time you dont have to waste. The second reason is that some stimuli have two questions which each have their own question stems. Then you will be concentating on finding the answer to the first question stem while reading the stimulus, and not concentrating on understanding the stimulus as a whole, which causes you to have to read the stimulus again to answer the second question stem. There are 3 other reasons for why you should read the stimulus first, but I dont have my lr bible with me to explain them properly. But, those two reasons by themselves should be convincing enough.

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