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Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 16, 2006, 11:53:18 AM »
I started at 165, in early April.

I don't think a low initial diagnostic dooms you to anything, though - the test is very learnable, and I have personal experience with someone who went from 152 to 171 through self-study only.

For me, the one test a day was to build up endurance:  I was getting a couple wrong at the end of each section, and none wrong at the beginning, which was a sure sign to me that I wasn't able to concentrate the whole time.  by the end of those two weeks, I was very comfortable with the test, and I had my pacing down very well on test day.

Good luck and let me know if you need anything else. 


Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 16, 2006, 09:47:31 AM »
I have two kids, and am an at-home dad.  My son was in school full-time, and my daughter went 3 mornings a week, so I studied then.  With about two weeks before the test, school had ended, and I wanted to start doing one preptest every day.  my wife really stepped in and helped with the kids while I did them - couldn't have done it without her  :) 

I'm ten years out, and had some of the same worries.  Along with my request for a letter, I sent my old professor an old paper I'd written for him, my resume, a picture of me at the time he knew me, etc.  The picture jogged his memory, and I got a promise of a very enthusiastic letter from him, whie the other stuff I sent him gave him what he might need to make it a better letter in case he didn't really remember me all that well, which I'm certain was the case.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Logical Reasoning is killing me :(
« on: August 06, 2006, 10:52:48 AM »
I found that learning a little formal logic (just the first several chapters of an intro to logic book and some problems sets) really helped me improve my LR score - like going from upt to 10 wrong in th an LR section to 1-3 wrong in just a couple weeks.  Can't say that that will happen for you, but it might be worth a shot.  (I used "Introduction to Logic" by Harry Gensler)

I was a class of 96'er, and my grades weren't all that great, but I had one professor in my major who I got three A's from.  I hadn't kept in touch, but I was advised that I needed at least one academic LOR, so I contacted him, and provided a picture, which jogged his memory, and sent my resume and personal statements.  He's promised a "very enthusiatic" letter.  It may not wpn't be the most personal of my letters (others are from former and current bosses, and they will be much better), but it will satisfy the requirement many schools have of including at least one academic letter.

I peaked on test day with a 178. I'd started preparing about three months before the test, but at that point its was just doing random logic games.

My daughter was in pre school three mornings a week, which was basically my only regularly scheduled kid-free time.  So each time she went to school, I did a timed test. over that time, I worked through all the 10-test compilation books, and the published single tests from 40-48. 

In the evenings, after everyone else went to bed, I worked through the PS Logic Games Bible (which I found very helpful), a formal logic textbook (which I also found very helpful), and Kaplan 180 (which I didn't).  Near the end of my preparation, my wife looked after kids some so that I could practice more, and I started spendind a lot more time going over all the answers I got wrong, which I think was vital to doing better as time went on.

I started out in the mid-160's in mid-April.  I was scoring 167-171 on most of my tests throughout May, but I still couldn't finish games sections.  After some frustration at not improving any more, I revisited the LG bible after having done a ton of preptests, and started really analyzing what I was messing up on, and something clicked.  (Also, I was doing newer tests, and I think the games on more recent tests are just a little easier than older games). Most of my preptests in the end of may through mid june were 171-174, and on test day, I left the center estimating I'd get around a 173.

My wife is an ObGyn, which means everytime we change states, she would need to pay a huge medical malpractice insurance premium (or find a job in the new place that pays it for us.)  That means we'd like to stay where we end up for law school.  My extended family is all in New England, hers is in California, so one of the two is likely, unless we stay here in Delaware (in which case I'd probably go to one of the Philadelphia schools). 

Delaware was a bit of a random destination for us (no family around here, never lived here before, etc.) this past move (which we made after my wife's obgyn residency ended) - we won't be doing that again unless I get into a national law school.  A regional school would need to be a place we already knew we could live long term.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Age
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:49:03 AM »
32, married, two kids: a 7 year old boy and 4 year old daughter.

I taught public middle school (history) in NYC for a few years after undergrad, then put pff law school to became a stay home father when my wife started her obgyn residency.  Been doing that the last 7 years.  My daughter will enter school full time in Fall 2007, and my wife wants to start cutting back her hours, so the time is right  :)

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Stay at home mom
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:40:18 AM »
I've been a stay-home dad for a little more than 7 years.  The admin people I've talked to, especially those at the recent DC forum, have been very positive about it, encouraging me to write about the experiences in my personal statement or an addendum essay. In no case have someone suggested that I emphasize my emplyed work history at the expense of these past seven years, for example.

I don't think you have anything to worry about - just make the other parts of your applications as possible, and having been a stay home parent may help make you stand out some. 

Good luck!


Law School Admissions / Re: Is your SO affecting where you apply?
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:20:16 AM »
I'm in my thirties with two kids.  My wife has been very supportive, and is willing to move (as a SoCal native she's reserved the right to veto cold weather places, so no Chicago schools for me :-))

Just before we were married, we did the long distance thing for a year while she was in medical school - not fun, and I think you are right to try to avoid doing that for the three years of law school,xkz.

For one of our friends, though, the decision to attend the same school became a real source of stress, when one of them got into Harvard Med School and the best school the other got into was no where near in Harvard's league. The resentment that built up there was very destructive and in the end they split up.  Just make sure that you are both very happy with all the schools on the list, and perhaps apply to several schools in the same city, so that you could possibly be together even if you aren't at the same school.

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