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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Just took my first LSAT Practice
« on: November 28, 2010, 02:30:23 PM »
I found that the tests got just a little harder as time went on (so yours is easier than a newer one imho), but it is pretty representative.

The format has changed a bit as well (comparative reading now I think), but overall the skillset is the same.  Do note that timing is key, so whether you were strict on yourself when you took the practice or not makes a huge difference.  If you did it in the alloted time that's quite a good first practice test score.  A general rule of thumb is that a moderate amount of effort studying should boost your score by around 10pts so your lsat won't keep you from any school in the country with a bit of luck :)

IIRC from early August to the December LSAT, but with a few breaks for vacation, thanksgiving etc, but some people may need much less time while a few may need more time.

Current Law Students / Re: Strange situation
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:08:07 AM »
Mabye, hasn't been to bad for me.  I just tell them, not bared in x-state can't help and/or I'm a corporate x-type lawyer, see me when you have x-type problem.

Current Law Students / Re: Strange situation
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:04:51 AM »
I'd also guess the bouncer is ok, thogh I've no expertise in the area and don't know (and probably am not qualfied) the jurisdiction - in any event it sure as heck isn't worth litigating imho.  Tell your friend to grow up.

Job Search / Re: T1 3L, good gpa, jobless, weighing strategies, advice?
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:03:13 AM »
Check into positions at government agencies other than Honors Programs - I'm not really up on government stuff, but I'm pretty sure they hire quite a lot of attorneys outside the Honors program and some are bound to be less competitive - most honors programs are probably more competitive than a typical biglaw gig.

As for what we did - I did OCI for 2L summer, landed a few callbacks and subsequent offers, took one, summered a the firm, liked it, got an offer that summer, started this fall. 

Job Search / Re: T1 3L, good gpa, jobless, weighing strategies, advice?
« on: November 24, 2010, 06:18:18 AM »
To the OP,

I think your best bet would be to stick with your current program, graduate and try to find an IP job - its likely too late for a biglaw ip job, but it may not be too late to apply the patent office or some governmental agency that deals with ip.

Law School Admissions / Re: When to apply?
« on: November 24, 2010, 06:09:25 AM »
If you've got your stuff together apply the day your score is released. 

Probably a bit late now, but I'd suggest taking all released tests (and reviewing them after to figure out why you got questions wrongs).

I was working full time while studying for the lsat as well.  My job had fairly relaxed hours though - only 45/wk.  I usually worked from 8-6pm, then studied/attended class from 6-11 or 12t. On weekends  I sometimes studied both days, but most often took one day off and studied the other.  Some people may require more time to achieve their best, many won't need as much time.

You are too kind - I was the dumb kid in my highschool peer group and spent as little time studying as possible, didn't do any ap work (was too busy with motorcycles and outdoor stuff).  In this way I was somewhat anomolus among my law school friends.  In college I mostly dropped the fun stuff and studied in a serious manner, though I was working more or less full time as an auto mechanic to pay my way through so couldn't physically put in the hours that some friends did.  Most of my college time was at GMU, Oxford was just for a semester.

Bringing up your score from 143 to 155 is awesome, congrats on that.

Your math is probably a little biased in our favor as lawyers - it assumes that all smart people in college then go to law school.  I suspect that a large portion of the naturally gifted never apply to law school, but go on to do PhDs and such.  In any event, the point is well taken.

Anyhow, I wouldn't get too caught up in all the numbers, just work hard and have fun  8)

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