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As far as Princeton Review Workout book...

'nough said...

The book I recommended was the LSAT Workout, not the Logic Games Workout.

'nough said...

I think the most important question is do you actually want to work as a lawyer?
I don't think that she would have even asked the question if the answer to that wasn't a yes.

Well, she's worried about whether she can manage part-time law school, which, even with a 3-hour commute, would allow her to be home every day around 4 or 4:30.  I don't know of any lawyers enjoying that kind of schedule.

I think the most important question is do you actually want to work as a lawyer?

General Board / Re: 1L Legal Writing Prep
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:19:21 PM »
1L writing is very paint-by-number. Your prof will probably have some formula (IRAC, TREAC, etc.) that he/she wants you to use. Do it their way, even if it sounds stuffy.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: talk to me...
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:13:06 PM »
There are a few things to address, but the major issues are your LSAT prep and criminal record.


As you already know, 135 will not get you into law school. Here's the good news: You've only taken two practice tests, and you've got time to raise your score. What I find curious (and what may be the bad news) is that your GPA is so out of step with your LSAT practice scores. This may mean that
your study methods are ineffective or that you have a mental block which needs to be overcome.

Either way, you need to do a critical self-evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, and identify the problem(s). You'll never be able to improve if you don't clearly understand exactly what's causing you to stumble. Is it test anxiety, reading too slowly, misunderstanding what the question is asking? I found when I was studying that going through each individual question and really understanding why I got it wrong or right was hugely helpful. When you understand why you got a question right, you start to understand what the testmakers are looking for.

A lot of what the LSAT is seeking to measure is not readily apparent. The LSAT uses its own specific verbage in order to tip you off as to what it's looking for, and you've got to learn to decipher its code.
I would highly recommend a prep course with a live instructor , I think it works better than just studying on your own or online. You've got to get the unbiased, objective opinion of a disinterested party to compliment and (if necessary) re-direct your self evaluation. A weekend course probably isn't enough, and you may need to find a way to dedicate more time to prep.

The LSAT is a standardized, learnable test. After a while, you'll start to recognize patterns and be able to anticipate the answer. 

Criminal Record

I don't know what your specific problems were, or how long ago. I doubt if misdemeanors would keep you out of law school, as long as some time has passed and you fully disclose the issues. Failure to disclose is often a much bigger deal than the crime itself. Don't lie about your record, or try to step around it. Full and frank disclosure is the key.

As far as bar admission, I don't know how your state treats misdemeanors. In my state, California, misdemeanors would probably not be a problem unless they were recent or involved dishonesty. Of course, full disclosure is required. Texas may or may not have the same attitude. Check with the state bar.

Lastly, congratulations on overcoming some daunting odds on your path to law school (and life!). Good luck with everything .

Studying for the LSAT / Re: When should I take my first LSAT test?
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:30:34 AM »
I agree with everyone who's saying don't take it until your ready. But this is the might be some bitter honesty. You better GET READY!...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: my score has hit a plateau...what do I do?
« on: December 18, 2011, 01:06:24 PM »
For the past month or more, my scores on preptests have not been increasing much. Ive been stuck at a 157-158 for weeks now and im kind of depressed about it. What do I do now? my goal is a 160 but I cant seem to improve to that point. I still have 6 months to study as I am taking the June 2012 lsat, but I feel like im getting nowhere regardless of how much I study. Any suggestions?

What is your study method/plan?  We can't know what you should change if we don't know what you're doing?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Benefits of Intro to Logic Course for LSAT
« on: September 03, 2011, 04:39:47 PM »
Students of mine who have taken formal logic classes tend to have a nasty habit of making questions far more complex than they really are.  LSAT logic is incredibly basic.  Stick to LSAT specific prep.

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