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You and I are in the same boat!  I am leaving my Developmental Psychology program after my Masters to pursue a law degree.  I had a 4.0 in UGrad as well as in grad school.  I was very involved in college, in academics as well as social (I was also in a sorority- Phi Mu).  I have a 167 LSAT. 

From what I've heard we should be applying to the top 14 schools.

What's your LSAT score?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: POST YOUR SCORE
« on: July 03, 2004, 01:31:42 PM »
I got a 167 :)  I am happy with that, considering I was content with the 162 I had been averaging!

Here's my breakdown:
RC- 22/28
LR1- 20/25
LR2- 23/26
LG- 20/22

One more point and it would have beena 168... funny how it works!

Man, when I first had the RC I thought it was experimental!  I thought for sure the other RC section I had was the real one! 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I apply
« on: July 03, 2004, 09:25:55 AM »
Well, I am just beginning to look, so it may be difficult for me to give you a top 5 list!  But here goes-

Georgetown U
Yale (yes, I know, it's a dream.....  perhaps it shouldn't be on this list, but you never know.  I heard one of the admissions guys there is a graduate from my college.  Plus one of my recommendation letters is coming from a Yale UGrad alumni).
University of Michigan

This is based on what I know now... but I do love Georgetown.  I have loved it since I interviewed for their psych department!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I apply
« on: July 03, 2004, 08:59:28 AM »

I do plan on using the pesronal statement as a forum for discussion of why I think my M.S. will be beneficial.  Basically, I want to eventualy pursue public interest law with a focus on family and children.  Having a M.S. in psychology with a concentration on developmental psychology gives me a perspective not often considered from the legal side.  So, I have an understanding and knowledge of children's needs, normal development, influences that impact socio-emotional development, etc.  If I ever choose to pursue custody, etc., this could be useful.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I apply
« on: July 03, 2004, 08:40:43 AM »
That is the impression I was under as well.  You have to understand that I wasn't expecting to apply to any top 20 schools.  I was expecting around a 160 LSAT and expecting to apply to Ohio State and the University of Kentucky.  Now that these doors have opened, I want to explore my options more.  Thus, will be applying to more schools. 

Will having my M.S. degree help me when compared to other applicants?  I've always heard that law schools love people with work/extended education experience.

Law School Admissions / Re: Practice tests vs. real test
« on: July 03, 2004, 07:29:41 AM »
I did score 5 points higher... my average practice was a 123- the highest practice I had was 163.  I came out of the LSAT really discouraged, thinking I had scored a 158 or so and ended up with a 167!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Where should I apply
« on: July 03, 2004, 07:19:51 AM »
Do you really think so?  Thanks!!  I guess I worry that my undergrad- a private liberal art college with, in my opinion, a good education but little recognition, might hurt my chances.  However, I was hoping the M.S. would help.  Well, that's good news then!

So, the "top 14"... sure, they're prestigious, great education, etc.  But what is it like to be a student there- is there a lot of pressure??  Do you ever have any fun?

Choosing the Right Law School / Where should I apply
« on: July 03, 2004, 07:12:40 AM »
I just got my LSAT- 167...  have a 4.0 from my undergrad (Georgetown College, in Kentucky- major was psychology) plus a M.S. degree from the University of Georgia, in psychology, also a 4.0.

Any ideas on where I should apply?  What "dream" schools could I have a decent chance of getting accepted?

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