« on: January 30, 2008, 10:34:26 AM »
I concur. I scored a 167 and am dating supermodels now. Life couldn't be better.
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I have had similar concerns about the workload, but not so much anymore. I've seen many stories online of people who have made the part-time programs work, which have been comforting (links to which might be comforting for you, but alas I am of no help). I have also talked to a couple of people who have made it work, and it seems to be very hectic early on, but then they learn to deal with it. One of the people I talked to about this trains pilots for Delta (and therefore has to fly a small part of the year as well), and he made it work. My assumption (valid or not) is that if I can keep full-time work to just 40 hours most weeks, I should be fine. Having perhaps one night off during the week and the whole weekend to take care of studying seems like enough for a part-time schedule, but perhaps I am naive.
As far as the job prospects, I am less certain. I actually have many questions about this (many of which I expect to direct towards the career center at the school I end up going to). If you go full-time, then it becomes fairly obvious that you would use your summers to either get summer associate positions or other intern jobs. If you plan on working all 4 years you're going part-time, that doesn't seem very likely, and further, I wonder if it is more difficult to even get summer positions without being part of a traditional full-time class.
Now for some better news on that front. I work at a moderate size law firm in the south (400 attorneys), and we just hired someone out of Georgetown's part-time program, so it does happen. There are also other ways of getting work experience (and thus likely job opportunities down the road). If I end up going the IP route, I will pursue become a patent agent, which would at least have some relation to a future legal career.
Anyway. Good luck.
My apologies for a slight hijack, but I don't know if my question deserves a new thread.
Any opinions or experiences on the difference between attending Georgia State full-time and part-time? It seems overall workload will generally be tougher going part-time (as long as one is actually working full-time), so that would be a drawback to me, even if all other students in my classes were in the same boat. My main concern would be with what could be done to secure summer positions or even part- or full-time legal positions while going part-time. I'm essentially trying to justify going part-time.
Since I am quite new here, some background (feel free to move on to the numbered questions below if you don't want to read a novel). My underwhelming undergraduate career resulted in a 2.91 GPA. At that time, I had no intentions of becoming a lawyer, thus the lack of effort. I have been out of school for 5 years working in the IT department of a large law firm, and now I would like to attend law school. I took the LSAT in September and scored a 167. I was short on study time for it, but I used my methods mixed with what worked from Kaplan's methods.
This applies to my questions minimally, but here is what I have found from Kaplan's methods:
Logical Reasoning: I do these by the book the Kaplan way. I missed 1 question on each LR section on the September test.
Reading Comprehension: Roadmapping slowed me down too much while reading, thus negatively impacting both speed and comprehension of the passage. However, their approach of keeping the topic, scope, purpose, and main idea in mind along with their approach to the questions worked pretty well. I missed 3 question on the RC section of the September test.
Logic Games: I'm torn on this. This was my strongest section coming in, but looking at the Kaplan methods completely destroyed however I did these. I had to build back up from barely being able to work one game in 15 minutes to getting to the point the week of the test where I did two practice sections perfectly in under 35 minutes (each). I knew I would be susceptible to games that were slightly foreign to me, and the September LSAT fit the bill. I ran out of time and had to just guess 'C' on all questions for one game, resulting in me missing 8 questions here. Bad news is that Kaplan's methods screwed with what worked before, but good news is that I could use them to build my score back up a bit better.
Now back to my plight. If I can straighten out my LG performance, it would seem a score in the 175 range would be possible. Considering a low GPA and some work experience, it would seem that I should focus on schools that reward LSAT scores. With that in mind, even bumping from a 167 to a 175 would seem to improve my chances at quite a few schools.
All of that to ask a few simple questions. Answers are helpful, as well as explanations for the answers.
1) What are your general thoughts on retaking in my situation? Good, bad, waste of time, need to do it to make up for abysmal GPA, etc.
2) There are several schools that I believe I have a solid chance of getting into with my current stats. Is it okay to go ahead and apply at these schools without telling them that I'm retaking in December? Obviously any school that averages LSAT scores would need to be notified, but most (if not all) that I'm looking at don't.
3) I'm considering looking at a different approach for LG if I retake. Would the Logic Games Bible be worthwhile? Either way, is anyone familiar with the differences between approaches between Kaplan and other test prep companies for LG?
Thank you for your time, answers, and/or flames. This site has been very helpful.