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Studying for the LSAT / Central Florida Tutors?
« on: May 03, 2009, 09:39:29 PM »
I'm looking at taking either the September or December LSAT, depending on how prepared I feel when September roles around. I'm still contemplating the best method of prep, and I'm interested in the possibility of private tutoring. Do any of you tutor in the central Florida area or know anyone who does?

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Studying for the LSAT / Testmasters vs. Kaplan
« on: April 26, 2009, 09:54:03 PM »
I know this has probably been discussed a million times before, but I can't find anything about it in the first few pages nor can I seem to find a search button, so I'll ask anyway. I want to take the September LSAT, and I'm entertaining the idea of taking a course over the summer as part of my prep. In your opinion, which one of the two is better, and why?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 26, 2009, 10:14:09 AM »
Hey!

So I'm graduating this fall, with a double major in International Affairs and Economics, and thought it might be helpful for you to hear from a current GW student. In terms of what you'll get from potentially attending GW (besides a good education), it's going to depend entirely on your personality. The school's location is excellent - every student I know who's wanted to intern on Capitol Hill has had the opportunity, and there's something to be said for having the national archives as a place to research term papers. But if you're not interested in these "extracurriculars", then I can't honestly recommend GW, especially  as a means of getting into law school. GW is a great school, but is not likely to provide you with any added advantage in getting into law school. There a a lot of students here who want to go to law school - I have a 3.6-something/175 and am headed to Columbia, and there are people headed to every other t-14, but really, there are even more going to Pitt, FSU, Roger Williams, etc... As everyone else here has stressed, law school admission is a numbers game. There's nothing special/even noteworthy about GW's prelaw advising or law school prospects.

Hope that helps! Best of Luck!

Great Post! Your exactly the kind of person I was hoping to hear from. I hope you don't mind me asking, but, how did you pay for GW? From what I can gather, GW offers a financial aid package based on merit that they send out with the decisions. Are you familiar with how much these packages average?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 25, 2009, 08:25:39 PM »


True, but big law is right up my alley. It's a lifestyle choice that, while many people may hate, I feel like I would be perfectly suited for it.

Elaborate how Biglaw lifestyle suits you?

No.

My point exactly. 

There is no answer to your question that will satisfy you. However, I'm feeling frisky now, so I'll bite.

As I stated in an earlier post, I am single, without children, no real family that I have to see on any regular basis. All the negatives a lot of people associate with big law  (insane hours, high stress, little to no personal time, etc...) not only don't scare me, it's what attracts me to it. I work well under pressure and always rise to a challenge. That is why I feel it is right up my alley. Feel free to tear that apart now.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 25, 2009, 03:47:43 PM »


True, but big law is right up my alley. It's a lifestyle choice that, while many people may hate, I feel like I would be perfectly suited for it.

Elaborate how Biglaw lifestyle suits you?

No.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 25, 2009, 03:29:15 PM »
1) Do not go to GWU.  Not worth the extra debt.

2) You don't have to get into a t-14 to go to law school.

3) You can do well on the LSAT regardless of your undergraduate school.

4) Contract2008 is a troll.

True, but big law is right up my alley. It's a lifestyle choice that, while many people may hate, I feel like I would be perfectly suited for it.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 25, 2009, 02:09:53 PM »
From everything I've read, the LSAT is a learnable test. Anyone who is willing to put in the hard work can, theoretically, do well on the test.

Anyone?  Are you kidding me? I believe the average graduates from USF (the self-selected few) who decided to go to law school and took the LSAT score average about 148.  You as a community college graduate who transfer there would be lucky to have that average score. 

Could you be the exception. Someone who have near perfect 4.0 and beats everyone else?  Possibly, but unlikely.  To be totally and brutally honest, getting into a top 14 for you is just a dream. 

So you're telling me there's a chance. Yeah!!!!

You also have a chance of winning the lottery if you buy a ticket today.

Many people having 4.0 GPA from college score lower than 150 on the LSAT.  This is especially true for graduates from no-name colleges such as USF. 

That was supposed to be funny. Clearly, it didn't work.

It seems that your point, as I see it, is that many people who do really well in college don't necessarily do well on the LSAT. I understand that. Many do, though. I intend to be one of them. I realize that USF is a middle-of-the-road state school at best, which kind of reverts back to my original post about wether it's a good enough school to land me in a t-14, considering my numbers are right.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 25, 2009, 01:47:18 PM »
From everything I've read, the LSAT is a learnable test. Anyone who is willing to put in the hard work can, theoretically, do well on the test.

Anyone?  Are you kidding me? I believe the average graduates from USF (the self-selected few) who decided to go to law school and took the LSAT score average about 148.  You as a community college graduate who transfer there would be lucky to have that average score. 

Could you be the exception. Someone who have near perfect 4.0 and beats everyone else?  Possibly, but unlikely.  To be totally and brutally honest, getting into a top 14 for you is just a dream. 

So you're telling me there's a chance. Yeah!!!!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 25, 2009, 12:18:50 PM »
I would go even one stop further, if you're for sure that law school is where you want to end up.

Go the the cheapest undergraduate school and major in something that's easy to get a high GPA, even if it's Education or Political Science.

By the way, if you went to a community college, how good is your SAT score? Honestly, the chance of someone from a community college (not by choice) ending up at a top 14 law school is slim to none. 

I won't be surprised if the average community college graduate score around 140 on the LSAT. 




The community college is a result of being 10 years out of high school when I decided to start college. I'm 29 right now; I started at 28. I did very poorly in high school, and I never even took the SAT. At the time, I had no aspirations of going to college. So, naturally, my options were severely limited as to what schools I could go to. I guess you could say I'm non-traditional because of my age, but traditional in every other sense (single, no kids, no career, nothing holding me down or back). And as far as LSAT, I don't follow your logic that a community college student who transfers to and graduates from a national university is less likely to do well on the LSAT than a student who spends all 4 years at the university. From everything I've read, the LSAT is a learnable test. Anyone who is willing to put in the hard work can, theoretically, do well on the test.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 0L looking for some advice
« on: April 22, 2009, 11:17:48 PM »
I'm noticing a pattern here  :D I definitely agree with your assessments, and I appreciate the feedback.

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