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Law School Admissions / Re: LSAC is confusing
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:19:25 PM »
If you are retaking the LSAT they are going to wait so they can determine what if any scholarships they should offer and whether to accept you or not.

Retaking the LSAT will impact their decision so they don't want to make a decision and then change, particularly since there is no harm in waiting until late February March to tell you. Additionally, each school handles it differently the school you are discussing might average your two scores, most schools don't do that, but a school can have whatever admission criteria it wants. 

Then for the transcripts it could have been a mistake by LSAC, maybe you submitted something wrong, who knows? Certailny not random people on the internet like myself.

My recommendation is call these two schools admissions office directly and ask what is up. Ask what you can do to have your transcripts sent and also why they are not reviewing your application until February LSAT. My post above are just my opinion, which means absolutely nothing as I have never worked in a law school admissions office.

Yea so I did some quick research and I think you're right about them waiting. The way I understood it is that if you say on your application you're retaking it they will wait until you do because of scholarships and what not.

As for the transcripts I still am not sure. Maybe the school you applied to has to request them? I don't know..

Law School Admissions / LSAC is confusing
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:29:43 PM »
So maybe someone can help here. I applied to two schools within the past week. The first school said they did not receive my transcripts from LSAC yet. How could that be when LSAC has already processed them and posted them on their site in my account? Took them long enough to process them and now the school is saying they haven't gotten them. What gives?

Also, I am retaking the LSAT, but I have a score that can be reported, but when I checked my application status for my second school I applied to it said they are going to wait until I take the February test before they review my application. Why are they doing that? The whole point of applying now is so I can get in somewhere as early as I can to maximize my options. And my score IS good enough to get in. I don't get it.

Can anyone explain either of these issues?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Is Kaplan's course worth it?? PLEASE HELP!
« on: January 07, 2016, 08:13:07 AM »
I took Kaplan and found it to be sufficient. Not awesome, but definitely helpful. For me, the classes were okay, but what I really liked was the Kaplan study center.

They had one nearby, and I was able to spend all day studying in relative peace and quiet (as opposed to the college or public library). They also have tons of old LSATs that you can take and get immediately graded with a breakdown on your strengths and weaknesses. Also, there was always at least one LSAT instructor available as well as the other students, so you could always get feedback.

I know a lot of people don't like Kaplan, but I found it useful. My score went up quite a bit from my diagnostic, which I think was 154. Specifically, I found Kaplan to be helpful with reading comp. I don't think I would have figured out the best approach to that on my own.

Anyway, your mileage may vary.

Good to know. Anyway, I take the test on February 6th do you think it is possible to increase my score at least 5 points preferably 8 to 10 pts?

My October Lsat was bad ( upper 140s) my practice tests were lower 150s so I definitely underachieved a little bit on the real thing. I'm not looking to set the world on fire and get into the 170s or anything, I just need to get into the mid 150s to get in somewhere half decent. I'm willing to put in the work and do tons of practice exercises and tests. That's were I'm hoping Kaplan will at least provide me with the resources (decent teacher, materials, etc.).

Basically I could get into one school not too far away with my current score (Widener)they take lower scores and are an ABA school, but my preference is Rutgers-Camden and Drexel because they are better, closer, and cheaper, but I need to be in the mid 150s.

But yes, good to know that Kaplan is decent and thank you for responding! 

Studying for the LSAT / Is Kaplan's course worth it?? PLEASE HELP!
« on: January 06, 2016, 06:18:43 PM »
I took the LSAT in October and didn't do to well. I studied using the powerscore bibles, but I never really learned how to master anything besides the easy problems and some of the moderate ones, beyond the easier stuff I sort of got lost in how to solve the problems. I'm usually the type of student who benefits a lot more from being in a class, but I am not sure if Kaplan's methods are sufficient, or if the teachers are any good.  I know that powerscore classes and other prep classes are superior to Kaplan, but Kaplan is the only class that is available in my area and I absolutely have to improve at least 5 points and at least get above a 150 to be competitive.

Can anyone give some insight on Kaplan's prep course? Did you improve your score? If not, were the materials they provided enough to at least study on your own effectively? I start the course Sunday the 10th.

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