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Recommendations / Re: Chances at Top Schools - Tell Me Your Opinions
« on: November 12, 2004, 02:27:04 PM »
How do you guys calculate these indices?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best way to prep for Feb. lsat?
« on: November 01, 2004, 04:43:12 PM »
Thanks for the great advice so far guys.

I've only taken two tests so far - those that were provided in the Princeton Review book, which I think are not based on actual tests.  I'm not sure how accurate they are, but I've started going over the NOVA book (and just from the first few pages I can tell that it's gonna be significantly more useful than the darn PR spewed, which focused on stuff like "bring extra sweatshirts in case it gets too cold").  After I'm done with NOVA I figured I should go with the Bibles, doing 1/2 prac tests a week from LSAC all the while.

Hopefully that'd help.  I find that I generally *can* do the problems themselves despite not really studying yet.  I've been getting a lot of the problems right, but the caveat is that I need time to do so.  Which I guess means that LSAC is doing its job since the LSAT supposedly is difficult for timing issues as much as it is difficult for the actual content :(.  I really have to find the right balance between taking enough time to get the answers right and making sure I *have* time for most of the questions.

How have you guys dealt with this whole timing issue?  Is it just a matter of practice?

Thanks again.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best way to prep for Feb. lsat?
« on: October 31, 2004, 01:08:01 AM »
Study.  For fucks sake it isn't like you are trying to find the Holy Grail. Just f-ing study and stop looking for the miracle cure.

Of course.  But there's a right and wrong way to study, and I'm trying to find out what's the right way of going about it  :P

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best way to prep for Feb. lsat?
« on: October 30, 2004, 05:13:29 PM »
I'm thinking I should take it in February now...but it seems (from people I've spoken to) that it's not such a good idea.  Do you guys have any opinion on that?  I'd love to take it in June, but it'd cut into whatever internships I'd have lined up by then.

Is it better (app-wise) to take in February or October?

Thanks again.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Best way to prep for Feb. lsat?
« on: October 30, 2004, 12:09:34 PM »
What was the score?  Was it your very first test?

I'd take at least 2 or 3.  You are likely to go up a bunch just from familiarity.  Then you can figure out what books you will need.

Bisquick - errr...let's just say I have a lot of work to do, hehe.  Not gonna make up any excuses for it, but I think I can do better (I was pretty overwhelmed by the test - didn't know it was gonna be that tedious!).

I'll take a few more and see (ie, hope) that was just a fluke, lol.

That sucks about the Feb test being undisclosed...but it probably wouldn't really matter if I was planning to take it only once.  Still, kind of inconvenient.  Would it be too early to start studying for June?

Thanks again.

Studying for the LSAT / Best way to prep for Feb. lsat?
« on: October 30, 2004, 11:58:40 AM »
Hi poster, so sorry if this has been asked a lot.  I'm thinking of taking the LSAT on February (I've heard that June's the best time to do it, but I'm not gonna be here) and have begun prepping for it.  I'm pretty nervous - I just took a practice test and didn't do as well as I hoped to do.  So I was wondering: what would you guys suggest would be the best way to prep for it over the next 4 months or so? Specifically,

1) Which books should I get?  I've done Princeton Review's Cracking the LSAT, but from what I've read here it's not very good (and I don't think I learned much from it either).  I also just got the Next 10 Actual LSATs, Master the LSAT by Nova, and the Powerscore Logic Games Bible (and am probably gonna get the More 10 LSATs, Powerscore LR Bible, and Kaplan LSAT 180 soon).  I have you guys to thank for helping me pick out the good books from the bad ones - I've been lurking quite a bit and you guys have been giving pretty sound advice :).  What would you suggest would the best program to tackle those?

2) I'm most likely going to take a 2-month course (if I successfully persuade my parents what a life-and-death situation the LSAT is gonna be).  Pretty lucky enough to have all Princeton Review/Kaplan/PowerScore/Testmasters classes here in New Haven - which of those would you suggest?

3) Is it too late to study for the Feb. one?  I want to do extremely well (and am willing to devote time to it), but I'm worried that I started studying too late.  Should I take the June one instead?  Are there any substantial differences between the two testing dates - curves, difficulty, etc - that I should take into account?

Like I mentioned I've been lurking around these forums for a few weeks now, and you guys have been a great resource.  Thanks very much in advance!

Thanks for the advice guys/(gals?), really helps to have "someone" to vent to about this.  I know I don't have to go to a top 14 school...I think the costs are just scaring me into thinking that it might not be worth it unless I do.  But I'm gonna take a prac test, see how I go from that.  About thinking of law - I've been pretty set on it for a while :).  I actually did mock trial in high school (it was my "thing" - I think what I did that got me here for college), and am doing it for college now.  It's miles away from real law work, but it's something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.

I gotta think about this more though...thanks again!

OK, lets get this straight...

You are a poli sci major, you need to go to a law school in order to have a chance of ANY career.

Consider your choice of undergrad majors sunk cost and start dolling out the law school money.

That's what I'm thinking (although I still have a chance to change majors, but it'd inevitably have to be in the liberal arts also).  So I'm basically freaking out over the prospects of not knowing what to do with the rest of my life  :-\

Hi guys, first post so bear with me if the question's a bit dumb.  I've been having a bit of a quandary lately...I'm a junior at HYP, PoliSci major, just a bit above avg gpa (which I hope to make up for with a good lsat score).  I've been set on going to law school since high school, but these past few weeks I've been wondering if I should go through with it at all.

Basically it boils down to this: I don't want to go to a "bad" law school.  That may sound really dumb or elitist, but I think I have valid reasons for not wanting to:

- I don't think I'm gonna get into a good law school.  My GPA isn't in the safe range for most of the schools I want, and I head getting an LSAT score that'd make me confident in applying to those schools would be extremely hard (ie, 170+ish)

- IMO landing a good career in law hugely depends on where you go to school.  It's not like medicine, where doctors are in high demand everywhere.  I'm scared to spend thousands of dollars and be in debt only to end up in one of those law offices you see in a small, ugly, rundown office in some city with a dilapidated sign falling off his door.  That terrifies me.

- Corollary to the reason above: my parents are inevitably going to have to carry some of the burden (I'm the first guy in my family to go to a US college, and they want to finance me as much as they can), and I don't want them to pay for my college any more than they have to (ie undergrad) if I'm just gonna end up "wasting" it in a crappy job anyway.

Any advice would be great...I've been lurking these boards for some time and I've found it to be a great resource.  Thanks in advance.

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