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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What to buy...
« on: November 19, 2004, 08:40:08 AM »
Get the Cracking the LSAT book from Princeton has really good RC prep.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PDF of LR Bible? Can someone email?
« on: August 26, 2004, 08:46:55 AM »
I'm surprised a lawyer would be dumb enough to do that - if he downloaded Photoshop free off Kazaa he is definitely guilty of copyright infringement! Dumb dumb dumb. Even dumber for him to tell people about it!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PDF of LR Bible? Can someone email?
« on: August 24, 2004, 11:11:11 AM »
Um, isn't this illegal? You know, copyright violation?!

YES it's illegal and I can't believe potential lawyers are thinking seriously of doing this. I'll be really pissed if any of you losers take my spot in law school, let me tell you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep advice
« on: June 30, 2004, 11:26:24 AM »
I would do the Princeton Review course.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Prep Course
« on: June 17, 2004, 02:48:12 PM »
Also off-topic...dta, what on EARTH that picture beneath your name?!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Overwhelmed and need advice!
« on: June 14, 2004, 02:41:46 PM »
No, you don't need to take the LSAT this October if you have another two years in school. Don't rush it. If you have time to take a prep course this summer and prep for October, go for it, but it's not necessary.

I will disagree that PR is not for those targeting 170+. The Cracking the LSAT book is excellent, and they do focus on how to take this test, and do it very well. The materials in class go deeper, though, and they've beefed up the class with in-class workshops. It seems to be more like TestMasters now, only with a class size limit. I would not rule them out, especially since you liked their SAT book. Go to one of their info sessions or see if you can sit in on a class. I looked into them quite a bit and was very impressed with what I learned.

I wouldn't plan on starting out with a tutor. Do some self-prep and see what your weaknesses are. If they're in one or two particular areas, then a tutor would be great for that. If not, then a class would be the way to go.

Dude, you completely psyched yourself out for nothing. If you are obsessed on this now, you will be for October too. Stop taking practice tests for at least a week and learn how to chill. Your life will not be over if you get a 171 instead of a 175, and even if you don't get into your top choice school, you still have the credentials to be successful. The one thing that is missing there is the ability to properly prioritize and keep yourself calm under tough situations. Ok, that was two things. But forcing anxiety on yourself is self-defeating. Your success in law school and as a lawyer will have a lot to do with how you handle tough situations and not getting too wrapped up in details that very well may be irrelevant. Look at the big picture too - it's important to stand back and do that now and then.

I used to be a perfectionist and it was killing me. I still try to do my best, but I've learned which battles are worth fighting and which ones are just wearing me down. If you will only settle for 175 then you are dooming yourself to failure, anxiety, and perpetual disappointment.

One last comment: the weekend before your LSAT, don't take any practice tests. That greatly contributes to most people overanalyzing their progress and freaking out, as it did to you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PowerScore Logic Bible Worth it?
« on: June 14, 2004, 02:29:30 PM »
My library didn't have squat!! One of the few drawbacks of living in a small city.

Definitely get the PS book. It's worth it!!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Am I stupid, or is the LSAT Stupid!
« on: June 14, 2004, 12:11:48 AM »
You should definitely not feel stupid. The LSAT has made all of us feel stupid at one time or another, and trust me, given the collective intelligence of this group, I would say the problem lies not with us but with the LSAT!!

It's like beating a dead horse to say it again, but yes, postpone until October. I would never, ever take the LSAT with a week's prep. Take a Princeton Review prep class - I strongly believe they are the best company at really teaching HOW to take standardized tests - and plan on October.

Even though you don't need a strong LSAT score for the school you want to attend, you will wonder if you could have done better, and you will stress about how you'll do on the bar. There are bar exam prep classes too, and you'll have four years of law school to help prepare you, so go for it, do your best, and you will succeed. More power to you for following your dream and having the courage to change your life at 40! That is very cool.

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