Hey guys, I have a problem. I took the October 2004 lsat and got a 140. I attempted to take the December 2004 lsat and ended up canceling. Then I took a powerscore course and took the June 2005 Lsat and only got a 142. I don't know what else to do. I want to take the test again, but my limit is up. Unless I get permission from a dean of a law school to take the test again, I'll have to wait till october 2006 to take it again. Should I give up my dream of going to law school because of this test or should I wait it out and retake it again in the future? I am currently a grad student, so I have that going for me.
You're stuck until Oct. '06, which gives you the opportunity to do two things:
- decide whether you really want to be an attorney.
- study your ass off for 15 months. Did you take the PS weekend class? If you didn't take the full course, then that's a stronger argument for learning the bibles by heart (also check out LSAT Superprep) and doing every single preptest you can get your hands on. There are 50 of them released; there will be 53 by July '06. Then reinforce all that with a good tutor and/or a full TM or PS course somewhere in there.
You can also wait until June 2010 for your current scores to lapse into oblivion, and do something interesting that will keep you fed until law school and will contribute to your fascinating personal statement.
Good luck, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, and read this:
Excellent post, Theo.
I'd like to add a couple points to what you've posted. First off, many people have a "dream" about becoming an lawyer that doesn't reflect the actual reality of BEING a lawyer. So while the OP is taking time off, he may also want to do some investigation into the actual life of most attorneys. His heart may really lie elsewhere.
Secondly, if his heart and passion really does lie in being an attorney, then he may in fact want to consider attending an unaccredited school in California -- with the understanding that he'll be limited to California, and that the job market will be extremely competitive for him. (He may have to start out as a paralegal, and work his way up, or start his own practice, and claw his way to the top.)
But bottom line, he should first figure out what he really wants. If this is it, he can make it happen, and if he's willing to put forth all the effort and sacrifice necessary, he probably should, in my opinion.
I agree- to a point...
I personally think most (not all-there are exceptions) people still in undergrad or just out need a few years in the real world before committing to law school..When I got out of undergrad in 1997 i wanted to work in advertising- and I did..And after much soul searching and time I have decided to put my efforts toward LS..And I am SO glad I did work in advertising first. I know people who went directly to LS after undergrad, spent $$$$$, and now hate being lawyers, and are switching careers..
I disagree about the OP going to a non-accredited school..That IMO would be a waste of money. With practice, the OP can raise his/her score and get into at least an accredited t4 school. And despite the vast majority on here, I believe there are some great t4 schools out there.. Depending on where/what you want type of law you want to practice, you can be just as successful as a Harvard grad- or more, in the case of my current job- where the partners are t4 grads and have the harvard grads as their associates.
But I agree, the OP (or anyone on here), needs to figure out what he/she really wants..Scoring well on the LSAT doesn't mean you'll be happy as an attorney. Scoring low doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue LS. My point is that a mere LSAT score is not indicative of future failure/success as an attorney..