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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 04:36:40 PM »
bhoutros--
congrats- i love hearing success stories!! :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: TestMasters? Kaplan?
« on: June 27, 2005, 04:17:20 PM »
I took Kaplan, 2x. Didn't seem to help.. I keep hearing testmasters is the way to go...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 04:11:27 PM »
Just my point of view.  Good luck.  If you're as dedicated to this as it sounds you are, then it seems you have deeper (not superficial $$$) reasons for wanting to be a lawyer and the world needs more lawyers like you. 

I completely agree.  Your outlook and attitude are praiseworthy.  Keep at it.  I strongly believe that with hard work and determination, anyone can do anything... kind of like Field of Dreams "if you build it, it will come" type of thing... I know people who absolutely bombed their MCAT and went on to graduate med school and setup rather successful practices.....


that is so kind, thank you! Youre hired when i start my practice :)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:56:34 PM »
If you really want to go to law school, take it again. It can only help your chances because, as things stand now, you will get in only if they are willing to overlook your lsat because of other strengths you have. Given that, even if you retake it and if the worst happens and you score even lower (which I don't think is likely given your practice scores) that won't hurt your chances. And a higher score might make the difference.

As for test prep, sounds like this test has gotten in your head a bit. Given your academic achievments, you're obviously bright; you're just not clicking with this test for whatever reason. I think you should avoid another test prep course, the people who teach them do well on the lsat because their minds work in ways amenable to the lsat. I think you should step away from it for awhile then think about test strategies with a clear mind.  A good skipping some questions/narrowing down to 2 best/making sure you get what you find easy plan can go a long way.

Just my point of view.  Good luck.  If you're as dedicated to this as it sounds you are, then it seems you have deeper (not superficial $$$) reasons for wanting to be a lawyer and the world needs more lawyers like you.  


thank you very much..To be honest, I am over the $$ aspect of being a lawyer (which i am told by present lawyers, isn't as great as you'd think unless you are in BIGLAW)...I want to work for non-profits (specifically, the ronald mcdonald house, as I have a history with them)

regardless, i am not a quitter, and I don't like to go down with out a fight, so I just need to get a plan in gear as to what is the next step...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:29:16 PM »
Why would you want to settle for a tier 4 school ?   If you can't do well on the LSAT how do you expect to pass the bar?  Ban yourself from this forum (or troll like me till you brought me out) and study.  

I'm not hatin, just participatin.  

Well, I don't think I am settling by trying to go to a t4 and transfer up... I want to stay in Chicago, and I am doing what i think is necessary.. And yes, my dream would be to get into a great school like harvard-- but here's the thing- I work at a law firm. Our partners are JMLS grads.. we have harvard grads working for them (and they are just associates, and not just out of school associates, older people)..My point is that there are some people who will be happy and successful going to a lower tiered school..

And I've been out of school for almost 10 years. I will pass the bar, well because I would have been in law school for 3 years, and had time to prep for it... I took the lsat not right of college, or even 2 years out of college..I waited a long time (compared to most)

Just my opinion...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:23:32 PM »
John Marshall takes the highest (thank goodness)And I am finding I don't necesarrily trust what schools publish, as I am meeting people who get into schools with scores outside the prinited LSAT boundaries (lower). For example, JMLS claims their lowest admitted LSAT is a 152, however, I've met people who got in with 145's...

That's good they take the highest.  Other than dreading taking the damn thing again - what is stopping you?  You can't really apply until after the Oct test anyway so you might as well take it.  There is nothing to lose since they take the highest score.  Everything I have seen on this board indicates the test can be learned, so try another method.

I understand not wanting to put yourself through the torture again, but it isn't as if you have to wait another year to test again like some people.

C2



I can apply now if I wanted to (JMLS has rolling admissions)..
For me, it's pretty much all or nothing..I've been out of school for a while, had a career, and I am ready to move on to the next phase of my life...Right now I feel I am in limbo with this LSAT stuff..Because that is what is keeping me from ls..

I won't give up, but on the same token, I have to know when it's time cut my losses, if that makes any sense...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:18:17 PM »
Oh my gosh it is soooo good to see a post from somebody who is struggling like me.

I got a 153 on my first diagnostic with Kaplan and after their $1200 6 week course, in June I scored a.....154. I am so frustrated because it's not like I didn't study. I work a full time job and had limited study time available to me. I considered canceling my score because I knew my nerves got to me at the test site, but I didn't because I wrote really good little writing sample. If it were 3 1/2 hours of in-class essay writing I'd kick the tests ass. But why would anyone want to go to the trouble of grading all of that??

I am seriously getting frustrated with this process. I am proud of my 3.3 in 7 semesters with 2 1/2 majors from a respected university. I took hard classes in college and worked my ass off. I'm almost ready to say "#@!* it" and quit trying because I am more than 2 numbers which aren't very representative of my abilities anyway!!!


Gail-
Where did you want to apply to? 154 with a great undergrad could get you get you into a good school, i would think?

Are you going to ask for a refund btw? I should have after the first time, but decided to retake. BIG mistake..

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:10:10 PM »
Legallassie-
I am sort of hestitant now, I just wasted $1000 for Kaplan, and took it 2x.. Didn't do anything in regards to helping my score..I'd never heard of testmasters until i came here, and I am kicking myself for not going that route- as it seems it's a better course than Kaplan!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:05:09 PM »
John Marshall takes the highest (thank goodness)And I am finding I don't necesarrily trust what schools publish, as I am meeting people who get into schools with scores outside the prinited LSAT boundaries (lower). For example, JMLS claims their lowest admitted LSAT is a 152, however, I've met people who got in with 145's...

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So what went wrong
« on: June 27, 2005, 02:59:07 PM »
I am really just looking at tier 4 schools... John Marshall in particular since I am in Chicago..I was hoping a 146 and my experience in advertising would account for something...Also I am 30, so I am older (relatively speaking) and I hoped they would take that into account too...

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