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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Score Release dream #2
« on: October 17, 2005, 06:15:40 AM »
This time I got a 169.  That's up 4 points from my first dream.  This is working better than the practice tests!

Over the past week, I've read a lot of posts about people having dreams and other manifestations related to Post-LSAT stress.  And I laughed.  And then it happened.  Sunday night, I had an LSAT dream.  So apparently I'm just as lame as everybody else. 

It wasn't a bad dream.  I dreamed that I got my score and it was a 165.  That's a good score for me - I was averaging 163 in the weeks before the test.  But in the dream, I was very disapointed with my 165.

I guess what this dream 'means' is that subconsciously, I know i didn't get a 170, so I'm just setting myself up to NOT be disapointed when that sub-170 score comes across. 

Studying for the LSAT / LR - is one always harder than the other?
« on: September 29, 2005, 09:53:29 AM »
For my last few practice tests, I always seem to get only one or two wrong on one LR section, but I'll get 4 or 5 wrong on the other.  This doesn't make sense, since they're all they same type of question.  Is it designed so one section will be harder than the other?

Law School Admissions / Can early decision hurt?
« on: September 23, 2005, 08:22:21 AM »
So I'm not even borderline at BC - they will probably laugh at my grades.  But, if my LSAT is high enough, I could have a slim chance.  Considering that none of the other schools I'm applying to have Early Decision, should I just go ahead and apply ED to BC?  Is there any way that could hurt me, or is there any way my application could have a better chance in the normal admissions?


Studying for the LSAT / Big jump . . . can I keep it up?
« on: September 19, 2005, 11:55:52 AM »
I've been consistently testing between 159 and 164 for at least 5 tests now.  I just took a test last night and I scored a 167.  Yay.  Is all my work finally paying off, or did I just get lucky?  I'm going with the former. 

Specifically I'm interested in BC Law.  It is a big time reach for me.  But I graduated from BC, So I'm wondering if that helps my application.  I could see it going both ways - I could see how it might help, but I could also see how BC Law would want a diverse population, and accepting a couple hundred BC grads probably wouldn't contribute to that. 

On a related note, to what extent would a letter of recommendation from a prestigious Professor Emeritus of BC help an application?  I know they generally say that WHO is writing the letter is less important than what they say - is this case any different?

Law School Admissions / How do you get a job?
« on: September 13, 2005, 09:20:10 AM »
I'm trying to decide between between part time law school and full time law school.  Specifically, the school I'd be considering both ways is Suffolk.  Suffolk, while technically a T4, is still pretty well respected in the Boston area. 

So here's my question.  How do you get a job, coming out of law school?  It is my impression that you get a job through contacts you make while in school or in clerkships/internships.  If that is the case, I'd think that your prospects for finding a job would be greatly reduced in a part-time program.  If, however, the above scenario is the exception and not the rule, and law students typically get jobs through their schools career centers or whatever, then I'd think a part time program would yield similar results.   

A part time program would fit into my life better at this point, but I'm not going to let money get in the way of my future, so if there is a real advantage to a full time program, then I'm all for it.   

The general sentiment I read here (and other places) is that you shouldn't use your PS to address weakness in your application.  Everybody seems to agree that you should use an addendum for that.  But what if the school specifically asks for that sort of thing?

According to BC's website, here's what they're looking for:
A personal statement. We are interested particularly in learning about your motivation and preparation for the study of law as well as any circumstances that you believe relevant to the evaluation of your credentials.

To me, that says Address your low GPA in your PS.

Anybody interpret this differently?

Law School Admissions / I'm old. Does that help?
« on: August 16, 2005, 07:40:19 AM »
Well I'm not on my way out the door or anything, but compared to most of the people on these boards, I'm an old timer.  I'll be 32 in September.  I completed my undergrad work when I was 22.  As I've posted on other threads, I have a low GPA (2.095) and expect a LSAT score in the high 160's.  Will my age help?  Does being over 30 equate to being an URM?  I certainly didn't face the challenges that many URM's faced, but I'd think being 50% older than the typical applicant brings a certain level of diversity to the table. 

Has anybody heard anything specific from prelaw advisors or adcomms about whether law schools have any interst in old guys like me? 

(BTW, for those who haven't figured it out, this is a shameless plea for love.  I'm not progressing with logic games as well as I'd hoped and I'm looking for some positive reiforcement about my chances of getting in anywhere besides New England School of Law.)

I'll be applying to a couple of 4th Tier schools (Suffolk and New England School of Law) as a part time student for 2006.  I've been out of school, in the workforce for 10 years.  I graduated from BC in 1995 with a feeble 2.095 GPA.  But, based on my practice tests, I expect to score at least a 165 on the October LSAT and don't think its unrealistic for my score to approach 170.  I'm really hoping for at least partial scholarships based on my LSAT score.  Is that just a pipe dream because my GPA is so low, or will the 4th tier schools overlook that?

Thanks  for any feedback.  This board seems much better than that lawstudentparadise forum.   

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