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 on: August 19, 2014, 05:50:35 PM 
Started by lawapp - Last post by NewlyMinted
The LSAT is multiple choice, so not a lot of grader discretion. Unless they mixed up your cards or something.

 32 
 on: August 19, 2014, 05:48:23 PM 
Started by ace52387 - Last post by NewlyMinted
I'm a hospital pharmacist without any overt gripes about my profession or job currently. On the other hand, I cannot see myself doing this forever. I do enjoy the field of medicine and I would like to know what my prospects and options are regarding law school and a career as an attorney.

My GPA in school was a 3.1, but I believe with good preparation I can score well on the LSAT. With what I've got and a best-case-scenario LSAT score of 170-175, what would my options be?

As far as what I should look into to further evaluate whether or not I should take the plunge, what niche might my credentials and experience be suited for? I've considered IP law but my real interest would lie more around litigation and regulation in the field of medicine. Legal counsel for a hospital or a pharmaceutical company maybe? Or simply working as a medical specialist in big/mid law? I've read in other discussions that there is no benefit to having any credentials; that experts fill that role, but I feel as if my own understanding of medical sciences may help with evaluating and analyzing research materials.

Thanks in advance for your help
Kind of silly question here but are you a PharmD, or a lower ranking assistant?
Is that your undergrad gpa, grad gpa, or combo?

 33 
 on: August 19, 2014, 05:47:06 PM 
Started by ace52387 - Last post by NewlyMinted
Yes and No.

Not saying it won't happen, just saying it has not happened yet.
I would not consider a 175 lsat a cakewalk even if they had a 4.0 GPA in it (which they don't)

 34 
 on: August 19, 2014, 02:49:30 PM 
Started by ace52387 - Last post by ShonMI
Intro

170-175 LSAT is not easy. Seriously. I'll assume in the below that you get there, but understand that even assuming you are actually capable (not being mean, just realistic), it will still take a ton of work and effort to get there. Way more than you will ever expect. So, if you really think you can make it there, prepare to practice the LSAT BIG time - like part-time job (if not full time job) worth of preparation.

If someone is a pharmacist, they are probably already pretty brainy. A high LSAT score would not be unrealistic for them. If anything, medical school, pharmacy school,  even nursing school are far more challenging than law studies. That's because they have to take a lot of math and science courses to succeed in their career. A high LSAT score would be a cakewalk for someone who is a pharmacist. I am not sure why some here are doubting that the OP could achieve a high score. It is totally realistic for him.

What the OP needs to consider, though, is that he has a very good career now and entering law would be risky. It is an over-saturated field! If the OP doesn't like pharmacy he should consider another field of medicine, where he can always remain employed.

 35 
 on: August 19, 2014, 01:55:03 PM 
Started by lawapp - Last post by Maintain FL 350
I don't know if LSAC will grant an appeal, but I do think you need to consider whether there is any point in taking it again. If you've taken the test three times and have been disappointed with your score all three times, you may need to 1) accept that you're scoring within your abilities or 2) take some serious time off to prepare.

I would only consider this last option if I had some real, concrete reason to believe that I would score higher. For example, if I didn't have time to prepare, didn't take a prep class, etc. But if you properly prepared and put in the time, it's unlikely that your score is going to magically increase simply by taking the test again.

I think most people end up scoring lower on the LSAT than they hope. At some point, you just have to take what you've got and apply.

Just my two cents. Good luck with your studies. 

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 on: August 19, 2014, 12:28:15 PM 
Started by ace52387 - Last post by NewlyMinted
As other posters suggested a 170-175 is not easy, and places you in the top 5% of college graduates that were motivated enough to go to law school, study for the LSAT, and had the fortitude to actually take the LSAT. There is a 95% chance you will not score that high. I imagine with your background you can score sufficiently high enough to attend an ABA school, and there is a 5% chance you will score a 170-175.

With that said, I think your best bet is to study for the LSAT and take the test. If you enjoy studying for the LSAT you will probably enjoy law school, and if you get a great score awesome the world is your oyster. If you hate studying for the LSAT and get a terrible score then law school was not for you. I know many people in your situation with an active career, which is where I was when I applied start thinking of the countless possibilities that could happen and put the carriage in front of the horse.

For now give up a few weeks to study for the LSAT and one or two hundred dollars for the test fee. If the score and studying goes well then really consider the pros and cons of law school.  If the score and studying goes poorly then law school is not in the cards, and no need to stress about it.

 Good luck.
Worth noting there is zero indication this score will be achieved, just a "base case scenario" hypo

 37 
 on: August 19, 2014, 11:12:45 AM 
Started by ace52387 - Last post by Citylaw
As other posters suggested a 170-175 is not easy, and places you in the top 5% of college graduates that were motivated enough to go to law school, study for the LSAT, and had the fortitude to actually take the LSAT. There is a 95% chance you will not score that high. I imagine with your background you can score sufficiently high enough to attend an ABA school, and there is a 5% chance you will score a 170-175.

With that said, I think your best bet is to study for the LSAT and take the test. If you enjoy studying for the LSAT you will probably enjoy law school, and if you get a great score awesome the world is your oyster. If you hate studying for the LSAT and get a terrible score then law school was not for you. I know many people in your situation with an active career, which is where I was when I applied start thinking of the countless possibilities that could happen and put the carriage in front of the horse.

For now give up a few weeks to study for the LSAT and one or two hundred dollars for the test fee. If the score and studying goes well then really consider the pros and cons of law school.  If the score and studying goes poorly then law school is not in the cards, and no need to stress about it.

 Good luck.




 38 
 on: August 19, 2014, 09:45:27 AM 
Started by Maintain FL 350 - Last post by NewlyMinted


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 39 
 on: August 18, 2014, 08:54:19 PM 
Started by lawapp - Last post by NewlyMinted
i don't wish to be the guinea pig for the lsac appeal  :)

so looking for suggestions on how to appeal successfully
I am confused over what you are appealing and why? Do you feel your score should have been higher? What was it and what do you feel it should be (and why) ?

 40 
 on: August 18, 2014, 08:53:20 PM 
Started by LSAT Blog - Last post by NewlyMinted
How would one learn those fields as an undergraduate? And would learning facts about the common law or general principles of criminal law or whatever really evaluate how apt one is at being a lawyer more than logical reasoning? Hmm
prelaw, as previously stated

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