I simply don't get those people who were bragging about not studying for the LSAT, especially the poster who said he had better things to do at his job. I took a low-paying 9-5 job and spent a year really preparing. The effort landed me in a higher-ranked school than I would otherwise have gotten into - which in the long run will more than compensate me for the money I could have earned that year in a more demanding job. I don't know how people studied for the LSAT while a college student, and I give you credit. And while I would have still had a chance to eventually make six figures, I'd much rather just make that my first year out (instead of working my way up), and not have to go through the trials of a T4, period. My friend who attends one has to deal with a much more stressful atmosphere, fear of failing out, closed-book exams(!), killer curves, and a competitive student body. These factors alone justify the extra year I took on my apps and LSAT.
But thats just my take on it.
They say the actual LSAT average for almost all schools is always 5 points lower than the published one and the average GPA is in reality 0.5 points lower. And while I do not believe schools downright lie, I think they tweak their numbers in such a way that you do not get a true picture of the situation.
Then there was the great LSAT cheat game to which some of my students alerted me. I checked with two law school deans who confirmed that they knew of this loophole that allowed cheating and I asked the LSAT officials why they did not close it. They said they could not afford to do so.
I mean, how could you afford not to do smth as easy and "doable" like that when we hear about people who risk not going to law school forever when they go ahead and take those minutes of the experimental section and use 'em to work on the scored sections of the test!
So... if most people can (and do) prep and improve their score (most schools, like U Chicago, even tell students to prep) - than you are saying that if you ALSO prepped and scored the same, you would be at a disadvantage? It seems to me that your arguement only makes sense if you make the assumption that all, or at lease the majority, of students at all schools do not prep for the LSAT. If this were true, then you could likely assume prepping to up your score would have you at a disadvantage.However, since most people prep for the LSAT, to NOT prep, does not keep you on even footing with students at your future school - if anything, it places you at a personal disadvantage at a school you could have done much better than. As to the OP, people prep different times. I spent about one and a half months, some people spend a full year, and some people do not prep at all. It's whatever amount you feel is worth the payoff in terms of schools/scholarships you might recieve.
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