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Finton

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How early should I start studying?
« on: April 04, 2009, 06:34:52 PM »
Hi all,
I have a couple questions.

1st, I am in the military and deployed but am also taking online college classes. Right now I am equivalent to a sophmore. But I am wondering, if I get a degree from an online college. Does that put me in kind of a bad light? Or do law schools just look at GPA and it doesn't matter what college the degree was from?

2nd, I would love to go to law school once I get out and am wondering when would be a good time to start studying up a little on the LSAT? I'm still about 2 1/2 years out. But, I dont know when a good time to start looking it over some practice material would be.

Any help with those would be outstadning and appreciated!Thanks!

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2009, 06:46:53 PM »
Generally speaking I would say an online university is bad, although if your explanation is that you were serving in the military at the time, I guess that can at least explain it. By and large your undergraduate is utterly unimportant for law school.
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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2009, 07:02:07 PM »
Ok, well, I'm also in the Intel field. So, hopefully that helps out also.

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2009, 07:34:01 PM »
I'd give myself at least 4 months if I were you.

But the time necessary to feel really prepared for the test will vary significantly between individuals.

For my first attempt, I studied seriously for only maybe 2 months, and on and off for a month beforehand. For my second attempt I studied very little.

In any case, here is a bit of general advice:

First, make sure you have enough time to familiarize yourself with the material - that is, UNDERSTAND it. Don't simply review it passively.
 
Secondly, make sure you feel absolutely comfortable taking the test. If you have any doubt in your mind, reschedule.

I speak from experience with this latter piece of advice, my mistake was to go in when I didn't feel mentally prepared.

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2009, 07:53:36 PM »
For your first time? 4-6 months of prep. After that, for a re-take...two months...

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009, 12:21:51 PM »
Generally speaking I would say an online university is bad

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2009, 01:16:47 PM »
Law schools are looking for unique applicants, but also extremely competent ones.  So if you can get a high LSAT score - mid 160s or up - you can show your aptitude for the law and compensate for attending an online college.  With a high LSAT score, the fact that you served in the military and got your degree at the same time looks good.  So, do whatever you can to score your absolute highest.  I would recommend extensive self prep (at least four months) using information gleamed from forums or a prep course.  Obviously, you should not begin preparing now, but working on your reading skills by carving out time each day for challenging material, can help you perform better on the LSAT down the line.  Best of luck to you.
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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2009, 05:48:52 PM »
Also, is it to my understanding that the LSAT is based on alot of logic questions,correct? What other type of questions are on the LSAT?

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2009, 09:56:06 PM »
Ha-ha, yea it has some questions about logic.

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Re: How early should I start studying?
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2009, 10:33:52 PM »
Yeah, I understand that. I was asking what other types of questions there are.