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Jennings7:
OK. I have quite an odd situation. As the population of this forum seems to be quite knowledgable about all things law school, I figure I'd throw out my odd circumstances and see if I can't get some good guidance.

First, my vitals:
-26 year old male
-UG in Political Science and Public Admin from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Dec-2009).
-3.18 UG GPA
-Will complete my Master of Science in Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University by early 2014.
-LSAT not taken or prepared for yet.
-I will be applying to law school while still Active Duty in the Army. I'm an infantryman.

It's July 2012 and I know beyong a shadow of a doubt that I want to go to Marquette University Law School. They have the exact program I'm looking for (Sports Law) and are located within 2 hours of where I'm from (Green Bay, WI). The only other schools I'd even consider are Kansas (Lawrence, KS) and Wayne State (Detroit, MI). Kansas because it's 45 minutes from where I currently live, and Wayne State because it's 30 minutes from where a large chunk of my family and friends live. All 3 schools have similar admissions standards.

My questions of you:

1) Knowing I have roughly 2 years before I even have to start working on admissions paperwork, how do I go about boosting my chances of acceptance at these 3 schools. Keep in mind that if I don't get into 1 of the 3, I simply won't be going to law school. Also keep in mind that I'm active duty Army infantryman until the day I attend law school in Fall 2015, so time restraints come into play.

2) How do I go about making sure I max out my potential on the LSAT. I took a practice LSAT I printed from the LSAC website under the worst possible conditions to establish a baseline. I took the test having exactly NO concept of what the questions were like, how to budget my time, or how long each section was question wise. All I knew is I had 35 minutes to complete each section. I also took it while sitting in bed with no writing surface while various soldiers were making noise within the building and distacting me throughout. Also, did I mention I'm in the middle of Afghanistan in a heavy combat zone? In these terrible conditions, I scored a 144. Median to get into Kansas, Wayne State, and Marquette is 157.

Please give me ANY advice you can on improving my LSAT and boosting my resume so I can maximize my chances of getting into 1 of these 3 schools. Thanks a lot.

FalconJimmy:
First and foremost, thank you very much for your service to our country.  I can not imagine the set of big brassy ones it takes to volunteer to be an infantryman at a time when our nation is fighting two wars at once.  So, thank you.

Second, I really can't address the meat of your question, but just wanted to point out that you may wish to look at University of Toledo.  I think, in the scheme of things, it is considered a half-tick below Wayne, but pretty darned close.

The reason I say this is that we have internships with the University's sports department.  One recent grad went straight from law school to work for Ohio State's NCAA compliance department.

Just a thought.  Best of luck to you.  I think if you can get in to Marquette, that's worth it.  All things being equal, I'd probably pick Wayne over Toledo, but you may be able to get some big scholarship $$$ that would make Toledo more attractive.  If you come here, I'll be the first to buy a veteran a drink.

Jennings7:

--- Quote from: FalconJimmy on July 10, 2012, 08:03:00 AM ---First and foremost, thank you very much for your service to our country.  I can not imagine the set of big brassy ones it takes to volunteer to be an infantryman at a time when our nation is fighting two wars at once.  So, thank you.

Second, I really can't address the meat of your question, but just wanted to point out that you may wish to look at University of Toledo.  I think, in the scheme of things, it is considered a half-tick below Wayne, but pretty darned close.

The reason I say this is that we have internships with the University's sports department.  One recent grad went straight from law school to work for Ohio State's NCAA compliance department.

Just a thought.  Best of luck to you.  I think if you can get in to Marquette, that's worth it.  All things being equal, I'd probably pick Wayne over Toledo, but you may be able to get some big scholarship $$$ that would make Toledo more attractive.  If you come here, I'll be the first to buy a veteran a drink.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the great answer Jimmy. I'll definitely look into Toledo more. Wayne State is near the top of my list because it's within my regional comfort zone, tuition is reasonable, and it's about in my range of target schools statistically. Toledo may actually meet a lot of those same standards. I'll definitely take a look. That's the great thing about planning this in advance. I can sit here and make the best possibe decisions, get great advice, and set a long-term plan. The next step is obviously prepare for and then take the LSAT. Obviously that's going to clarify my situation MUCH further. Thanks again.

jonlevy:
The colder the climate and further north, the easier it may be to get into law school.

haus:
Jennings7,

I am in the process of kicking off my efforts to prep for the LSAT now.

Much like you I took a diagnostic test, although my test environment was more accommodating than your was. I ended up with a 153, but more important (in my mind) than the score was that I seemed to score fairly closely across the various sections.

With this in mind I have started off with two task. Going over the diagnostic test at a very leisurely rate, trying to  understand why the right answers are right and why the wrong answers are not right (or not the best answer...). Also I am starting to work on my skills related to the Logical Reasoning (LR) section. I picked this section because the test will have two LR sections, so improvements in this section will pay bigger dividends than that of the other sections. To help me in this effort I am reading the PowerScore LR Bible.

Once I have completed the LR Bible, I plan to try another practice exam to see where I stand and then evaluate from there. Given that I work full time (in a job that requires a considerable amount of additional training performed mostly on my own time), spend about three hours a day commuting and have a family, this process is going to take longer than I want it to. Currently I am aiming to take the LSAT either June or October of 2013, so I do have some time to work with.

Good luck with your test prep, please keep us informed of how things are progressing for you.

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