(This topic may not be off-topic, but I'm not a law school student and I'm not yet applying to be one so I didn't know where to put it)
So I'm an incoming sophomore at the University of Iowa. Last year i joined a fraternity, and I sort of let my grades go. I finished the year with a 3.34 GPA which isn't necessarily bad, but i know it isn't up to par for law school. I intend to try my hardest from here on out to finish each semester with a 4.0 which shouldn't be too difficult as I am a Political Science major probably picking up a History minor.
I've been reading many topics on this site as well as others and i recently ordered some LSAT prep materials from Powerscore and have been trying to get a basic understanding of how the LSAT works and what types of questions are on it. I'm even getting ready to start studying for it. I know many people say that studying this early is a waste of time, but i keep reading that with practice the LSAT can be mastered and i will be shooting for a 175+ on it, so i don't see how it could hurt to start early.
The reason i am trying to get such a high score is because i know I won't have a 3.9-4.0 GPA and i would like to get a scholarship to Iowa Law which, from what i understand, is a pretty good law school. I really would like as big of a scholarship as possible and i know that a high LSAT score would be key to that especially if i don't have a perfect GPA.
MY QUESTIONS (POINT OF THIS TOPIC):
-Would graduating in 3 years hurt my chances of getting into law school/getting a scholarship because i would have less time to raise my GPA?
-If i did graduate in 3 years, when would you recommend i take the LSAT? What if i did 4?
-What kind of volunteer work/internships should i be looking into for law school/How important are these for law school admittance?