I'm new to this board (just decided to apply to law school), and I thank everyone in advance for your advice!
Here's are some concerns. Feel free to answer all/some of the questions.:
1. I just took a practice LSAT from Kaplan, and scored 156, but is it just me, or are the Kaplan explainations really hard to follow? I'm looking for recommendations for good LSAT books/materials. Does anyone have any idea where to get accurate practice tests? I'm not planning to take a class, but I'd like to give myself a chance to improve, hopefully with the best materials possible.
2. I finished UG at UCLA w/a 3.2 in English, and I'm currently in my second year of grad school (UCLA again) for a Masters in Education, which will end in June, and I'm also working semi-full time in real estate. My grad GPA will probably be 3.7, but how will it weigh against my fairly low low UG GPA?
3. The LSAT's are June, Oct, Dec, and Feb. Which one is best? Since I plan to apply in 2005, I can take the LSAT's on any of these dates. However, I do want to score my best, and I'd like some advice about the trends of the LSAT dates. I.e., do most people take the exam in Oct, after their finished with summer tutoring? Would you score lower because you're competing with such individuals? Will I do better in Feb because less people are taking the test?
If someone could please lay out the circumstances and mental states of individuals who choose each of the dates, I would be extremely grateful. A list would be nice!