LSAT anyone?

  • pcsean28

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    Oct 23, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Anybody on here practicing for the LSAT?

    I'm taking it in December and actually moved to my parents' house so I wouldn't have to work for the next couple months (more like 6 weeks now, yikes!) before the test.

    Anybody in the same boat and want to commiserate?

    Anybody taken it and have some words of wisdom?

    Anybody far removed from LSAT and done with Law School and can give me some insight on what the next 5-ish years will be like for me?

    Hope this leads to helpful discussion... for now, off to the library!
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    Oct 23, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
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  • groundcombat

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    Oct 23, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    I took it a year ago. Brutal. I'm going to prob have to go again in feb. I could use more prep time than dec. Good luck!
  • pcsean28

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    Oct 23, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    Thanks guys!

    So groundcombat did you cancel your scores? Are you planning on applying for Fall 09 or would Feb LSAT be too late for that?
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 23, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    I'm applying since the rest of my application is fairly comptitive. If not, hopefully work will leave me alone enough to take a Kaplan and apply again for 10.

    Although I knew it was less than ideal, I didnt cancel. With the experimental section in it, you never knew what to expect.
  • pcsean28

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    Oct 23, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    So, you could tell which was the experimental section? Wasn't it unscored anyway?

    Did you take a prep course the first time? I'm thinking I won't...
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 23, 2008 11:02 PM GMT
    No. That's my point. I knew one of the reading sections had to be x because only one is scored. You don't know which til after. As Murphy would dictate, the reading I bombed was the scored section.

    I just used a collection of study books the first go round.
  • pcsean28

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    Oct 23, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    I gotcha. Bummer! Is it something you think could have been helped by taking a class? I go back and forth on the idea but sometimes I think those classes are designed to give you a very specific method that works for the average person and it might just be a distraction from my own method that might work better for me. Right now I'm just going through a stack of books and practicing away...
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    Oct 23, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    I know we have a few lawyers here at RJ. I know HndsmKansan is one, and he's a pretty friendly guy. I'm sure if you message him he'll talk to you about his experience in law school.

    I'm not a lawyer but I know someone in law school. I may be wrong, but I think law school programs are usually 3 years, with the first one being the hardest and going down from there. But maybe that only applies to my friend's school. Not sure.
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 23, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    I know what you mean. It was very frustrating when I moved onto a different book where I was not a believer in their new logic game strategy. I blame my Sucky score largely on some other courses I started just before the test that seemed to undo all my practice. I say just get a solid approach however you can and practice til your ass falls off.
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    Oct 23, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    Six weeks off work, AND a move into your parents home, JUST to take the LSAT?? Dude, what will you do when you are preparing for the bar exam? Fly to the moon for a year?? :-)

    Ok, just yanking your chain. But seriously, unless you're gunning for tier 1 schools, don't sweat it.

    The next five years will depend on your outlook. If you enjoy student life and law as a subject matter, you will LOVE the experience. Otherwise it will be the most miserable three years of your life.

    That said, an enjoyable law school experience will not guarantee that you will be a good attorney. However, neither will a bad experience prevent you from becoming one.

    Good luck.
  • Parker817

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    Oct 24, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    Just started my second year of law school. Words of wisdom for the LSAT? Practice, practice, practice. It will help become familiar with the exam and keep your cool when it comes time for the real thing.
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    Oct 24, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    took the lsat in 05. in last year of law school now. take Kaplan and do tons of practice tests. welcome to HELL.
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    Oct 24, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    did not take the LSAT...but took something similar...grrrrrrr...MURDER...BLOODY MURDER!!!

    good luck...I totally understand how you feel...but then it does not end...b/c then come applications, freaking interviews, and waiting around for admissions committee members to make a life changing decision.

    best of luck to you
  • pcsean28

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    Oct 24, 2008 8:52 AM GMT
    princeofzen saidSix weeks off work, AND a move into your parents home, JUST to take the LSAT?? Dude, what will you do when you are preparing for the bar exam? Fly to the moon for a year?? :-)

    Ok, just yanking your chain. But seriously, unless you're gunning for tier 1 schools, don't sweat it.

    The next five years will depend on your outlook. If you enjoy student life and law as a subject matter, you will LOVE the experience. Otherwise it will be the most miserable three years of your life.

    That said, an enjoyable law school experience will not guarantee that you will be a good attorney. However, neither will a bad experience prevent you from becoming one.

    Good luck.


    Haha, actually I might have been overstating the role of LSAT practice in my decision to move home... my lease in LA ended and I work in TV so I'm more or less freelance and a gig ended with a long break before the next show. I could have tried to find a gig in the meantime and find a new apt. in LA... or move home and study for the LSAT.

    I figured it was a great opportunity to make up for a GPA I'm not that proud of, and the allure of going to a T14 law school fed into my wannabe overachiever itch.

    The truth is I find studying and practicing the law to be something I could be good at and at the very least really enjoy. I'll go to law school regardless of where I get in.

    I was just lucky enough to have this time to devote my full energy to that first step and figure I might as well take advantage of it. One reason I didn't take the LSAT/apply for law school right out of college was because I was watching my peers killing themselves over it and didn't want to join that rat race. A few years (and career changes) removed and I'm really motivated and ready.

    Anyway thanks for the insight! I'm sure I'll hit you up for more down the road ;)
  • pcsean28

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    Oct 24, 2008 8:57 AM GMT
    orthojock saiddid not take the LSAT...but took something similar...grrrrrrr...MURDER...BLOODY MURDER!!!

    good luck...I totally understand how you feel...but then it does not end...b/c then come applications, freaking interviews, and waiting around for admissions committee members to make a life changing decision.

    best of luck to you


    Haha thanks, yeah I grew up with my Dad taking the CA Bar Exam (achem... many times), then a roommate in college taking the MCAT (I'm assuming that's what you took?), then another roommate taking the LSAT so I'm well aware of the poisonous effect of this process.