Law School 101

Law School 101 // Yelena answers – LSAT Scores

Welcome back LS 101er’s –

Yelena’s here to answer my question from Tuesday, “How do I know what LSAT score I need?  I know this is a burning question for all Law School Applicants.  I’m pretty sure its the most important thing when it comes to getting yourself into law school.

So here’s Yelena’s, from Lovely Thoughts, response:

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

THE LSAT: Will I pass with a good enough score?

Your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score is the holy grail of law school admissions – it can either make or break your dreams of being a lawyer; really though – how well you do on your LSAT will determine the course of your legal career.

LSAT scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly to get your raw score (there is no penalty for incorrect answers), which is converted into the LSAT range of 120-180.  Most LSAT practice exams and study aids provide a conversion chart to help you figure out how well you’re doing.

Nationwide, the average score is 150. To determine what score you’ll need, visit the websites of some of the law schools you’re interested in and find the school’s incoming class fact sheet. This will give you the 25, 50 and 75 percentile GPAs and LSAT scores for the last incoming class.

Your LSAT score should fit within the 25-75 percent range for the law school of your choice in order to even be considered for admission. But, since almost all law school scholarships are merit-based, if your LSAT score is in the 75 percentile or above, your chances to get scholarships (usually they’re incredibly competitive since there aren’t many) greatly increase!

If you’re aiming at the Ivy Leagues, you’ll need a score in the 170’s, but most tier-two schools accept scores in the 150’s to 160’s. Some smaller schools will go lower than 150, but that is very rare.

While doing practice exams, pick a range of scores that you’re aiming for within 5 points, based on the research you did on your dream schools. For example, a good range would be 158-163. A score within this range will get you through the door of most tier-two law schools in the United States.

Even if your practice scores usually end up within your preferred range, note that some studies show your actual score will usually be a few points lower than your high practice scores, especially if you’re not comfortable with timed exams or just have the exam jitters the day of.

Personally, I took the LSAT twice because the first time I scored lower than my preferred range. Although there is no rule against taking the LSAT twice, some schools will average your LSAT scores, which may actually make your score worse if you don’t improve with the second exam.

What if your LSAT score is still lower than you need to get into Law School X? In these cases, you can use your GPA, if it’s 3.5 or above, to balance out your application, but let’s save that for a future discussion – the application itself is really an art in itself!

– Yelena 

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

So there you have it. To know what score I need to set a goal of reaching, I need to do some research on the schools I am wanting to apply too.

What is your LSAT score goal?

Tell us what your goal is and how you are doing on your practice exams. Let us be your virtual cheer leaders. 

Tune in to  LMLAIKI next week to hear about each of our processes of choosing which Law Schools to apply too.

Now before we sign out of Law School 101 this week, Yelena and I want to announce our newest adventure.

Today we are proud to launch: Law School 101. 

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 3.35.29 PM

We’ve created a community where you can come share your stories (triumphs and struggles), ideas, advice and questions. Everything Law School related!

Join us on facebook as part of our Law School 101 . Along side our Law School 101 blog series we have created this community in the hopes to contact with other Law school individuals. We want to contact with law school applicants, law students, recent graduates of law school and those in the law professional.

This community id here so we can hear your stories, advice and answer your questions. Along with connecting with other like-minded people we hope to be able to post useful information, articles, tips and tricks, and the like.  Our goal is to make this a spot where daily there is something new to share, discuss and keep us connected. We are all in this adventure of  Law together!

  So, hop on over to Law School 101  and LIKE US today!

Till next week schooler’s – We’ll see you on facebook : )

– Christy 

Advertisements
Standard
Life

Thoughts // Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Street, I want to take a moment to be thankful and appreciate how far we have come as a nation since that day.  Although, there is still so much work to be continued and done, we have come a very long way.

In honor of MLK today. I want you to believe in yourself and where you are going. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your dreams.

believe in yourself

– Christy 

 

Standard
Law School 101

Law School 101 // LSAT Scores

Welcome Law School 101ers,

Last week on Law School 101, I asked Yelena from Lovely Thoughts, if I was studying enough for the LSAT.  In response to last weeks posts, I thought I would talk a little bit about how and when I study.

When I first signed up for the October 5th LSAT Test I had just about 3 months time to study. That time has flown by so fast and I am already about a month away from my test day. During those first couple months, whenever I had the chance I would sit at a coffee shop and read a book I bought that breaks down this different types of questions and helps teach you how to analysis them. After each reading there is a group of questions to do and I would work through those as well.  I was spending about 10 hours a week working this process.

With yesterday being the first day back at school, I know I am quickly going to kick back into study mode which will make it that much easier to study. My plan for the next month is to take a practice test 2 times a week, to work on my speed.  As well as, I have a book that breaks different groups down into an hour of questions a day for 39 days. I figure since I will be on campus Monday – Friday I will make sure I spend at least an hour a day in the Library solely working on my LSAT prep.  Two days a week I will need to spend 2 hours in the library each to take my practice timed test.

After reading Yelena’s response and breaking down my study habits, I can say I definitely haven’t studied as much as I can.  But, I think I am definitely studying a large amount and that there should be no reason as to why I wont kill this test with my plan for the next month or so of prep time.

Chat with us: What are/were your study techniques for the LSAT?

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

This week my question for Yelena is:

How do I know what LSAT score I need? 

numbersMy first time practiced test I gave myself, I scored a 159. My second was a 161, and I’m sure I’ll have more to come over the corse of the next month as I continue to take these practice tests. But, how do I know what LSAT score is going to be best for me, when it comes to applying to Law Schools.

Do I just pick a number to aim for?

Is there a way to figure out what score I need to have a better chance of getting into a certain school?

Does my GPA affect what score I need on the LSAT?

What was your first practice score? and your actual LSAT score?

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Whoa, looks like I got carried away in the question area. Hopefully Yelena will have great insight on this.  Check back in with us on LMLAIKI on Thursday for Yelena’s response post.

Plus, you don’t want to miss the exciting news Yelena and I have to share about our new adventure together. 

– Happy Studying Law School 101er’s

       – Christy 

If you missed the posts from last week you can catch up on the first question/opening post here and Yelena’s answer post here.  Make sure to stay tuned to both of our blogs weekly for the continuing of our Law School 101 series. 
Standard
Life

Stories of School // First Day

IMG_2052

My excitement can not be hidden.  Today is the first day of Fall semester for me here at San Francisco State University, and even better, my first day of Senior year.

I never thought I would be so excited about this day, but today marks a huge milestone in my life. Its a day to look back and say “I did it!”. There have been many hurdles along this journey and its such a relief to know I finally made it this far. Only 9 months to go and I will be a graduated student.

Although, there have been hurdles these past 5 years of going to college has been well worth every minute, and penny. Here’s to closing this chapter of my life this year, and preparing to open another. I have learned so much about myself and have grown into who I am and I couldn’t be happier at this point in time in my life.

Here’s to:

 My Senior Year !!! 

-Christy 

 

Standard
Law School 101

Law School 101 // Yelena Answers

On Tuesday I mentioned I’d be starting a new series on LMLAIKI with Yelena over at Lovely Thoughts.  You can read the opening post of the series here, if you are just joining us.

I am so excited to finally introduce Yelena editor over at Lovely Thoughts and the Lovely Thoughts Society.  Yelena just started her law school career  at The University of Missouri Columbia School of Law. After many long days studying for the LSAT and applying to different schools, she has finally made it, and has some great insight to provide to me and others working towards the same goal.

Here is was Yelena had to say on whether or not I am spending enough time studying for the LSAT.

Am I spending enough time studying for the LSAT?

So you really want to be a lawyer. But, before you take law school by storm, you first must endure the necessary evil known as the Law School Admissions Test, a standardized logic test that is one of the most important determinants whether you’ll get into law school and if you do, whether you’ll be eligible for scholarships.

Experts recommend start studying for the LSAT 3-6 months before the test date. Unfortunately, unlike college, you can’t study for the LSAT by simply cramming information in a few weeks or days before the test date.

Unlike most standardized exams, the LSAT doesn’t try to test your knowledge as much as it’s designed to test the way you think. On the bright side, you don’t have to worry about learning vocabulary words, formulas or remembering how to do long division. But, you do need to train your brain to solve logic problems and analyze scenarios in a certain way.

This process of teaching yourself to think like the LSAT test writers can be incredibly time-consuming. The best course of action is to take practice exams and then analyze what you’re doing incorrectly. Eventually, you’ll begin to notice patterns in the way questions and answers are phrased or structured, making you more efficient at answering the logic questions.

So, when it comes to LSAT studying, practice really does make perfect!  This requires a lot of self-discipline though. It helps to look at LSAT studying as a part-time job. To keep up and avoid procrastination schedule in blocks of time for distraction-free LSAT studying a few times each week – ideally 10-20 hours if you’re on the 3-month schedule.

Eventually, you’ll see your practice exam scores rise (make sure you’re doing timed tests though to fully prepare for the exam) and you’ll be more familiar with different question structures and phrasing. Reaching these milestones will make you much more comfortable on exam day!

In the end, there really is no set amount of hours you’re required to study – it really is a personal preference that depends on how hard you study and how well you understand logic concepts.

– Yelena

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Tune back in to LMLAIKI next Tuesday for my follow-up response  and next weeks question.  We’ll be talking LSAT Scores.

Happy Studying from both Yelena and I!

-Christy 

Standard
Law School 101

Law School 101 // Am I studying enough

Today, I am so excited to announce a new series/project on Living My Life As I Know It.  For now we will call it Law School 101 (in the works of brainstorming a better series name, I’m not hooked on this one. Ideas?).

I am teaming up with Yelena, writer of the blog Lovely Thoughts and founder of the Lovely Thoughts Society, where we will be working alongside one another’s blogs each week to discuss everything to do with law school – from the LSAT and admissions to orientation and law school itself.

Before we start, I’d like to introduce mine and Yelena’s experience with Law School.

Yelena was just recently accepted to the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law and is writing an e-book “7 Steps to Law School”.  She has made it through the rough part of applying, taking the LSAT and playing the waiting game.

I am in the beginning stages of applying to Law Schools and studying to take the LSAT.

Aside from our weekly blog posts, together Yelena and I want to create a society where bloggers, students and the like can come together and talk everything law school. This is just the beginning!  At this time we are looking for people who are applying, have been accepted, are attending or have recently graduated from law school. If you are interested in learning more about this society we are working on please feel free to contact me at sanfranciscoboudprgirl@gmail.com.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

This blog post series will begin with questions/fears I am facing when it has to come to taking the LSAT and applying for law school. Each week on Tuesday I will post a questions/fear and on Thursday Yelena will post a response. Yelena’s responses will be advise and lessons she learned while going through the same process.

We are always open to hearing and answering your questions, as well as, taking your advice. So please feel free to comment or email us at anytime.

To start the series this week  my question is:

Am I spending enough time studying for the LSAT? 

2013-06-25 13.19.44

 

With my test being on October 5th, I know I don’t have a mass amount of time to prepare myself for the LSAT.  I have bought a few books to study from and have also purchased many practice test books.   But my biggest fear at this point in time is that I am just not studying enough.  How do you know if you are spending enough time studying?

*Tune in on Thursday to hear Yelena’s advice 

– Christy

 

Standard
Life

24 and a Senior // College Life Link Up

Gina Alyse
Today I am linking up with Gina Alyse a blogger on College, Faith and Creativity. This week she has created a blog hop, where other bloggers can link together to share their stories, advice and tips on college. So today I thought I would write a little bit about my outlook on college, where it has gotten me thus far and how I feel  about being a Senior in my undergraduate at 24 years old.

That’s right, I am 24 years old…

and working on my undergraduate degree as a senior at San Francisco State University. I will be 25 years old in October and graduating from SFSU in May of 2014.  So you might wonder a few of the following;

Why is this girl a senior at 24

Well to answer that question… because I made a few poor mistakes after graduating High School.  When I graduated HS I lived in a small town in Washington, and was in love with a boy. I thought I was going to marry this boy and be a stay at home mom, like everyone else in this small town of mine, so college wasn’t in my future plans.

Although, I did attend a couple of community college classes the following year after graduation just to say I was a so called a “college girl.” Well I quickly dropped out of those classes and took up 3 waitressing jobs instead.  I was destined to be a waitress for the rest of my life. I had created a life for myself with the love of my life (at the time), we had moved into an apartment together, both had steady jobs, were able to party with our friends whenever we wanted. Life was good, or so I thought.

One day though, thinks went horribly wrong in the relationship I was in, and on top of that I wasn’t liking where my life was headed. I had become a border-line alcoholic, and drug user, I smoked like a chimney and to top it off my relationship had turned into an abusive situation.  I needed to get far far away from where I was. So I packed my bags and moved to California to live with my mom and change my life. Upon moving to California, I knew my first order of business was to go to college. I knew I wasn’t going to get anywhere in life with out a college degree.

However, I was an out-of-state resident according to all of the community colleges here. I needed to have lived in California for at least a year to gain my residency and not have to pay sky-high college fees. So I did just that, I waited a year and then started attending Community College in Sacramento. After 2 in a half years of community college I was finally able to apply to transfer to a University and in Fall of 2012 I moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University.

I am now headed into my senior year here at San Francisco State and I couldn’t be happier.

What have I learned along this journey? 

I have learned a ton of thing and am continuing to learn new things everyday.  I have learned that I am an amazing person with dreams the reach further than the eye can see. I have an ambition to reach those dreams and one day I know I will.  I have learned that education can come at anytime in your life, no matter your situation or age, it will never matter.

I have also learned a ton about the world, our society and who I want to be and what I want to do with my life.

Follow my blog and you can join me in the journey I am on and what I am learning. 

What do I feel I have missed out on? 

I don’t regret taking the path I have taken, because I have learned a lot about who I am along the way. However, I did miss out on somethings when it comes to heading straight to college after High School, that at times I wish I would have been able to experience.

1. Living in the dorms

2. Graduating at the same time as my friends

3. Beginning my life in a career oriented job in my early twenties.

There are plenty more things I missed out on but at the same time there has been so many things I think I have experienced that others have not.

What are you studying and what are your plans after College?  

I am a Communication Major. This only took my 3 years to figure out. I originally wanted to go into business, then journalism and I finally settled on communication.

Why Communication?  – because after taking a few communication classes that were cross classes with journalism, I fell in love with the theories and aspects of communication. I have loved every communication class I have taken and I can not wait to take a ton of communication classes this semester. The way people communicate fascinates me now.

Whats next? – I am currently studying to take the LSAT as I would like to attend Law School after graduating from SFSU this up coming spring.

Why Law school? – That’s a good question, that to this day I can’t give a specific answer. But for some reason since taking a Debate class at my community college and a professor mentioning that I had the potential to become a Lawyer, it has become my biggest goal to do just that.

Do I have any advice or tips for girls heading straight to a University or to a Community College? 

My advice for girls heading straight to a University …. Enjoy every second of it, keep in touch with your family on a regular basis, keep a journal, make as many friends as you can and study something that truly interests you.

My advice for girls heading to a Community College … Enjoy every second of it, keep in touch with your family if you have moved away, keep a journal, make as many friends and possible, join clubs (just do it), study hard, get your general education classes done at your CC, figure out your major once you have completed you GE classes, and choose a school to transfer to that will give you the opportunity to travel and or explore new things.

For both girls going to a University or Community College…. Be yourself, be the best you can be, take every opportunity that comes your way and last but not least…

 TAKE YOUR TIME!!! 

xoxo – Christy

 

Standard