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Law School and LSAT Stress

In October I finally took my first LSAT. It wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be.

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After about 25 days of waiting I finally received my score about a week ago. I only got a 144 but that isn’t horrible. I was looking for a 150 which is still attainable if I decide to take the test again in June.

From here I am going to apply to schools in January when my transcripts include this current semester in them, to up my chances of getting in where I want to get in. For the next couple months I will be working on my resume and personal statement. I will also need to write an addendum for my current GPA reading, it hopes to boost my chance of getting in.

The stress of the LSAT is finally over and now my momentum to apply has kind of subsided. I just need to hunker down, knock out these next few documents and get my applications sent as soon as my updated transcript comes through, then I need to start crossing my fingers.

Do you ever have those times when you get so stressed about something and then once something happens like a test you lose momentum for the rest of what needs to be done to reach your goal? How do you handle stress?

 

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In exactly one week I will be taking my first LSAT! All I can say is I am extremely nervous.

Studying did not turn out the way I wanted to and because I started to over analyze everything my practice scores went down from my first original test without ever even studying. Hopefully I can pull through next week!

*just to be prepared I signed up for the December exam as a back up

Wish me luck!

 

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Law School 101 // Is Moving….

I am so excited to announce that the Law School 101 series that Yelena and I started a couple of weeks ago is moving to its own blog.  That’s right, you heard me! Yelena and I have big plans for our Law School 101 series, so we’ve decided to turn it into its very own blog.

Come check out our new digs: 

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Also, don’t forget to check out our Facebook Community, where you can connect with us on a daily basis.  Here you will also be able to connect with like-minded individuals, and stay up to speed with our blog posts.

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See you out there!

– Christy 

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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:

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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 

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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. 

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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 

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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?

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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?

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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. 
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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

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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 

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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.

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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? 

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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

 

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