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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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Life, Monday Inspiration

Inspiration Monday // She Believed She Could

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This past Saturday I took my first ever LSAT.  It’s so exiting to finally have completed that daunting task.  After 4 months of studying, I was more than happy to have completed the test.  I may not have studying as hard as I could but I studied a lot, I hope once my results come at the end of the month it all paid off.  I felt really good after completing the test, which I think is a great sign.  Come the end of the month I’ll know…. Is it October 31st yet?

Just believing in yourself to complete something gives you more of an advantage then the person next to you who doesn’t believe in themselves.  Believing in yourself is what carries you the furthest in life. What goal have you set your heart out to complete? Have you completed it?

 

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Law School 101, Life

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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

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

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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Life

Monday Inspiration

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As I have started a new part-time job waitressing I find myself answering the same question over and over again. “What are you doing with your life?” Meeting new people has its perks but answering this question over and over again to every new person I met and continue to meet has become daunting.

My answer is always, “I am finishing up my Bachelors this next academic year and then I want to take a semester off to study for the LSAT and apply to Law schools!” People’s responses are always something along the lines of that is amazing, but at 24 aren’t you tired of being in school?”

When reading through quotes this morning to find my daily inspiration I came across my new answer. This quote, I have to say it says it perfectly for me.

It’s just time and for me I love to learn new things so being in school really isn’t killing me because of the amount of time its taking and in the end the time it takes to accomplish my dreams is all going to be well worth it.

So today, I challenge all of you to take a second and stop stressing about the time it is taking you to accomplish something. We have our whole lives ahead of us and everything we are working towards now will be well worth the time spent on it once we accomplish what we set out to do.

 

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