(Closed) Law School Bees

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Oops, thought you were talking about the Bar. LSAT was last century for me 🙁

Post # 5
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Helper bee

For the LSAT, I used LSAT for Dummies and another prep book.  I did good enough, but not awesome.

I’m graduating in May, and doing what BrooklynRocks said above for bar prep.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you are very self motivated, you can probably do it on your own.  Buy a review book and take lots and lots and lots of practice tests. 

If you want a little more guidance, do Kaplan or another test prep.  I felt like a fell in between. I knew I’d do the prep tests, but I wanted the inside scoop about taking the tests, so I found a one day program that walked through all the test sections.  Then I just took as many tests as I could until the test.  And I rocked it : )

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I took it twice.  First time I studied on my own, did practice tests, etc, but didn’t raise it much beyond my initial practice test.  I just looked it up, and if I’m recalling the number correctly, it was roughly 90% percentile.  I retook it 3.5 years later (alas, not 5 or the first would have been wiped clean) and scored 98 or 99% percentile after studying with TestWell.  They do really well with people who are aiming for the very top score.  It really helped me nail the logics and improved my arguments section. 

If you want a test prep class, I’d suggest considering TestMasters over Princeton/Kaplan, which are the well known prep groups (I don’t think TestWell is available in most areas or I’d recommend it).  If you study on your own – I strongly suggest you buy the actual tests to practice on (PowerSource Bibles, which you have, are good).  Also study as you’ll take the test.  By that, I mean get into the habit of taking practice tests at the same time in the morning as the test will be, and have someone proctor you (friend call out time, etc.)  Give yourself plenty of time to study for it as well (which I’m guessing you’re already doing by asking now).  If the logic problems are giving you trouble, take as long as you need on a few to be SURE you are right, then start to amp up the time.

I like to think the extra few points on the lsat made a difference of where I got into, gave me the extra edge.  I remember I used this online calculator that told me where I was likely to get into based on my grades, quality of my college, and lsat score and it was fairly accurate even to school that I got waitlisted at.  I loved my grad school, so it all worked out!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

It feels like a lifetime ago but I just went to the halfprice book store and bought an old version of the kaplan prep book. The test doesn’t change enough year ot year to worry about having this year’s version. I think it cost me like $15? I studied for about 2 weeks before. I was fine. 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I took the LSAT with about 5 weeks of prep and used a Kaplan book.  Their “method” wasn’t all that useful to me but that practice tests were.  You can by books of former LSAT tests from LSAC off Amazon pretty cheap, that helped.  The best thing is just to take a bunch of practice tests and time yourself.  Once you get used to knowing when to move on to the next question you’re fine.  For some reason, I totally enjoyed the LSAT.  I might be crazy.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was given a review book by a friend who was a year ahead of me, and then I also purchased a pack of practice exams to do as well to get a feel for the questions and the timing, etc.  I was a pretty relaxed studier since I was abroad the month before the LSAT, but I knew the goal #s I needed to hit to up my chances for acceptance at my preferred schools and I went from there. Take some of the exams drawn out, just to become really familiar with their structure, and then do some full simulation exams to get used to the way it will be on the day of. Best of luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I bought two or 3 of the previous test books from LSAC.  I bought a digital timer from Target and timed myself on every single test (after a handful of non-timed tests).  I studied several nights a week after work for 1-2 hours (usually 2-3 sections), and took a full timed practice test every single weekend.  I also went over the wrong problems and took them again/looked at why I got it wrong.  I did that for several months.  I was able to bring my score up from 147 (previous year’s real test score) to 165 timed practice test.  My dad died 3 days before I took the LSAT this past Oct. – I should have cancelled but didn’t and my score sucked!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh, I forgot to say that the first time around I studied for like a month half-ass – not enough time/hard core enough.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wouldn’t advise anyone to go to law school right now (and I actually enjoyed law school).  If I had not met my FH in law school, I would consider it the biggest mistake that I ever made, with pretty far-reaching consequences.

If you are set on going, I would recommend Kaplan.  If you aren’t happy with your score, I believe they let you take the class again for free.  I think the course helped me, but I never did get the hang of the logic games.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The best suggestion I have is to take actual, timed tests.  Use the released LSAT tests from the past.  The timing is what I have heard that people have the most difficult time with.  I took a class through the Princeton Review because my sister works for them so I got the class for free.  That was a good way for me to get the concepts and the way of thinking down and then I took every test I could get my hands on.

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