Post # 1
How many months did you take to study? When did you take the lsat? I haven’t stared studying yet, but I’m debating whether I take the June lsat and start hotting the books now or use the summer fall (May-Sept) to study for the October lsat. I want to apply as early as possible to law schools to have a better shot (especially because my score I know won’t be great) What do you think?
Post # 3
Well, what I did was totally not normal, and not what I would recommend, but here goes:
I found out in October that I was graduating with my BA a semester earlier than expected (and thus could apply to law school a year earlier if I wanted). I took a Kaplan-sponsored free practice LSAT in late October, and was very happy with my score, so I went for it! I studied like crazy to try and bump my score up a bit all through November, took the real one in December, and finished my apps before getting my scores. My scores came in the beginning of January, at which point my apps were all completed. I’m currently waiting to hear back!!
It was really fast-paced and crazy, and totally out of character for a plan-ahead type like me, so I wouldn’t recommend that. 🙂
My pre-law advisor generally recommended the June LSAT. Some schools have priority deadlines for applications in November, and if you take the Oct. test there’s a chance your scores won’t be in by then. Especially if you think you’ll be “on the edge” admission-wise, it’s better to get your apps in as soon as possible. But, if you think you’ll benefit from the extra study time over the summer, it might be better to wait! It’s just what works for you. 🙂
Post # 4
Part of it depends when you want to apply to schools — some have rolling admission, so your chances are better if you apply earlier. That said, you do not want to take the LSAT if you are not ready for it. You don’t want to waste your time or your money if you are not prepared to take it. I know you said that your score won’t be great, but studying can really change that.
In my case, I decided to go to law school in July (of my senior year). I could have registered for the October LSAT, but I wanted to take a prep class (I suck at studying on my own). I took the Kaplan class beginning in August/September? through November-ish, and then took the test in December. It was worth it to me to wait and improve my score. Also, I had no problem getting into the schools that I wanted to get into (considering how late I took the test).
Post # 5
I’m at the University of Chicago with work experience and good grades and I can’t find a summer job. I love what I’m learning, but law school is a bad investment for the overwhelming majority of people.
Post # 6
For me the key to the LSAT was practice and tons of it! I bought almost every LSAT that was published and did them all and timed myself and scored them after! For the games section especially, there are only a few types of questions and after practice, you get so much faster at them.