(Closed) Since I know there are many lawyers on the Bee…

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband is in law school now, so this isn’t quite from personal experience…  But I know he wishes he had just done more practice questions.  The more you do, the more you understand about how the LSAT writers think.  I know  he also had a hard time with the analytical reasoning sections.  Good luck on Monday!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Forget that section how about logic games!!!! I’m going through a Kaplan book and its an annoyance. Just get sleep lots of it night before and eat well. You’re lucky your taking it now test is at 12 noon in US I’m taking mine in October 8:30am not good lol Goodluck you’ll be fine!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Hey, ILikePink, I used to be an LSAT tutor–I think logic games give everyone a hard time at first, but I actually found them to be kind of fun in a weird way. πŸ˜‰ I also struggled with them at first; practice practice practice (and some more practice) is the best way to get the hang of them. I studied with (and then taught for) Kaplan, and their method was really helpful for me.

BUT you are taking the test on Monday! The games section is the smallest number of points on the test, so that should help you if they’re really causing you problems. Also, as you lead up to the test, it’s a good idea to focus on your strengths and try to rack up as many points in the other two areas as you can. I think, when you’re this close, anxiety management is one of the most important parts of test prep. Practicing what you’re already pretty good at will help keep you from missing easy points and build your confidence so that you are less likely to choke on game day. πŸ˜‰

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Well I took mine about 6 years ago so I don’t remember much about the test specifically but my biggest piece of advice is just not to get psyched out by people around you.  When i was taking it, everyone set up their own timers and had a million pens and I just came with my pen, pencil and wrist watch.  I was sort of worried at first but then just dug in.  I don’t know how they all did but I did great even without all that stuff.  Just relax and focus.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Uh, don’t go to law school! (really)

But, my advice would be to use the answers given to you. The beauty of these tests is that one of the answers is totally right. You don’t need to rely on coming up with the answers entirely independently, test the answers.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Ha, monitajb, I totally agree with you… but it can’t hurt to get the best LSAT score possible if you’re determined to go to law school anyway! (Personally, I think continuing to just teach test prep would have been more lucrative for me! πŸ˜‰

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the LSAT, but I’d just echo the PPs and say that the most important thing right now is not to psych yourself out.  There is so much nervous energy in that room, but you should just try to avoid it, tune everyone else out, and focus on happy things.  I’d give the same advice for law school finals and the bar exam!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yup, tune everyone else out and focus on your strengths.  You won’t be able to learn logic games between now and Monday, but you can strengthen other areas.  Also, don’t study the day before the test.  I actually scored 5 points higher on the real thing than I did on any practice test πŸ™‚  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

You are aware of the job market for attorneys right now, yes?  Even well within the top 10 schools people who don’t make it into the top half of the class (and some who do) are having a hard time finding jobs.  Seriously reconsider if you are looking at taking on student loans to go anywhere lower.

You don’t have a lot of time between now and Monday.  The books that helped me most were the Powerscore bibles, which pushed me from the 160s to the 170s.  if you are having trouble with logic games, get the Powerscore games bible ASAP, today, and go through it this week, immediately.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Well my first piece of advice would be not to go to law school at all.  I’m going into my last year, and almost all of my friends who graduated this year are either unemployed or got jobs making $40-50k.  Going into A LOT of debt to come out making that much is just silly, and I wish I had waited a year to see what the job market was going to do before deciding to come.  The job market is never going to go back to the way it used to be, so you should probably just save yourself the money and headache of law school and find another career.  If you still think you want to go to law school, I would recommend being a paralegal first.  Being a lawyer is not all it’s hyped up to be, and I can’t even tell you how many people I know that went to law school and don’t want to be lawyers now. Being a paralegal will give you a good idea if it’s the right career for you.  And if you still want to go to law school, get the best LSAT score you can and get into a top 10 school to have the best chance at making any money when you graduate.  If you don’t go to a top 10 school, your job prospects are pretty bleak (and still even not that great if you go to a Top 10).

As for the LSAT, since you’re so close to taking the actual exam, the most you can do at this point is relax.  Keep practicing over the weekend, but stick to whatever schedule you’ve been doing.  There’s really no point in cramming.  I used the Powerscore Logic Games Bible, and it was awesome.  If you can find it, it might be worth picking up.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

You are so close to the test now, I would just do as many practice questions as you can (without driving yourself crazy), and just make sure to RELAX on test day. 

But, I echo the comments above re: deciding if you really want to go to law school.  The legal market has changed so much in the past three years since I started working, making harder to both land a job and switch jobs if you are unhappy.  And, the average law student ends up with a heap of student loans which can be very frustrating.  Not many people understand that 65k in debt means $800/month payment for ten years.  And most of my friends have more than 65k.  Just something to consider AFTER you take the LSAT, and I would be happy to lend an ear and advice in that department.  Good luck on the test! πŸ™‚

Edit:  Just wanted to add that I am a lawyer (graduated May ’08) and love my job, but I also can see things from another perspective bc my Boyfriend or Best Friend dropped out of law school after one semester after he finally decided he didn’t want to be a lawyer (and is now MUCH happier studying to get his masters in teaching). 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

@nighthawk: $65K is actually a very low estimate for law school debt. The average is approaching 80-100K.

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