ArghItsBlarg wrote:As a lower-30's 0L myself, I'm in a somewhat similar situation. I'm in Chicago with a house that there's no chance of us selling in this market, so I'm also geographically locked. As for the LSAT, I started studying in June, with a modified version of Pithypike's study guide posted here on the LSAT board. I studied on my train commute every day, sneaking in some studying at work as well. No review course. I borrowed the 2011 Princeton Review from the library, and then it was all practice tests purchased from Amazon. I took the October LSAT 8 days after my second child was born and scored a 173. My brain may not be quite as fine-tuned as it was 10 years ago, but I'd like to think the added wisdom and maturity aided the regularity and practicality of my study habits.
I'm currently planning on going to a Tier Two school, part time, and getting as much scholarship money as I can garner. It'll be pretty hard, especially first year, but it can be done and the potential benefits outweigh staying in my current job track by a power of ten.
This IS VERY HELPFUL! like i said i haven't started studying but i checked out a "cracking the LSAT" book from the library too. the questions seem interesting, lol, yes i am a nerd. but it is encourage to see a 173 from someone with young child!
Do they generally give $ to part times? Santa Clara also have a 4 yr part time program. Are you planning to take a reduced work schedule for the 4 years of part time law school?
Definitely read the LSAT section here. It points you toward the "good" books and away from the less good. I liked the PR book, for example, but disliked the Barron's. The Powerscore Bibles are essentially mandatory as well.
They certainly do give $$$ to part timers. To the best of my knowledge, they apportion the money in the same fashion as FT. In all honesty, I'm hoping to get somewhere from 75-100% from one of my second tier schools. Chicago-Kent also has an honors scholar program which, for full time, gives a full ride plus a stipend. PT are eligible for it as well, but they don't get the stipend.
I don't expect that I'll be able to work less hours without changing jobs, and my family is reliant on my salary and benefits so that probably won't be happening. I may, however, see about modifying my schedule so as to take some classes in the day time in years 2-4, thus letting me see my family during the week.