First time poster - Requesting your input

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First time poster - Requesting your input

Postby jasonbound » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:23 am

Hi everyone!

I've been reading TLS for almost a year and have really gained a lot of insight from all of you. I decided to just sign-up for an account and wanted your input on my situation, so here it goes and I apologize if I am posting in the wrong section.

I graduated 3 months ago and decided to take two years off in order to work/travel and study for the LSAT. I can say that the job hunt is not going so well, so I am considering going abroad for a bit and really studying hard for the LSAT. My goal is to take it next February or June and to apply next Fall 2013-2014 cycle in order to start law school in the Fall of 2014.

It seems that the TLS rule of thumb is to get 170+ and that is my goal, but I want to know if downward grade trends are looked upon very negatively. The LSDAS calculator online states that my GPA is a 3.81. I attended a UC school in California and although I am receptive to attending UC Davis, I want to crack the T-14. Stanford and Berkeley are my dream schools, but it seems that my GPA is not near their 75th percentiles.

Should my main focus in the next couple of months be to study for the LSAT and hope to get a job in the states or should I go find an opportunity abroad and study for the LSAT at the same time? Also, when do people usually start writing their personal statements and is it ok to get letters of recommendations this year or should I wait until next summer, so that the date on the letter is more recent?

Thank you!
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Re: First time poster - Requesting your input

Postby togepi » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:36 am

It depends on if you've taken a diagnostic yet. If you're close to your goal, then you might as well just take a few months to hammer out the finer points, maybe take a course or something.

As for going abroad, I'm in South Korea right now teaching English. I've already been here for about 15 months or so, and it allows plenty of time to study for the LSAT. I've been studying lately before work (40 hour weeks) and much more on the weekends. I definitely recommend doing it if you're planning on taking a year or two off, in Korea or elsewhere. It'll also give you things to talk about in your PS and come interview time.

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