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How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:04 pm
by partybro
Before I began regularly browsing TLS, I was completely clueless about the importance of the LSAT. So clueless in fact that I had preliminarily planned to take the real LSAT completely cold. TLS turned that shit around and got me studying.

GPA: 3.84
Target market: NYC
Interest: Biglaw

Before TLS
LSAT: 152 (my diagnostic score)
Likely destination: Syracuse or NYLS
Likely $$$: $0
Job Prospects: ~5-10% at Biglaw

After TLS
LSAT: 170
Likely destination: MVP
Likely $$$: 33k/year at Syracuse, 15k/year at Michigan
Job Prospects: ~30-50% at Biglaw

Total Study
Duration: 4 months
Hours per week: 20
Total hours: 320

Summary
- Earned myself $99,000 in scholarship money at my past target and $45,000 on a formerly untouchable reach
- Earned a legitimate shot at NYC Biglaw

$99,000/320 hours + increased odds at Biglaw= $309.38/hour(nontaxable income) + one happy camper

Fuck yea. 8)

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:08 pm
by KeepitKind
keep partyin, bro

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:12 pm
by partybro
KeepitKind wrote:keep partyin, bro



8) Will do, bro. 8)

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:16 pm
by Grizz
TLS made me even more cynical than I already am, and even more of a dick.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:17 pm
by hipstermafia
rad law wrote:TLS made me even more cynical than I already am, and even more of a dick.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:23 pm
by mbusch22
rad law wrote:TLS made me even more cynical than I already am, and even more of a[n elitist] dick.


edited +1

oh, and TLS got me top 10%. Cheers

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:24 pm
by HowdyYall
i think TLS has really helped me out a lot too brobeans. Maybe not so much on the LSAT front but on all the little parts of the application process that I wasnt aware of (like addendums and scholarship negotiation, etc.)

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:49 am
by r6_philly
58 cents.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:10 am
by nealric
TLS wasn't really on the radar when I applied to law school, but I owe my career to a law school discussion site. It's part of the reason I keep coming back.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:13 am
by weejonbu
rad law wrote:TLS made me even more cynical than I already am, and even more of a dick.


At least you're self-aware rad law... I respect that.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:16 am
by beachbum
hipstermafia wrote:
rad law wrote:TLS made me even more cynical than I already am, and even more of a dick.


And if I don't get a bangin job, I blame all of you for my six figures of debt and chronic alcoholism.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:26 am
by UCSD1984
I've earned enough to know that Law School won't be the right path towards a comfortable future unless I score quite well on the LSAT. I've still got several hours to invest into studying, but I never realized how terrible the job market was for BigLaw (didn't even know what "BigLaw" referred to) and for everything else as well, except for crap like...Doc Review, and I'm not even sure what that work entails. All I know is it sucks and it pays enough to buy some Jack in the Box and pay half your mortgage.

I've also realized that my little dream of working in IP Law is very unrealistic considering I've only obtained a B.S. in Biology, and considering I'm staying local for Law Schools and Tier4 is the only real option hereabouts. Having said that, the LSAT plays a huge role in my situation. If I don't obtain a generous scholarship, I won't be attending. Therefore, the LSAT is my number priority, just as it was and is for many people who have taken the time to inform themselves with such resources as TLS.

The site has indeed made me a bit more cynical towards other Law School prospectives, though. It's a bit sad, considering I was very unrealistic as to what a J.D. really means in this day and age (and for the past few decades, apparently) only 3-4 weeks ago. Now, my perspective has shifted drastically in a much more realistic sense due to, again, the information I've soaked in from this site. Nowadays if people tell me "I'm going to Law School", I'm going to ask them where they're going and what they think they'll be doing after they graduate. More than likely, I'll refer them to that horrid New York times article or to a thread on this site.

Anywho, I like this thread, and I like the OP's story. Thumbs up dude.

Edit: In case you're curious, this is what I sounded like 3 weeks ago. "Hey TLS, I'm a new guy going to Law School soon. I have a Bachelor's in Biology and I totally wanna' work in IP Law. Question is, should I expect to make partner in less than 8 years if I know I have a totally awesome work ethic? I mean I TOTALLY LOVE technology and bio and stuff, and I wouldn't mind making $160,000 a year but being a partner would be even MORE COOLER!!! Any info is appreciated on how I can succeed and make the most of my future considering my passion in bio n' stuff! Thx gaiz!!!!"

*wrists*

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:44 am
by Patriot1208
Before tls I would have taken my 169 and likely cornell, gtown, and (maybe) mich acceptances and been ecstatic. Now I'll be retaking.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:07 am
by fuzzypeach
TLS also made me postpone law school to either retake the LSAT or say fuck it! I'm moving to Colorado instead!

Already have a useless masters degree, don't need a useless J.D. on top of it!

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:13 pm
by wester0
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Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:31 pm
by Pricer
Went from aiming for a T30 at in-state full price to a T20 at OOS/private full price.

Re: How much did YOU earn through finding TLS?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:35 pm
by bk1
Pre-TLS: T2 at 1/2 CoA

Post-TLS: T20 at 1/2 CoA or T14 at sticker