Should I be absent from December 2010 lsat?

gymrat780
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Should I be absent from December 2010 lsat?

Postby gymrat780 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:45 pm

Okay this is extremely embarrassing. I'm a black Canadian, and I went to a state school in California majoring in Social sciences (criminology and sociology), and graduated with a 3.56 gpa from that University. I had taken community college before that and bombed my first semester so my lsac gpa is 3.24.

Anyways, I took the February 2010 lsat out of panic without prep and ended up getting a 142. Anyways, since then I have been preparing for the last several months, I took a powerscore course, I've had some tutoring and I'm still only getting 148-155, usually my scores are 148-149 which is depressing because that is what I got when I first took the powerscore diagnostic and after months of trying individual sections, taking practice tests, going over my answers I'm still getting the same thing. Yesterday I scored a 146 in a noisy library so I was devastated. When I was first starting my best section was Logical reasoning, worst was logic games (I now get 17-20 correct each time, when I started I only got 8-9). Though not great I was getting 19 in each LR section (now I'm barely getting 14), and reading comp I was getting 18-19 (now I'm barely getting 12).

My questions are, how bad would my chances be if I were to instead take the February 2011 LSAT? Can I get in anywhere besides Cooley if I take the LSAT that late? I've already taken a year off and am not looking forward to having to take off another.
My dream school is Howard. I have no intention of practicing "big law", I would eventually like to be a sole litigator. Since I've missed the cancellation date, what are my options now? I'm not ready and I don't want to have another bad score on my record.

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aesis
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Re: Should I be absent from December 2010 lsat?

Postby aesis » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:21 pm

Take the absence.

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bergg007
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Re: Should I be absent from December 2010 lsat?

Postby bergg007 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:24 pm

just wait till next cycle. If you are serious about Law School, take time to beef up your resume and practice more for LSAT, probably should look into prep classes.

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Re: Should I be absent from December 2010 lsat?

Postby KevinP » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:00 pm

gymrat780 wrote:Okay this is extremely embarrassing. I'm a black Canadian, and I went to a state school in California majoring in Social sciences (criminology and sociology), and graduated with a 3.56 gpa from that University. I had taken community college before that and bombed my first semester so my lsac gpa is 3.24.

Anyways, I took the February 2010 lsat out of panic without prep and ended up getting a 142. Anyways, since then I have been preparing for the last several months, I took a powerscore course, I've had some tutoring and I'm still only getting 148-155, usually my scores are 148-149 which is depressing because that is what I got when I first took the powerscore diagnostic and after months of trying individual sections, taking practice tests, going over my answers I'm still getting the same thing. Yesterday I scored a 146 in a noisy library so I was devastated. When I was first starting my best section was Logical reasoning, worst was logic games (I now get 17-20 correct each time, when I started I only got 8-9). Though not great I was getting 19 in each LR section (now I'm barely getting 14), and reading comp I was getting 18-19 (now I'm barely getting 12).

My questions are, how bad would my chances be if I were to instead take the February 2011 LSAT? Can I get in anywhere besides Cooley if I take the LSAT that late? I've already taken a year off and am not looking forward to having to take off another.
My dream school is Howard. I have no intention of practicing "big law", I would eventually like to be a sole litigator. Since I've missed the cancellation date, what are my options now? I'm not ready and I don't want to have another bad score on my record.


If you take the Feb. LSAT this cycle, it is very unlikely you'd get into target schools. From the what I understand, you should definitely take the absence. Unfortunately, this might not be what you wanted to hear but waiting another year and preparing for the LSAT might be your best bet.

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Re: Should I be absent from December 2010 lsat?

Postby luckyme » Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:11 pm

bergg007 wrote:just wait till next cycle. If you are serious about Law School, take time to beef up your resume and practice more for LSAT, probably should look into prep classes.


take the absence and another year off; find a job that will let you study. it's unlikely that you will be happy anywhere that admits you with a sub 150 lsat

buy the powerscore logic games bible and workbook, and start reading NYT online + the economist + scientific american etc.




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