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3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:13 am

LSAT score: 149
GPA: 3.96
Work Exp: 4 yrs health care

Earlier target: t-20
new target- ?
suggested to join tier 3 and 4 and then transfer to t-20.

fml... :(

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby minnbills » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:14 am

You should absolutely not settle for that score. I would recommend sitting out a year and retaking at least once, whenver you think you can hit 160+.

EDIT: I don't mean to be harsh. But I think it's wise to take the lsat as many times as possible unless you hit your target score.
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Re: 3.96/149

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:20 am

Based on your prior posts, the score of 149 is from your second sitting for the LSAT & represents a substantial score improvement. If you are going to apply this cycle, avoid all Tier Four law schools & apply to Tier Two & Tier Three schools located where you want to live & work after law school. Your GPA is outstanding & this should be a down year for number of applicants & applications, so try for several Tier Two reaches.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:42 am

Which region of the country are you targeting ? Your 3.96 GPA & significant work experience should lead to acceptances at almost all Tier Three law schools & many Tier Two. Indiana-Indianapolis & St. Louis University (health care speciality) may be two to consider.

P.S. Let law schools know that English is not your first language as you indicated in an earlier post.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:19 am

Thanks you for all the replies.I can't even comprehend how helpful all the feedback is.
This is my second official LSAT score.I should but I am not taking one more year to prepare again for LSAT.
Who are the 2nd tier schools.. excuse my ignorance :oops: ( I do know the ranking of top 100 and then 3rd and 4th tier)
Also,I am open to relocation provided I get accepted to a good school (per my status).

Thank you again for all the awesome advice.
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Re: 3.96/149

Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:21 am

thenerd wrote:Thanks you for all the replies.I can't even comprehend how helpful all the feedback is.
This is my second official LSAT score.I should but I am not taking one more year to prepare again for LSAT.
Who are the 2nd tier schools..excuse my ignorance :oops: ( I do know there ranking of top 100 and then 3rd and 4th tier)
Also,I am open to relocation provided I get accepted to a good (per my status).

Thank you again for all the awesome advice.

51-100

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:07 pm

I will apply to the following schools-

New York Law School
Pennsylvania State University
Temple University
University of Miami
Brooklyn Law School
St. Loius University

fml.. :|

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby FeelTheHeat » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:11 pm

If you cannot break 160 then law school isn't for you. It seems like you are capable of a good score given your fantastic gpa but you absolutely need to improve by, at the minimum, 12+ points...at the very least you'll be looking at a free education somewhere

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby Pato_09 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:13 pm

Are you a URM?

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:03 am

No I am not a URM....

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby mrtoren » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:34 pm

thenerd wrote:No I am not a URM....

Even though you may think law is the career for you, your aptitude screams otherwise. There are plenty of other career options out there that pay a lot more than law.

I see that you've taken the LSAT twice. Is your effort worth a few applications? Why not..but don't attend if you can't make it into, at the very least, a low cost TT with strong regional placement. Both attributes are required, not just one.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:03 pm

I am re-taking LSAT on feb.yes,I will for the third and last time.
Planning to follow the pithypike study plan.
Any suggestions are welcomed.Esp for RCs and study plan.
I feeling sick thinking about reading the bibles again.But I have to do this.
I wanna be in a good law school so bad.
Also,do I completely miss my chances to apply to T-25 for fall 2012?
I am debating whether to apply for 2nd-3rd tier ( for fall 2012)side by side for the worst case..

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby keg411 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:08 pm

Pay as much money as you possibly can for a private tutor. Seriously, spending $5k now on individual tutoring will save you a lot of money in the future.

Either that or get a job and try again at the LSAT in 3 years from now if you still want to be a lawyer then.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby WSJ_Law » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:13 pm

Enjoy Cooley or Boalt

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby Samara » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:54 am

WSJ_Law wrote:Enjoy Cooley or Boalt

Please knock it off. You're not helpful and you're not funny.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby SilverE2 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:00 am

keg411 wrote:Pay as much money as you possibly can for a private tutor. Seriously, spending $5k now on individual tutoring will save you a lot of money in the future.

Either that or get a job and try again at the LSAT in 3 years from now if you still want to be a lawyer then.


This. This is the fucking right answer.

Look, $5k isn't pocket change. But in terms of the difference it can make over your lifetime it is seriously absolutely nothing. Even if you don't improve at all, at least you tried your very best, gave it your all, and its not like $5k is going to ruin you (though graduating from a T2 or T3 with high debt may). The risk/reward ratio is enormous, especially with a GPA like yours. People with close to 4.0s and low 160s have gotten into UVA ED.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby 89vision » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:09 pm

Maybe you should focus on improving your English. That may be why you are having such a hard time on the LSAT. Your writing clearly demonstrates you have some issues comprehending English, which is impeding your ability to do well on RC or LR. The LSAT demands high proficiency in English, and if you are struggling writing posts on a forum, you are probably having a lot of trouble understanding RC passages. Study English until you understand it as well as your native language. I am not trying to be mean, but the LSAT is very particular with word choice, and your posts show you are a poor writer grammar wise. That may be why you scored so low.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby mrloblaw » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:20 pm

89vision wrote:Maybe you should focus on improving your English. That may be why you are having such a hard time on the LSAT. Your writing clearly demonstrates you have some issues comprehending English, which is impeding your ability to do well on RC or LR. The LSAT demands high proficiency in English, and if you are struggling writing posts on a forum, you are probably having a lot of trouble understanding RC passages. Study English until you understand it as well as your native language. I am not trying to be mean, but the LSAT is very particular with word choice, and your posts show you are a poor writer grammar wise. That may be why you scored so low.


This. This isn't an LSAT only problem, and thus I wouldn't seek an LSAT-centric solution. The people I knew coming into law school with English as a secondary language (even one that they were relatively strong in) had a massive disadvantage. Lawl school involves a lot of fairly detailed reading.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:09 pm

Thanks all for your suggestions and opinions.I have been working full time for past 3yrs and have a decent savings.
So,money is not a problem.English as my second language,yes a problem.
I read on TLS and thus,subscribed to Economists and with my awesome friends who are helping me with my comprehension.
:|

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby 89vision » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:25 pm

I don't think subscribing to the economist alone will solve your problems. You should take classes on English-as in grammar, vocab, and sentence structure. The LSAT tests you knowledge of tiny differences in definitions. I think if you worked on your understanding of English it would do more good than an LSAT tutor.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby Danteshek » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:33 pm

I agree that your english needs to get a lot better before you go to law school. Start by reading a novel a week and swear off your native language completely. If you can't talk to your parents, so be it. Come back in 2 or 3 years and THEN pay for an LSAT tutor.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby FeelTheHeat » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:37 pm

Danteshek wrote:I agree that your english needs to get a lot better before you go to law school. Start by reading a novel a week and swear off your native language completely. If you can't talk to your parents, so be it. Come back in 2 or 3 years and THEN pay for an LSAT tutor.


Or don't do any of that and forget law school. yeah.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby Veyron » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:40 pm

FeelTheHeat wrote:If you cannot break 160 then law school isn't for you. It seems like you are capable of a good score given your fantastic gpa but you absolutely need to improve by, at the minimum, 12+ points...at the very least you'll be looking at a free education somewhere


Truth.

The whole reason that people pay lawyers is that they are excellent at comprehending written documents and writing. If you don't have a superior grasp of written English you're not going to be all that useful as a lawyer. Based on these posts you really need to take a few years to work on language acquisition.

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby kwais » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:45 pm

Please cross NYLS off your list
Good Luck

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Re: 3.96/149

Postby thenerd » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:20 pm

Thank you all for your time to respond.much appreciated!




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