The Law Schooler

Watch as one law schooler goes through the admissions process and how her life changes as a result....

Thursday, June 23, 2005

My Anticipation for My Score

Dear Everybody,

I took some time off because I had nothing to write about. This coming monday (maybe even earlier) I will finally find out my LSAT score. I can finally be able to determine if I'm cut out for law school. I'm a little nervous but anxiously awaiting my results at the same time.

If all goes well, I will then start the application process and determine which schools to apply to. I have to figure this stuff out before I start grad school, because by that time, I'll be too busy to juggle applications and grad work at the same time. There is a great possibility that I may receive my score this weekend instead of monday. Going by past experience, it is very likely that LSAC will send out the scores early. They did the last time I took the test. I kinda have a feeling I did a lot better this time around but with these tests you never know what the outcome will be. I'll just keep praying and hope for the best whatever that may be. Whatever happens, it was meant to be whether good or bad. :)

The Law Schooler

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The LSAT is Finally Past Me...

Dear Everybody,

The LSAT is finally over and now I can relax for a few weeks. The June test was pretty fair I think. I had two reading comp passages, one obviously being experiemental. One passage discussed economy and critics, another talked about Japanese-Canadian immigrants, another discussed these animals called Proghorns and the last I forgot.

I went into the test center feeling pretty good and calm. I started out with the two reading comps and I zip through the first logical reasoning section. After the 10 min break, I started the next LR section and finally games. The games section was the toughest for me. The first game was a linear game trying to figure out how to place some animals in 8 spots. The next game dealt with two sets of music tapes and how they can be played. The third game dealt with cities and the types of storms that passed through them (Hail/Rain/ or both) the last game dealt with members of a subcommittee.

I was one of many who received the new writing section. You pretty much have to analyze the reasoning of a passage. That's pretty much it. Let me tell you that it's great to have a test at 12:30 pm because it gives you so much time to actually wake up and do some things before leaving. If I would have had to test at 8am, I would have probably done a little worse. I believe that my score will go up but who knows with this test. I'll have to wait till June 27th to receive my score by email. Im so glad my course is over and done with. I really believe that it helped me cope with the stresses of this test. I would really recommend Powerscore to anyone taking the LSAT.

The Law Schooler

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The Final Week of LSAT Madness

Dear Everybody,

Well, this will be my last entry before the LSAT on monday. I'm a little nervous but still fairly calm. I have no choice but to remain calm and focused because if I don't I'll only be hurting myself. I am seeing a big improvement with the logical reasoning section. Now, everytime I read one of the questions, I always prephrase before I start answering the questions. That way I have an idea of what the stimulus is specifically talking about. Most of the wrong answers discuss things that are irrelevant to what the stimulus is discussing.

Also, this is my final week of class. Saturday is my last class. By the same time next week I'll have an idea if I'm really cut out for law school. This will be a short entry because there isn't much to say other than the fact that my LSAT trials and tribulations will soon come to a close. My main plan of attack is to take my zanax pills right before the test and go with the flow.

This week I am also winding down. I'm taking it easy, trying not to stress too much over anything and to get as much rest as possible. Since the exam starts at 12:30 in the afternoon, I'll probably go to bed around 10 or 11pm the night before. Too much sleep may leave me feeling more tired and too little will not allow me to focus enough. On the morning of the exam, I'll try to buy some Red Bull and eat carbs, because carbs are good for your energy level. With that, I bid you adieu and wish me luck, as I walk through the LSAT sunset :)


The Law Schooler

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Classes for the Fall 2005...

Dear Everybody,

This week, I made my schedule for the Fall 2005. I'm will be taking 12 credits and will have class three days a week, mondays, wednesdays and thursdays. I will be taking Criminology, Adult Incarceration, Prosecution & Courts and Research Methods. Most of my classes will be held from 6pm-8:40pm. I'm so excited. The earliest time I have to be there is at 2pm. I'm so glad I won't have to fret over the morning commute.

Also this week, I went to the shrink for a follow-up appointment. She increased my Lexapro dosage to 10 milligrams and also prescribed Zanex (1.2 mg dosage). She recommended that I try out the Zanex right before my practice test this saturday. The pills remains in your system for five hours. As long as I'm taking these medications, there is no reason or excuse for me to be nervous.

Finally, my LSAT course is going well. I do not have class today but I do have my last practice test this saturday. We went over the new type of writing section which consists of analyzing the soundness of an argument. I did the same thing for the GRE so I'm certainly not going to stress over this. My LSAT is on June 6th @ 12:30 in the afternoon. I can't believe how this month just flew by. It's kinda scary. I have one more entry before the test so till next week!

The Law Schooler

Thursday, May 19, 2005

On Grad School's Doorstep

Dear Everybody,

This has been quite a week. Last thursday night, I found out that I have been accepted to the graduate School of Criminal Justice. I will be pursuing my Master's degree. My first day is September 1, 2005. I am so excited. I received this huge envelope from the school with a red folder detailing everything I have to do for the next coming months. I already started my financial aid stuff. I guess all the GRE crap paid off. I was so nervous that I would not be accepted. I don't know what I would do if I weren't, but who cares because that's no longer an issue. Im so glad that I can put all the grad school worries behind me and now be able to focus on my classes. The entire program consists of 36 credits, 18 credits of which are required courses ranging from criminology to statistics. I have the option of either composing a research paper that will count towards three credits or a comprehensive general final examination at the end of the program. I'm not quite sure which one I'll choose. I have to speak with an advisor on that. Since the school is in Newark, that means I'll probably have to commute by train. That's the sucky part. We'll see how that works out.

In other news, my LSAT course is going well. I took a practice test this past saturday and went down three points from a 150. I wasn't too upset with that because I was really tired that day and didn't really put as much effort into it as I should have. It's still a 7 point improvement from my original LSAT. I have another test on the 28th. Hopefully that one will be an improvement. I have class tonight.


The Law Schooler

Thursday, May 12, 2005

10 Points, Baby...

Dear Everybody,

This past saturday, I took a another proctored LSAT and jumped my score from a 140 to a 150. Within a matter of two weeks, I was already able to jump ten points. On other tests, I was usually scoring 4-8 points on the games. Now I'm scoring 12 points. On the logical reasoning sections, I was scoring 7-10 points now I'm scoring 13-14 points. Im still scoring 15 points on the RC section, but I still have time to improve. I have class tonight and another practice test this saturday. I noticed that I'm getting mostly method of reasoning, flaw in reasoning, parallel reasoning, and the point of issue questions wrong. We still haven't covered those questions yet, so maybe with more practice, I'll improve the 4-5 points I need. This past week we also went over science passages of the RC section. I do the worst on those. Gotta improve.

Also in LSAT news, I just registered for the LSAT today. Fricken thing cost me $173 because I registered late. I had no clue that the last day of regular registration was on May 3rd. Oh well at least I registered. Of course it's gonna be held at Mercer Community College. The same place where I took the December LSAT and freaked out. I'll have wonderful memories of that place.

Also, I'm still waiting patiently by the mailbox for my acceptance or rejection letter from grad school. Hopefully by this time next week I'll receive an answer.


The Law Schooler

Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Final Reporting for the GRE...

Dear Everybody,

Another blah week has passed. The only significant thing that happened this week was the fact that I finally received my official GRE score report and my score for my essays. Out of a scale from 1-6, 6 being the highest score, I received a 5. I scored in the 71st percentile for that section. I didn't think I would score that high. The average score is a 4. Anyway, as soon as I received my score report, I faxed it over to the school. They should be receiving their official copy soon. I called the admissions office and they said that it will take one to two weeks for them to make a decision. I didn't realize they can make a decision so quickly. I'm a little nervous about that because I'm not sure what I will do if they don't accept me. I'll have to think of something else. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

In LSAT news, my course is going well. This week we learned about assumption, strengthening and justify questions. We also learned about advanced linear games and politically correct reading comp passages. The funny thing about these types of passages is that the makers of the LSAT can criticize white American males such as critics, doctors, lawyers or authors, but they can not say anything negative about minorities or females. These passages usually describe the struggles of a minority group or female author and how they overcame those struggles. I found these passages to be quite amusing not because of the content of course, but rather because they have to be so politically correct. I have class tonite and my second full length practice test this saturday. Wish me luck!


The Law Schooler