Law School Dreamer now has its very own shop of law school-related merchandise. Every purchase goes directly to my law school tuition fund (which currently has a balance of zip/nada/zilch).
I’ve never been the creative, artsy type, but I found this to be a lot of fun. And who knows, maybe I’ll earn a buck or two. I’d be happy to custom design whatever may be desired. Just send an email to: lawschooldreamer at gmail dot com. Here are a few of my designs:
Apparently the news of my wishing to attend law school has spread like wildfire throughout my firm. I had kept my aspirations a secret for two years, fielded questions about what I was hoping to do with my political science degree, and whether I still saw a future for myself working as a paralegal at my firm. Among many reasons, the main reason for me keeping things under wraps was my own fear and anxiety. I was afraid that if I told anyone about my goals and bombed the LSAT or wasn’t able to get-in to law school I would be too embarrassed to face the attorneys I work with, much less the other secretaries and paralegals at my firm (who would likely snicker at me).
So I waited until I received my LSAT score back and could be assured I would at least get in somewhere. That was a month ago. Since then, I told two attorneys, and now the entire support staff seem to not only know, but to make this news priority among the latest office gossip. Which, apparently, is causing quite a stir with the partners too. In the last two weeks I have: 1) received congratulations from my co-workers; 2) confided in that they at one point had similar aspirations and regret not “going for it”; 3) asked if I need my head examined; and 4) talked about in my presence (hiding behind a bathroom stall).
This morning I arrived at the office to receive the following email from our office manager:
Law School Dreamer -
While the partners and I are happy to hear about your decision to attend law school and your recent success on the LSAT, we are concerned that the news has become the center of increased “chit-chat” throughout the firm. This decreases productivity and could create tension among your co-workers. If possible, please refrain from discussing your aspirations and future plans at the workplace.
- In a class lecture, when the professor makes an assumption without stating its premise that led to the assumed conclusion, you immediately try to search for the missing premise.
- When speaking with your friends, if you open your mouth, touch your tongue to the top of your teeth (as if to make the “L” sound) your friends immediately turn away . . . running.
- As soon as you get your midterm/final/any large exam you disregard the letter grade and immediately question where you ranked percentile-wise within the class.
- On a multiple choice test with answer choices A-D you panic because there is no “E” answer choice.
- You remember random facts from reading comprehension passages and logical reasoning stimuli. Usually, in the middle of the night.
- You go through lsat practice test withdraw . . . and kind of miss the challenge of spending four hours taking a test hoping to have scored even just one point higher than your best.
- You are certain you are actually a smarter thinker and process facts more critically post-lsat prep.
- You realize you have no idea what’s on television because you haven’t turned it on in six months – and you’re too far behind now to catch up with Grey’s Anatomy/Desperate Housewives/The Good Wife!
I’ve had a few requests to share my preparation strategy for the June, 2010 LSAT. I’m flattered that some of you want to know how I prepped, but remember, there are a lot of test takers (35% to be exact) who scored even higher than I. But in a nutshell, I read the Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible, the Powerscore Logic Games Bible, and the Official LSAT Superprep. If you apply for, and are granted a fee waiver, the Official LSAT Superprep is free from the Law School Admissions Council. I studied entirely on my own without the aid of a prepcourse or study-buddy.
I was most concerned about the analytical reasoning (a/k/a “Logic Games”) portion of the LSAT because on my practice test I only managed to attack two games, and answered correctly about half of the questions I attempted (lets just say it was single-digits). So I read the Powerscore Logic Games Bible first, and then I purchased logic games organized by game type through Cambridge LSAT. I spent about a month working on mastering each logic game type, and then panicked when I realized I was only two months away from the LSAT. So I took a bunch of timed practice tests, and got frustrated. (I would recommend waiting until you’ve fully acquired or at least learned the skills needed to do well on the LSAT before jumping into timed practice tests). I then took a few untimed practice tests, and this really improved my score. I also went back through the Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible and made flashcards to help me remember the different question types and the strategies for each individual question type. Powerscore actually sells flashcards, but I find that by making them on my own, I’m learning the material while creating the cards, and while testing myself.
All together, I took fourteen practice tests, only four of those were untimed. The rest were strictly timed with 35 minute sections, but most only included 4 sections (the unscored experimental is the fifth section, not necessarily appearing fifth, but it is “a” fifth section).
In hindsight, as I previously mentioned, I wish I would have spent more time learning the skills before jumping into timed tests and getting frustrated. Also, I wish I would have spent more time reviewing my practice tests and really determining which question types I’m struggling with and forcing myself to realize why a particular answer choice was incorrect (or in LSAT speak, “uncredited.”)
One of the most key tips I can give anyone who is self-studying is to make a syllabus or schedule of assignments and deadlines that must be met. If you don’t think you can hold yourself accountable, have a friend check in on you. Ideally, you know someone who is also studying for the LSAT and will understand how serious it is that you stay on track. Also, do not ever think you do not have time to prep. Remember, I work full-time and take full-time classes. I got up early (sometimes 4:30 a.m.) to begin my day. A friend of mine in cyber world also has a crazy schedule and one of the ideas he had was that even if you do not have time to take full, timed practice tests, if you can just take even one timed section every day, from Monday through Friday, you will have completed a full test in a work-week. Of course, it is important to at some point sit down and take an entire test in one sitting to get the idea of the timing and how exhausting it can be, but this is a great way to make progress in under an hour each day (if you also take the time to review each 35-minute timed section).