Longtime lurker checking in!
I graduated in 2011 with a 3.67 from a non-HYP Ivy. Since July I've been working as a paralegal at a mid-sized corporate law firm in the Silicon Valley. Despite work, I feel rested, motivated, and am willing to put in some serious time on the weekends/weekday nights. Shooting for 175+.
I originally planned to take the 2009 October LSAT but backed out due to classes, living situation, and uncertainty of my future goals. Nonetheless, I studied for a month. My first diagnostic was a 165 and my highest was a 173. Fairly certain that I'll have to start from the beginning, however, since I don't remember much about the LSAT. As for materials, I still have the LG bibles and one of the 10 real LSAT test books.
After reading through this forum and other resources the past few days, I'm also leaning towards using one of the LSAT Blog's Study Schedules (probably the 6 month or 5 month version), or doing some independent studying and then taking a testmasters.net course. I live near one of the live course locations as well, but felt that studying online may be more beneficial since I can go at my own pace. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I would love to be part of a group, chat, or any other forms of support and motivation. If anyone is near Palo Alto/Mountain View in California, maybe we can even meet up in person.
I'm trying to make a similar decision to you at the moment - I recently sat for the December 2011 LSAT, but decided to cancel my score, after feeling as though I probably didn't break 170. I used the LSAT Blog 4-month study schedule, however, I did do it on an increased timeline, trying to do two weeks in one week, making me do multiple days in one day, etc. If you get it, do not do that, the LSAT is definitely meant to be learned over time, not crammed in! Anyways, I am also trying to decide if I want to take the Testmasters course because I have heard amazing things about it, and I am hoping to go from high 160s into the upper 170s. My suggestion would be, to take the next 6 weeks or so, since the courses do not start until at least mid-late February at the very earliest anyways, and see how you are doing on your own. I had no trouble focusing on my own, but for some reason, I am just not applying the material I have read about in the book, so I feel like a class might assist me with methods with the application, but I only learned that after studying for a few months. Also, I'd suggest considering your schedule and make sure you have the time to invest in a class. They are expensive and they take a lot of time beyond the classroom, so if you think your job might interfere with the schedule frequently, it may not be the best option.
Just my .02.