Ok, i'm a URM (black) in undergrad, living in NYC, and i need some tips.
That said, i took the LSAT for the first time in February after roughly 3 & a half months of self prep with the LG & LR bibles. I scored a 166, which is good because that was my average going in. However, up to test day i knew i needed more time to get as comfortable with the LSAT as i needed to be, but i wanted to get it out of the way so that i could focus on maintaining my GPA (between 3.9 & 4.0 ATM).
About me and the LSAT...LR:
I already know my problem question types, and they're problematic in that they take me longer to analyze, but i almost always get them right. However, as we all know, all the extra seconds spent on questions add up and, consequently, i end up racing against the clock for the last 5-6 questions and this kills my accuracy. When i do a section untimed, i often get them all right, but i understand this makes no difference if i can't do it in 35 minutes. So, more practice, right?LG
: It's a love/hate relationship. Quite frankly, i think it was a case of love on test day because i finished all the games in time and never really felt rushed. I didn't feel like a missed more than 2 (can't confirm since it was a February LSAT) and usually when i feel like that after a PT i get them all right or miss 1-2. However, sometimes the LSAT throws curve balls and comes at you with games that seem unsolvable, causing you to either guess through them or stubbornly solve them while killing valuable time. I would hate to get one of those on a retake.RC
: Started off as my strongest section, ended up my weakest. On my initial diagnostics, i would miss about 7 in this section. I assumed (perhaps erroneously) that i didn't need to buy prep materials for this so i hardly worked on it as i decided that i could reasonably 'survive' the test with missing about 6/7 here and make up for it elsewhere. As of my last PTs, i was missing an average of 6 so the only improvement was that these were timed, and i felt as though i did the same on test day. If i'm going to retake, i need help getting this down to a consistent -2/3. The main problem, yet again, is that i always end up rushing the last passage/questions and most of my misses come from there.
The test i took felt like this: LR -10 (5 each); LG -2; RC -6. We all get that ballpark estimate feeling after a PT so i think i can be pretty sure my estimate is close to what happened on test day.
I have no doubt that practice will enable me to bring down the LR from a -10 to a -4 (combined), that i can keep hitting a -2 or better on LG, and maybe if i pay more attention to RC and get some prep material i could bring it down to a -4 or better. The thing is, i know the effort it will require and i won't have the time (i work and will have 3 summer courses as well) to give it 2 months of hardcore prep; i'd have to get it in with my other classes. Sitting out a cycle is not an option, i'm a late entrant to the college game
(32yo set to graduate next June).
Some other points:
Would take biglaw if offered (only for the money) but not a biglaw or bust person;
I'm not far removed from entertaining thoughts of living in Florida (UF in mind; lots of family out there);
Broke (make enough to survive the city so fishing for scholly);
Have no idea what branch of law i want to practice;
The beautiful, affordable houses in Georgia could convince me to live there (Emory & UGA);
Please express your opinions considering all of the above.