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Full time studying for the LSAT

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:25 pm
by redrum44
Currently I am a rising Senior at my undergrad institution where I study History with minors in Poli Sci and Mandarin. I currently have a 3.66 GPA and scored a diagnostic of 156 on my last prep test. I am hoping to raise that by at the very least 10 points by the September LSAT. I am currently not working at all because I knew I would need plenty of time to prepare for the LSAT and improve my score. I am currently using the LSAT trainer and recently purchased a 7sage online course to study. Anyone who studied full time have any advice for me? Also, will my lack of a job this summer (going into my senior year of undergrad) have an adverse effect on my applications for the fall?

Re: Full time studying for the LSAT

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:37 am
by Lawman1865
redrum44 wrote:Currently I am a rising Senior at my undergrad institution where I study History with minors in Poli Sci and Mandarin. I currently have a 3.66 GPA and scored a diagnostic of 156 on my last prep test. I am hoping to raise that by at the very least 10 points by the September LSAT. I am currently not working at all because I knew I would need plenty of time to prepare for the LSAT and improve my score. I am currently using the LSAT trainer and recently purchased a 7sage online course to study. Anyone who studied full time have any advice for me? Also, will my lack of a job this summer (going into my senior year of undergrad) have an adverse effect on my applications for the fall?


Hey. Overall it sounds like you're doing the right things. As far as summer job, I could be wrong, but it will very likely not be a strike against you. Law schools totally understand people taking a summer or more to study for the LSAT. I personally worked a summer job the first half of my LSAT prep and while it was nice to have some extra money, it probably wasn't the best idea. When the job ended my studying (understandably) got much better. I would suggest that having an LSAT score of 2-3 points higher will be much better than having some summer internship on your resume.

As far as advice, I would say just treat it like a job. The most important thing is to put in the hours. I personally am not as familiar with 7sage's coursework or methods but assuming you have a half-decent prep course, just follow what they tell you and be as diligent as possible. The other tip will be to do as many practice exams/questions as you can, especially in the last month going in. Everybody suggests that because it's true, there is no better studying than actual practice and reviewing the correct/incorrect answers.

Good luck! Don't put to much pressure on yourself come exam day, you can always take it again in December if you're unhappy with the score.

Re: Full time studying for the LSAT

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:49 pm
by QContinuum
redrum44 wrote:Also, will my lack of a job this summer (going into my senior year of undergrad) have an adverse effect on my applications for the fall?

Not at all. Aside from Yale and Stanford, law schools care almost exclusively about GPA and LSAT. They will not care (or even really notice) your lack of a summer internship during college. Plenty of 0Ls take a summer or more off at some point before/during/after college.