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  1. This is a choice that will fundamentally alter the trajectory of the rest of your life. To the firm, this would simply be a personnel issue that they would have to address (and they would), although I'm sure they will be less than pleased about it. 15 years from now this decision will determinitive of your career standing and financial security - at the firm (if it still exists) nobody will even remember. Don't worry about the firm, do what you need to do. And I agree that in Canada most lawyers get paid shit when one considers how competitive/difficult it is to become one (and I realize that there are many valid reasons why this may be the case, but it is what it is and I'm just trying to advise OP). If you have something lined up that you like doing and will make you more money, then do it.
  2. Per above, I think repetition is the key to getting quicker. But I also think sometimes people make avoidable mistakes when they try to go too fast. There is an optimum sweet spot. You can go faster by paradoxically being a bit more slow and deliberate when reading the questions and evaluating answer choices. I am of the opinion that speed reading is bad and will ultimately slow you down because you'll have to keep re-reading everything. Calm and confident is the type of mindset you want to have. I know this is easier said than done, but this gets easier with practice. After a while I was able to recognize and handle any type of LR/RC question and found that the difficulty truly lies in the wordiness of the question/answer choices. Convoluted wording seems to be one of the few tools that the LSAT writers have to make LR questions harder, and you definitely want to be reading the hard questions carefully and with purpose to get them right and not waste a bunch of time.
  3. I studied for LG by reading the Kaplan book and the Powerscore LG Bible, and watching the 7Sage videos after each LG practice section I did. I'd say the Powerscore book is better than the Kaplan book, but the diagramming it uses sucks - use the diagramming from the Kaplan book and 7Sage videos. LG was always my worst section. I could get all questions right with a little more time than 35 minutes, but that doesn't matter if you to do well on the LSAT. The key to getting faster was to keep doing old practice LG sections over and over, until I could quickly handle any game that came up (linear, grouping, hybrid, etc). Took maybe 4 weeks or so of this to get myself to the point where I could finish the section on time. LG isn't that hard and is the section that most people can improve to a high level simply with practice. Usually each game has one key inference, and once you find it the rest is gravy. But for me LG would quickly get very shitty when an unusual/unseen game type showed up (see the 7Sage video for game 3 from December 2015 as an example). If I had to do the LSAT over again, I would practice all of the "weird" game types that have shown up over the years, and do them over and over again. Weird games used to be common on LSATs in the 90's and early 2000's before disappearing for over a decade, but they have unfortunately been making a comeback in the last 2-3 years.
  4. It took probably 4 months total of studying to reach my peak. I actually studied for the test during two separate periods with a gap of about 3 months in between. I had initially planned on writing the June test but I plateaued in the mid/high 160s and couldn't get past it so I gave up on the LSAT and my plans to go to law school (my GPA was so shitty that I needed a 170+ to get in anywhere). I just couldn't get through the sections fast enough, and LG in particular was holding me back. So I no-showed on test day and instead went to a pool party. I decided to give it another shot later in the year. I steadily progressed this time and broke through my plateau. It was all about SPEED. There a few ways to get faster: (1) Repetition. The more you do something, the easier it will get and the faster you will become at it. You will get faster as you write more PT's. But I also strongly recommend writing a few sections from past PT's for sections that you have trouble with (eg: LG sections for me), even if you'v already written those PT sections before. Just keep doing them over and over. Do a few of these per day. I studied for the LSAT while working full time (50 hrs/week), so this definitely should be a do-able addition. (2) Knowing when to move on. Don't dwell on answer choices. Only go through the 5 answer choices ONCE (unless you are really torn between two answers). The instant you have gone through them, and there is one that seems to be correct, IMMEDIATELY move to the next question. You do not have time to double check your answer. This is particularly true for LR sections and will leave you more time to deal with harder questions toward the end of the section. (3) Mental state/flow. This comes when you combine the first two points. By the time I peaked I would go through LR/RC sections in a sort of zen like state where I would pretty much be in autopilot. It's hard to describe, but it comes from tons of repetition which makes you confident in your answers such that you know that you are getting them right and can immediately move from question to question without dwelling on anything or having doubts. Only the very hardest questions (1 or 2 per section) required me to 'snap out' of this state and do some deeper analysis. I was consistently going -0 or-1 on each LR/RC section (and did so on test day). That all being said, I still had trouble with LG. If I got an easy/medium difficulty LG section, I would usually go -0 or -1. But throw in any sort of curve ball or weird game and all bets were off. To this day I still can't figure out why this was or how to get past it. I ended up writing the December 2015 exam, which had the infamous game 3, so I was fucked. I also fucked up game 2 which apparently wasn't even that hard. Other random pieces of advice: - For LR, ALWAYS read the question stem first. - Powerscore books are OK, but don't waste time trying to remember all the names for each LR question type. If you do enough PT's you'll know what type of question you are dealing with without having to think about the 'name' of the question type (this just adds cognitive load to your brain that should instead be directed toward dealing with the actual question). - Watch the 7Sage videos for LG after writing each PT LG section, even for the questions you got right.
  5. Powerscore books are generally good, but the way they do the diagramming for LG is absolute shit. Use the diagramming from Kaplan/7Sage videos.
  6. Kaplan hires tons of people in all major cities. Should be lots of opportunities in GTA. The interview process is quite onerous. Multiple video interviews where you do staged lessons. You have to put considerable preparation/work in to complete the interview (moreso than a standard job interview), and of course may not even get the job. The pay is minimal. I jumped through these hoops and ultimately did not get an offer - I guess they did not think that my abrasive personality was a good fit.
  7. Figured I could share some lessons I learned from my LSAT journey if anybody is looking for guidance. I ultimately increased my score ~13 points above my diagnostic. There were plateaus that I hit along the way and wasn't sure how to break through them.
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