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  1. I agree. Take courses that are of interest to you because, in my opinion, one's level of interest and the grade they recieve are highly correlated. When it comes to admissions, a lot of schools look primarily at GPA and LSAT. If you are a "bubble" candidate for a given law school, then things like major, ECs, work experience, and so on may come into play.
  2. Hands down the most useful book I have read thus far is Nathan Fox's Introducing the LSAT. The PowerScore books are useful resources but some of their advice is not the greatest in my opinion. I have been listening to the Thinking LSAT Podcast as well as using the LSAT Demon to study which has improved my score dramatically in 1.5months of studying. Currently Nathan Fox's books The Logical Reasoning Encyclopedia and The Logic Games Playbook are both on order. I will give an update on those two books once I have read them, but from watching his video explanations on the Demon and the Podcast I think the books will likely be my favourite resources.
  3. I have an update for the forum: I scored my first 160 today; I am still struggling with games, but LR and RC is coming along nicely. I am yet to complete an entire LR or AR section, so hopefully my speed and accuracy continue with additional study. I am currently using the 2017 Powerscore LG bible for AR however, I do not like it that much. Can anyone else suggest alternative resources or strategies for improving AR scores? LR-5 RC-2 LR-5 AR-10 Edit: Also using the LSAT Demon for drilling questions and timed tests.
  4. I have somewhat of an answer. US schools do not necessarily look at trends in GPA. However, in a recent Thinking Lsat Podcast, #201 I think, the hosts interviewed a 1L at Stanford who mentioned that he included an addendum on his application which pointed out his upward GPA trend. The hosts and the student agreed that if there is a noticeable improvement over many years the admissions committee likely takes the trend into account. That being said, an upwards trend would likely only be relevant to being admitted or not admitted if an applicant was on a borderline applicant. Hope this helps.
  5. Unfortunately, the bank of Mom and Dad has never been an option so I am going to pay with some combination of cash, scholarships and loans. However, I really want to thank those who have replied for all of the useful information! That is actually a great idea. If the law school I attend accepts payment by credit card I will definitely do this. In general I agree with this statement (However, I don't think not being able to work during 1L can or should be used as a metric by which to judge how well one will cope with the demands of being a lawyer). Currently, I am working 30-40 hrs a week during undergrad and a lot of my friends think I am crazy. In addition to being concerned about how working in Law school would affect my academics, I am perhaps more concerned about it detracting from "the experience" of law school; If I am spending a ton of money every year to be there and forgoing 3 years of my life, I might as well do the best I possibly can and enjoy my time. For me in this instance it is not only a money thing, but also an opportunity-cost time thing (is 1hr of free time in law school equivalent in value to $20-$25 dollars before taxes plus interest saved? Maybe, but I am inclined to think not). The above being said, I am thinking that the summer before law school I will look to do some sort of legal work in the area I want to eventually practice (more about networking than making $, but also money). Thank you, this is an amazing tip that I probably would not have thought of which could save $1000s in interest.
  6. Hello, I just wrote my diagnostic test for the lsat and I am feeling a little discouraged. I scored a 151 under timed conditions and I guessed on 15ish questions because of the time restraint. A lot of people I have spoken to say that most people only improve a couple points on average even with studying. My goal is to score somewhere in the mid to high 160s. Is this feasible? I plan to study 20-25hrs per week before writing the lsat in September; is this enough or should I try for more revision time? -Brett
  7. Hello everyone, I need some advice. l an currently entering my 4th year of undergrad and have an 88% average and am currently scoring 158 on the lsat which I plan to write in September. I am hoping on increasing my lsat score to the 165-170 range as I will require to scholarships to avoid having to take out loans for law school. Currently I have no debt and will graduate with a an economics degree and around 30k in the bank heading into law school in 2020. I know 30k is a lot of money, but if I get into UBC (my top choice) I estimate my annual expenses with tuition and everything to be around 40k per year. I have a couple questions: 1. How much can one work during law school without it affecting grades? 2. What types of jobs should one aim for in the summers between school? 3. What options does one have to finance a law degree (Provincial loans, federal loans, bank loans etc? I have never borrowed money before so all of this is new to me). 4. From personal experience what is the best way to pay for law school? 5. What is a manageable amount of debt to graduate with? (I plan on going the corporate law route). Even though I have had to pay my own way through school I have always had enough to cover all of my expenses and save some money. The thought of going into debt is kind of freaking me out. Answers or insights to any of the above questions will be greatly appreciated. -Brett.
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