I'm currently completing what will be my second-to-last semester of my undergraduate. Due to my desire to experience (at least a semblance of) enjoyment this summer, I have decided to drop a course, meaning I will complete a total of 3 courses for this summer semester. I'm slightly worried that this will be frowned upon by the law school committees reviewing my application when they see only 3 classes appear on my transcript for this semester. Up until now, I have done a 4 class-per-semester arrangement (I'm in my 4th year, but it will take me 5 years to graduate),.
I was basically wondering if taking 3 courses for this semester instead of my normal 4 would decrease my chances of getting into law school. I would greatly appreciate if I could get any advice :) thanks.
I've been using PowerScore and can say it has helped somewhat, but did find a lot of it overlapped with self-learning/trial and error. I would say that it teaches the basics faster than learning them on your own, at least (I've also been recommended 7sage a lot, but haven't tried it yet.) Keep in mind that some people study for much longer than four months and can't close the gap between a 160 and a 170, let alone a 143 to that. It's good to set a strong goal, but the 97th percentile is the 97th percentile for a reason. Persistence and finding out where my weaknesses/strengths are has personally been more important than using any particular preparation material.
It's unlikely that any prep book / course alone will take you from a 143 to a 170 in four months. At the end of the day, they all teach the same basic principles, and it'll be up to you to internalize them through drilling, sections and practice tests.
Try not to focus on picking the "right" prep course that'll give you a magical ~30-point increase; instead, give yourself enough time to internalize the concepts and be ready to modify your application timeline as needed.