Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Hindsight is 20/20: an application cycle retrospective

This weekend, the December 2006 LSAT came and went. As a result, a whole new crop of applicants will spend the next few months with a nervous tic, greedily stalking the mailman and obsessively checking LawSchoolNumbers and other sites of its ilk, and compulsively hitting 'refresh' on your online notification pages- and thats just after your score comes in. Suckers.

A few words of advice to the Would-Be One-Ls:
For those who have not yet taken the LSAT, I do recommend a Testmasters course- I think they're helpful for most people, and the crash weekend I took gave a lot of useful tips. My instructor (Matt, maybe?) was awesome. However, if you are considered taking this class, here's a little tip for you: crash weekend does not equal total test prep. Come prepared, with specific questions. Some people don't need to study for 6 months to do well, some people will study for longer and still do poorly- this weekend is for polishing, not for telling you how many sections are on the LSAT.

If its too late for you (more on that later):
Now that you're done with the LSAT, go out and promptly get yourself a sense of humor. Trust me, you'll need it. In the time spent waiting for your score, focus on your essays. Take time off in between 'finishing' and turning them in, to give your head some time to cool off and re-read them. Don't be afraid to apply to a few reach schools- though your LSAT and GPA are heavyweight players, they call those scores 'median' for a reason. And frankly, its your money to waste as you see fit.
Find a hobby before the test scores come out- something like volunteering. If your scores are good, it will keep you humble (nobody likes a gunner), and if they're bad, well, at least you're feeding the homeless/saving kittens/teaching politicians to read. No, reading blogs is not a hobby.

A final warning:
If, as a would-be 1L, you have not yet discovered LawSchoolNumbers or LawSchoolDiscussion (believe me, they call it LSD for a reason), I would urge you to look the other way. Your roommates, family, and significant other(s) can only be subjected to so many bouts of "but I'm a urm, but I think I'm above the median, but someone with my GPA got in, but..." For that matter, Chiasu's admission calculator might be bad news too. Just say no, kiddos- those places are like crack for the geeky pre-law kids.

Or say yes (I did- more on that later, too). But you'd bloody well better bring your sense of humor.

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