Why Become a Lawyer?

Thousands of students struggle through law school every year. They go into debt, they stress and they question their futures, many are led to question… why am I doing this?

One of the first things they teach you in law school is that you cannot change law. So many students go into law school believing they can make the world a better place, make dangerous people stay in behind bars or take immoral companies down. You will be taught to forget all about these ideals. You will begin to realize that it is not the lawyer who has the greatest ideals that will win a case, but the lawyer who knows the law best or who can make the most compelling argument.

Of course there are those of you who will go into law expecting a high paycheque. Most of you will not be disappointed, provided you get into one of the top law schools and are taken into a well paying law firm. Some of the top payed litigation lawyers earn an average of $119,000 a year, and this does not include bonuses. So, money of course is a valid reason to pursue becoming a lawyer.

You will also improve your communication skills, while learning your rights at the same time. Lawyers devote their entire life to communicating to other people. You will be able to communicate with the best and worst of people, and learn how to understand them all. You will question everything and record more. Becoming a lawyer allows you to know your rights. Yes, sometimes bad things happen to good people, but chances are if you become a lawyer, it won't happen to you.

Going to law school will give you opportunities that many people cannot claim to have. Even if there is 1 lawyer for every 300 people, you still hold something over those other 299 people that did not go to law school. You can combine law with another profession and gain even more experience, leading you to bigger and better jobs. You do not have to stay with a large law firm, you can start your own law office in a small town. Studying in law school gives you a multitude of options. In many cases law school is worth the stress as it can benefit you so much afterwards.

How to Pass the LSAT

You have read the articles all over the internet… it is basically impossible to pass the LSAT without properly preparing for it beforehand. I do not mean you study the night before, or the week before. I mean you start studying at least a couple months before the actual test. You need to learn what kind of questions will be on the test and how to properly tackle each one.

The LSAT score is the most important scores that will make or break your acceptance into a law school. As always, the higher the score, the better. You will want to try your very best to get the top score. In order to do this, you will need a little help.

First, take the prep courses! They are a little bit pricey, with most ranging between $1000 to $1,600, but it's worth it. If you are able to attain a good score on the LSAT, you have a much higher chance of being accepted into one of the top law schools. When you take the full length prep course you will cover all the different sections you will need to focus on. Although the questions will not be the same on the LSAT itself, it will teach you how to approach the question in order to find the proper answer.

This being said, you cannot take these courses and believe you will get an amazing score. You need to understand what is being taught and the methods being used. There is going to be a lot of homework given, try your best to complete it all, it will help you. One ‎ of the greatest things about the LSAT prep course is that it has LSAT questions which were used on older tests.

Second, it is very important to find practice tests. Throughout your studying you will need to understand how to answer the questions being asked, but to also know how much time you have to answer each question. How many of these tests you want to study is completely up to you. If you are able to do 5 LSAT test and get high scores, chances are you will want to study through other means.

Third, LSAT preparation books. These books will help you learn how to answer questions faster, which is what most people need. They will have practice tests and methods to answer the questions. Usually they have a section to write on the side as well, which is great for when you are actually practicing answering the questions.

Last, be prepared the night before the actual test. There is nothing worse than running around trying to find clothes and pencils an hour before the LSAT. Finish whatever you can the night before the LSAT and relax as much as you can the actual day of. If you have been studying for 2 months, you should be able to relax the day of the test. There is no point in stressing at this point, you either know what you are doing or you will need to take the LSAT again.

Law School Scholarships

If you have already been accepted to a law school you have probably already seen the ridiculous costs of law school. Remember, the number you see is only for tuition (and possibly room and board), it does not include the prices of food, drink, fun, books and all those other supplies you need. There are many hidden costs to law school, and chances are you will want to find scholarships or bursaries to help you along the way.

In order to be able to get some of the scholarships offered by the school, you need to be enrolled in the school. For these scholarships you will need to maintain a good GPA and attendance. This may cause additional stress in the classroom, but it is worth it to not have to pay the full amount for law school. Usually the requested GPA is not much higher than the expected grades at law school.

Many other (probably most) of the scholarships are available online. You need to research which scholarship you want and then submit your application. Scholarships online usually require that you submit an essay, text or examination to see if you qualify for the scholarship.

In order to secure that you will receive help for you tuition you need to collect and find as many scholarships as you can. Go to libraries, talk to professors, search online, even talking to guidance counsellors will allow you to make a list. You need to watch out for the application deadlines and try to be the first to apply for the scholarships. Most scholarships have very strict rules and deadlines, if you are late, you will not be accepted. If you apply when the applications are first being accepted you heighten your chances of getting the scholarship. You do not want tired eyes to be reading over your application, you need to be the person who they notice.

How to Pass the Bar Exam

The bar exam is the last test you need to pass before becoming an attorney. Without passing this exam, going to law school was pretty much a waste of time and money. There are a few things you need to do to prepare for this exam.

First, you should sign up for a bar review course. I know it seems foolish to spend even more money on studying for law, but it will be much more expensive in the end to take the test, fail and have to wait around to take it again. The bar exam review will allow you to know how to give the proper answers while also studying topics which are typically on the exam itself. The people who teach these courses are typically those who have already taken the exam and know how to prepare. The majority of courses are worth spending the extra money on.

Second, you shouldn't be planning on seeing friends or family often for at least two months. Those who seriously want to pass the bar exam will lock themselves in their room. Yes, you will have nights off every now and again to rest, but you will want to dedicate a lot of your time to studying.

Third, you need to practice old bar exams. The bar exam that you will be writing will not stray too far away from the old one. You do not need to study them constantly, but just enough to get a basic idea of the format and to know what questions you have difficulty answering. Memorize those questions you get wrong, it will help you on the exam.

Last, go into the exam thinking that you will pass. You have passed LSATs, you have made your way through law school, you will more than likely pass the bar exam. If you study and put in the time you need to to feel comfortable taking the exam, you will do well.

Why did you fail the LSAT?

Failing the LSAT happens to a lot more people than you would like to admit. Although there are many reasons for failing the test, here are a few categories that you may fall under:

1. No Preparation

You went into the test without properly preparing for how difficult it is. Many people try to take the LSAT without studying, to see what kind of mark they will receive… and usually fail. Of course you are allowed to retake the LSAT, but some schools are known to take an average of the scores you receive on the LSAT.

2. Unrealistic Goals

You need a lot of time to properly prepare for the LSAT. If you make an attempt to buckle down and study a few weeks before the test, chances are you will not get a score that you will be proud of. There is only a small percentage of people who can adequately understand and perform well for the LSAT given a short period of time. You may not be one of those lucky people.

3. Attempting to Pass the LSAT Alone

Passing the LSAT is hard enough, don't try to do it alone! There are many classes and study groups to join when studying. Not only will this make studying more interesting, but it will help you with any problems you have been having by yourself. There are probably many people with the same questions as you, in a group they are more likely to be answered.

4. Not Taking Action

You prepared and stressed about the LSAT so much that you couldn't bring yourself to take the test. Relax. After all those hours spent studying for the LSAT you are probably more than prepared for the test itself. In order to pass the test… you have to write it. You are already more prepared than the people mentioned in #1, the ones who chose to not study at all.

No matter what the reason is for failing the LSAT, just remember you can take it again. Yes, some schools will look at or average previous scores, but if you do much better the second time around than it might not be that significant. It is best to know if you belong in law school before you are actually attending it.

Experience the law school

Experience the law school

Once the decision to enroll in a law school preparation course has been made its necessary to think carefully about what you want to get out of it. Law Schools are not for students who just want to listen

effortlessly. If that is your intention this course is not for you. Law schools have preparation courses in interactive formats. The law supplements and a series of lectures in a large lecture hall include useful information, they do not afford the opportunities for students to know whether they actually understand and are able synthesize the information presented to them. After all, many law students can attest to at least one experience where they thought they had a firm grasp of a class or subject until they took the exam or received the grade.

The role of a Law School is not just to inform, but to also serve a characteristic role in helping students to understand their strengths and weaknesses before beginning law school.

And to then teach you to capitalize on your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses. Law Schools will improve your performance regardless of your experience or ability.

Inevitably, you will be engulfed with information from various sources. The sources may be reliable or they might not be. But, it’s no going to help you by gaining information about the law generally, or law school specifically. What will help you to make the most of your law school experience is learning what to do with

all the information you receive and to start building you own skill sets and tactics that others have not even thought about.

If you are seeking ways to gain a competitive edge and to get the maximum out of the law school experience, or to just unlock some of the secrets of the type of teaching the law school doing—then this is the right time to get into Law school with your subject.

How to spend some quality time in law school

How to spend some quality time in law school

The first year of law school will keep you constantly busy. You will find no free time at all which cannot be used to do something related to school work. There is always something or the other related to studies which will keep you occupied. But it is very important to find time for yourself to do other things which not related to studies. If not, you will experience burnout and it will adversely effect your grades.

Joining one or more of the Law School’s clubs or organizations will surely help. Make sure to attend intro meetings. This will help you in knowing more about the organization and you will get free food as well!. Select a few of these organizations which might interest you and then join them. Do not hold any major or leadership positions in the organizations as this might take extra time and distract you from your studies.

If student organizations are not to your liking, then join a fitness club or volunteer. The Idea is to do something to keep your mind fresh by taking your mind away from studies for a while.

Also keep an eye out for parties and events which keep happening year round (except when the exam

season nears). There will be lots to choose from. Fresher’s Party, send-offs etc,.

Organizing events with some companies is a wonderful and useful way to spend time as it gives a huge exposure to the companies and their workings. You will get to meet the people working

for those companies. Attending such event and listening to the speeches from experienced associates of the company also enriches you and grows the spirit of becoming a successful individual.

And then you can of course spend some quality time by just hanging around with friends, chatting while having a cup of coffee and just chilling out.

Top 5 Hardest State Bar Exams

Although you are probably already stressed about numerous things concerning law school, you will also need to consider which state bar exams are the most difficult. Today, it is thought that the top 5 hardest state bar exam are: New York, Virginia, California, Florida and Maryland.

Before we even get started on why these states are the most difficult, you must know that California is known to be the most difficult of all the state bar exams. In 2009, only 68.3% of those people who took the CA bar exam for the first time passed. This percentage is about 20% lower than the average of other schools. In many cases it is recommended that you take the  state bar exam in another state, unless of course you know what you are in for.

The California bar exam takes a total of three days, one of the longest state exams in U.S.A. The reason for its difficulty is that California has an exclusionary bar exam, meaning the state not only screens for those who are not qualified, but also ensures that not too many people actually become lawyers. Other states have shorter and easier bar exams because there is not as many people competing for jobs.

Another reason why the rate of people passing the California bar exam is so low is that unlike many states, California allows for students from unaccredited law schools to take the bar exam. Not many other states will allow students to do this.

In comparison to the CA bar exam, New York, Virginia, Florida and Maryland all have a much higher percentage of students that pass the bar exam. The exams are not as long and they typically only allow those from ABA schools to take the bar exam. When you pass one of the top 5 hardest bar exams, it will sometimes allow you to teach outside of the state that you passed the exam in.

You need to think about where taking the bar exam will benefit you most. Having a passing grade from California will look great, but do you really want to risk the chance of failing as well?

LSAT sample questions

LSAT Sample Questions

Looking for LSAT sample questions?  LSAT has four sections which candidates need to address:

Reading Comprehension

This section has number of reading comprehension questions. Candidates should read given passage and answer various questions asked about the content. This is done to test the ability of candidate to comprehend the passage. Most of the times, questions are related to authors tone or about the thesis of the article. Candidates can benefit if they read the questions first before reading the passage so as to get an idea about the information required.

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Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning section in LSAT has range of questions such as argumentation patterns that might like mini-reading comprehension questions. Some of the question types are which of the subsequent statements if true, most likely to weaken the argument? What is the flaw in the argument? Some of other questions can be like if P happens then Q will happen. P happens. Hence, Q will happen. However, if Q happens, P is not necessarily happen.

Analytic Reasoning

Analytic Reasoning section is also called as logic games. It considered as most difficult section in LSAT by many candidates.  Candidates are asked to order items as per certain conditions and questions are asked based on the given scenario. Test takers can improve their understanding about these type of questions by solving sufficient number of practice papers. This can help them to save the time considerably during the actual examination.

The Writing Sample

The writing sample offers situational question with two equally weighted alternatives. The candidate is evaluated over ability to provide an argument so as to choose one alternative over another.  There is no right or wrong answer to this question hence ability to justify the choice backed by strong rationale can help test takes. Candidates can benefit if they approach this section by evaluating both the scenarios with pros and cons. Afterward, best possible alternative can be recommended driven by comparative analysis of both options.

Have any LSAT sample questions to share? Feel free to comment below.

LSAT Exam Schedule for 2011 – 2012 and 2012-2013

LSAT Test Dates

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is conducted across various centers across the globe once in every three months.  The LSAT is administered on a Saturdays in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Only exception is test during the month of June, when it is administered on Mondays. The test is also conducted on suitable weekdays for Saturday Sabbath observers.

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LSAT Schedule is as follows

For 2011-2012,

June 2011 –

Jun 6, 2011 – Monday (12.30 PM)

June 26, 2011- Sunday (8:30AM for Asia/Australia/New Zealand)

October 2011 –

October 1, 2011 – Saturday (8:30 AM)

October 4, 2011 – Tuesday (8:30 AM for Saturday Sabbath Observers)

December 2011-

December 3, 2011 – Saturday (8:30 AM)

December 5, 2011 – Monday (8:30 AM for Saturday Sabbath Observers)

February 2012

February 11, 2012 – Saturday (8:30 AM)

February 13, 2012 – Monday (8:30 AM for Saturday Sabbath Observers)

and

For 2012-2013,

June 2012 –

Jun 11, 2012 – Monday (12.30 PM)

June 24, 2012- Sunday (8:30AM for Asia/Australia/New Zealand)

October 2011 –

October 6, 2012 – Saturday (8:30 AM)

October 10, 2012 – Wednesday (8:30 AM for Saturday Sabbath Observers)

December 2011-

December 1, 2012 – Saturday (8:30 AM)

December 3, 2012 – Monday (8:30 AM for Saturday Sabbath Observers)

February 2012

February 9, 2013 – Saturday (8:30 AM)

February 11, 2013 – Monday (8:30 AM for Saturday Sabbath Observers)

It is important to note that majority of law schools require that the LSAT should be taken by December to be eligible for admission in the following fall. However, it is advisable to take the test earlier months such as June or September.