Questions from a potential law school applicant

<p>Hello all, just a couple of quick law school questions-</p>

<p>1) I have two years at a junior college and two years at the University. If one were to combine the GPA's of the two institutions it looks moderately better than just solely the University GPA. Do law school admissions combine all GPA transcripts?</p>

<p>2) For the military veterans on this board, are there quality law schools that have a veterans preference?</p>

<p>3) Is the LSAT prep courses worth anything, or should I continue studying my one book, "The official LSAT Superprep"?</p>

<p>4) Any law school suggestions for good International Business law programs?</p>

<p>Thanks for your answers.</p>

<p>Samset, law schools will want to see all of your transcripts including junior college. It is my understanding that the whole GPA is computed with all schools in mind.</p>

<p>I can't speak about VA preference,but I have never heard of any school giving preference to veterans other than giving in state tuition rates if you have a purple heart. I guess if you won a bronze or silver star and make this a big part of your personal statement, it should help you.</p>

<p>LSAT prep courses can be very good for the right person. You can also study LSAT matereials without taking a course,which takes a VERY driven person. If you do a fair review of LSAT prep courses, most people feel that the top ones are: Testmasters, Powerscore and Princeton Review. You need to check each of them out for yourself.</p>

<p>As for international law, just do a Google search for "Law school and international law concentrations." I do know that Univeristy of Miami has an emphasis in International Law as does Stetson Law School. You might also want to check out Suffolk University, Cornell, Northwestern etc.</p>

<p>1) They'll combine all of your grades in calculating your LSDAS GPA. The grades you earned in junior college will be treated the same as the ones you earned at the university.</p>

<p>3) I don't think they're worthwhile. You really just need the logic games bible and the actual LSATs. If you are getting more than a few logical reasoning questions wrong, you can try the logical reasoning bible as well. At this point, you undoubtedly know how to prepare for an exam. It's not particularly complicated and doesn't test any substantive knowledge, so an expensive course strikes me as unnecessary.</p>

<p>4) That's not how law school/legal hiring works. For one thing, "international business" is kind of a vague description; there are a couple other posts about this. You don't "major" in anything in law school, and firms aren't overly concerned with the classes you take. Your job options will depend almost entirely on your school's rank and your grades.</p>

<p>zaprowsdower:</p>

<p>3) I absolutely disagree. For us mere mortals, the LSAT is in fact pretty tough and we don't intuitively know how to prepare for it. The courses, thought admittedly expensive and broadly focused, increase your familiarity with the test and provide a structure to guide your preparation, even if you don't use every strategy they teach you. I just finished a Kaplan LSAT Extreme course, and though it wasn't phenomenal by any stretch of the imagination, it gave me a great framework and background with which to independently work this summer, not to mention access to nearly every question released by LSAC. </p>

<p>Bottom line: if you have the money to burn, take a class. It cannot substitute for individual preparation, but all things being equal, increased access to and familiarity with the test that necessarily comes from a structured course can only help.</p>

<p>You can get "access" to all of the released questions for a lot less than a course costs, and that's overkill anyway. I wouldn't expect someone to intuitively know how to approach logic games (though some people do), which is why I'd recommend the LGB. Other than that, there are no secrets the course is going to impart; again, I would expect that someone who studied for the SAT and managed to get through three years of college knew how to prepare for an exam, and understood what schedule/structure worked for them. And if they didn't, I would suggest they reconsider law school.</p>