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Ben Jones Said,
January 6th, 2014 @10:21 am  


Once you graduate, knowing a lot about American law – YOU MUST LEAVE USA.

There is no way know to mankind for a student, graduating in USA to stay and work in USA. You must leave, go back and then go through a five to seven YEAR immigration process.

That is the law. It was signed by congress a few years ago.

Also, I must ask, why would you go to law school in USA and pay up to $ 100,000 per year in tuition, plus cost of housing and health insurance when you can get the same education in Canada for about $ 10,000 per year? Note that while you study in USA you CANNOT get any financial assistance from Canada.

Also, to join any Canadian Bar association, you will have to sit the exams. You may need to add a year of studies at a Canadian university to know enough about Canadian law to pass.

Chose here, where you can also see the tuition plans. Most of the money can probably be covered by grants, bursaries and student loans.


Dr McG Said,
January 6th, 2014 @10:52 am  

Hi Sabby,

Yes, every American Bar Association-approved school (which includes all the good ones, like Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, etc) require that you submit an LSAT score along with your application. so, if you apply to a US school, you can’t avoid the LSAT.

One benefit is that Canadian law schools also use the LSAT (and the test is the same in the US and Canada), so if you were to change your mind and decide to stay in Canada, the preparation you do for the test wouldn’t go to waste.

You should take the test roughly a year or two before you want to start law school. So, if you wanted to start law school in Fall 2014, you’d take the June 2013 LSAT (preferably), the October 2013 LSAT (also good), or the December 2013 LSAT (less preferable due to rolling admissions).

As far as how to study for the LSAT, the best prep approach depends on a lot of factors. I prepped with both books and a course, and both had value. I now teach LSAT prep classes, and I definitely see exactly what prep courses can do for you. So, I have a lot of thoughts on the matter :)

Here are the kind of questions you have to ask yourself before making a decision on which route to take, and even how much time you need to spend preparing:

? Where are you scoring now, and how much do you need/want to improve?

? What kind of studier are you? Can you motivate yourself, or does a more structured environment and study plan better suit you?

? What kind of time do you have for studying on a weekly basis?

For the first question, if you haven’t already, go to the LSAC website (the administrators of the LSAT) and download the free June 2007 practice LSAT and take it as a timed test. Getting a starting score will help you make some decisions on what method to use when you start studying. That starting score will also tell you if you need to start preparing now, or if you can wait a bit (this depends on when you take the test; if you are taking it this year, start studying soon). If you are far away from where you want to be, then hit the books now because the more time you have to absorb the ideas, the better off you will be. This is not a test that you can really cram for (it’s about recognizing concepts and ideas, not about memorizing facts), so most people try to start early.

Depending on how much you need to improve, you have a few options: self-study with tests and prep books, take a prep class, or get personal tutoring. Books are cheaper but you have to do all the work, and you have to be motivated to study and a good self-learner. Courses are more expensive, but they give you a lot of material and provide a schedule and study plan for you. Tutoring is the most expensive, but it is completely personalized and focused solely on your needs, with someone there to help you at every turn.

If you go the book route, you need both strategy books and practice test books (for the practice tests, get actual tests from LSAC). Start with the strategy books first (like the LSAT Bibles), then start sprinkling in full tests, and then towards the middle and end focus on taking a lot of test. Try to take at least one or two tests a week if you can. The only real trick to studying is to put in a lot of hours and to take a lot of practice tests. Getting familiar with the test format and your own strengths and weaknesses will make you as comfortable as possible on test day.

If you are scoring relatively low, or if a particular section is killing you, or if you need a double-digit increase, strongly consider taking a prep course or getting personal tutoring.

The main benefits of a class are that:

A. They lay out the strategies for you so you don’t have to figure them out on your own. You also have a source to go to when you have questions or need help.

B. They provide plenty of study material, and that material is directed in a particular way.

C. They structure your preparation in a way that self-studying cannot.

D. You meet other people in the same position you are in, and it helps to have friends who can motivate you to study.

Do the classes help? I know they do, but I worked pretty hard. Whatever class you choose, find a class that uses a lot of real LSATs and find out who your instructor will be. Try to get someone with a lot of teaching experience and a high score. Having a good instructor makes a big difference.

As far as prep time, the more time you spend the better. Most student spend at least 2-3 months, but if you spend more time one benefit you will have is that you will not feel rushed, and you will have more time to focus on the areas that are giving you trouble.

Regardless of what approach you use (books, course, whatever), you have to study a huge amount of time to lock down a high score, and you have to put that time in over weeks and months, not days. Just be prepared to clear your schedule for it as much as you can.

Good luck!

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