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From Paralegal to 1L: How Maria Crushed the LSAT and Won Scholarships

Updated: Jan 24

Maria's journey to law school was not an easy one. As a paralegal in a top corporate law firm in New York, she knew she had the intellect and drive to succeed in the legal field. However, she struggled with feeling intimidated by the reading comprehension section of the LSAT for a long time. Despite her bilingualism, she had not considered that this could give her an advantage in language skills that others might not possess.


With the support of our LSAT Boss and admissions program, and mentors in the legal profession, Maria was able to carefully curate her applications and gain an impressive 13-point improvement on the LSAT, earning her a score of 171. This improvement not only made her competitive in the admissions cycle, but also opened up opportunities for scholarship offers from several top law schools.


Maria received offers from law schools such as George Washington, Cardozo Law, Brooklyn University, and Hofstra, receiving scholarship awards ranging from 52.5K to a full ride. Choosing George Washington, Maria moved to Washington, D.C. to start the next chapter in her professional career.

Maria's success story is a testament to the impact of targeted and effective test preparation, as well as strategic admissions planning. What makes Maria's success especially memorable to me was the near 10-point improvements she consistently achieved in the reading comprehension section of the LSAT. This improvement was particularly remarkable given her previous struggles with this section and not yet considering how, as a paralegal and a

bilingual individual, she could leverage her language skills to excel in this area.


As a 1L at George Washington Law School, Maria says "I feel like I'm right where I'm supposed to be...learning, growing and engaging with like-minded peers." She is actively involved in societies such as LALSA, Art Law, and Corporate Law, where she is sharpening her critical thinking, organization, and communication skills with the support of reputable scholars.


Congratulations to Maria for her incredible accomplishments, and we wish all aspiring law students the best of luck in their journeys. If you are feeling stuck or anxious about the process, contact us for support in achieving your goals.


Check out the schools that accepted Maria:


George Washington Law School: www.law.gwu.edu


Cardozo Law: www.cardozo.yu.edu


Brooklyn University: www.brooklyn.edu



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