Fox LSAT Alumni Spotlight: Molly Niffenegger

molly picI love hearing what my former LSAT students are doing in law school and beyond. Molly Niffenegger took a class from me and will be attending UC Davis School of Law this fall. When you started prepping for the LSAT, what scared you the most? Did you study in a classroom, one on one, online, or using Fox LSAT books?

When I started prepping for the LSAT I had been out of school for three years, so I was scared about studying again, especially while working full-time. I also had no idea what to expect, as I’d never seen an LSAT exam prior to my first day of class.

I took Nathan’s class that was held twice a week with group exams on the weekends. On the nights I wasn’t in class I used his books to study and practice.

After studying with Nathan, how did your perceptions about the LSAT change?

Nathan made the LSAT more approachable and less intimidating with his humor and knowledge of the test. He also helped me understand the significance a few points can make in admissions and scholarships.

Did Nathan give you advice about law school admissions?

One of the best parts about working with Nathan was that he's available for all law school related questions, including admissions. One of the main reasons I decided on Fox LSAT was Nathan had actually attended law school, unlike many of the competing teachers from some of the larger LSAT prep companies. So not only could he offer first-hand experience to my law school questions, but he always knew someone who had similar questions and experiences to put me in touch with.

I always felt comfortable asking Nathan for advice and his responses were always helpful. Nathan also provided Ann Levine’s The Law School Admissions Game book, which was a great place to start when considering law school.

What are your law school plans? Where are you attending (or will you attend)? What do you hope to do after graduation?

I’m very excited to start law school at UC Davis this fall. I don’t yet know what area of law I want to practice in, so my plan is to join as many organizations as possible my first year to get a better idea of what I’m most passionate about. I’ve been in the Bay Area for the past eight years and hope to find a position here when I graduate.

Do you have any tips for current and future LSAT students?

For the exam, one of the biggest challenges for me was staying focused during the RC sections. The first time I took the LSAT I spent most of my free time doing practice problems and reading through the explanations in Nathan’s books. The second time I took the test, I added a few hours of leisure reading each day into my study regimen which helped a lot with my focus, resulting in a higher score. It was also a nice break from the stories about ancient art and aboriginal rights.

For applying to law school, I suggest taking as much time as you need to get the best possible score on your LSAT. I took the test three times and improved my score each time, which resulted in increased scholarships. Worst case scenario is waiting a year and gaining work experience, which will probably help your application too.

Thanks for sharing what you’re doing, Molly. Good luck as you start law school!

If you want to talk with Molly about her experience, send her an email at niffeneggerm@gmail.com.

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