Flawed Logical Reasoning in LSAT Preparation

Posted by on May 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

If you've been preparing for the LSAT, you're probably familiar with at least some of the flaws featured in questions from the Logical Reasoning sections of the test. Many of these flaws are exemplified in arguments against preparation:

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Do Law Schools View Multiple LSAT Attempts as a Negative?

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 12:20 PM

One of the most persistent law school admissions myths is the notion that schools consider every LSAT scores – or the average score – for individual applicants when assessing their admissions profile.  This is a particularly tough myth to counter because it often originates from the carefully crafted semantics law schools themselves use in describing how they view multiple tests.

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT

Non-Trad Law Applicants: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Posted by on May 14, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Older (or "non-traditional") applicants to law school may face challenges that are somewhat different from those typically encountered by recent college graduates. Your worldly possessions amount to a bit more than a laptop, a duffel bag, and a Bob Marley poster. You may be able to convice yourself that moving from Marin County to New Haven is a "smart move," but try convincing your spouse (and kids) to do the same.

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Topics: Law School Admissions

The Future of the LSAT - Part 2

Posted by on May 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Two weeks ago I started a discussion about what I believe the future holds for the LSAT, and I did so by first examining the test's history from its creation in early 1948 to the present-day form. What that timeline shows is that the LSAT is far from static; it evolves in response to law schools and test takers and much else, and while the changes of the last few decades may seem more subtle than the large-scale refinements of the tumultuous '80s, it's all but certain that future, and potentially wildly divergent, incarnations await us.

To that point, I concluded Part 1 with the following sentiment: "But if history tells us anything it's that this test is prone to revisions, both large and small, and the likelihood of it remaining in its current state forever is, frankly, nil. Change is inevitable. What that change may entail, however, is a matter of some debate, and in Part 2 I'll explore what I believe to be the most probable outcomes."

So here we are. We know where the test has been, and often why it's been amended as it has. But what does the future hold?

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT

Law School and the Value of Work Experience

Posted by on May 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM

As most law school applicants know, a student’s LSAT score and GPA are generally the most important factors in most law school admissions decisions. Historically, post-college work experience has not been emphasized, and students often go directly from college into law school. Over the past few years, however, many top law schools have increasingly begun to focus on work experience when making admissions decisions.

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Topics: LSAT

What are Splitters, Reverse Splitters, and Super Splitters?

Posted by on May 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

If you are applying to law school, you will come across an unusual and somewhat confusing term: Splitter. And no, it has nothing to do with baseball pitches, cutting down trees, or a certain San Antonio Spurs basketball player. In admissions parlance, a "splitter" is someone who has LSAT and GPA numbers that are split between high and low marks (and often the medians for a law school play a role in detemrining if one is truly a splitter). While this concept is relatively easy to follow, over time a number of variations have cropped up, so let's look at each:

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Y'all Should Take the June LSAT (But Probably Won't)

Posted by on April 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The June 2015 LSAT registration deadline is tomorrow, May 1. By now, you've probably started a test prep course, bought the Bible Trilogy, and/or invested a considerable amount of money purchasing PrepTests. You may have even started working with a tutor. If you are seeing an uptick in your practice test scores, that's awesome. Chances are, however, that you aren't anywhere near where you hope to be in June. Not before long, you will start debating whether to put it all off until October. It's easy to rationalize such a decision: if you're still in school, you can focus on your finals without the added aggravation of yet another test. Plus, you'll have the whole summer to study: what else are you going to do on the beach?

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep

The Future of the LSAT - Part 1

Posted by on April 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

There's a natural tendency among test takers, and those who guide them, to speculate on what the future holds for the exam they face. This makes sense, as it's an undeniable truth that tests change. To name but a few examples, the GRE underwent a major revision in August 2011, the GMAT saw subtle but critical changes in June 2012, and the SAT is on the brink of the second massive revamp in just the past decade. The LSAT too is an ever-evolving creation, and arguably due for an overhaul.

What I'd like to do here is discuss that evolution in two parts, exploring the path that's led us to the present, and then considering where the journey may take us in the years to come. Let's begin at, well, the beginning, as I highlight what I consider to be the most notable moments in LSAT history:

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT

Did You Get Invited to Cheryl's Birthday? We Didn't Think So.

Posted by on April 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Last week, people around the world spent countless hours trying to figure out when Cheryl's birthday isa strange priority considering we haven't yet cured cancer. Understandably, as experts in all things logical, we were asked about it by students and colleagues dying to know all about Cheryl. Is she a harbinger of Logic Games to come? We think not. Test makers are not terribly creative when it comes to stuff like that. Then again, keep giving them ideas...

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Topics: LSAT Logic Games

The Law School and LSAT Terminology Dictionary

Posted by on April 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Students preparing for the LSAT and applying to law school invariably come across a slew of unusual terms and acronyms. Below, we define these terms:

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep