I came across a quote the other day from the late Christopher Hitchens, and it's both too good, and too applicable to the LSAT, not to share. Hitch opines, "skepticism rather than credulity is the highest principle that the human intellect can use to ennoble our existence." And while I agree wholeheartedly with the great man's intent, for our purposes here I'm reminded of a common concern students face: namely, how do we know what to treat with skepticism, and what to treat with acceptance as we move through the test?
More specifically, there's an oft-asked question* that arises among test takers regarding how to discern truth from supposition--and, similarly, how much "real world" knowledge is allowed, or possibly required, when tackling LSAT Logical Reasoning (and, to a lesser extent, Reading Comprehension)--and I hear this issue raised frequently enough that I thought I'd take a moment to address it directly.
The short answer to the subject knowledge question is, "Not much!" And that's good news, of course, but woefully insufficient for our purposes here. So let me explain when and where your non-LSAT experiences/knowledge might prove useful, where that information is to be avoided, and how you can tell the difference.Read More
With only weeks to go in the countdown to the December LSAT, you’re probably well into your preparation for the test. Whether you are taking a class or you’ve chosen a course of self-study, it’s important to stay motivated as you head down the home stretch. There are many different reasons that one might choose a legal career—ideally, it shouldn’t be all about the money, of course; we all know that money can’t buy happiness! Still...Read More
The December 2015 LSAT is fast approaching, and while I realize the majority of people reading this blog at the moment are likely preparing for that exam, others are looking further ahead and contemplating next year's LSATs. For those 2016 test takers, below you'll find the scheduled exam dates for the four, regular (non-Sabbath observer) North American administrations in the coming year.Read More
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Over on the PowerScore LSAT Discussion Forum, there has been a spate of discussions about how to best review practice LSATs and homework problems. I'm seeing students make a critical error as they study, and so I want to talk about that, and then lay down a framework for optimally reviewing the problems that you complete. This will help you get the most out of the time that you spend studying. Let's start by asking, what is the critical study error that many students are making?Read More
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So, your son or daughter has decided to become a lawyer. You are proud as well as relieved: no future rock stars will be living in your basement for years. Now that your child is prepping for the LSAT, you want to be supportive without being overbearing. Here's how to strike the right balance:Read More
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With law school admissions in full swing, applicants are faced with one of the most difficult academic decisions imaginable: which school is the right choice. There are obviously a tremendous number of factors in play--from regional vs national considerations to scholarships to school-specific dynamics like student life and specialty programs--and we've discussed those factors previously, but in this post I want to suggest another avenue by which valuable information can be gathered and assessed: LSAC Law School Forums.Read More
If you are planning to take the December test, you should quickly determine your study plan if you haven't already done so. Assuming you aren’t taking a prep course, but are familiar with the PowerScore LSAT Bibles, the plan below should keep you on track for the test, presuming that you can allow for 20-25 hrs of LSAT work each week.Read More