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Logical Reasoning - Arguments vs Facts

Posted by Jon Denning on Jul 30, 2014 11:00:00 AM

One of the most important tasks facing test takers in the Logical Reasoning section
is the ability to accurately identify the presence of argumentation. “Argumentation” can be roughly summed up as an author’s attempt to persuade the reader to believe that the author’s opinion is correct, and, while that seems simple enough, it’s not always that easy to spot.
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Reasons to Become a Judicial Law Clerk after Law School

Posted by Ron Gore on Jul 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM

I have two siblings, one older and one younger. All three of us are attorneys and all three of us had judicial clerkships after law school. We each had a different type of clerkship and we each greatly benefited from our respective experiences. With that background, here's my two cents about why you should apply for a post law school clerkship. If you're still at the LSAT stage of your legal career, take a breather from your study and visualize this possible path that all of your hard work can open up for you.

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Topics: LSAT, law school, clerkship

The LSAT is Unfair

Posted by Steve Stein on Jul 24, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The LSAT is a great test in many ways, but some students complain that the test is not entirely fair, and they do have some valid points:

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The June 2014 LSAT: Pattern Games Strike Back

Posted by Nikki Siclunov on Jul 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

By now, we all know that the game section of the June 2014 LSAT was a brutal endeavor, comparable in many ways to the World Cup semi-finals between Germany and Brazil (where you were not Germany). Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post discussing the causes (and the potential effects - positive or negative) of such curveballs on the test. This week, we get to talk about the type of game that threw every June test-taker into a fit: Pattern games. 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

Should You Retake The LSAT?

Posted by Jon Denning on Jul 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM

With the recent release of June 2014 LSAT scores, a number of students now find themselves in the somewhat uncomfortable position of a possible retake later this year. With that in mind, I want to take a moment to consider one of the most frequently asked questions regarding law school admissions: "Should I take the LSAT again, and if I do, how will law schools interpret my scores?"

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Retake

Everyday LSAT - A Causal Reasoning Smackdown

Posted by Ron Gore on Jul 14, 2014 11:00:00 AM

This Wednesday I have the great pleasure of teaching our free Causal Reasoning Secrets seminar, which is always a lot of fun. Getting into the spirit of things, I searched federal case law for opinions focusing on causal reasoning and found a doozy in Claar v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 29 F.3d 499 (C.A.9 (Mont.), 1994)

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Topics: Everyday LSAT, Causal Reasoning

The June 2014 LSAT Reading Comprehension Section Reviewed

Posted by Steve Stein on Jul 10, 2014 11:23:00 AM

To add to the difficulty of the Logic Games section, which apparently led to quite a few recent score cancellations, the LSAT 72 Reading Comprehension Section was considered by many to provide some challenge as well. Let’s take a look at what this section had to offer:

The first passage presented a relatively basic idea in nice, familiar language: The author presents a discussion of the need for occasional forest fires, to rejuvenate forest ecosystems and limit the potential for damage on a larger scale. With some degree of control over the fuel source (i.e. the trees), land managers can meet this need by intentionally starting occasional controlled fires, and allowing some lightning fires to burn under controlled conditions. With three Purpose questions and an Expansion question in this passage set, it was very helpful to have a strong grasp on the structure of the first passage.

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Topics: LSAT, Reading Comprehension, June 2014 LSAT, June LSAT, LSAT Prep Reading Comprehension

Take Practice LSATs Using Our Virtual Proctor!

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Jul 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM

 Are you still trying to find a way to easily time yourself while you take practice LSATs at home? Getting the timing of the LSAT down is one of the most important parts to beating the test, but finding an simple, foolproof way to do it isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve created an LSAT Virtual Proctor that you can access online to time your tests–for free.
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Curveballs in LSAT Logic Games

Posted by Nikki Siclunov on Jul 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM

 Now that the June 2014 LSAT is finally out, we can take solace in the notion that, although 99.9% of you bombed that last game completely, better days lie ahead. For one thing, missing every single question on that game only brings your score down to 177, thanks to the exceptionally generous curve on that test. Why was the curve so generous? See the first sentence above. Here's the funny thing about exceptionally brutal games: they are unlikely to significantly derail your score, even if you totally bombed them. Your raw score is only meaningful in comparison to everyone else’s, so as long as everyone else was just as stumped as you were, you’re good. Remember this next time you come across a game (or a RC passage) that makes you think about nothing but murder.

Curveballs in Logic Games — and on the LSAT in general — are becoming the new normal. Both Pattern and Circular Games are having a comeback (see our discussion of the February 2014 LSAT), while new oddities are catching on (see, e.g. sequencing/conditional rules, the Rule Substitution Question, etc.).  It’s partly your fault, of course: Logic Games are the most “learnable” section on the test, and y’all are getting pretty good at them. Contrary to popular belief, the LSAC is not some mean, soul-crushing institution on a mission to keep you out of Yale. On the contrary: by dialing up the difficulty of their Logic Games section, they are trying to ensure a fair and balanced test that consistently measures everyone’s ability to succeed in law school (whether they took a prep course or not). A killer game is not a slap on the face; it's a pat on the back.

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Topics: LSAT, LSAT Prep

The June 2014 LSAT Logic Games: What Really Happened

Posted by Jon Denning on Jul 3, 2014 5:44:00 PM

Students who took the June 2014 LSAT (PrepTest 72) faced a Games section that was both extremely difficult, and extremely unexpected. Let’s take a brief look at that Logic Games section, and review what occurred:

Game #1: Radio Station Reports, a Linear/Grouping Combination Game

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Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Logic Games

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