Each year, PowerScore conducts a rigorous examination of every American Bar Association (ABA) law school in the country. We collect data from a wide variety of sources, including students, professors, administrators, and the ABA. For example, students are surveyed extensively about their school experience and the resources available to them both pre- and post-graduation. Faculty members are questioned about their qualifications, teaching workload, support from the administration, and the resources available to them. Data about the school is extensively analyzed, from admission statistics and financial aid packages to school funding and budgeting to student job placement and future expected salaries. In the end, all of this information is compiled in a detailed portfolio that provides us with an amazingly complete look at each school (for more information on our data collection and rankings methodology, please see the end of this article). After this information is compiled, a weighting system based on 42 separate attributes is used to measure the quality of each institution described here. This is, without question, the most complete and accurate assessment of law schools ever produced. However, the way that we have weighted the factors is not the same as the rankings you see elsewhere.Read More
Topics: Law School Admissions
In a number of LSAT Logical Reasoning questions, the first thing you see is an identifier of the type of speaker making the argument that follows. For example, you might see “Archaeologist,” or “Researcher,” or "Expert,” to name three examples from a recent LSAT. Most students fly right by these speaker identifiers without further thought, but should they? Probably not, so let’s talk about why that is the case.Read More
It's been about four weeks now since I first discussed the kickoff of the 2015-2016 LSAT cycle--the upcoming four exams typically taken for admission in the fall of 2016--and if you'll recall I noted that I'd be addressing these tests in two parts: general advice on why you should start preparing immediately, and a detailed look at each of the cycle's LSATs, June through February, in an attempt to steer you towards the most appropriate one.
This post will provide that test-by-test breakdown and comparison. But before I launch into it let me take a moment to recap what I covered in Part One:Read More
Recently, Chris Borland, a promising linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers just coming out of his rookie season, announced that he was retiring from football. He retired because he was concerned about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a poorly understood neurodegenerative disease associated with head trauma. Over the last several years, concerns about damage from head trauma related to professional football have gotten increasing news coverage. During an interview concerning Borland's retirement, Dr. Joseph Maroon, a neurosurgeon and sports medicine expert who is the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said that it is more dangerous for a child to ride a bike than it is for a child to play football. Hmm. Let's take a closer look.Read More
Archer, an animated series on FX, is about a spy agency and its group of clever, often bitingly sarcastic secret agents, who provide some great examples of the same kinds of logical flaws that we see on the LSAT:Read More
Every year about this time (January through the spring), in each law school admissions office a Wait List is created. Students who aren't accepted but also not rejected are put on the Wait List (WL), and told there's a chance they might get in at some point. In other words, they get sent to law school admissions purgatory. And it's not just one or two students: Mike Spivey over at law school admissions firm Spivey Consulting Group notes that, "many schools will WL as much as 40-50% of their applicant pool, and at times up to half of the entering class will be comprised of those admitted off of the WL." That's a lot of people, and if you find yourself on this list, the waiting can be an agonizing process. Equally challenging is knowing the proper steps to take to get yourself off the Waiting List and into the Accepted pool. While Mike talked about those steps in the free PowerScore Law School Admissions Guide, what I want to address here is a little-known trick that can help you get off the WL: using the June LSAT to raise your score and get in to law school.Read More
With the recent release of the 2016 US News rankings of North American law schools on March 10th, we can now see how 198 ABA-accredited schools stack up against one another in what is generally considered the more or less definitive guide to LS ranks. My colleague Dave Killoran posted the top 25 schools and his thoughts earlier this week, and I'm going to echo some of that and expand on it with my thoughts here.Read More
Topics: Law School Admissions
Today, US News released their 2016 Law School Rankings (yeah, even though it's March 2015, the 2016 version is out somehow), and we're here to update you on the changes. As a standard disclaimer about rankings, remember that these are just numbers put through an arbitrary formula that was created by a magazine that makes millions of dollars off of them, so use them at your own risk!Read More
Topics: LSAT Prep
The most memorable line from O.J. Simpson’s 1994-95 jury trial, other than the “not guilty” verdicts, was defense attorney Johnnie Cochran’s genius phrase, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” That clear, simple rule is widely thought to be a key factor in Simpson’s acquittal. In today’s post, we’re going to look at that statement and it’s circumstances in the context of the LSAT.Read More
Recently, the State University of New York-Buffalo Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law announced that the LSAT will “no longer be required” for their applicants (at which point many students added SUNY Buffalo and Iowa to their lists of prospective law schools). This change does not, however, mean that all applicants will be exempt; the exception applies to a relatively small number of applicants.
Topics: LSAT Prep