Dave Killoran

Dave Killoran, a graduate of Duke University, is an expert in test preparation with over 20 years of teaching experience and a 99th percentile score on an LSAC-administered LSAT. In addition to having written PowerScore's legendary LSAT Bible Series, and many other popular publications, Dave has overseen the preparation of thousands of students and founded two national LSAT preparation companies.

Recent Posts

Which Top 50 Law Schools Accept the June LSAT?

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In the last few years, there has been a seismic shift in application deadline dates, which greatly benefits current applicants. A decade ago, only a few schools accepted the results of the February LSAT for fall admission later that year, and many application deadlines were in January (if not December). Fast forward to today, and the situation is much changed! Almost every school now accepts the results of the February LSAT, and, as the table below shows, a significant number of schools in the Top 50 now accept the results of the June LSAT (and many more outside the Top 50 accept June results). In other words, if you are reading this today and have yet to take the LSAT or apply to law school, you could still apply now to a number of schools and attend this fall. Previously, that was unthinkable.

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Advanced LSAT Guessing Strategy: Referring To Prior Answers

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In a perfect world, you'd never have to guess on any question while taking the LSAT. But, there are occasions where time simply runs out, and when that occurs you have to guess (especially because, unlike the SAT, there is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT). I've talked elsewhere about Basic LSAT Guessing Strategy, which is based on answer choice appearance probabilities. As that article discusses, historically some answers are more likely to appear than others, and you can often gain an advantage by knowing those tendencies when the occasion arises. But, are there other guessing strategies you can employ?

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Topics: LSAT Prep

The Ultimate Test Mentality Resource List

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With the LSAT coming up next week, during this final week you should make sure you are as mentally well-prepared as possible for Saturday. To help you reach a state of pure mental power and balance, I've compiled a list of my favorite LSAT confidence resources. Make sure to set aside some time before the test to think about how you will approach the LSAT when it begins, and especially how you will react if you encounter any difficulties. It's an essential step, and one that can dramatically impact your score. Here's the list:

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep

Why Does It Take So Long For LSAT Scores To Come Out?

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The December 2016 LSAT was administered about three weeks ago, and the scores from that test aren't slated to be released until another nine days from now. Once the LSAT is over, one of the most common complaints is that scores should come out more quickly. Given that we live in an era where tests are electronically scored and the results are transmitted nearly instantly by email, that sounds like a very reasonable complaint. So, why does it take so long for LSAT scores to appear? And couldn't they get them out a lot earlier?

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Topics: LSAT Prep

Join Our Free Letters of Recommendation Webinar!

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Ever wondered who to ask to write you a letter of recommendation? Or have you ever wondered how to make sure your chosen recommender writes you the best possible letter? Or perhaps you've wondered if it even makes a difference at all? Well, you can get answers to all those questions and many more tomorrow evening during our free webinar covering law school admission letters of recommendation. If you are interested, read on for all the details!

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Law School Applications: Every Word Counts

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The other night I co-hosted a free PowerScore online seminar on the basics of the law school admissions process. This seminar, known as Admissions 101, covers each step of applying to law school, and it discusses how to approach the application process and what the law schools are seeking from you as an applicant. During this seminar I spent a lot of time answering questions about two things in particular: letters of recommendation (LOR) and the personal statement. Due to the large number of LOR questions, I'm going to do a special seminar on just the letters of rec on December 6th at 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific. If you want to know more about how to get the best LORs possible, come join me (sign up here)! And, we'll also look at some past examples of real letters (both good and bad) sent in by former students of minetrust me, that's always entertaining!

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Have Law School Admissions Questions? Join Us For A Free Seminar!

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One week from today on Wednesday, November 16th, PowerScore will be holding a free online law school admissions seminar! The seminar will be hosted by PowerScore law school admissions consultant Tony Bates and PowerScore CEO and LSAT Bibles author Dave Killoran. The first part of the seminar will cover the admissions process and the ins and outs of applying to law school, including how to choose a law school and how to best craft and submit your application and essays. The second half of the seminar will be an open question-and-answer session where we will take questions from the audience. Throughout the seminar we will also be answering student questions via chat, so bring your questions and prepare for an informative evening!

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep

Will The September 2016 LSAT Scores Be Released Today?

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The short answer is: maybe! The official score release date is this Thursday, October 20th, but for almost every LSAT the scores are released earlier than the announced date. A few weeks ago I predicted that scores would be released tomorrow, on Tuesday, October 18th (although my colleague Jon Denning predicted they would be released today). So, how are things looking at this point?

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Topics: LSAT Prep

How Hard Is The LSAT?

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One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, "How hard is the LSAT?" Most students have heard the test is difficult, but unless they've taken an LSAT already, they don't have a good idea of whether the test really is hard, or whether it's just like any other college test. So let's take a look at some numbers and see what the real story is here. 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

Should You Do Warm Up Questions The Morning Of The LSAT?

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A question I often receive is, “Should I do a set of warm up questions the morning of the LSAT to get into the right frame of mind?" The idea is that by doing questions prior to the start of the LSAT you will be ready to hit the ground running once the test begins, and that will produce the best possible score. In theory it sounds like a good idea, but does it really work, and should you try it?

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep