Eight Weeks to the LSAT: What You Need to Know

Posted by Jon Denning on

With about eight weeks until the next official LSAT administration on Monday, June 11th, test day is right around the corner.  In fact, it'll be here before you know it.

Don't panic! I'm not here to freak you out. In fact, I'm here to help. 

Below you'll find a list of resources, links, and general suggestions, all designed to help you make the most of your final two months, and finish--or, as may be the case, start--strong! 

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Topics: LSAT Prep

How Should Freshman and Sophomores in College Prepare for the LSAT?

Posted by Jon Denning on

There's an old adage, a truism in its self-evidence really, that it's never too early to start studying for the LSAT. In fact, so compelling and pervasive is this advice that we often hear from high school seniors (and occasionally their mothers) wondering how best to begin the journey to law school. And while I think most would agree with me that that's a bit premature to start seriously investing energy into hardcore LSAT prep, college freshmen and sophomores are near enough to test day that it warrants some legitimate consideration.
 
So what I'd like to do here is offer a comprehensive set of recommendations for those in the early stages of their college careers that should make the transition into more diligent, dedicated LSAT study far more manageable. Follow these pointers and you'll be perfectly positioned to expertly tackle all things LSAT.
 
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The Surge Continues: Surprising Trends For This Year's Law School Applicants

Posted by Eric Ockert on

Recently, there has been much discussion on this blog concerning the state of flux we find ourselves in with respect to the number of LSAT administrations and law school applications. After five years of declining numbers (2010-2015) followed by two years of anemic growth (2015-2017), LSAT administrations are up significantly throughout the 2017-2018 cycle. Following another big test in February, total administered LSAT’s were up 18.1% over last year. That’s the largest year over year jump since 2001-2002.

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep, prelaw

Law Schools with Late Admissions Deadlines

Posted by Dave Killoran on

We recently posted a list of law schools in the Top 50 that accept the June LSAT. A number of students wanted to also see the full list of all schools with late admissions deadlines ("late" in this case means a hard deadline of March 31st or later). Because we called every single law school on this list to confirm our data, this took a while to produce! But, we can now present you with a complete and accurate list of law schools with late 2018 admissions deadlines.

This post was updated 4/6/18. 

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Yale Law School To Accept GRE Scores

Posted by Dave Killoran on

A full year after rival Harvard's decision to accept GRE scores in lieu of the LSAT, Yale Law School (https://law.yale.edu/) announced on Friday that it too would begin implementing the use of GRE scores in the law school admission process effective immediately. "Enough is enough. We’ve waited over 12 months for those guys to come to their senses, but it’s obvious that Harvard sees the GRE as its way of finally beating us in the all-important law school rankings," said Yale spokesperson N. Feriority. "We've been #1 so long that it would be a crippling blow to our self-esteem if we somehow dropped behind Harvard or Stanford. So guess what? It’s GRE time for us, too."

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep, GRE

Retaking the LSAT? What To Do Differently To Raise Your Score

Posted by Dave Killoran on

I recently talked about who should retake the LSAT, and this week I'm covering how to properly prepare for your retake. First, I'm going to presume that the last time around you did a fairly decent job of preparing, that is, you worked through a course or some self-study guides, and you took a fair number of practice tests. If you didn't make a reasonable effort the first time around, then your top priority should be to put in 100% this time! The information below will still help you, but you have to be committed to the process; without that, the rest doesn't matter.

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Goal-Setting for LSAT Success

Posted by Jeremy Press on

This summer will mark the tenth anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in the history of sport, the mind-blowing 8-gold medal performance of swimmer Michael Phelps at the Beijing Summer Olympics. The upcoming anniversary got me thinking about what an LSAT student might learn from Phelps’s incredible achievements. One critical discipline that gets a little less attention from LSAT students, but that serious swimmers think about regularly (trust me, I remember this yearly exercise from my competitive swimming days), is goal-setting. Don’t get me wrong. I think most LSAT students have some notion about the score they’d like to attain in an ideal world, and some (maybe slightly vaguer) notion about how that score connects to their larger career goals. But I don’t think many LSAT students do what a disciplined swimmer like Phelps did when he prepared to conquer swimming’s Mount Everest.  That is, they don’t set detailed goals, both long-term and short-term, that will motivate their study efforts and keep them on the path to ultimate success. Let’s see what we can learn from Michael Phelps’s goal-setting that applies to the LSAT preparation process. 

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How Do You Choose the Best LSAT Prep Option?

Posted by Jon Denning on

With the release of February LSAT scores last Wednesday, we’ve reached what is traditionally the end of last year’s testing and application cycle, and the start of most people’s prep for admission in the fall of 2019. That isn’t to suggest that schools won’t take a summer test for a start later this year—a lot of great schools accept the June (and likely July) results for same-year admission—or that students looking to begin in 2020 or later shouldn’t start preparing now! But for the majority of future applicants the coming months mark the start of their LSAT journeys.

As such, two of the most common questions I hear this time of year are , “How do I begin to prepare?” and “How do I pick the prep option that’s best for me?”

In this post I’ll do my best to answer both of those questions.

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Who Should Retake the LSAT?

Posted by Dave Killoran on

One of the most common questions we receive is about whether one should retake the LSAT. Students want to know if they should retake the test, and if so, how they should study for that retake. Here, we discuss who should retake the LSAT and why (and next time we'll discuss how to go about properly preparing for a retake).

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep