One of the most unexpected and misunderstood aspects of the LSAT is the test makers’ frequent reuse of previously-administered, nondisclosed exams. In Episode 133, Dave and Jon take a closer look at this practice by focusing on the repeated appearance of a particular RC passage from early 2009 all the way to its eventual public release in late 2022, examining both how the reuse process works, and the many benefits that come from understanding … [Read more...]
How Many Law Schools Should I Apply To?
If one thing is certain from this blog series, you should expect the answer to be: it depends. There is no perfect number of schools to apply to. I applied to over twenty schools and sat in class next to students who submitted one ED application. Hopefully, this blog will help you determine whether you’re a mass applier (like I was), a targeted applicant (5-10 schools), or an applicant focused on one or a handful of schools. As a general rule, … [Read more...]
Upcoming LSAT Dates, Deadlines, & Details
Need to get your ducks in a row and figure out which LSAT you need to take? Here's a list of all the upcoming LSAT dates, deadlines, and details you need to know. To sign up for your test date(s), head to LSAC.org. Upcoming LSAT Dates, Deadlines, & DetailsWe will continue to update this chart as changes occur and dates come up. For more information about the new four-section test, go here. Sabbath Dates At this time, there are no … [Read more...]
How Do I Write My Personal Statement?
You’re ready. You’ve graduated college, taken the LSAT, and started your applications. But you’re stumped: how do I write a personal statement?First, there’s no formula for perfecting the personal statement (like taking the LSAT). Rather, the personal statement is highly subjective and need not be about any specific topic. What matters most is that you show a side of yourself that is personal, vulnerable, and genuine. AdComms read hundreds of … [Read more...]
Podcast Episode 132: The 2024 US News Law School Rankings
After weeks of mixed messaging and false starts, US News has finally released its controversial 2024 law school rankings. In their latest episode, Jon and Dave break down this year’s revamped ranking metrics explaining what caused such volatility from top to bottom, and then run through the big winners and losers as schools moved up and down the list! … [Read more...]
Don’t Use The Wrong LSAT Odometer
How Many LSAT Questions Should I Do Daily?The other night at the Spivey-PowerScore Napa Meetup, I was talking with some students about LSAT prep. The question came up about how many full LSATs or LSAT sections to do daily. Was one test a day too much? One section a day just right? Or was there some other perfect number of questions to do daily that produced optimal results? Everyone Is DifferentThe very first response to that question is … [Read more...]
Podcast Episode 131: 8 Tips For The Law School Scholarship Reconsideration Process
With the application cycle in full swing and admissions decisions finally finding their way to eager applicants, one topic on everyone’s mind is financial aid. In Episode 131, Dave and Jon cover the delicate process of scholarship reconsideration requests, highlighting the do’s and don’ts that can make all the difference when it comes to what you’re offered! Register for the upcoming Crystal Ball: Revisited - The June 2023 LSAT webinar with Dave … [Read more...]
When Should I Take The LSAT?
You’ve always known you wanted to go to law school. Like Rachel Zane on Suits, taking the LSAT and going to law school has been your calling since before you can remember.Or you’re completely unsure. Law school sounds fun, but you have no interest in being a litigator, and you’re not sure whether it’s worth the time and financial investment. Either way, there is long-term and short-term planning that goes into taking the LSAT. Consider both … [Read more...]
Overwhelmed By LSAT Prep? Break It Down
Preparing For The LSAT Can Be OverwhelmingI've worked with LSAT students for many years, and one thing never changes: the process of preparing for this test is long and grueling. It's a challenging exam, and there are so many things to learn and practice that students often become frustrated with the process. Far from being an abnormal feeling, this is par for the course with the LSAT. What Can You Do About It? While it might seem you just … [Read more...]
When Will Logic Games Be Removed From The LSAT?
What Are Logic Games?Logic Games (also known as LG) is one of the three scored sections on the LSAT. Each LG section contains four games (which are logic puzzles), and each game contains 5 to 8 questions. This section is also known more formally as Analytical Reasoning (AR). How Long Have Logic Games Been On The LSAT?This section type first appeared on the LSAT in June 1982, so Logic Games have been on the LSAT for over 40 years. I've … [Read more...]
Podcast Episode 130: April 2023 LSAT Recap
With the April 2023 LSAT finally behind us, Jon and Dave are checking in with all the details! In this episode they break down the April LSAT, reviewing its source tests and how well they match the Crystal Ball predictions, highlighting the most notable elements that featured each day, and finally offering a section-by-section scale matrix to help you determine the exact curve for your particular exam. Register for the upcoming Crystal Ball: … [Read more...]
What Undergrad Classes Should I Take if I’m Thinking About Law School?
It’s just about time to register for fall classes and you’re stumped: how can I best prepare for law school? What should I take?There are several things to consider, but the bottom line is: study what you love, try out a law class, and focus on maximizing your GPA. Study What You Love It may sound obvious, but studying what you’re most passionate about will do two things for you: first, it will help your GPA. You’re more driven to study … [Read more...]
Podcast Episode 129: LSAT to Resume In-Person Testing!
Episode 129 sees Dave and Jon fully explore LSAC’s recent announcement that an in-person testing option would once again be offered for the LSAT starting in August 2023! They break down exactly how this alternative testing format will work, the pros and cons of in-person vs at-home testing to help you decide which to choose, and even reveal which option they’d each pick if they were to take an upcoming exam. If you’re testing in August or later … [Read more...]
Podcast Episode 128: Student Mailbag: Special Crystal Ball Edition
In this special edition of their popular Student Mailbag series, Jon and Dave revisited their recent Crystal Ball webinar predicting the April and June LSATs to find student questions that they felt deserved some extra attention, and devoted Episode 128 to exploring those questions in full detail! Tune in as they address LSAT changes and section strategy, test retakes and international exams, and admissions concerns including security deposits … [Read more...]