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

ABA On Track To Drop LSAT Requirement: What Happens Now?

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This article was co-written with Mike Spivey of Spivey Consulting.

What happened?

On Friday, May 11th an ABA council approved a proposal that formally removes the requirement that the LSAT be used for admissions purposes at every ABA-approved law school. In its place is broader language that allows schools to skip using an admissions test entirely if they so choose.

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Topics: LSAT Prep, GRE

Will LSAT Scores Be Released Early In June and July 2018?

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Over on LSL, I was asked to comment on LSAC's newly stated promise to release scores earlier and on the official date. This came up because for years LSAC has given themselves weeks and weeks to release scores, and then they almost always released them earlier than scheduled. This situation created a tremendous amount of anxiety for students waiting on scores, and LSAC seemed to recognize that earlier this year. So let's look at what they did, and see if they will meet their promise.

Back in December, LSAC released scores 12 days early (earlier by 5 days than for any other test in a decade) and posted a statement on Twitter indicating they "heard our candidates’ requests for earlier scores at this time in the admission cycle." Then, in March, as the February 2018 LSAT score release date was approaching, they posted a second statement on their website from LSAC President and CEO Kellye Testy that said:

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Topics: LSAT Prep

Law Schools with Late Admissions Deadlines

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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

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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

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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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Topics: LSAT Prep

Who Should Retake the LSAT?

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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

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

The Ultimate Test Mentality Resource List

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With the LSAT right around the corner, during the final stretch you should make sure you are as mentally well-prepared as possible for the pressures of test day. 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