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

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

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Last week I 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

Struggling with the September LSAT? Is December Too Late?

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One of the most common questions we receive is whether applying early with a September LSAT score is a better strategy than taking the December LSAT and then applying with what would likely be a better score (since December allows you more than two extra months of studying). Many students think the advantage of applying early is so great that it is better to just take the September LSAT even if that test doesn't produce their best LSAT score. But that is not the case at all, so let's talk about what to do if you either don't feel great about the upcoming September LSAT or if you take September and it doesn't go well (hint: you are in better shape than you think!). 

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Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep

Luck and the LSAT

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Previously, I've written about the role that chance plays in the composition of each LSAT. The basis of that idea is that certain LSATs feature some concepts more than others, and if you get an LSAT that favors your skill set, you benefit. This isn't to say that you don't control your LSAT fate, because you do. You have the opportunity to prepare for each of the question types and concepts you see on each LSAT, and to closely examine the style and wording they use in constructing the test. Properly preparing for the LSAT is critical to producing your best performance. That said, there are other elements of chance in play before and during the LSAT, and knowing what they are can help you better adjust to them and respond effectively should they come up. So, let's talk about some of the elements where luck plays a role in how your LSAT turns out:

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, LSAT Prep

Free Giveaway of Ann Levine's New Law School Admissions Book!

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One of our favorite law school admissions consultants is Ann Levine, who can be found at LawSchoolExpert.com. We recommend her popular book, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, and the newest edition of the book is coming out on August 1st . We've got several free copies to give away (see below) and I also talked with Ann about the new version, as well as how she helps students with the law school admission process.

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Topics: Law School Admissions

Understanding LSAT Justify the Conclusion/Sufficient Assumption LR Questions

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One of the common questions that comes up with students studying for the LSAT is how do Justify/Sufficient Assumption questions work, and how do they differ from regular Assumption/Necessary Assumption questions? The mere fact that there are different types of assumption questions is part of the problem, but the unique way that these questions work also causes issues. Let's take a closer look at this question type and try to understand the big picture!

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Topics: LSAT Logical Reasoning, LSAT Prep

Mountain Climbing for the LSAT

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I have an admission to make: I don't like heights. It's not that I'm petrified of them or can't deal with them, I just don't like them very much and they make me a bit nervous. Somewhat perversely, I've become fascinated with mountain climbing and have read numerous books on climbing Everest and other peaks. So of course the following climbing article in the New York Times caught my eye: El Capitan, My El Capitan. The article details Alex Honnold's extraordinary free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park earlier this month, a feat previously thought impossible. As I read it, I couldn't help but draw parallels to taking the LSAT.

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Topics: LSAT Test Mentality, 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

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

Law School Letters of Recommendation: 4 Key Questions Answered

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Recently, US News and World Report contacted PowerScore with questions about the law school admissions process, and specifically about letters of recommendation. Since their final magazine article didn’t use the entirety of our answers, we thought we’d post them here for you to use!

Below are the four main questions we were asked, with each question followed by two separate responses. The first reply is from Dave Killoran, PowerScore’s CEO and co-author of the forthcoming PowerScore Law School Admissions Bible, and the second is from Tony Bates, PowerScore Law School Admissions Consultant.

Here are the four questions and corresponding answers:

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Topics: Law School Admissions