I’ve been talking to clients and others who took the digital form of the LSAT earlier in July. As a reminder, all LSATs from here on out will be in that format. Their verdict: if anything, this format is better.
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The American Bar Association recently passed a new standard for accreditation for law schools, mandating that to maintain accreditation, at least 75% of graduates of a law school must pass the bar within two years. Is that enough? Why not an additional standard—one that sets a requirement that within 3 years, a certain percentage of graduates must have a job that requires a legal education?
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The Law School Admissions Council announced awhile back that July’s LSAT would be the last to be administered, at least partially, in the old pencil-and-paper format. The announcement was made without a lot of fuss but the LSAT industry immediately posted a bunch of blogs that opined on how important the shift was and largely tried to move up potential customers’ test date by instilling a little bit of fear about the new format. I waited until I'd thought about the implications of the change. For those thinking about when to take the test, my short answer is, with very few exceptions, Change nothing.
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To decide whether (and where), you should practice law, it’s important to talk to as many lawyers as you can—the more you talk with, the more you recognize the variety of legal practices and business environments. The reason prospective law students get so many different evaluations of the benefits and dangers of the actual practice of law is because it really is that varied.
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The LSAT is now being administered six times a year rather than four. In part, this is to try to head off the inroads that the GRE is making into the Law School Admission Council’s territory. What will be the impact of the additional dates on law school admissions?
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The ABA’s Abdication of Responsibility: Winners (Law Schools and The Bar Cartel) and Losers (Law Students) in the Rule Abandoning the LSAT (and Any Testing Requirement) for Law School Admissions
The reason to take off testing requirements is simply to respond to a tough market for law schools where a lot of law schools—many of whom probably shouldn’t be in business since what they do is put a lot of people in debt that they’ll never get out of—need bodies in seats to pay their bills. This is regulatory capture in its fullest sense—the ABA is doing the bidding of those it is supposed to be regulating while doing nothing—harming, actually—those who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of its regulation.
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Tuesday was my wedding anniversary. It occurred to me that I have been helping clients with law school admission, financial aid and LSAT preparation for longer than I have been married. Both seem shorter than they’ve been.
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During the past year, my clients and I have achieved truly outstanding LSAT results. My clients have averaged increased scores of over 13 points and over 42 percentiles. That means that, on average, they have passed nearly half of everyone who was in front of them when they started. Increases of around those numbers on an annual basis have been hallmarks of Advise-In Solutions since we started in 2010.
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As of now, 17 law schools indicate they will accept a GRE score rather than an LSAT score, and more may well follow. Law schools want to maintain their admissions numbers (read: their revenue) and want to have maximum flexibility to do so without taking a law school “rankings” hit when they do it. But If you’re a law school applicant, you need to be aware that taking the option of taking the GRE or LSAT is likely not a cost-free choice.
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No one has really figured out how to report law school employment data that is useful across the board, i.e., for all prospective and current law students. Over the past few years, the employment data has gotten better but there is no summary reporting design that could possibly fulfill every law student’s needs. The problem lies in the fact that there are tens of thousands of law school students with thousands of different needs and aspirations. No data set can get to all that. So what should prospective law students do?
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