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How Can You Avoid a Costly Law School Mistake?  What the New York Times Says (and Doesn’t Say)

Sunday’s New York Times published a very long article on the troubled prospects for today’s law school graduates and asked in its headline whether law school is a “losing game.”  There's little new in the article.  We and others have noted at length and often pretty much every element of the Times article—the significant average debt load of law school students, the ridiculously vague and deceptive employment data that law schools report, the flat tuition structure (virtually the same tuition at a bottom-tier law school as at a top 5 law school), the fact that most prospective law students Read More >>


 

The Best Time to Read Blogs About LSAT Techniques and LSAT Prep (Hint, It’s Not the Night Before the LSAT)

Normally, this blog gets a fairly even distribution of reads between its principal categories, the LSAT, Law School Admissions, Beyond Law School and Becoming a Lawyer.  Not so during the few days before the LSAT, when LSAT prep traffic explodes relative to the other categories.  Similarly, Advise-In’s free white paper on the five major reasons why LSAT takers don’t get their highest score on exam day gets more downloads right before the LSAT.

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LSAT Takers Decline in October:  Holiday Cheers, Especially if it Portends a Drop in Law School Applications

While December LSAT takers are at this moment busily scribbling and considering whether the best answer is A, B, C, D or E on 100 or so questions, it’s comforting to be able to note that many other prospective test takers, at least in October, weren’t.

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A Few LSAT Exam Day Reminders (and Good Luck to December’s LSAT Takers!)

Tomorrow and Monday are the December test administrations for thousands of LSAT takers.  Before the October exam, I put up a post on what LSAT takers should and should not be doing in the days before the LSAT, and especially the day before.  That post proved so popular that it’s reprised below.

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Bathroom-Based Mass LSAT Preparation: A Sign of the Legal Market

I do a bit of traveling to university and college campuses across the country.  On a recent trip, I talked with a law student who mentioned in passing that a prominent LSAT prep company had posted an ad recruiting as instructors/tutors law students in need of a job—on law school bathroom doors.

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Auburn University Philosophy and Law Conference: Lawyers, Academics and Consultants Discuss the Practice of Law and Who It’s Right For

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion at the Auburn University Philosophy and Law Conference.  The panelists included two lawyers currently working for the government after long and interesting legal careers, a law professor from Cardozo, two undergraduate philosophy of law professors and me.

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Travels with Advise-In:  Law and Philosophy Roundtable at Auburn University

Auburn University’s Department of Philosophy graciously asked me to participate in its Law and Philosophy Conference roundtable discussion this coming weekend.  Not only does the conference promise to be exciting but I’ll also get to visit the hometown of the #1-ranked team in college football (I’ll have to be satisfied with vicarious excellence, since the Yankees fizzled and my Denver Broncos are a disaster—though there’s still hope for the football Giants and Jets).

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“I Hate LSAT Logic Games: The Simple Way To Do LSAT Grid Games”:  Join Advise-In’s Free November Webinar (Thursday, November 18, 2010)

I'm pleased to announce Advise-In Solutions' free November 50-minute webinar for pre-law students, “I Hate LSAT Logic Games: The Simple Way To Do LSAT Grid Games.”  In recent years, grid games have been one of the 3 most popular types of LSAT analytical reasoning questions.

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The Season to Consider Repeating the LSAT is Upon Us: Should You or Shouldn’t You Retake the LSAT?

In a couple of weeks, takers of the October LSAT will receive their scores.  Some will be disappointed in their LSAT score and consider repeating the LSAT.  I’ve received calls already from October’s takers, availing themselves of Advise-In's free initial consultation and asking whether they should repeat the LSAT.  The best answer differs for each person but there are some useful benchmarks for thinking about whether repeating the LSAT is right for you.

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Why Procrastinating Doesn’t Make Law School Applicants Happy (and Why It Doesn’t Stop):  Part Two, Minimizing Procrastination

In yesterday’s post, I talked about a terrific summary of behavioral economics literature on procrastination by James Surowiecki, and its application to law school applicants.  I identified a few interrelated issues: that putting off studying for the LSAT and preparing law school applications isn’t just a matter of will power but frequently involves fear of failure and unrealistic assessments of how long the necessary work will take (including the likelihood that applicants’ time will be waylaid by other demands).  At the core is often a conflict among the procrastinator’s many wills, so a key part of reducing the tendency to procrastinate is to strengthen the will that actually wants to get the work done.

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