Why Procrastinating Doesn’t Make Law School Applicants Happy (and Why It Doesn’t Stop): Part One, the Problem
Jim Surowiecki has a fine summary of the burgeoning literature on procrastination in behavioral economics in a recent New Yorker. A few points salient for all those who delay preparing for the LSAT and putting their law school applications together:
The next few days are big ones for many thousands of LSAT takers and law school aspirants. Best of luck (and skill) to all!
Preparing for the LSAT is a lot like athletic training. I’ve occasionally posted blogs using sports analogies because I do believe that preparing for taking the LSAT is a lot like preparing for and playing a game. Now there’s a story in The Atlantic on Ana Ivanovic, the 22-year-old former top-ranked tennis player who has “slowly come undone on the tennis court” to the point that she was unseeded at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, losing in the first round of Wimbledon before making a recovery in the U.S. Open, losing in the fourth round to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.
I work hard with clients on their LSAT preparation and post a lot of LSAT-related blogs. I’m also clear that law school applicants should not fixate on the LSAT to the exclusion of the rest of their application package. While the LSAT is a key piece—often the most important piece—of the application puzzle, “most important” isn’t the same as “only important.”
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As part of Advise-In’s commitment to donating significant time and resources to pre-law and law students, on Tuesday, September 21, at 6 p.m. eastern time, I’ll lead Advise-In’s free 50-minute webinar, “‘The Girl Next to Me Was So Annoying’ and Other Indignities: How You Can Conquer LSAT Stress.” I’ll have a Q&A session at the end of the webinar to talk with participants about questions related to the LSAT.
If you’re preparing for the LSAT, you can do yourself a favor by reading the recent New York Times’ article, “Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits.” It summarizes a lot of useful research about how people learn most effectively.
The student newspaper at George Washington University, The GW Hatchet, reports the law school’s happy announcement that its incoming class has the highest cumulative GPA in the school’s history.
This Friday, (ironically) going into the Labor Day weekend, the US government’s job report for August will be released. For what it’s worth, the early consensus is that the report won’t be good.
This week, The Newark Star-Ledger became a battleground in the tension between law students and their administrations. First, the Star-Ledger reported on Sunday the identity of “irate” former law student bloggers as graduates of Seton Hall Law School. By Tuesday, the dean of Rutgers-Newark, John Farmer, had weighed in with a response.
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