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20 Years of Law School Admissions and LSAT Prep—And Running

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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LSAT or GRE for Law School: Not an Easy (or Cost-Free) Choice for Law School Applicants

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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Best LSAT Prep: It’s Mental Athletics, Prepare That Way (part 2)

In my last post, I framed the LSAT as a mental athletic contest. Your objective isn’t just understanding the material on the LSAT, it’s also performing when you have to perform.  Most LSAT prep programs don’t spend any attention on the second of these, and that’s one reason why people’s scores often fall on test day—not just a little bit, but dramatically. You have to approach some basics correctly. You have to know your opponent, know that there are rules and know the defense  (that is, what are they throwing at you). Here, I want to talk mostly about the last of these.

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Best LSAT Prep: It’s Mental Athletics, Prepare That Way (part 1)

The LSAT is a game. It has rules established by the LSAC and the LSAT plays by them. I am convinced that the failure to appreciate the LSAT as a sport damages LSAT performance. To succeed on the LSAT, you have to do two things successfully.

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The Virtues of Simplicity on the LSAT

The LSAT is a hard test because the writers are very good at writing tests.  What makes it hard is just that—not that it’s complicated because it’s not.  The writers have a clear theory of argument in mind and they stick to it; no tricks, no sneak attacks, no changing of the rules; they play by the rules.  The simpler your approach, the better.  Simplicity has two virtues: it makes you both more accurate and more efficient..

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LSAT Unbound: Cap Removed on Number of LSAT Attempts, Is That a Good Thing?

The Law School Admission Council recently removed the cap on the number of times you can take the LSAT.  That reverses a policy of a few years ago.  The rationale seems to be to increase the number of test-takers and it may have worked, the June 2017 test showing a sharp increase in test sitters from a year ago. The LSAC’s policy is good for them—you have to pay each time you take the LSAT—and good for the LSAT prep industry, since a lot of people will pay for multiple prep programs over the course of trying to get the LSAT score they want. So you can now take the LSAT as many times as you like.  But should you?

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LSAT Annual Testing Dates Increase in 2018-2019: What the Change Means (So Far)

For years, the LSAT has been offered 4 times per cycle, in June, September/October, December and February. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) recently changed that. In the 2018-2019 cycle, the test will be offered in June, September and November 2018, and January and March 2019.  Is the change good for future law school applicants?  How will law school admissions adjust?

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June 2017 LSAT Two Weeks Away: Why it’s Time for Consolidation, Not Innovation

Two weeks in front of the LSAT, if you’ve properly prepared for the test, it's time to consolidate what you’ve done and fine-tune it; it’s not time to innovate or develop entirely new strategies. The reason is integral to the demands of the LSAT.  A test-taker needs to have two related but distinct abilities...  

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