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LSAT Tip of the Week: The Arguments Section

Posted by Helenka Mietka on Mon, Jan 01, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

The Arguments Section of the LSAT, also known as the logical reasoning section, tests an important skill: your ability to read critically and closely. Here is a good overview by Lawschooli of the logical reasoning section and what it takes to perform well. There are about 24 to 26 arguments in the section. Do NOT expect to understand every single one. The test is designed to work on a bell curve, so the questions will range from “piece of cake” to “what did I just read?” The moment you are aware of this, you can approach the section strategically. So- what should your approach be when you read the first line of a Argument question and you do not understand what it is saying? First of all, do not panic. Secondly, do not move on to the rest of the question. The second line is there to interact with the first, so you need to understand the first before you forge ahead. Read the first line again calmly, and see if it makes more sense. If it still does not... SKIP IT! Informed and confident skipping can be your key to more accurate answers. Your goal is to get as many points as possible, so it benefits you to spend more time on questions you can actually answer than spending precious seconds on something that will end up being a guess. If you have extra time, you can always return to those tougher questions and give them another go.

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Tags: LSAT Test Prep, LSAT Prep, LSAT mindset, Getting in to Law School, lsat logical reasoning, lsat arguments section

Big LSAT Changes in 2018?

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 08:16 AM

The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) is a monolithic and conservative entity befitting a gatekeeper of legal academia. However, it’s beginning to be forced to change with the times in the face of some significant challenges. The number of LSATs administered annually has declined by more than a third this decade from 170,000+ at the end of the 2009-10 testing year to fewer than 110,000 during the 2016-17 testing year. Then came the news that, beginning with applications submitted in the fall of 2017, Harvard Law will accept the GRE as an acceptable alternative to the LSAT for incoming applicants.

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LSAT Analytical Reasoning: The Brainteasers Inherent in the System

Posted by Steve Markofsky on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:24 AM

Logic puzzles.  You probably ran across them back in elementary or middle school—those weird brainteasers that asked you to do things like sort out which five kids lived in which five houses and liked which five fruits and that sort of thing.  And you’d get clues—like “Alice lives next to the boy on Maple street”.  Or “the girl who likes pears has never met anyone who prefers citrus fruits” (some great examples are in this video by The LSAT Trainer: Games like these have a way of generating enthusiasm or dismay, and while some people can happily spend hours on them, others tend to shred the paper in cognitively contorted frustration.  So what on earth are such puzzles doing on a law exam?  And how can you navigate your way through them?

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Tags: LSAT Test Prep, LSAT Prep, LSAT mindset, Law School Admissions, Getting in to Law School, LSAT logic puzzles

Get Ready for Six LSATs a Year!

Posted by Stefan Maisnier on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

This June, the LSAT announced that during the 2018-19 school year the number of LSATs will expand from four to six administrations annually. This is undoubtedly excellent news for test takers who will obviously appreciate the added scheduling flexibility. However, there is an even bigger benefit for prospective law students looking to improve upon a previous score – beginning with the September 2016 exam there will no longer be any limit on the number of LSATs a test taker can record over a two-year period. The Law School Admission Council has announced these changes as part of an ongoing effort to reduce the barriers to entry into law school.

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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid on Law School Personal Statement

Posted by InGenius Prep on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 06:19 PM

  1.  Failing to Demonstrate a Genuine Interest in the Law

Many applicants to law school, especially ones who are trying to go K-JD, are fighting an uphill battle from the outset. This is because law school admissions officers harbor a healthy dose of skepticism that such applicants have seriously reflected on why they want to attend law school and if it is indeed the right move to make rather than a seemingly safe, default next step. If your personal statement for law school sounds exactly like your college personal statement and doesn’t paint a clear and compelling picture of why you want to go to law school, you’re going to be in a tough position.

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The Key to LSAT Success: Own Your Study Plan

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

To get the most out of studying for any standardized exam, you need to completely own the preparation process. If you are working with an LSAT tutor, then yes, he or she should be an expert, and he or she should guide you. However, you are ultimately in control. Engage fully in designing your study plan to get the most out of the process.

Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment. The man thinks about it and then asks if he will be allowed to come in later on. “It is possible,” says the gatekeeper, “but not now.” --Franz Kafka, “The Law”

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Finding Support in Law School

Posted by Su Dalal on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

Let's face it.  Law school is not known to be a nurturing environment.  Over 30 years later, the 1970s novel-based TV series, ThePaper Chase, in many ways still reflects the reality of the law school experience. Law school tends to be a competitive, no-nonsense environment.  Grades, class rank, and law review status still determine a student's post-law school job prospects.

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How to Use Conditional Reasoning to Crush LSAT Logic Games

Posted by Robert Fojo on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

The LSAT Logic Games section is the shortest section of the LSAT.  Yet it often provokes the strongest feelings among LSAT test-takers.  People either love this section, or they hate it.

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A Timeline for Applying to Law School

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Today’s guest post comes from Ann Levine, president and chief consultant at Law School Expert. Ann is the former director of law school admissions at two ABA-approved law schools and the nation’s leading law school admission consultant. Law School Expert provides hourly and beginning-to-end consulting, and Ann has personally guided over 2,000 law school applicants through the law school admission process. Ann is also the author of the bestselling law school admission guidebook The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert.

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6 Steps to Mastering the LSAT Logic Games

Posted by Jayeeta Kundu on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

The LSAT is a difficult exam and most students agree that the most intimidating part of the exam is the logic games section. Good news, the logic games are also the easiest part of the test for students to improve on. The more comfortable you get with the logic games, the less scary they seem. In fact, as you improve, you may even find the games to be fun!

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