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April 14, 2014

LSAT PrepTest 71 Explanations Available for Instant PDF Download


LSAT Blog LSAT PrepTest 71 Explanations PDF Download
Complete explanations for all 4 sections of LSAT PrepTest 71 (December 2013 LSAT) are now available for instant PDF download. Both Logical Reasoning sections, the Logic Games section, and the Reading Comprehension section have been fully explained.

April 8, 2014

Which College Majors Get The Best LSAT Scores?

Professor Derek Muller at Pepperdine University School of Law recently contacted LSAC to find out which college majors get the best (and worst) LSAT scores.

His findings:




March 28, 2014

LSAT Diary: Studying While Traveling For Work

LSAT Blog Diary Studying Traveling Work
This LSAT Diary is from Ashley, who improved from 151 to 161 on the February 2013 LSAT after using my 5-month day-by-day LSAT study plan!

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March 26, 2014

ABA Considers Allowing Students to Apply to Law School without LSAT Scores

The ABA regularly holds meetings to consider changes to its requirements for law schools. After all, law schools must meet certain requirements in order to be ABA-approved.

The ABA recently proposed allowing law schools to admit 10% of their students without taking the LSAT. That's right - if this proposal passes, you'd be able to get into an ABA-approved law school without having to take the LSAT at all.

Why would the ABA do this?

Maybe it has something to do with the low number of LSAT takers these days, even though that number increased slightly in February.

For those of you who can't stand the LSAT, this probably sounds too good to be true.

Well, it may be. First of all, keep in mind that this change may not become reality. If it does, though, you'd have to fall into one of two groups in order to get out of the LSAT requirement. You'd have to:

1. Be an undergrad at the same university as the law school you're applying to, or

2. Get another degree while you're in law school

So, these changes would only apply to an incredibly small number of people. Or they could have the effect of changing applicants' behavior. Maybe they'd incentivize you to go to law school at the same university where you do your undergrad. Or to go for multiple degrees simultaneously (and it's not easy to do anything else while you're in law school).

Neither is necessarily a good idea, but I'm guessing that some people really do want to avoid taking the LSAT that much.

There are a few other requirements, too. All are included below, in the actual text from the ABA document.

It's from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Interpretation 503-3, Explanation of Changes (PDF, page 4):
The proposed Interpretation provides that a law school may admit no more than 10% of an
entering class without requiring the LSAT from students in an undergraduate program of the same institution as the J.D. program; and/or students seeking the J.D. degree in combination with a degree in a different discipline. Applicants admitted must have scored at the 85th percentile nationally, or above, on a standardized college or graduate admissions test, specifically the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GMAT; and must have ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work, or achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work. 

(Hat tip: The Faculty Lounge)

March 12, 2014

Number of LSAT Takers Increased in February

Shockingly, the number of LSAT takers increased in February, according to LSAC's website. By how much? Not exactly a staggering amount:

The number who took in February 2014 (19,499) was 1.1% higher than in February 2013 (19,286). 

This is the first year-over-year increase since June 2010. What, if anything, does this news mean?

Let's not jump to any enormous conclusions here. We're dealing with an extremely small number of test-takers. The difference between these two test administrations is only slightly more than 200 test-takers. The real news is that it didn't continue to drop as it has for the last several test administrations (context):

LSAT Blog Number of LSAT Takers Increased in February



Why did this happen? Maybe because the barrage of bad news about job prospects in the legal profession has softened a bit (see this recent story in the WSJ). 

Perhaps as career prospects improve, the good news will trickle down to potential law school applicants. To be sure, it'll take a while for the number of LSAT takers (and law school applicants) to increase by any significant amount. However, this recent update from LSAC suggests that the trend over the last few years may reverse itself with time.


February 28, 2014

February 14, 2014

LSAT Diary: Self-Studying for the LSAT

LSAT Blog Diary Self-Studying LSAT
This LSAT Diary is from Jen, who just took the February 2014 LSAT. Below, she shares her LSAT self-studying experience.

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February 7, 2014

February 2014 LSAT Score Release Dates

LSAT Blog February 2014 LSAT Score Release Dates
Good luck to everyone taking the February 2014 LSAT!

The February 2014 LSAT scores / results are scheduled to be released via email by Wednesday, March 5, 2014, so you'll have to wait for your LSAT score.

However, the scores usually come out a bit earlier than scheduled.

Let's look at the trend over the past several years (click to enlarge):


January 31, 2014

February 2014 LSAT Questions and Answers

LSAT Blog February 2014 LSAT Questions Answers
The February 2014 LSAT is coming up soon, and I know many of you are planning to take it.

What questions do you have about studying for the LSAT?

This LSAT Blog post is a place where you can leave comments and answer each others' questions about anything related to LSAT studying and law school admissions.

(If you're looking for general advice on improving your Logic GamesLogical Reasoning, or Reading Comprehension abilities, please note that I've already written plenty of blog posts on these topics. I also have plenty of advice in my LSAT study schedules.)

Keep at it. The February 2014 LSAT will be here before you know it!

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January 24, 2014

LSAT Diary: Non-Traditional Law School Applicant

LSAT Blog LSAT Diary Non Traditional Law School Applicant
This installment of LSAT Diaries comes from Bob, who improved from 137 to 153 on the June 2013 LSAT after using my day-by-day LSAT study plan. (See his previous LSAT Diaries.)

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Thanks to Bob for sharing his experience and advice!

January 17, 2014

LSAT Diary: December 2013 LSAT Success

LSAT Blog LSAT Diary December 2013 LSAT Success
This installment of LSAT Diaries comes from Jamie, who improved from 155 to 165 on the December 2013 LSAT after using my day-by-day LSAT study plan.

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Thanks to Jamie for sharing her experience and advice!


January 10, 2014

LSAT Diary: Success Staying Motivated

LSAT Blog Diary Success Staying Motivated
This installment of LSAT Diaries comes from Miranda, who improved from 159 to 167 on her December 2013 LSAT retake after using my day-by-day LSAT study plan and video courses.

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Thanks to Miranda for sharing her experience and advice!