15 SEP / 2014 0

Increase In High LSAT Scorers Means More Emphasis On Quality LSAT Preparation

Jordan Weissman at Slate.com recently reported that the number of high LSAT scorers (those with LSAT scores of 170 or higher) increased in 2014 according to law school  applicant data obtain from the Law School Admission Council.  While this pattern reversal is promising, it has a significant impact on current LSAT test takers and aspiring law students, particularly with regard to LSAT preparation.

High LSAT Scorers – The Pattern Reverses

A couple of years ago, the number of law school applicants began dropping.  However, a more troubling pattern was that the number of elite applicants (those with LSAT scores of 170 or more) also was dropping.  They had apparently realized getting a legal job might be difficult and so probably took their talents elsewhere.

In 2014, however, that trend appears to be reversing.  The number of law school applicants with LSAT scores from 170-174 increased by 7.5%, and the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores from 175-180 increased by 7.6%.

What This Means For The LSAT Test Taker – Two Things

If you’re reading this and planning on taking the LSAT and going to law school, this new data means two things.

First, it’s a good time to go to law school.  Given that the number of applicants has dropped, there is less competition, and you will have a better chance of being admitted to the school of your choice.  The recent increase in high LSAT scorers demonstrates this reality.  Whether this data means the return of the high LSAT scorers who left or an upward movement in the scoring ranks by previously-mediocre LSAT test takers, there appears to be plenty of room for aspiring law school students.

Second, and perhaps most important, an increase in high LSAT scorers could signify an increase in competition in the near future.  That indicates you should take your LSAT preparation seriously.  You should never assume you cannot study for this exam, or that what it tests isn’t relevant for practicing law.  Both assumptions are incorrect.  The LSAT tests specific logical principles and reasoning that are highly prevalent in the legal field.  In addition, you CAN study for the LSAT: first, by learning and understanding these principles, and, second, by practicing under timed conditions as much as possible.  An LSAT prep course that emphasizes this method of instruction is your best bet for getting a high LSAT score.

Topics: Law School Admissions, LSAT Prep
26 MAY / 2014 0

LSAT Freedom Success Stories

If you have ever wondered if LSAT Freedom is the right choice for you for LSAT prep, check out the testimonials of our former students in the video below.

Remember if you have any questions about our course, we are here to help.   Use the contact us tab in the upper right hand corner.

Topics: LSAT Prep
10 FEB / 2014 0

Did You Know? Top 10 Most Controversial Supreme Court Cases

If you are considering law school, you are most likely a pretty smart individual.roe_wade   Francis Bacon coined the phrase, “knowledge is power”.  Having a firm handle on the past is an effective way for success in the future.   We came across this list, “The Top 10 Most Controversial Supreme Court Cases“, from Time.   I was very pleased with myself that I was familiar with all of these.  But, I wonder….. How many people out there can do the same?

•    Brown v. Board of Education

•    Roe v. Wade

•    Miranda v. Arizona

•    Marbury v. Madison

•    District of Columbia v. Heller

•    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

•    Plessy v. Ferguson

•    Bush v. Gore

•    Lawrence v. Texas

•    Dred Scott v. Sanford

Check out the link above for a breakdown of each.   Are there other cases that are not on this list that you believe should be?  Share them with us.

Topics: Law School
5 FEB / 2014 0

Can I Go to Law School While Working Full Time?

If you are either a non-traditional student or someone who needs income, you have probably wondered at some point “Can I go to law school while working full time?”  Despite the challenges many of us face in life, we still dream of success.  For some of us, that success involves going to law school and becoming a lawyer.  But working full time can present many challenges for both studying for the LSAT and then going to law school.  Can it be done?  Can the two co-exist?  Can you physically do it?

In this video, LSAT Freedom co-founder Rob Fojo explains that going to law school while working full time is certainly possible.

Can I Go to Law School While Working Full Time?

Going to law school while working full time is possible . . .

To do so, however, you must set up a schedule and stick to it.  Not just an LSAT study schedule, but an overall daily schedule.  It is critical that that schedule be followed and followed religiously.  Consistency and discipline are the key ingredients for any path towards success.  Given the challenging nature of the LSAT and the array of challenges law school presents, defining a specific schedule and following it to a fault are critically important if you intend to go to law school while working full time. 

Topics: Law School, Non-Traditional Law Students
31 JAN / 2014 0

LSAT Freedom Inbox – January 31, 2014

Here at LSAT Freedom, we get a lot of email.  A lot of email.  Students, potential students, former students, and even random visitors to our website have questions.  They send us these questions by email (at info@LSATFreedom.com or support@LSATFreedom.com), and we take the time to answer them.  These questions and our answers are often informative and very helpful to others.  So we decided to begin posting these questions and answers from time to time in a new blog feature called “LSAT Freedom Inbox.”

In this post, and similar ones that will follow, we will give you a peek at our email inbox.  We will reproduce three questions we receive by email and provide answers to those questions.  In some instances, we have modified the questions and answers, in part, to appeal to our readers’ more general concerns on this blog.  Some of these questions and answers will be short; others will be long.  Either way, the information is helpful to YOU, our readers.  Just to be clear: these are real questions from real readers.

LSAT Freedom Inbox – January 31, 2014

Q: I am writing in Feb 2014 and need all the help I can get. I am considering 2 different sites and I am feeling pulled to register with you guys, but I would like to make sure this the right fit for me. I would like to see more examples of video explanations of the logical reasoning part. There is a lot of videos on logical games on the net, what I am missing is logical reasoning and reading comprehension. For me to be able to figure out whether this would be the right fit for me, I would need to see more samples of your explanations. Here are a few questions I got wrong – would you be able to send me the explanations for these ones specifically? Questions: Preptest 39, section 2, #13, 16, 20 & 22 and Preptest 43, section 2, # 12, 14, 17, 20. I know this might seem like a lot of questions but given that this is a $700+ commitment, I really have to make sure that this is the right way to go.

-Rianne

LSAT Freedom: Thank you for your interest in our course. While we are unable to send you explanations to specific questions, we can provide you with a sample question that you would normally see in our LSAT prep course as well as two of our LSAT tutorials.

As you noted, the cost of an LSAT prep course can be daunting, but our $699 price is well below the cost of other courses. With our monthly payment plan, however, you can pay approximately $69/month for 10 months. We have worked hard to create an inexpensive and effective LSAT prep course. LSAT Freedom students report average score increases of over 10 points. We hope you enjoy the samples above.

Q: Hi, I’ve studied for the LSAT and taken it twice. The first time, I got a 143. The second time, I studied real hard. I’ve taken two LSAT courses. I took over 30 practice exams. I went through everything. And I got a 156. I was hoping I could break 160, but I didn’t. I feel like I’ve done everything I can do. I don’t have a specific weakness in any one section. I’m a little bummed and would like to know if there is any way I can improve?

-Ryan

LSAT Freedom: This is not an uncommon problem. Fortunately, for you, you understand the importance of practicing. Many students don’t practice enough, and the LSAT requires a lot of practice to become familiar with its concepts and to do well on exam day. In your situation, you may have fallen into a vicious cycle of making the same mistakes over and over again.

There are two things you can do. First, you should take a step back and re-learn the principles that the LSAT tests. For example, review again the logical principles that appear on the exam. You don’t need more practice; instead, you need to concentrate on “form.” A good analogy is how athletes train in sports. For example, a weight lifter, to achieve the goal of lifting a certain amount of weight, must first perfect his or her form before increasing weight. If the form is wrong, his or her goal will not be achieved. So the weightlifter must drop weight, perfect form, and then begin increasing weight again. In life, at times, you have to take one step back to be able to take two steps forward. Here, you should dispense with practicing for the moment and re-learn the logic on the exam and make sure you know it like the back of your hand.

Second, in learning that logic, you need to do so in conjunction with real questions on the exam. Learning a concept in the abstract is never as effective as learning it for real. For example, you can read all you want about how to ride a bicycle. You could recite for me every detail about how to do it. But you’ll never really learn until you actually physically ride a bike. 

You need to learn the logic using actual LSAT questions. This will help you understand those principles in the best possible way. Once you’ve done that, you can begin practicing again under timed conditions. If you apply these tips, your score will almost assuredly improve.

Q: I take LSAT on Saturday. I feel like I blew it. What do I do?? Do I cancel? How do I make decision? It feel like tough decision. Oh my, I feel helpless.

-Riyaz

LSAT Freedom: First of all, take a deep breath. Things will likely turn out fine. If you truly think you bombed the LSAT this time around, you can certainly cancel. However, you should walk through the pros and cons of that decision carefully.  We’re published on this blog before about how to make this decision.  Here is some very helpful information on whether to cancel your LSAT score.

Got a question you want answered?  Email us at info@LSATFreedom.com!  Your question and the answer may show up on our blog!

Topics: LSAT Freedom Inbox, LSAT Tips
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