16 OCT / 2014 0

What is the LSAT? – An Overview

As one LSAT administration ends and another approaches, the students who are often forgotten in the shuffle are those who are just experiencing the LSAT for the first time.  We have provided an introduction before on the LSAT and what it contains.  However, sometimes, LSAT beginners need a straightforward visual introduction to the exam.

In the video below, LSAT Freedom co-founder Rob Tauler provides a general introduction and overview of the LSAT.  He explains what “LSAT” stands for, how it factors into law schools’ admissions decisions, what the LSAT contains (including its different sections), how many questions, and the substantive components of the exam.

What is the LSAT?

 

Topics: Miscellaneous
14 OCT / 2014 0

The LSAT Rush

“A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool will from his friends.”  So says Daniel Brühl, who played Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s Rush, which was released over a year ago but is now getting some play on HBO.  It’s that theme that runs throughout Rush, a story about two bitter Formula One rivals (Lauda and James Hunt, played by Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth) and their roller coaster battle for the 1976 Formula One title.  They mock each other.  Insult one another’s marriages.  Talk trash to each other after races.  Rat each other out.  In other words, great theater.LSAT Rush  

During another scene, after an event that sidelined one of the film’s main characters (sorry, can’t spoil the plot for you; it’s too good), the character who wasn’t sidelined tells the other, “So in many ways, I feel responsible for what happened.”  The sidelined character replies, “You were.”  There is a long pause, as if both characters were reflecting on what could have been.  Then, the sidelined character says, “But trust me . . . watching you win those races while I was fighting for my life, you were equally responsible for getting me back in the car.”  And so a bitter rivalry morphs into something else.  Something far superior.

The theme of this great movie — one of the best sports movies in the past decade — is that your enemies and your greatest challenges bring the best out of you.  It’s a tough message to wrap your head around.

We often hate our enemies.  We abhor our challenges.  We want to run in the opposite direction.  We want to get them over with.  Put another way: We want nothing to do with them.  

The LSAT presents the same conundrum for those who take it.  They often hate it.  They can’t understand it.  They spend hours studying and preparing for it.  But they just . . . can’t . . . crack it.  It causes a ton of anxiety.  It’s a challenge like no other, and many students often wish they could just wiggle out of it somehow.

That’s where Rush comes in.  Rather than be your greatest nemesis, the LSAT can be your best opportunity.  Like it or not, it has the potential to bring the best out of you.  It forces you to apply yourself.  It makes you dig deep and learn concepts you’ve never encountered.  Much deeper than you’ve ever reached.  You can potentially learn more from the LSAT and from your experience in preparing for it than you could from many other things.  If you’re smart, you will embrace this experience, learn from it, and use it to your advantage.  

Make no mistake: The LSAT will probably cause you your greatest frustrations and downright infuriate you.  However, if you embrace the LSAT in the manner described above, it will also be equally responsible for helping you attain your greatest achievement.  

Don’t hate the LSAT.  Use it as your personal rush.  Your LSAT rush.  Use it to find your very best.   

Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Tips
9 OCT / 2014 0

5 Things to Read to Prepare for LSAT Reading Comprehension

Students often ask us how they can best prepare for the LSAT Reading Comprehension section.  Although this should seem intuitive, it isn’t for some reason: One of the best ways to prepare for the LSAT Reading Comprehension section is to read.  If you’re preparing for the LSAT, and you have a healthy amount of time before the big exam, spend some time reading in addition to your general LSAT preparation.LSAT Reading Comprehension

What should you read?  Well, you shouldn’t spend your time reading comic books.  It’s safe to conclude that such content will not help you develop the skills you’ll need to do well on LSAT Reading Comprehension.  Instead, you should focus on reading the same kind of content and subjects that appear on the LSAT, including content that is written in the same style that appears on the LSAT.  In other words, the more dense and boring the subject matter, the more likely you are reading something that will help familiarize yourself with what appears in LSAT Reading Comprehension passages.

The following is a list of five things you can read to prepare for LSAT Reading Comprehension.

5 Things to Read to Prepare for LSAT Reading Comprehension

1) The Economist

There is nothing like a healthy dose of The Economist to get you ready for LSAT Reading Comprehension.  The magazine claims it “is not a chronicle of economics,” but instead aims “to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.”  What does that mean?  Who knows?!  On the bright side, you are now finally experiencing the same kind of dumbfounded-ness you’ll experience when dealing with an LSAT Reading Comprehension passage.  The Economist covers science, technology, politics, business, and . . . economics.  LSAT Reading Comprehension usually covers one or more of these subjects.

2)  The Wall Street Journal

With its particular emphasis on business and economic news and its packed, dense, and sophisticated writing style, The Wall Street Journal should be sitting next to your corn flakes every morning.  Ideally, you should alternate between several mouthfuls of your favorite crunchy cereal and digesting an article or two from this award-winning newspaper.  Get comfortable with the language and composition in this newspaper on a daily basis, and you’ll unknowingly be getting comfortable with the next LSAT Reading Comprehension passage around the corner.  The Wall Street Journal.  It’s the breakfast of champions.

3) Scientific American

Often dubbed “SciAm” (only for the cool people), Scientific American is a monthly American popular science magazine that presents specific information regarding science news and related topics.  Science is a typical subject that appears in LSAT Reading Comprehension passages.  Considering that famous scientists regularly contribute to SciAm (such as Albert Einstein . . . when he was around), this is a must-read and should occupy a special place in your LSAT preparation portfolio.

4) The New York Times, particularly its book review section and its science section

Nicknamed “The Gray Lady,” The New York Times has won 114 Pulitzer Prizes.  Don’t you want to be associated with such greatness?  Of course you do, and that last LSAT Reading Comprehension passage that kicked your a– beckons that you subscribe to this newspaper and place it right in between The Wall Street Journal and your morning orange juice.  In particular, The Gray Lady’s book reviews are fantastic prep reading for the LSAT since many LSAT Reading Comprehension passages often reflect and mirror those reviews.  Don’t get left behind.  Pick up the latest issue of The Gray Lady today!

5) Academic Journals

You may need to go to the — gasp! — library for this little adventure.  Or you could access many of these journals online.  Whatever the case, many LSAT Reading Comprehension passages are excerpts from incredibly boring articles in academic journals like the African Journal of Food Science, the International Journal of Livestock Production, and — wait for it — the Journal of Yeast and Fungal Research.  OK, we are exaggerating a bit here.  But you get the drift.  The dry, sophisticated articles that appear in these types of journals just scream “LSAT Reading Comprehension.”  Take some time in your LSAT preparation and read a few of these.

For LSAT Reading Comprehension, Read One of These Publications Every Day

Throughout your LSAT preparation, your goal should be, at a minimum, to read one of the publications listed above every day.  Make it a habit.  At first, it will certainly be a bore.  However, your ability to understand, digest, and comprehend the information in these publications will increase as you read more and more of this stuff.  You will also develop the ability to draw inferences from the information you read.  After some time, your ability to do well on LSAT Reading Comprehension will improve exponentially because you will have familiarized yourself — through your reading of the items above — with the same kind of dense content that appears on that section.

Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Reading Comprehension, LSAT Tips
7 OCT / 2014 0

5 Things You Can Do To Get Into Law School

When students begin college, they often are not thinking about what they need to do to get into law school.  Some students even believe they don’t have to worry about that process until the spring of their junior year (when they might take the LSAT).  However, the process of getting admitted to law school begins earlier.  Much, much earlier.  As a sophomore or a freshman, there are several things you can begin focusing on to prepare yourself for the admissions process.

In the video below, LSAT Freedom co-founder Rob Tauler identifies and explains 5 things you can do to get into law school.

5 Things You Can Do To Get Into Law School

The process of getting into law school starts early in your academic career . . . .

As Tauler explains, as a freshman or sophomore, you should, among other things, focus on getting good grades and building relationships with professors.  These efforts will help you build the right foundation for the admissions process.  You will have a strong GPA (which is important), and you will have various options from which to choose for letters of recommendation.  So, instead of going to that Saturday night party, stay in one night and study a little extra for that difficult class.  Or, instead of spending your lunch hour hanging out with friends, take the time and visit one of your professors with a list of questions regarding the prior night’s reading assignment.  These things will go a long way towards helping you get into law school.

Topics: Law School, Law School Admissions, Law School Applications
3 OCT / 2014 0

3 Effective Tips For Preparing Your Law School Application

Applying to law school can really be challenging and stressful. Just imagine the tons of requirements you need to gather, the long application forms you need to fill out, the different essays you need to write for each of the different schools you are applying to, and the intense competition you will be facing. When preparing to apply to law school, here are 3 effective tips on how you can make the best out of your application.

1. When preparing your law school application, you need to strategically sew together the major components of your application – transcript, personal statement, extracurricular activities, resume, and interest in the law – to create a picture of you that will attract the admissions committee. Through these components, you need to build an image that grabs the attention of your evaluator and convinces him or her that you would contribute to the school, community, and eventually the alumni association. This image or theme will drive your application.

2. In addition to the LSAT, your law school personal statement is the most crucial piece of your application. This essay is your best opportunity to showcase yourself, to convey your strengths, to explain your weaknesses or any gaps in your application, and to convince the admissions readers that you will make a valuable contribution to their school. Think about how to weave your most meaningful life experiences into a cohesive story about your desire to attend law school.

3. Letters of recommendation are absolutely critical to your application’s success. They involve more than handing forms and materials to your professors; rather, you should have already been building relationships early on, engaging frequently and closely with your potential recommenders. If your law school personal statement is your chance to write one or two pages about pretty much whatever you want, then your letters of recommendation are the opportunity to have externally verified information of the same length conveyed to the admissions committee on your behalf.

A well composed application that explicitly shows your diverse perspective is instrumental in your chances of acceptance to the school of your choice. Make sure to spend time, effort, and diligence in building your candidacy and then perfecting your application.

This article was written by a law school admissions expert at InGenius Prep.

Topics: Law School Applications
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