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
24 JAN / 2014 0

My Law Degree: Alternative Careers

Do you enjoy the law but are not sure if you want to be a lawyer?   There are plenty of career alternatives that require a JD.   Check out this great article from Business Insider that outlines “The 10 Best Paying Career Alternatives For Law Grads.”  Below is a summarized list from this article.

10) Foreign Service Officer – starting salary around $57Klaw career
9) Private Investigator – median salary around $43K
8) Law Librarian – salaries ranging from $47K to $90K
7) Legal Recruiter – median salary around $82K
6) Mediator – median salary around $92K
5) Jury Consultant – salaries up to $115K
4) Law Firm Consultant – average salary around $83K
3) Lobbyist – salaries up to $104K
2) Law Professor – salaries ranging from $100K to $158K
1) Congress – salary of $174K

Do you know of other careers that are not on this list that should be?  Share them with us on any of our social outlets, below.

Topics: Non-Traditional Law Students, Shoild I Go to The Law School
6 JAN / 2014 0

Top 3 Non-LSAT Books to Prepare you for the LSAT

Motivation for LSAT prep (or any other type of study) can be a challenge.   Students want to work hard and to their best, but without a proper framework, they are inconsistent and ineffective.  These days, with so many distractions within arms reach, it is even more difficult to stay focused and do your best.  The books below will help you prepare for the LSAT by providing tools to do your best on the exam.

1. Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed

Many people say that going to law school is their dream.  It should not be a dream, it should be a goal.  A goal is a dream with a deadline, but many of you prospective LSAT students are dreamers instead of goal setters.  This book will change all of that.  Brian Tracy’s seminal book on goal setting is the standard bearer for an entire genre of books in this field. Maximum Achievement is based on years of scientific research on the successful habits of high achieving individuals.  An understanding of the processes endorsed by Tracy will help you set a course for success on the LSAT by helping you set realistic but achievable goals.  More importantly, it will help you develop structure around those goals (think study schedules) to make them a reality.  You can get a copy here.

Anyone can benefit from these great books.

Anyone can benefit from these great books.

2. The Art of War

If you are studying for the LSAT, the LSAT is your enemy in a sense.  This ancient text, written by Sun Tzu, boils down mastery of your enemy like no other text to come after it.
One of the main lessons of The Art of War is to (a) know yourself (b) know your enemy and (c) only fight when you can win.  Although these rules would seem obvious, few LSAT students adhere to these precepts; for example, few students (a) study and master their weaknesses, (b) take a comprehensive LSAT prep course, and (c) prepare fully for exam day.  The Art of War is a must-read for any future lawyer.   You can purchase it on Amazon here.

3.  Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Coach John Wooden won more NCAA basketball championships than any other UNIVERSITY, including 7 NCAA championships in a row and four undefeated seasons.  He led his teams to success never matched in any other American sport.  In Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, Wooden explains the simple yet profound philosophy that led to his mastery.   Among other things, this book will help LSAT students (a) focus by drowning out peripheral matters, (b) motivate them to work hard and do their best, and (c) organize themselves to reach their LSAT goals every day.

LSAT prep is not only about learning the material.  Your mindset and overall approach are just as important.  These three books will help you a great deal in making your LSAT success a reality.

If you enjoyed this blog post, you may like our blog post on the three books you should read before law school.

Topics: Books and Movies
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