15 JAN / 2015 0

9 LSAT Excuses And How You Can Overcome Them

Topics: LSAT Prep, LSAT Tips

As students become familiar with the LSAT and begin studying for it, they become more aware of what the exam requires of them, and, in the process, they often develop a series of so-called “LSAT excuses” that they use to explain away issues or difficulties they are having with the exam. 

Nothing impacts any activity more detrimentally than a negative perspective or attitude.  They create artificial walls behind which people can hide when it’s convenient.  On an exam of this magnitude, such an attitude can exact an even more devastating blow. 

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When students encounter these LSAT excuses, they need to find ways to combat them, overcome them, and ultimately eliminate them from discussion.  Sure, it’s easy for an instructor (or anyone) to respond to these excuses by saying they simply need to stop.  However, that kind of response is often inadequate and unproductive. 

LSAT Excuses

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There should be more substantive responses to these LSAT excuses – advice that helps a student address and overcome an excuse in a positive and productive way.  Below are LSAT Freedom’s responses to the many LSAT excuses we’ve encountered in our experiences with students. 

9 LSAT Excuses

1) “I don’t do well on standardized tests.”

This LSAT excuse is probably the most common excuse bandied about by LSAT test-takers.  They believe they performed poorly on the SAT or ACT, and now they believe they are performing poorly on practice LSATs.  Instead of attributing the low practice score to a weakness on the exam or some other difficulty or obstacle, they immediately chalk it up to the grand conspiracy of standardized tests and the illusion that there exists a class of unfortunate souls who will never be able to perform well on these tests. 

As Lord Business famously declared . . . “What a bunch of hippie, dippie baloney!”

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There is no such thing as this daunting wall of “standardized tests” that a certain group of dummies can’t overcome.  It is such nonsense.  Do you know how we know that?  Do you really want to know??

Because these standardized tests actually test you on substance.  The LSAT, for example, tests you on your understanding of logic and specific logical concepts.  If you learn and understand those concepts, you will be able to recognize them on the LSAT and answer questions correctly. Doing well (or not) on the exam has nothing to do with whether or not you belong in some privileged class of people that performs well on standardized exams.  Instead, it has more to do with whether you know the stuff you’re being tested on. 

It has nothing to do with the test.  Saddle up, and learn the logic, and . . . surprise! . . . you will begin to perform well on standardized tests.

2) “It’s an IQ test, and I’m not that smart.”

Understanding how conditional reasoning works, learning the difference between correlation and cause-and-effect, and discovering how the negative proof fallacy rears its ugly head in everyday conversation does not prove you are smart.  Nor does finishing four Logic Games in 25 minutes. 

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The same principle applies to the exams you took in high school and college: Getting an A or a B on an exam doesn’t prove you are smarter than anyone else.  Nor does the fact someone else got an A or a B on an exam prove he or she is smarter than you.  Doing well on an exam simply demonstrates that a person has the knowledge necessary to answer questions on that exam that tests the recall and application of that knowledge.  It does not demonstrate intelligence.

If you dedicate the time to learn the logic on the LSAT and then practice consistently for a specific period of time, you will develop the knowledge necessary to perform well on the exam.  It has nothing to do with intelligence.

(Well . . . maybe it demonstrates intelligence in some other way: You had the smarts to prepare for the exam while others didn’t . . .)

3) “You can’t study for the LSAT.”

Yes, you can.  We understand where people are coming from on this one: It’s not an exam that resembles those exams you took in high school or college where you were required to memorize a bunch of useless information, and then you were tested on your ability to be able to regurgitate that information onto a piece of paper. 

However, as we’ve emphasized before, you can prepare for the LSAT, and you can do so in two ways: 

First, as explained above, you need to learn the logic that the exam tests.

Second, you need to practice and apply these principles by taking past LSAT exams. 

Studying and preparing for the LSAT isn’t rocket science.  It doesn’t require some inherent ability to do well on this particular kind of exam.  It merely requires good, old-fashioned focus and hard work. 

4) “It’s a logic exam. You either know logic, or you don’t.”

That’s not the way logic works.  Guess what?  No one knows logic going into this little LSAT game.  The people who know it on the way out took the time to learn it.  This excuse is no different than #3 above.  You can learn the logic, just like you can prepare and study for the LSAT in general.  You just have to do it.

5) “You won’t use anything from the LSAT when you’re a lawyer.”

This is a huge myth.  The logical principles you will learn and apply on the LSAT, the arguments you need to evaluate on the Logical Reasoning section, and the reading and understanding you need to demonstrate on the Reading Comprehension section all have value in the legal field. 

As a lawyer who litigates cases, you will be reading cases, understanding the arguments and holdings of those cases, drafting your own arguments, and analyzing and challenging an opposing attorney’s arguments.  Frequently, the arguments you see – even those by a judge – will have logical flaws.  Your ability to identify, isolate, and address those flaws will impact your success as a lawyer. 

As a transactional or corporate lawyer, you will be preparing and reading contracts and similar documents.  You need to understand what specific language means and how it will impact your client.

Don’t dismiss the LSAT because someone told you it has no application in real life.  It certainly does, and your law practice and career will benefit from doing well on the exam.

6) “I’m too slow, and the LSAT is timed.”/”If I had more time, I would do better.”

This is a common excuse.  We’ve heard from so many students who have told us that, “if only I could have more time, I’d finish all four Logic Games in 35 minutes.”  Or this one: “When I do them without worrying about the time, I get them all right!”

LSAT Excuses

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That’s just silly.  It’s like saying, “If only I was as tall as Lebron James, I could dunk.”

Most of you are not as tall as Lebron James. 

And none of you will have more than 35 minutes to complete a section on the LSAT. 

Instead of dwelling on these limitations, however, focus on how you can use them to your advantage

On the LSAT – believe it or not – a limited amount of time can help you. 

Let us introduce you to Parkinson’s Law.  You don’t need to know where that comes from, or who came up with it.  You just need to know this basic principle:

A task will swell in importance in direct proportion to the time allotted to it. 

 

Said another way: Work will increase so as to fill the time available for it to be completed.  We tend to fill the time we have.  For example, if you have two hours to write a research paper, you’ll use two hours.  If you have four hours, you’ll spend four hours.  If you have 24 hours, you will spend every waking second you have, and the project will become an unmanageable monster. 

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The lesson: If you have less time within which to complete a task, you will be more focused and work more efficiently.  You will dispense with unnecessary details and distractions.

On the LSAT, 35 minutes is a blessing in disguise.  On the Logic Games section, that corresponds to a little over 8 ½ minutes per Logic Game.  When you are practicing, find ways to focus your effort and work more efficiently.  Eliminate wasteful thoughts from your head.  Don’t day dream.  Focus on setting up the Logic Game properly so as to reduce maneuvers later on with individual questions.  If you find the correct answer on a question, move on.  And so on and so forth . . .

Don’t think of time on the LSAT as a detriment.  It’s an advantage and a helpful tool for you to unleash your uber-efficient test-taking ability.  A sufficient amount of practice will enable you to harness this ability and apply it effectively.

7) “I get really nervous.”/”I have a lot of anxiety.”

Nerves are the result of lack of preparation and experience.  The best way to overcome a bad case of the nerves is to practice as much as you can under timed conditions.  The more you practice, the more familiar you will become with the exam and how to deal with its many twists and turns.  You may not be able to wipe it all away, but a sufficient amount of practice with actual LSAT exams will go a long way towards reducing the anxiety you may experience on the exam.

8) “I don’t have time to study for the LSAT. I have [a job/a family/school work/a date/to take a nap].”

Everyone is busy.  Everyone has commitments and obligations.  So this excuse just doesn’t work.  If you want to get into a good law school, you need to restructure your life a bit so you can prepare for the LSAT and do well on it.  If you can’t carve out time in your schedule to prepare for the LSAT, you will not get the score you want, get into the law school you want to get into, or obtain the job you desire.

The best way to make the time to study for the exam is to create an LSAT study schedule, and then hit it consistently.  This will create a productive habit of preparing for the exam at a specific time and for a set period of time.

The bottom line: If you want to do well on the LSAT, you need to make the time for it.

9) “I’m so afraid I’m going to fail.”/“I’m scared of failure.”

You’re afraid of failure?  What are you going to do?  What’s the alternative?  Not taking the LSAT?  Not going to law school?  Not becoming a lawyer?  If that’s what you want, that’s fine.  However, if you want to become a lawyer, not taking the LSAT or not doing well on it because you’re afraid of failure isn’t the answer.

Samuel Beckett once said, “Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.”

You wouldn’t believe what you can accomplish if you just tried and – in many instances – tried to achieve what some might consider the “impossible.”

The worst thing that can happen isn’t crashing and burning.  It’s the inaction or the boredom that might result from not pursuing and achieving your goal simply because you’re afraid of some abstract “failure.”

Failure should never be an excuse.

Nor should any of the other LSAT excuses above!

They are just that: excuses.  They are self-defeating statements that prevent you from performing the actions necessary to score high on the LSAT.  They represent attempts to justify inaction.  The advice above should help you eliminate these LSAT excuses from your vocabulary and focus on preparing for the exam.

7 JAN / 2015 0

How to Determine If You Need An LSAT Addendum

When students apply to law school, they might find themselves wondering if they need a law school addendum or LSAT addendum

An LSAT addendum is a one-page addition to a law school application that explains extra issues a student might have but does not want to address in a personal statement or diversity statement.  If these issues are serious enough, a student might want to explain them in an addendum. 

The addendum briefly identifies the issue and lets the law school know what occurred.  In some instances, a student can use an addendum to transform a negative issue into a positive benefit. When these issues relate to a student’s LSAT score, many refer to it as an “LSAT addendum.”  Whatever the case, a student should be very careful and strategic when determining if such an LSAT addendum is necessary.

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So when do you need an LSAT addendum, i.e., an addendum that explains some issue regarding your LSAT score?  The following guidelines should assist in helping you determine when you DO need a law school/LSAT addendum and when you do NOT need one.

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5 Instances When You DO Need An LSAT Addendum

1) Accommodation problem on LSAT test day

If you have received certain accommodations throughout your life or throughout school, you needed those accommodations during when you took the LSAT, someone at the test center (stupidly) denied you those accommodations, and you LSAT score suffered as a result, you should explain that issue in an LSAT addendum.  This would be a classic example of a situation where an addendum is necessary. Law schools would likely view an explanation of these circumstances as helpful.

However, use common sense.  You should prepare an LSAT addendum only when there is a discrepancy between your LSAT score and your GPA.  For example, if your score is low (like in the 140s), but your GPA is high (like a 3.8 or 3.9), you should prepare an addendum.  If, on the other hand, your score was in the upper half or third of test-takers, perhaps an addendum might be overkill.  For example, an LSAT addendum stating that, if you had received those accommodations, your score would not have been an embarrassing 174 and could have been a perfect 180 will likely fall on deaf ears.  So, again, use common sense.

2) A freak occurrence on LSAT test day

If a freak occurrence – such as a family illness or death, a mistake in bubbling answers, the heat breaking in the exam room, or a dinosaur biting off your leg in the middle of the exam – occurs on test day, and that event significantly impacts your LSAT score, an addendum will be helpful in explaining to a law school that your score likely would have been different but for that event.

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Keep in mind, however, that when preparing an LSAT addendum (or any addendum for that matter), you should refrain from becoming emotional or argumentative.  (This is a helpful tip for when you practice law as well.)  The purpose of an addendum is to disclose information or to persuade the law school admissions committee that it should overlook an anomaly or deficiency with respect to your LSAT score.  Exaggerating the situation or making a desperate emotional plea will turn them off very quickly.  Focus on the facts of your situation, and present them in a dispassionate, measured way.

3) Medical issue on test day

In much the same way a freak occurrence on test day might require an LSAT addendum, so, too, would a medical issue you experienced that impacted your exam performance.  If you were in a car accident and were in deep discomfort or heavily-medicated on exam day, an LSAT addendum should be prepared that addresses those difficulties.  Similarly, if you got mono, broke an arm or leg, or otherwise experienced some medical issue that physically and/or psychologically impacted your ability to take and do well on the LSAT, you should explain that in an LSAT addendum.

4) Two LSAT scores that are many points apart

If you took the LSAT more than once, and you did significantly better the second time, you  may want to persuade the law school to consider the higher LSAT score and disregard the lower score.  Sometimes, you figure out a brand new method for studying, or you make a major breakthrough leading up to the exam, and your score jumps significantly as a result.  If this occurs, it might be helpful to prepare an LSAT addendum and explain to the law school what happened and – most important – why that high score is appropriate for you.  The last thing you want a law school to think is that your high LSAT score was an anomaly. 

5) History of performing poorly on standardized exams

Some people just don’t do well on standardized exams.  That is not uncommon.  If you’re one of them, you should advise the law schools to which you’re applying of this fact in an LSAT addendum.  However, your addendum should not just casually mention this issue.  You should demonstrate it.  In life, it’s always better to show someone something rather than tell it.  Providing documentation of your poor performance history would be much more persuasive than leaving such proof out of your LSAT addendum. 

So, if possible, include score reports from your ACT or SAT days.  Also, if possible, include some information about how your peers performed on the same exams, and then provide information regarding how, despite those test scores, your grades were better than your peers’ academic performance. 

5 Instances When You Do NOT Need An LSAT Addendum

Not every event or situation requires an LSAT addendum, and you should shy away from submitting one in certain circumstances, even despite an intense desire to do so.  Here are five instances when you do not need an LSAT addendum and should not submit one.

1) Two or more LSAT scores that are within several points of each other

If you took the LSAT multiple times and received two or more LSAT scores that are close to one another, you do not need to explain anything to the law school in an LSAT addendum.  Rather, your range of scores, on its own, will demonstrate to the law school that your scores are within the appropriate range for your skills and abilities with respect to the LSAT.  In other words, the law school will not view any one of those scores as an anomaly.  If you decide to prepare an LSAT addendum, you might risk highlighting negative traits about your character or self-esteem, such as a lack of confidence, heightened nerves, or hesitation.  Don’t waste your effort here.  Be confident and proud of your LSAT score or scores, and move on.

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2) Canceled LSAT test date

Alerting the law school admissions committee to the fact that you canceled a test date or did not show up for whatever reason will likely highlight negative traits that you may not have.  For example, an admissions committee might think you were indecisive and changed your mind at the last second.  Even worse, committee members might view the canceled date as an example of your unpreparedness for the LSAT.  In addition, they could think you were nervous and back out of high-pressure situations.  It makes no sense to give the law school any opportunity to view you in a negative light.  Again, don’t worry about a canceled test date, and move on with your life.

3) You performed better on practice LSATs than you did on test day

Look, we get it.  But no one cares.  Seriously.  What a law school admissions committee wants to know is how you performed on test day – you know, in the same high-pressure environment other LSAT takers experienced.  The fact that you scored five or six points higher on a practice test the week before means nothing because you did not take that test in a test day environment with other students.  Law schools need to measure you on an even playing field with other students.  Practice LSAT scores prevent them from doing that.  Don’t use an LSAT addendum to highlight your practice scores for this purpose.

4) Your second LSAT score was higher than your first LSAT score because you were unprepared the first time

If you explain that you did poorly the first time around on the LSAT because you were unprepared, that will prompt law school admissions committees to ask themselves several probative questions about you that you really don’t want them to ask.  Questions like: Why didn’t this person think being prepared the first time around wasn’t important?  Would this person be unprepared for law school?  Would this person be unprepared for an interview?  Does this person think life gives you second chances?  If you were unprepared, you shouldn’t tell a law school that was the reason for your poor performance.  Unless you have a better reason, skip the LSAT addendum.

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An LSAT addendum should be focused on explaining compelling facts

The key things to remember when preparing an LSAT addendum (or any law school addendum) are to remain focused on the facts you are explaining, and to make sure those facts are compelling.  You should have a really good reason for including an LSAT addendum with your law school application.  In addition, emotion should play no role in your explanation.  Make your LSAT addendum short, fact-based, and dispassionate, and move on.

16 DEC / 2014 0

21 Ways NOT To Get A Good LSAT Score

Topics: LSAT Tips

In the past, we have written about ways to get a good LSAT score, and even ways to get a 180 on the LSAT.  However, people often do not focus on the things they should NOT do if they want to get a good LSAT score.  Test-takers learn many different LSAT tips and strategies from many different sources.  It is often difficult to sift through all of them and, ultimately, decide what works best . . . and what to avoid.

Here, we list and briefly identify the 21 things you should NOT do if you want to get a good LSAT score.

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21 Ways NOT To Get A Good LSAT Score

1) Do nothing

This should be readily apparent.  If you do nothing to prepare for the LSAT, chances are you will not do well (unless you’re a genius).  So . . . do something . . . anything, alright?

2) Don’t take an LSAT prep course

Taking an LSAT prep course that teaches you the logic on the LSAT and emphasizes practicing with actual LSAT exams is the best way to prepare for the exam and get a good LSAT score.  (Here is a free LSAT logic guide and free logic course to get you started.)  The best way not to get a good LSAT score?  Subscribe to the mentality that commercial LSAT courses are just out to take your money, and that you could do well on the exam through self-study.  We aren’t saying it can’t be done.  But the odds of getting a good LSAT score would be against you. 

3) Spend every waking second studying for the LSAT

Spending 10 hours per day, seven days per week for six months may help you cover every LSAT ever administered.  But it will also burn you out.  Devote just a few hours a day to studying, and do so for two to three months.  Getting a good LSAT score is a marathon, not a sprint.  Don’t over-do it. 

4) Use every single study aid you can get your hands on

Many LSAT study aids on the market will guarantee you that elusive good LSAT score.  By trying to read them all, and memorizing every piece of advice ever given on the LSAT, your head will likely explode.  You will also find that some advice will conflict with other advice, and that conundrum will confuse you.  Instead of taking an all-of-the-above approach, choose a select few, and stick to them.

5) Learn the logic, but don’t practice

We’ve emphasized before that, to get a good LSAT score, you need to learn the logic that the LSAT tests.  However, being able to identify the various logical principles on the LSAT is one thing.  The ability to recognize these principles as they appear on the exam, in context, is another thing entirely.  To succeed in doing that, you must practice as much as possible with actual LSAT exams.  If you do not take the time to practice, you will not be able to recognize the logic on the exam, nor will you become familiar with the question types and how these logical principles manifest themselves on the exam.  This is usually a recipe for . . . you guessed it . . . a low LSAT score.   

6) Practice, but skip the logic

An alternative to the approach above is jumping straight into practice.  The benefit of this approach is that you become familiar with the exam very quickly.  You may even score well after a few tries.  However, this approach lacks the substantive foundation necessary to understand what you’re actually doing.  Why did you get certain questions wrong?  How do you diagram those logic games?  What is conditional reasoning anyway?  Practicing without understanding these concepts is like trying to drive a car without a steering wheel.     

7) Practice with made-up LSAT questions

The best way to become familiar with the logic on the LSAT and the exam in general is to practice using actual LSAT exams and actual LSAT questions.  Want to know how not to become familiar with the exam or prevent yourself from achieving that good LSAT score?  Practice with made-up questions!  Some LSAT prep courses or tutors may use made-up questions or examples to teach you the exam.  The problem with that approach is that it undermines the very goal of becoming familiar with the LSAT.  You will not understand how the test writers prepare LSAT questions, and you will not be able to anticipate what the next exam will look like.  It’s like going into the exam with blinders on. 

8) Don’t review incorrect answers on your practice exams

An effective way to identify your weaknesses on the LSAT is to identify and understand which questions you are answering incorrectly.  That way, you can work on improving those weaknesses, which, in turn, will help you improve your LSAT score.  If, on the other hand, you don’t care about those pesky weaknesses (or a good LSAT score), then don’t bother! 

9) Study in a group

Group study is not the most efficient means of studying for the LSAT.  Learning the logic on the LSAT principally requires drilling and practice.  Group study will largely prevent you from spending time on drilling or engaging in the repetitive training required to master LSAT logic.

10) Master the skill of speed reading for use on the Reading Comprehension section

You’re not supposed to speed read or skim through the Reading Comprehension passages.  If you do, you’ll miss critical information . . . and answer questions incorrectly. 

11) Don’t bother to figure out where you stand . . . ever

Speaking of blinders, one of the most effective ways to remain in the dark about this test is never to figure out how you’re doing with your score.  Wisdom dictates that, at the beginning of your LSAT prep, you should take a practice test cold, just to see where you stand and for assessing how high a hill you need to climb.  Further, as you get into the practice-intensive portion of your LSAT prep, you should measure your performance to see how you’re doing.  Not doing either of these things leaves you in the dark, without a clue, and farther than you’d like from a good LSAT score. 

12) Get drunk or high the night before the big exam

Why?  Why would you do that?

13) Wake up the morning of the exam and eat five candy bars (or eat a lot of sugar in the days leading up to the exam)

Want to know what a lot of sugar does to your brain?  Bad stuff . . . like poor memory formation.         

14) Wait until test day to figure out how to get to your test center location

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Imagine waking up the morning of the LSAT and discovering that you have 20 minutes to make what is normally a 35 minute trip.  Or realizing, on that Monday afternoon test administration, that the parking situation at your test center isn’t optimal.  These are sure-fire ways to lose valuable time and sacrifice critical points on the exam.

15) When the exam begins, skip the directions

The LSAT tests you on how well you follow difficult and silly directions.  If you don’t pay attention, you will, again, miss critical information.

16) Day dream during the exam

If you can’t go 3 1/2 hours without day dreaming about the girl next door, the musical you watched last night on Lifetime, or the identity of the Reverse-Flash, you’re going to have a difficult time getting through – and answering every question on – the LSAT (let alone coming close to a good LSAT score). 

17) Make assumptions about the information in a question

Everything you need to answer a question will be on the page or pages in front of you.  You should use only the information that the question provides.  Thus, if you want to completely torch yourself on this test, assume some additional information (that has no connection to the LSAT) based on the information in front of you.  Or you could omit some other part of the question or assume some part of it is not important.   

18) Rely on outside knowledge to answer Reading Comprehension questions

All Reading Comprehension questions can and should be answered using only the information in the passage.  Therefore, an effective way to blow a question is to answer it using your own knowledge (you know, because – lucky you! – this passage is about computer science, and you’re like a total super-duper expert in that computer stuff).  

19) Allow the LSAT to frustrate you

The LSAT is designed to mess with your head.  So, if you let some insane Logic Game or silly Logical Reasoning question get you angry, the LSAT wins.  And you lose. 

20) Skip or don’t answer questions

The LSAT doesn’t penalize you for guessing.  By skipping a question, you lose that 20% chance of getting that question right.  You have nothing to lose by guessing.  So, if you want to completely deprive yourself of the slimmest of chances of getting a question right, skip it.  

21) Don’t keep track of time

Who needs time, right?  (Or a good LSAT watch.)  Spend 20 minutes on that first Logic Game.  Let that second Reading Comprehension passage consume 15 minutes of your life.  Focus, after all, should be prioritized . . . over a good LSAT score.

And that’s a wrap!  If you want to get a good LSAT score, don’t do any of the above.  Or try to avoid as much of the above as possible.

2 DEC / 2014 0

Should You Apply For An LLM?

Are you a foreign lawyer who has studied outside the United States? Are you considering an LLM in the United States? If the answer to these questions is yes, you should carefully consider and reflect upon the reasons for your desire to pursue advanced legal study in the United States.

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What is an L.L.M.?

An LLM or Masters of Law, allows you to gain knowledge and specialize in an area of law through research. It is a globally recognized postgraduate degree pursued by practicing lawyers.

While open to everyone who has a law degree, international attorneys are found to benefit from the LLM because it exposes them to the basic legal principles of the American legal system. The LLM curriculum varies per program, but there is a large scope of opportunities available worldwide. The most popular programs include tax law, environmental law, and international rights law.

LLM Degree

Most international applicants discover that a degree in LLM is advantageous in career advancement and international credibility. In fact, many law firms favor LLM-degree holders because they have the training and skills required to deal with advanced multinational legal issues.

Admission Requirement

In order to apply for an LLM, you must first obtain a professional legal degree – either a JD in the United States or a Bachelor of Laws in the UK.  International applicants whose native language is not English must also complete an English proficiency test (TOEFL/IELTS).

Length of Study

The LLM normally takes a year to 2 years to complete. The length depends on the program and university, whether it be a research-based program that requires you to complete a thesis or a program that requires you to take a certain number of courses.

Bar Examination

An LLM itself does not qualify graduates – both American and international – to practice law. In order to practice law, students must pass the bar.

For more information regarding Law Degrees you can explore, contact a law school admissions expert at InGenius Prep.

This article was written by an admissions expert at InGenius Prep.

13 NOV / 2014 0

The 180 Watch: LSAT Timing Simplified

Here at LSAT Freedom, we often survey the LSAT landscape to find other LSAT- and law school-related tips and advice for our readers.  Every so often, we come across products that might help LSAT test-takers or aspiring law school students (like the best laptops for law school).

For this post, we decided to zone in on the 180 Watch, an analog wristwatch designed for the LSAT.  The 180 Watch was founded by Harvard classmates Daniel Valenti and Matt Thomas.  We caught up with Daniel and asked him a few questions about the 180 Watch.  He was more than generous in obliging . . . .The 180 Watch

Interview with The 180 Watch

LSAT Freedom: What is the difference between the 180 Watch and a regular analog watch?  Why is it better?

180 Watch (Daniel): The 180Watch is a purpose-built watch specifically for high-achieving LSAT students. We have designed it to conform to the rules of the test while being as simple as possible to use. Unlike other watches, there is no hour hand to worry about, no second hand that keeps ticking beyond control, and no bezels to rotate or crowns to pull out and set. The 180Watch simply has a start/stop button and a reset button. With one push of a button, the second and minute hands automatically return to zero. Test day is stressful enough; knowing exactly how much time you have left in each section should not be one of your concerns.

LSAT Freedom: Why did you create the 180 Watch?

180 Watch: As an LSAT student, I realized how important timing is for the test. One extra minute on a logic game, I found out, can go a long way. Further, I was surprised how fast the LSAT moved between sections – not exactly a ton of time to pull out the crown of my watch, adjust it to zero, and wait for the second hand to tick back around. Overall, I was spending too much mental energy figuring out how much time I had left, when those precious few brain cells were much-needed elsewhere (trust me). I searched around on the internet, and couldn’t find a simple solution that conformed to the test rules, so I created 180Watch.The 180 Watch

LSAT Freedom: How does the 180 Watch work? 

180 Watch: 180Watch is simple. There are two buttons and two watch hands. The large minute hand sweeps across the dia,l and the second hand is in the small inset circle. One button starts/stops timing, the other automatically sets both hands to zero. When using the 180Watch, you know exactly how much time is remaining.

LSAT Freedom: What purpose does each knob on the right serve?

180 Watch: There are only two buttons – a start/stop button, and a reset button. That’s it! (There is a knob, but it is of no use).

LSAT Freedom: Why does the 180 Watch have extended tick marks at the 8-minute intervals?

180 Watch: This feature helps test-takers gauge their progress on logic games. A common goal among top test-takers is to complete each game within 8 minutes, so a quick glance at the 180Watch instantly tells you how far along you are.

LSAT Freedom: How is the 180 Watch different than other LSAT watches?

180 Watch: The 180Watch is not for everyone – it’s the premium LSAT watch. We have designed this watch from start-to-finish specifically for the test. There are other solutions, but none that work as simply and as precisely as the 180Watch. We also encourage people to see if other watches allow for resetting of the second hand. The 180Watch is for students who value precision and ease-of-use and recognize the value of even one extra point on the test.The 180 Watch

LSAT Freedom: Has the Law School Admission Council approved the 180 Watch for use during an officially-administered LSAT?

180 Watch: LSAC has confirmed that the 180Watch conforms to its rules of no digital watches.

LSAT Freedom: How much does the 180 Watch cost?

180 Watch: The 180Watch is $59.99

LSAT Freedom: If someone has a question about the 180 Watch, how can he/she contact you?

180 Watch: Please email us at orders@180watch.com – we’d love to hear from you!

LSAT Freedom: Do you have any plans for future products?

180 Watch: We are always open to ideas that help people realize their goals. We aren’t currently building anything else for test-takers, but we’re always open to new ideas!


Once again, if you’re interested in the 180 Watch, visit their website.

 

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