Why is the July LSAT different from all other LSATs?

You may have heard already that, beginning this summer, the LSAT will no longer be a pencil-and-paper test. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is adopting an all-digital format—partially in July, and fully in September. Once the LSAT is fully digital, applicants will take the test on a tablet, using a stylus, and with scratch paper provided. (The tablet and stylus are provided by LSAC.)  But the July test is special: half the test-takers will be assigned to take the test on tablet, and half will be assigned to take it using pencil and paper. Applicants will not know which they’ve been assigned until the day of the test. This is essentially the last big field test of the digital LSAT.

In exchange for being LSAC’s guinea pig, they are offering a pretty big prize: for the July 2019 test only, you will be... read more »

Last minute LSAT tips - January 2019 edition

First week of the Spring semester and last week before the January LSAT - what a combo!

Here are some last minute tips for those of you taking the test this week.

  • First off, it’s time to taper off from studying — there’s not much more that studying and/or practice can do for you now except make you more stressed out and tired. If you really can’t resist taking one last practice test in the next few days, know that it’s quite possible your score might dip down from your prior scores, and that would be a sign of nerves more than anything else. Don’t let it rattle you. Think of it as a reminder that it’s time to get your mind and body in shape.
  • No more alcohol for the week!
  • Get plenty... read more »

November LSAT disappointment - now what?

The November LSAT scores are out, and some of you are perhaps disappointed in your scores. How should you think about your next steps?

First things first: it’s going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans.

Your next step is to make a decision about a possible retake —you have until Monday, December 17th to sign up for the January 26th sitting.

There is no universal right or wrong about this decision—it is all about you, your test experience, and your career aspirations. So here are some thoughts to help you make that decision.

It’s important to first honestly and realistically assess what happened with this test administration:

  • Did you prepare as well as could have been expected, given all the other constraints... read more »

Law-related courses for Spring 2019

If only there were a way to find the over 100 Spring course offerings that have something to do with law (or policy)... But wait! There is! The handy list below, culled and curated by your trusty pre-law advisor.

But first, some caveats:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. 

Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get... read more »

LSAT changes: New format, additional dates

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has announced two very big changes to the LSAT, coming in the next year:

  • A digital format for the test. Beginning in July 2019, applicants will take the test on a tablet, rather than on paper. The test content will be the same—this is NOT an adaptive test like some you may have taken in elementary or secondary school (where the questions fed to you change depending on your answers on early questions). It’s just on a tablet, rather than on paper. For the July 2019 test, some test-takers will be assigned the paper-and-pencil version, while others will take the new tablet version. For that July 2019 test sitting only, applicants will be able to cancel their scores AFTER seeing them (rather than before, as is currently the case), and if they do cancel, be allowed to take the test again... read more »
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