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 »

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 »

Why you should make time for those visiting admissions counselors

I know what you’re thinking when you see that event listing for another visit from a law school admissions rep:

“I’m not really interested in that school.”

Or maybe, “I already visited the law school, so why do I need to talk to this rep?”

Or even, “They’re just trying to market their school—it won’t be of interest to me.”

Here’s why you’re wrong: there’s always good information to be gained from meeting one-on-one or in a small group with an admissions official. Yes, they’re definitely here to market their school and increase the number of applications they receive. But they’re rarely just narrowly focused on that. They don’t want to just increase the volume of applications but also the quality of those applications, and from their perspective, that means... read more »

LSAT test date changes—what does it mean for application timing?

For as long as anyone can remember, the LSAT has been offered four times a year, and while annoyingly restrictive, this provided a certain rhythm to the application cycle. All that changes this year. As I write this, many of you are taking the unprecedented July LSAT. More changes are afoot, with the fall LSATs moved to early September (Sept. 8th) and mid-November (Nov. 17th). The rest of the academic year looks different as well, with 2019 test dates on January 26th, March 30th, and June 3rd. After that, LSAC is hoping to move to all digital LSATs and offering the test every month except May and December.

So what does that mean for the timing of your LSAT and your application?

The law school admission process largely works on a rolling admissions basis, with decisions being made on at least some applications as they arrive.... read more »

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