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The Declaration of LSAT Independence

Earlier this week, LSAC released the June LSAT scores, effectively releasing those who took the exam from having to worry about they did over the holiday weekend. How sweet!

For many of you, the June LSAT will mark the last time you are forced to take a test without earplugs or carry a Ziploc bag with 3 or more non-mechanical no. 2 pencils. How… sad?

In honor of the 4th of July, we here at Blueprint LSAT Prep have penned a ‘historical’ document for those who’ve taken the LSAT and are declaring themselves free of its harsh rule.

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Building the Ultimate LSAT Transformer

With the new Transformers movie coming out today, Blueprint LSAT Prep upper management tasked me with an all-important mission:

“Design a Transformer capable of battling the LSAT!”

I have to admit, I was nervous. I really didn’t know a lot about the franchise, so I Googled the $H!T out of “Transformers,” then pitched some ideas to my girlfriend who likes almost everything I come up with. So now I introduce to you, a robot, in disguise, built to wage war…against…the LSAT…(dramatic pause)…CONTRAPOSITRON!!!!

Any LSAT test-taking Transformer must have a sweet name and a cool power to go along with it. Contrapositron fills the bill. She (yes, she) has the power to determine the logical equivalent of a conditional statement. She slays the Logical Reasoning sections, flipping and negating sufficient and necessary conditions with robotic flair.

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A Million Ways to Die on the LSAT

Hey Dude! It’s a little wild and a little strange, getting your LSAT score in that range. If you’re too young for that classic 90’s Nickelodeon reference then maybe you’ve heard of Seth MacFarlane’s new movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Whatever your age, in the spirit of western comedy, how ‘bout you saddle up, partner, while I regale you with some of the million ways to die on the LSAT.

So prepare to be regaled…on a horse, if possible.

#1 Way to Die on the LSAT: Forgetting Your LSAT Admission Ticket
If you don’t have your ticket then you’re not getting in the LSAT test center.

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Don’t Let UT Law School’s Nepotism Saddle You With Worry

At the University of Texas School of Law, friends and family of Texas state legislators are getting special admissions consideration.

The investigation into the matter has been halted, but a preliminary report found that one fourth of politically connected applicants were admitted despite GPAs and LSAT scores “well below” and “far below” the usual standards. These students produced four of the ten worst LSAT scores among all students since 2009.

What does this mean for you? Here’s my advice:

If your heart is set on UT School of Law and your GPA/LSAT scores aren’t up to snuff then perhaps you should try buddying up to a Lone Star lawmaker. You could send out a Facebook friend request or ask one to “please add me to your LinkedIn network.” It’s worth a shot.

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Four Tips for the Final Four Weeks Until the June LSAT

The June LSAT is in four weeks, that’s 28 days or 672 hours or 40,320 minutes… moments so dear. However you measure a month in the life of an LSAT student, here’s some advice on how to handle yourself leading up to “Monday fun day,” aka the 2014 June LSAT.

TIP I: Take lots of practice tests (“We talkin’ about practice!” –A. Iverson)

Get used to completing full-length exams under LSAT test day conditions; that means 5 sections, 35 minutes each, in a chair, at a desk. If you can get yourself into a classroom for proctored practice LSATs, do it. I suggest taking the most recently available exams leading up to Monday fun day. Also, if your schedule allows it, take some practice tests at 12:30 p.m. (the time the LSAT begins). Through this process you’ll learn when you need to be ready to get your exam on.

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What Would They Score on the LSAT: Spider-Man Edition

If you’ve seen the posters for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then you may have read the tagline: “His Greatest Battle Begins.” Spoiler alert: Spidey’s battle is not the June LSAT.

But, and I know we’re on the same page here, what if it was? Surely the Law School Admission Test is as formidable an opponent as a Blue Man Group-styled Jaime Foxx. So let’s suspend our disbelief, like an audience pretending a 30-year-old Andrew Garfield is a high school student, and imagine the cast of characters from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to take the LSAT. How would they do? And why?

In my particular order, here are the results:

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The LSAT and Coachella: More in Common Than You’d Think

Scoring high on the LSAT and at Coachella mean totally different things, but this past weekend I discovered that some things LSAT prep and some things Coachella are totally the same!

Picture a Venn diagram. It’s easy. I do it all the time. Label one circle LSAT prep and the other Coachella. In the narrow football shaped cross-section of the LSAT prep slash Coachella Venn diagram, I found the following nuggets of wisdom:

How the LSAT is Like Coachella I: You will lose track of your friends

At some point, despite your best efforts, friends you fully intended to hang out with go unseen for vast swathes of time.

At Coachella, your inseparable crew will separate and go off in different directions.

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Starting with the June LSAT, LSAC to Score Writing Samples

We’ve heard rumblings about a potential change regarding the LSAT writing sample section for quite some time, and today LSAC announced that beginning with the June LSAT the writing samples will now be scored.

The structure of the exam remains the same. The writing sample will appear as the final section and just as before, examinees will be presented with a decision prompt and provided two criteria for making a decision. However, the essays will now be scored from 1-5. LSAC stated on its website that scoring for the section will be based on factors including but not limited to, “argument structure, clarity, persuasiveness, grammar and punctuation.” Spelling was not listed, but some have already hinted that misspelled words could lower one’s score under the clarity and/or grammar criterion.

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Sweet 16: LSAT Inspiration from the Best of March Madness

March Madness is upon us and for you that probably means the start of June LSAT prep. For many, March Madness means the NCAA basketball tournament . The Big Dance. It began with 68 schools competing to become national champion, but after a thrilling first few rounds, that number is now down to the Sweet 16.

We here at Blueprint LSAT Prep believe there are lessons to be learned from the Sweet 16, especially from the successes of some schools, the “Cinderella” stories. Drawing inspiration from these overachievers could be just what you need to succeed on LSAT test day!

If you’re not familiar with how the tournament field is structured, each school is assigned a seed between (1) and (16) in one of four brackets: South, West, East and Midwest.

Here are the remaining competitors:

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A Look Back at a Weird Week in Court Cases

We here at Blueprint LSAT Prep like to keep you informed. And not just about law school admissions and LSAT stuff, but also the goings on in the world of law.

Legal cases sometimes make their way into the news, usually because a famous person is involved, but sometimes, and this is pretty rare, no celebrities are involved and the case is just so weird and crazy-sounding readers will click on the headline anyway. This past week there were three such stories: suing your parents for tuition, upskirting and blackout gambling. Let’s do a recap!

Attention: Eighteen-year-old private school rebels! Rachel Canning of New Jersey tried suing her parents for the cost of her tuition and her future college education. How does that happen? Well, her parents cut her off financially. She said she was kicked out of the house, but her dad argues she voluntarily moved out, “because she didn’t want to follow their house rules concerning curfew and chores.”