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How the 2018-19 Law School Admissions Cycle Is Shaping Up

Ever since the recession, law school admissions cycle have garnered a tremendous amount of discussion. Prior to the economic downturn, applications and enrollment were steadily increasing for years. The law was seen as a safe, stable profession. Following the recession, everything went haywire. Fewer students got jobs, class sizes decreased, and the once predictable application cycles were thrown into disarray.

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More Details on the Digital LSAT!

For years, I’ve had two primary complaints about the LSAT: (1) the writing sample is a sadistic, useless waste of time and (2) the test administration method is woefully outdated. Turns out, LSAC is finally attempting to remedy the second problem by transitioning to digital testing (but, alas, the writing sample doesn’t appear to be going anywhere).

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Your Plan for the Last Week of Studying for the LSAT

I recently started the process of training for a marathon. As someone who has never done much distance running, I’ve been doing my best to follow a set training plan. The plan generally involves one progressively longer run per week and several short to medium runs. However, in the final couple weeks, the training plan tapers off and the intensity reduces. This is especially true in the last week of training prior to the race, which has just a couple, shorter runs to get you ready for the big day.

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Law School Applications Are Up …

At the risk of sounding like I’m trying too hard to relate to the youth of America, I’ve been playing a lot of battle royale video games lately. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this new gaming craze, a battle royale is basically the same concept as the hunger games — a number of players are dropped onto an enclosed space, which shrinks over time, and they attempt to survive until all the other players are eliminated.

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Does Studying for the LSAT Make You Smarter? Science Says So …

I love the Rocky movies. I am a particularly big fan of the training montages. Every time Rocky punches some sides of beef, chases a chicken, or runs up a snow-covered mountain, I feel ready to take on the world. Rocky then uses his peak physical conditioning to defeat all challengers.

It turns out, training for the LSAT has a similar effect on your brain as Rocky’s training had on his body.

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Student Loan Forgiveness

When I was applying to law school, I ended up having to make some difficult decisions (as we all do). Basically, my options boiled down to School A with some financial assistance, School B with more assistance, or School C with a significant amount of assistance. I distinctly remember discussing those options with a friend/recent graduate. He told me that he’d attended a school with minimal assistance and his loan payments repayments were essentially going to amount to a second mortgage for the foreseeable future. Suffice to say, loans are a significant factor driving many applicants decision to apply to law, and the practical ramifications of taking out significant loans should not be ignored.

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Tonight’s the Deadline to Sign Up for the November 2018 LSAT!

The weather is getting gloomier, the days are getting shorter, and summer is clearly in the rearview. I, for one, am gearing up for a hearty helping of seasonal affective disorder. And for those of you thinking about taking the LSAT, I have one more bit of cheery news: the deadline to sign up for the November LSAT is tonight at 11:59 pm Eastern.

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A Look at the September 2018 LSAT: The “Curve”

As a humanities major, I’m not particularly familiar with the concept of curves. So, when I learned the LSAT was curved back in the day, I didn’t really know what it meant (I did, however, get the sense that I wouldn’t benefit from the same grade inflation I’d been lucky enough o experience during undergrad).

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This Dude Hates the LSAT So Much He Took LSAC to Court

If you’re preparing for or have taken the LSAT, I’m confident there were times during your studies that you resented the law school admissions process, LSAC, and everyone else involved that forced you to spend months of your life dedicated to another standardized test. For most of people, the resentment subsides — students resign themselves to the reality of the system, take the test, and move on.

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The MBE, Which a Ton of Would-Be Attorneys Have Bombed Recently

One topic of discussion that is sure to send shivers down the spine of any law student is the bar exam. The bar exam is the final academic hurdle on a prospective lawyer’s path to becoming licensed to practice law. It consists of a written portion, which covers different subjects depending on the jurisdiction, and a multiple-choice section, which is administered in virtually every jurisdiction (except Puerto Rico, oddly enough). The multiple choice section is called the “Multistate Bar Exam” or the “MBE.”