What LSAT Prep Students Can Learn from Steve Jobs

Today marks the nationwide release of the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, starring Kelso, I mean, Ashton Kutcher. So far, critics don’t think much of the movie, some of the scenes are downright cringeworthy, and the portrayal of Steve Wozniak is just awful. But, we can draw a very important lesson about LSAT prep from Jobs’s life.

I think Jobs would not have done very well on his first practice LSAT. After all, when he was diagnosed with cancer he consulted a psychic instead of getting the surgery his doctor recommended. So, I would put Jobs’s first practice LSAT score at around a 140.

However, I do think Jobs’s final LSAT score, after considerable practice (and maybe a few psychic séances), would be much higher. He’d probably end up with an LSAT score somewhere in the 160s. This is because your final LSAT score is largely determined by how well you deal with adversity, and Jobs did this very well.

The LSAT is brutal. It will throw a lot of adversity your way. After about four years of undergraduate bliss, during which many of your assignments claim that, “there are no wrong answers,” you face the LSAT and find out that there are at least 400. LSAT students who see an opportunity for improvement in every question they get wrong do better than students who merely focus on the fact that they’re not doing so well at the moment. I think Jobs would have been this kind of student.

Before hitting it big with the iPhone, Jobs was fired from Apple, the computer company he co-founded. That sounds pretty awful, but Jobs saw this as an opportunity to improve the personal computer. He founded NeXT Computer, a million dollar company that he eventually sold to Apple. So, I think Jobs would have had the correct attitude about a low practice LSAT score, and that’s much more important than the score itself.

So, you don’t have to be a genius to do well on the LSAT, you just have to be persistent and optimistic.

If you make it out to see jOBS, you might be inspired to start a computer company of your own, instead of studying for the LSAT. Stick with the LSAT. After all, we can’t all be lucky enough to meet a Steve Wozniak.

6 Responses

  1. Johanna says:

    This is perfect and just what I needed. It really is a mental shift. Okay… Gotta be persistent and optimistic. Reminds me of something Ashton Kutcher said in his speech to screaming teenage girls at the Teen Choice Awards, “opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” Every challenge is an opportunity to better oneself. The LSAT is one challenging question after another. Thanks for the blog of encouragement.

  2. Misha Euceph says:

    Steve Jobs started coding when he was 13 years old. Coding uses pretty advanced logic. The LSAT uses basic logic. It is unlikely that Steve Jobs’ first practice test would have been a 140. I get your humor, but let’s be honest.

    • Yuko Sin says:

      Steve Wozniak, who would know and wouldn’t lie, says, “Steve [Jobs] didn’t ever code.”

      See here: http://www.woz.org/letters/does-steve-jobs-know-how-code

      I code all the time. I’m not sure why you think coding uses more “advanced logic” than the LSAT.

      • Misha Euceph says:

        If what Steve Wozniak says is true, it still doesn’t mean that Steve Jobs couldn’t code. Just because Jobs did not code, does not mean he did not know how to code. In fact, Woz himself says in your link that he was technical enough to add/detract from designs.

        In regards to logic in coding, depends on what language you’re using, I guess, so he did not necessarily use more advanced logic than the LSAT, but since he was altering Apple I & II and possibly even what was done using BASIC, it’s likely that he was using logic at least as advanced as used in most parts of the LSAT, which would, in my opinion, make it difficult for him to score in the 140’s.

        Either way, the claim that Steve Jobs would have gotten a 140 is based on conjecture, and akin to guessing Jesus’s LSAT score.

        • Yuko Sin says:

          Woz worked on Apple I and II entirely on his own.

          See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wozniak

          When asked, “Does Steve Jobs know how to code?” Woz said, “Steve [Jobs] didn’t ever code.” Not ever. If you know how to code, then you’ve coded at least once. So, yes, if what Woz says is true, then Jobs couldn’t code.

          The complexity of the logic you use doesn’t depend on the programming language. I think you might be confusing logic with syntax.

          So, I’m sticking with 140 for Jobs’s first practice score, but I’m sure Jesus would have scored a 180. ;)

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