How the LSAT is Like Your Mom

If you’re in the midst of studying for the June LSAT, you may not have realized that Mother’s Day is on Sunday. So, first off, you’re welcome for the reminder and shame on you for forgetting—go buy your mom some flowers and think about all the trouble you’ve caused her!

While you’re doing that, you can think about this: your mom and the LSAT actually have a lot in common. Now, for those of you who are not really enjoying the process of studying for the LSAT, you may not welcome the comparison, and you have my apologies. Nevertheless, the parallels between one’s mother and the LSAT are definitely there.

Both Ask You a Lot of Question
I make sure to call my mom at least one a week. In the course of those chats, I almost never have to carry the conversation because my mother always has a lot of things to ask me. Whether it is “Are you eating enough?” or “How’s the weather? Do you have warm enough clothes?” there are no shortage of topics to address. The LSAT has a similar tendency to switch topics quickly and cover a lot of ground through myriad questions (this goes without saying, but I had to complete the analogy).

Both Help You Grow
The LSAT helped me with my logical reasoning and with my reading comprehension. At the time, I didn’t realize it was actually improving my cognitive ability in any meaningful way. I thought of it as a chore—something I had to complete in order to move forward with the parts of my life that I cared about. It wasn’t until I got to law school that I realized the impact that preparing for and taking the test had on me. Similarly, you may not have realized this at the time, but your mom probably helped you grow a lot as a person during your formative years. At the time, it may have seemed like she was putting arbitrary restrictions on you for no reason because she just didn’t understand you (no one did!). But, in reality, I’m sure you can look back and pinpoint experiences where your mom helped you grow as a person.

Both Need Time and Attention
Remember how I said I call my mom at least once a week now? Well, that wasn’t always the case. Back when I had the “swagger of a college kid,” to quote T.I., I called much less frequently, which made my mom sad. In retrospect, I was selfish and inconsiderate, and I should’ve put more time into making sure I had a good relationship with my mom. Similarly, the LSAT takes a lot of time and attention. If you’re not practicing every day, your relationship with LSAT is probably not going to thrive. You have to put in the time and effort to show the LSAT some love. At the end of the day, it is one of the most important parts of your law school application, just like your mom should be one of the most important people in your life (how’s that for completing an analogy?).

Editor’s note: We had a great opportunity for a ton of Yo Mama jokes today, but decided to refrain in honor of mothers everywhere. You’re welcome.

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