Tag Archive: december

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Oh crap. It’s September. I’m not ready.

Maybe you’ve been prepping for the September LSAT but your practice test scores are well below where you’d like them to be. Maybe you intended to take the September test, but time got away from you, and suddenly the registration deadline was long gone. Maybe you were planning on taking the December LSAT all along. Either way, fear not – taking the December LSAT is not the disadvantage many 0Ls seem to think it is.

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What Does The Increase In December LSAT Takers Mean?

LSAC recently released data revealing the number of people who took the December LSAT, and for the first time since 2009 that number increased. Sure, only by .8%, but given that the overall number of test-takers has been trending steadily (and steeply) downward, that’s still newsworthy.

If you’re planning on applying to law school soon, you might wonder how this news could affect you. After all, we’ve been saying for quite some time that, since the number of applicants is down, those who do end up applying to law school have better odds. If the number of law school applicants starts increasing again, the level of competition among applicants could increase, too.

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What To Do With December LSAT Disappointment

The LSAT is a cruel, cruel mistress—it takes your time and money, it makes you stress and worry, and it can leave you depressed and disappointed. If you’ve been left unsatisfied by your December LSAT score or feel as though you’ve been jilted at the altar of law school applications, this post is meant to help you evaluate your options.

First and foremost, you should consider whether or not your score is truly subpar. When I got my LSAT results, I was a little disappointed because I scored lower than I had on several practice tests. I briefly considered retaking. Upon further consideration, I realized that my actual score was the same as my average practice test score (even though it was lower than my highest results). Furthermore, while I was not within the score range for my reach schools, I was squarely within the range for my target schools.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.2.15

A) LSAC released LSAT scores on New Year’s Day. As if your hangover wasn’t bad enough… Check out waiter reactions here. Top-Law-Schools

B) The Department of Education says that Harvard Law violated Title IX by breaking a sexual assault law. Oy. Quartz

C) If you’ve just finished your law school applications, consider thanking everyone who helped you along the way. And by consider, I mean do it duuuuuhhhhhh. Prelaw Guru

D) Laws that take in effect in 2015: pay, pot and pets. Wall Street Journal

E) This is a generic brand video. McSweeney’s

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The 2014 LSAT Awards

With 2014 almost through, it’s time for us to hand out the LSATys – our annual awards recognizing things that stood out on this year’s LSATs. So put on your finest and get ready to walk the red carpet. We’ll award each of the following a golden #2 pencil. Or maybe just a regular #2 pencil.

Biggest WTF moment
Every LSAT has hard questions. It’s normal to leave the test center shaking your head at a few of them. But the fourth Logic Game on the June 2014 exam elicited the biggest collective freak-out in a while, possibly since the infamous mauve dinosaurs “dropped” in June 2009.  The game isn’t impossible, and LSAC has put out similar games in the past, but still: that game was weird.

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Save Santa in This Very Merry LSAT Logic Game

At the risk of sounding like the terrible e-card I just got from Time Warner, happy holidays from all of us here at Blueprint!

I have no idea whether you’ve been naughty or nice, but as you’ll soon learn in law school, those kind of subjective judgments are all in the eye of the beholder. So here’s a very Christmas-y LSAT Logic game either way.


This Christmas, due to the lingering effects of the recession, along with increased competition from online retailers and digital downloads, Santa Claus has been forced to cut costs to remain competitive. He has outsourced gift production to India (largely due to the high demands of the Elves Union), and has downsized his reindeer squad to 7: Blitzen, Cupid, Dasher, Komet, Prancer, Vixen, and, of course, Rudolph.

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December LSAT: Final Summary

The deadline to cancel your December LSAT scores has passed, so if you took the test and haven’t canceled, you’re in for the long haul until scores are released. Much of the discussion in the week after the test centered on questions about canceling scores, so now that those discussions are out of the way, let’s take a more in-depth look at the test.

Often after an administration of the LSAT, there will be a lot of chatter focusing around one particularly difficult Logic Game or Reading Comprehension passage. That wasn’t quite the case for this particular test. This doesn’t mean that the test was easy, but it does generally indicate that there was nothing terribly unusual on any of the sections.

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My LSAT Experience: Random Thoughts

I took the December LSAT last week. As someone whose job requires them to think about (and write about) the LSAT every single day, but who had never taken the exam, it was a rather surreal experience to actually step into the testing room; I kind of felt like Alice falling through the looking glass. I definitely have a new level of empathy for any students gearing up for the test. While it wasn’t an altogether horrible experience, it’s not one I’d like to repeat on the regular.

Here are some other thoughts from test day:

Testing Center
I initially signed up for a testing location about 10 minutes from my house, and was extremely annoyed with LSAC when they switched me to one 45 minutes away because my chosen location was overbooked. (Protip: if you haven’t dealt with LSAC before, prepare to be consistently irritated with them.)

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December LSAT: The Morning Cometh

It’s the morning after the LSAT. As the hangover (whether from the LSAT or whatever you did after the LSAT) wears off, it’s time to reflect and look back on yesterday’s test.

By the reports I’m hearing, yesterday’s LSAT sounds pretty standard. There was some hard stuff, but nothing that made everyone scream in unison. And some LSATs have things that make everyone scream in unison. See this past June, for example.

It’s natural to wonder whether you should cancel your score. It’s normal to walk out of the LSAT test center feeling not so great. That’s because it’s a hard test, and it’s natural to remember the stuff that made you (figuratively) soil your pants.

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How to Spend Your LSAT Eve

It’s that time folks: LSAT Eve.

In celebration, you should be doing exactly the opposite of what you’d be doing if this was a Biology exam: NOTHING. There’s no cramming allowed because you know the concepts, the logic, and the method, so today is a time to unwind a bit. You’ve earned it.

For many of you, that may involve heading to the mall for some early Christmas shopping.

For others, that may involve heading to the mall to make fun of some early Christmas shoppers. Look at ‘em. It’s simply too early to be wearing reindeer antlers.