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Preparing for the LSAT With an LSAC Fee Waiver

The Fourth of July may have passed, but I’m here to help you continue celebrating a different kind of freedom – freedom from law school application and LSAT prep expenses. Aww yiss.

Step 1: Apply for an LSAC Fee Waiver

If you can’t pay to take the LSAT, LSAC may waive your LSAT and CAS fees. Visit the LSAC website to apply. Be forewarned that it’s generally considered very difficult to get an LSAC fee waiver – LSAC says on their website that “[o]nly those with extreme need should apply.” I’m not sure exactly how they define “extreme need,” but you’ll have to submit your tax forms and anything else LSAC wants, and the whole application process may take several weeks. If you’ve already paid your LSAC fees, you can’t get that money back, but as far as I can tell you can still ask for a fee waiver (in case you’re thinking about taking more LSATs, or you want the SuperPrep book).

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Law School Applications Drop Again

LSAC, that bastion of prelaw-related data, recently released application numbers the 2014-15 law school cycle. The results are in, and law school applications continue to fall. The number of law school applicants is down 2.5% from this time last year, and the number of applications is down 4.7%. Law school hopefuls applied to an average of six schools each.

Although those percentages may seem small, it’s notable because the number of people considering law school – including those taking the LSAT, those applying to law schools, and those actually enrolling – has been in a freefall for the past five years or so. Law schools, which are increasingly feeling the financial pinch as fewer folks break their piggy banks to go to law school, are responding by reducing class sizes and cutting faculty.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.1.15

A) Here’s a guide to LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (known as CAS to us hip cats). U.S. News and World Report

B) Why is Yale only number 5 in Above the Law‘s new law school rankings? It all comes down to jobs.

C) Will grad school help you become a D.C. power player? Probably not as much as simple hard work will. Roll Call

D) Caitlyn Jenner just broke President Obama’s Twitter record for fastest account to one million followers. Business Insider

E) Coldplay’s fake Game of Thrones musical is fantastic and I wish it was real… Watch it, even if you’re a Coldplay hater. Funny or Die

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LSAC Newsletter: Super Prep II and a February Increase

LSAC recently released its biannual newsletter, and the big news is the planned release of Super Prep II, a new prep book that will include three previously undisclosed LSATs along with explanations for every question. For those of you who weren’t frantically refreshing your browser waiting for LSAC’s thrilling newsletter release, this post is aimed to bringing out the key points for potential LSAT test-takers.

Super Prep II might be useful to prep students for several reasons. First, taking real tests is one of the best ways to test your comprehension of the methods, and some students plow through so much material that the additional exams will feel like manna from heaven to them.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.21.15

A) You can now rate law schools on Yelp. You don’t even have to change your reviews much… “3 Stars: Loved the service, but the food was unexceptional.” Above the Law

B) Check out LSAC’s bi-annual newsletter if you’re interested in the nitty gritty behind the LSAT. LSAC.org

C) Why is the law school personal statement difficult? Girl’s Guide to Law School

D) The New Mexico Law Review published an entire issue dedicated to the legal issues surrounding Breaking Bad. If you ask me, love of Breaking Bad is way more important than any law school ranking. Wall Street Journal

E) Check out the lost gems and terrible failures that were cut for time during this season of SNL. Splitsider

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Breaking: LSAC to Reduce Time Limits

The Law School Admissions Council captured attention from pre-laws and admissions counselors around the country this morning, issuing a press release concerning their ongoing disability lawsuit. However, buried toward the bottom of the release was the news that really shocked the law school world:

As part of its continuing efforts to make the Law School Admission Test an accurate barometer of the academic capability of future law students, the Law School Admissions Council will reduce the time limit for each section of the exam from thirty five (35) minutes to thirty (30) minutes, beginning with the next test administration.

That’s right. Beginning with the June LSAT, test-takers will only have 30 minutes for every section.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.30.15

A) 3 must-do tasks for law students looking to transfer. US News & World Report

B) Wondering what the Credential Assembly Service is? Here’s a primer on LSAC’s bureaucratic baby. Prelaw Guru

C) It might surprise you which law school has produced the most in-house lawyers at Apple. Or it might not, if you’ve already read this article. Above the Law

D) The Daily Show has a new host. Get to know him with some of his best stand-up bits. Slate

E) Speaking of comedy, here are 50 comedians to know in 2015. Vulture

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A Guide to Blueprint Area LSAT Testing Centers

As you know, the LSAT is a huge deal. It consists of nothing more than pencil and paper, but your performance on LSAT test day could very well determine your entire legal career. Therefore, there’s a lot of tension on these days. The last thing you need is some sort of distraction with the LSAT testing center room.

Scroll through the comments any of our LSAT blog’s past LSAT test day instant recaps, and you’ll find, unfortunately, that distractions are rampant in LSAT testing centers. Oftentimes it’s an annoying or inexperienced proctor. Sometimes it’s the chairs they put you in. Either way, it’s not uncommon for months of intense LSAT prep to go to waste because LSAC can’t consistently maintain their LSAT testing centers. And there are a lot of LSAT testing centers.

Allow us to help.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.27.15

A) Should you reapply to law school next cycle if you’re not happy with your admissions status? Survey says… Above the Law

B) LSAC really doesn’t want to change their disability accommodations. National Law Journal

C) Five habits you can start right now to live a happier life. I’m a sucker for this kind of clickbait. Are you? Muse

D) The Italian Supreme Court overturned Amanda Cox’s murder conviction (for which she had previously been exonerated, then re-convicted). NPR

E) Jimmy Fallon singing with a bunch of Jimmy Fallons. (Note: Do not watch this if you don’t like Jimmy Fallon.) Daily Dot