Tag Archive: LSAT prep

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How to Make the Most of Your LSAT Prep Homework Time

If you’re just starting your September LSAT prep, you’re already learning the joys of Logic Games, sufficiency and necessity. Unfortunately, just showing up for class is not sufficient for a good LSAT score. You’ll also need to do your homework, and you’ll need to do it the right way.

The point of LSAT homework is not just to get it done as quickly as possible. If you’re halfheartedly doing your homework with one eye on a rerun of Scrubs, you might as well not be doing it at all. Instead, the goal of LSAT homework is to make sure you fully understand the concepts you’re covering.

That means that you should take as much time as you need per question. Seriously, don’t mark an answer until you’re fully confident in your choice. This early in your prep, there’s no rush.

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Last Chance: Sign Up for a Summer Blueprint LSAT Course

The majority of Blueprint LSAT Prep’s summer classes for the September LSAT kicked off this weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to sign up.

And don’t forget about Blueprint’s online LSAT prep course, which will be open for enrollment for a few more weeks.

If you prefer our classroom course, here’s a rundown of the most recent Blueprint LSAT Prep classes that have started. The final seats will fill up fast, so hurry and sign up for (instructor in parenthesis):

Washington DC LSAT Prep 2 (Mithun Selvaratnam)

Davis LSAT Prep (Daniel Austin)

Phoenix LSAT Prep (Dylan Gadek)

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3 More LSAT Prep Lessons Learned from the World Cup

This past weekend, Mario Goetze’s extra time goal propelled Germany to a 1-0 victory over Argentina and concluded one of the most memorable World Cups in history. Now that the tournament is over, there are a variety of LSAT-related lessons that can be gleaned by reflecting on the events of the tournament.

LSAT Prep Lesson #1 from the World Cup: Preparation is Key

Before Germany faced Argentina in the final, they thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal. It would be easy to attribute this result to an epic meltdown on the part of Brazil; however, the match is more indicative of Germany’s commitment to thorough preparation. From the start of the match, the German players put themselves in a position to deal with the speed and aggressiveness of Brazil’s individualized approach.

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Your First Practice LSAT: Take It, Grade It, Embrace It

The September LSAT is approximately two and a half months away. Whether you’re enrolled in an LSAT prep course or studying on your own, it’s time to get down to business. First up? Taking your first practice exam.

If you’ve never studied for the LSAT before, your first practice exam will be what we call a “cold” exam. You’ll have no idea what to expect, you may have never seen a logic game before, and no matter how smart you are, you’re probably not going to do very well. Why? Unlike the SAT, you’re not going to roll out of your bed and ace the LSAT on your first try. The SAT is more of a general aptitude test, whereas the LSAT requires you to possess a very particular set of skills (just like Liam Neeson).

So why go through this torture?

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Blueprint LSAT Prep Instructor: Why I’m Going to Law School

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He is starting at Columbia Law School this fall, and will be writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences. Stay tuned!

There are about 300 law schools in the United States, and getting into at least one of them is pretty easy. But, for many, going to law school is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

Still, going to law school can also be a good idea. I’ll tell you how I made my choice to go, and I’ll share some links to help you decide whether law school is right for you.

The Personal Reasons: Why Law?

In 2006, near the height of the law school boom, I went into my undergrad thinking I’d continue on to law school out of some vague ideas about a proclivity for writing and debate in high school.

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Another Slide: 2014 June LSAT Test-Takers Down 9.1%

The number of people taking the LSAT has dropped yet again.

If it seems like you’ve read that sentence before, it’s because you probably have. With the exception of a slight uptick in February 2014, the number of people taking the LSAT has steadily declined since October 2010. As I wrote when the December LSAT numbers were released, the decrease in people taking the LSAT is likely good news for people applying to law school now. Fewer people taking the LSAT means fewer law school applicants, which means less competition both for admittance and for scholarships. The good news, however, doesn’t stop there.

According to an article published in the Winter 2014 issue of PreLaw Magazine, though estimates of the exact time-frame vary, there could be more jobs than law school graduates as early as 2016.

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Blueprint LSAT Prep Summer Courses Enrolling Now

Despite the return of the polar vortex, Summer is officially here.

That means it’s time to start preparing for the September LSAT, which is now less than three months away. A handful of Blueprint LSAT Prep classes have already begun, but we’ve got a slew of other locations that will be starting up real soon. Here’s the full list, along with their instructors and start date:

Berkeley LSAT Prep 2 (Phil Belleau): July 12

Miami LSAT Prep 2 (Matt Williamson): July 12

UCLA LSAT Prep 3 (Spencer Robins): July 12

Pasadena LSAT Prep 1 (Ross Rinehart): July 13

Palo Alto LSAT Prep (Phil Belleau): July 13

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What to Do If Your June LSAT Score Came Back Lousy

Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.

If you are disappointed in your LSAT score, you need to start by putting it in perspective. Is your LSAT score really, objectively lousy (for example, in the 130s) or is it lousy based on your abilities, or lousy compared to what a particular law school accepts? If it’s simply that all of your friends did better, or that it won’t give your parents bragging rights, then that’s probably reason to book an hour with a therapist. But if it’s disappointing because of its impact on your goals, here are some strategies to consider:

1. Evaluate reasons for your poor performance.

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Ask the Right LSAT Prep Questions, Get the Right Answers

As you study for the LSAT, you’re going to have questions. Some things will stump you; it’s all part of the game. Today’s LSAT blog post is about a technique, borrowed from the programming world, that will help you ask better questions and even answer some of your own questions. Don’t get scared and stop reading. No programming knowledge is required. I certainly don’t have any.

Here’s the premise: when you run across something you can’t figure out, ask a duck. You don’t need to go to the local pond; a rubber duck will suffice. Come to think of it, for LSAT purposes, you should really use a toy dinosaur. But I digress.

Ask the duck/dinosaur/rubber chicken your LSAT question. Out loud. Ask in thorough detail; you need to be specific about what exactly you don’t understand. “Dinosaur, I don’t get #23. Can you help?” isn’t going to do anything for you. Dinosaurs are extinct, after all.

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Blueprint LSAT Prep Classes for September Start Soon

Cars are overheating, and LeBron James has opted for free agency. That can only mean one thing: Summer is officially here!

Here at Blueprint LSAT Prep, that means thousands of people across the country are gearing up for the September LSAT. Fortunately for them, we’ve got a slew of LSAT prep courses to offer — many of which start in the coming weeks.

Here’s a rundown of all the 2014 summer Blueprint LSAT Prep classes, as well as their instructors and start dates:

Irvine LSAT Prep 1 (Jay Donnell): June 28

Berkeley LSAT Prep 1 (Aaron Cohn): June 28

UCLA LSAT Prep 2 (Sam Fox): June 29