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Lessons Learned From the June 2015 LSAT: Part II

Last week, Laura took a look at the Logic Games and Reading Comprehension sections of the June 2015 LSAT. This week, I am going to cover the Logical Reasoning sections of that test. I want to start by thanking Laura for covering logic games because…logic games are the worst. My personal hell would probably involve completing endless logic games while “It’s a Small World After All” plays on an endless loop (on a related note, I’m pretty sure anyone who enjoys logic games is some sort of demon).

With that aside, let’s take a look at the Logical Reasoning sections in the June 2015 LSAT. For the most part, the consensus seems to be that the Logical Reasoning sections were fairly straightforward. My own review of the test seems pretty consistent with that general sentiment. Nevertheless, there are a few questions worth highlighting from both of the sections.

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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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3 Reasons Shaq Going to Law School Should Inspire You

In what is certainly my favorite “news” story of last week, Shaquille O’Neal announced that he is considering going to law school (and is studying for the LSAT already). Unfortunately for the Big Shaqtus, there are a few unique obstacles he may face along the way to earning a J.D. Fortunately for all other prospective LSAT and law students, these obstacles can be a source of inspiration.

How Shaq Going to Law School Should Inspire You I: His Size

On the basketball court, Shaq’s massive physique was a tremendous asset; in an LSAT test center, it would be quite the opposite. To put this in perspective, I am an averagely built, 5’11” male, and I felt cramped by the combination desk/chair at my test center.

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Memo to Future California Lawyers: Time to Make a Pledge

Former California state bar president Patrick Kelly wasn’t happy with the way many lawyers were conducting their business. He claims, “I have all too often witnessed attorneys who claim to be zealously representing their clients but who in fact cross the civility line. Such activities include needless and ineffective histrionics during depositions, refusal to grant the other side an extension of time for no good reason, confirming in writing positions that were never taken and even trying to bully the judge in his or her own courtroom.” Lawyers aren’t always exactly the nicest people at work, in case you were wondering.

The answer? A civility pledge for new lawyers. The words, “As an officer of the court, I will strive to conduct myself at all times with dignity, courtesy, and integrity,” will be added to the oath new lawyers must swear when they’re admitted to the California state bar.

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Cinco de Mayo’s Cinco de LSAT Tips

Cinco de Mayo is here! It’s kind of like the Fourth of July but with less Bruce Springsteen and more accordions. This holiday has a varied significance, but for us at the LSAT blog, Cinco de Mayo means that there is one month left before the June LSAT. Don’t panic. Panic doesn’t mix well with a belly full of tacos and tequila.

To help you get over the guilt of getting drunk on a Monday, here are five tips to improve your LSAT score:

LSAT Tip Numero Uno: Memorize your Logical Reasoning flaws

The June LSAT will spend at least 50 questions testing your knowledge of a dozen common logical reasoning flaws. Most LSAT questions involve describing, exploiting, fixing, or avoiding flawed reasoning. If you don’t know your flaws, your June LSAT will be more disappointing than a piñata filled with raisins and black licorice.

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Use Bubba Watson as Inspiration to Become an LSAT Master

On Sunday, Bubba Watson captured his second green jacket by winning the 2014 Masters tournament. While golf and the LSAT may not seem to have too much in common (apart from causing incredible amounts of frustration and driving many to drinking), Watson’s performance can be a source of inspiration for LSAT students in several ways.

Tip #1 on Becoming an LSAT Master: Mistake Minimization

Over the course of four days and 72 holes, Bubba Watson finished only one round of golf over-par. Augusta National, the home of the Masters tournament, is one of the most difficult courses in the world, and it is made even more difficult for the Masters. With treacherous, narrow fairways and incredibly fast greens, Augusta National is a true test of every aspect of a player’s game.

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Permissible Assumptions on the LSAT: Part II of II

Last week, we took a look at non-permissible assumptions on the LSAT. For Part II, here’s a breakdown of what you CAN assume…

Permissible Assumptions Part II: What you CAN assume on the LSAT

Let’s contrast Part I’s ulcer question with Question 6, Section 4, from the February 1995 LSAT.

Outside knowledge is verboten on the LSAT, but you are allowed to use common sense. For instance, no person in the world would disagree that grass is green or that people would tend to seek pleasure and avoid pain. These sorts of common-sense assumptions can come into play on LSAT questions.

The question from PT 57 hinges on whether someone with an ulcer is going to get a prescription for it.

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Two Weeks Until the February LSAT: Ready to Roll, Right?

The February LSAT is 15 days away. Catch your breath. It’s going to be OK.

By now you should have covered everything that’s going to be on the LSAT. Your job over the next two weeks is to put it all together. If it’s not quite there as of now, that’s OK.

It’s normal not to feel ready yet. This weekend, because you need to know where you stand and you need to practice taking full tests, you should take at least one LSAT practice test. No, you don’t get to watch the Pro Bowl. But let’s be honest: Would you even be tempted to watch the Pro Bowl if you didn’t have LSAT studying to procrastinate?

Review those LSAT practice tests verrrry carefully. You can improve on the score, but you need to figure out where that improvement needs to come from.

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12 Tasks That Will Turn You Into an LSAT Hercules

The Legend of Hercules opens in theaters today. In honor of this latest rehashed plot, here are the 12 Herculean LSAT Tasks that will forgive you for the sins you’ve committed against your LSAT score — like taking practice tests in the afternoon, or doing them in pen.

Herculean LSAT Task I: Memorize the Common LSAT Logical Reasoning Flaws

For your first Herculean LSAT task, I want you to memorize all of the common LSAT Logical Reasoning Flaws. On any given LSAT, knowing these flaws will be the key to getting the right answer for at least 40 questions. Let that sink in.

Blueprint LSAT Prep students, you know where to find these in your books.

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The February LSAT is Weird, But Weird Can Be Good

If you plan on taking the February LSAT, then today would be a good day to start studying. But, if you’re superstitious about doing anything on Friday the 13th, or you’re not sure about taking the February LSAT, then I have some advice for you.

The February LSAT is kind of weird. For all the other LSAT administrations you will have exactly one “experimental” section, but for the February LSAT the whole thing, in two ways, is “experimental.”

First, some of the content might be slightly weird or unusual. Maybe you’ll get a prompt that’s going to be hard to pin to a question type. Maybe a weird Logic Game intro will show up. Such things shouldn’t be a major issue for you. If anything truly weird or unusual comes up, it will be weird and unusual for everyone, and the LSAT score “curve” will reflect this.