Tag Archive: score

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Hey, Blueprint! What LSAT score do I need?

The LSAT, as you may know, is not a pass/fail exam. Rather, it’s based on a scale of 120 to 180. If you get a 120, you won’t be going to law school, and, if you get a 180, you pretty much have your pick of schools to go to. Not surprisingly, most people don’t get within 10 points of either extreme. Very often I get the question from a student, “What LSAT score do I need?” Well, that depends on a few things. So, let me ask you a few questions, and maybe we can figure it out together.

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Before you cancel that February LSAT score…

Over the course of my first three semesters of law school, I have never walked out of an exam feeling like I performed well. Usually, I go home after a test, wallow in despair and self-pity, go out and get a drink (okay, fine, drinks), come back and wallow in despair and self-pity, and then wait for the sweet solace of sleep so that I can resume studying in the morning. Rinse and repeat. My experience with the LSAT was largely the same.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.5.15

A) There’s a new law school ranking. The twist? This one is GLOBAL!!! Above the Law

B) And here’s a list of schools with the most competitive LSAT scores. No real twist here… OR IS THERE? (There’s not.) U.S. News and World Report

C) New York is switching from a state-specific bar exam to the Uniform Bar Exam. What a bunch of copycats. Wall Street Journal

D) Workaholics and people-who-are-good-at-faking-being-workaholics are the highest performers at a high-level consultancy. But those who requested lighter hours and more flexibility were hurt by it. New York Times

E) If you’re like me, you’ll never get tired of Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray impression. Late Show with David Letterman

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So Your LSAT Diagnostic Score Sucks

As winter becomes spring, many of you will soon be sitting down to take your first practice LSAT. This is the universal first step, and more often than not, it’s a fairly painful one.

Not to be a big downer, but taking an LSAT with little or no preparation is a humbling experience, not unlike stepping into a boxing ring for the first time. Going in, you might feel confident, even excited. After all, you’ve seen plenty of boxing in the movies, so you know the drill – jab, hook, etc. And then the bell rings and someone starts hitting you really hard, and you’re like, “Wait… hang on… ow!… Oh, I see. I suck.”

After that, maybe you quit boxing and try something lower impact. It’s kind of barbaric anyway, you think. You try swimming. Apparently it’s good for your joints.

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What To Do When You Backslide

While preparing for the LSAT, you may find that you’ve suddenly mastered a section of the test that you’d been having problems with, resulting in a rapid score increase in a very short period of time. This is wonderful, and will confirm many things you suspected were true: you are a genius, you are as charismatic as Chris Pratt, and you are destined to clerk for and become BFFs with the Notorious RBG.

And then you might find that, after a week of riding high, you’re getting answers wrong in the section you thought you’d conquered and your score backslides. This will make you question many things: Were you really switched at birth with a better, LSAT wizard of a baby? Is the Earth actually flat?  And just how notorious is RBG anyway?

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March Median Madness

The NCAA tournament is upon us, and your bracket is probably already busted. (Thanks, UAB!) Yup, picking basketball teams at this time of year is a crapshoot. But have you ever wondered what the bracket would look like if you picked schools by their median LSAT score?

What’s that? You haven’t wondered that at all? Well, we must have more time on our hands than you do. Probably because you’re studying for the LSAT. So we filled out a whole 64-team bracket based on law school median LSAT score.

A couple of notes:
Only 42 of the 64 colleges in this year’s field actually have law schools. Any school that doesn’t was disqualified.

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What I Learned From Bombing the LSAT

As part of a continuing series of LSAT diaries, new Blueprint instructor Andrew Kravis tells us about the lessons he learned from his first LSAT. Find thoughts from two other instructors in Part 1 and Part 2.

The first time I took the LSAT, I was 19. It was the fall of my junior year of undergrad at the University of Michigan, and I was set to graduate the following spring with an English degree and a foggy idea of what I wanted to do with my life. As an insecure kid who measured his self-worth entirely on the basis of academic performance, naturally I locked in on applying to master’s programs. I researched the best schools for comparative literature and queer theory, booked campus visits, and set dates to take the GRE and the GRE Subject Test in Literature in English.

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February LSAT Scores Are Out!

If you took the February LSAT, you probably already know that scores were released surprisingly late last night. While it’s not unprecendented for LSAC to start sending out e-mails late in the evening, that’s probably not much solace to the thousands of LSAT sitters who were literally waiting by the figurative phone.

That said, if you were one of the the folks waiting on LSAC’s bureaucratic machinery, we hope you at least got the score you were shooting for. if you did, congratulations are in order.

If you fell short, of course, the frustrating part about the February LSAT is that you’ll never know what you got wrong. Questions, answers, and even the curve will all remain undisclosed — lost to history like the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids or who shot Mr. Burns.

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Should I Cancel My February LSAT?

To cancel or not to cancel. That is the question.

The answer is probably not.

One of my fellow LSAT instructors once almost ended up canceling what turned out to be a 180. Why? Well, he felt a bit weird after the test. Luckily, he realized that it was just nerves, fatigue, and post-LSAT mush head messing with him.

But here’s how you can think rationally about canceling. Write down how many questions you honestly think you missed per section. If you felt like the logic games section went as it normally goes for you, then take off however many questions you usually miss.

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Who Does Your LSAT Prep Course Hire?

Did you read the real live job posting seeking LSAT instructors above? If not, take a minute to familiarize (or perhaps horrify) yourself.

Are you back now? Good.

Faces and names have been blurred to protect the, well… not the innocent. No, certainly not. For they are guilty! Guilty of hiring instructors who have no business teaching the LSAT.

You want to be a lawyer. You need a great score on the LSAT to get into a great school to get a great job to be fabulously wealthy to show all those jerks at your high school reunion how much better you are at life than they are. The first step in that glorious chain of victory is every bit as important as all the other steps.