Tag Archive: scores

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This Week’s Best Pre-Law Links

The internet is like the Grand Canyon: massive, awe-inspiring, occasionally shitty, and impossible to see the whole thing. To help out with that last one, I’ve collected some of my favorite pre-law related stories from the past couple weeks for your edification. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

The Smartest People Are Opting Out of Law School
There are two ways to look at this article. One is that all the smarties have realized that law school does not guarantee a six-figure income like we once thought, and have decided to pursue a more certain career path, like engineering or grave-digging. The other is that a good LSAT score is worth more now that it ever has been. If you want to be a lawyer and you can ace the test, you’ll have your pick of schools and scholarships, and will be able to set yourself up for better opportunities than you ever could have during the law school boom of the early aughts.

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How Would Presidents Have Scored on the LSAT?

Here’s a post-President’s Day fact for you: did you know that twenty six of our nation’s Commanders-In-Chief were lawyers before they were elected?

It’s no surprise that our radically litigious nation would elect so many lawyers to the highest office of the land. But prior to King Obama’s ascendance, Bill Clinton’s debauchery, or William Howard Taft’s Supreme Court appointment, each was a hand-wringing, anxious law school applicant. Just like you.

How did each of these Presidents fare on their LSATs? In most cases it’s hard to say, in part because the LSAT has only existed in its current form since 1991. However, armed with Google and a bit of reckless speculation, we can make some semi-educated guesses as to how they’d have performed.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.6.15

A) How to get a job after law school. Useful. Ms. JD

B) How to get a public interest job after law school. More useful. Or entirely not useful. Depends on the reader, I guess. Above The Law

C) Since 2010, 95 percent of law schools have lowered their LSAT admissions standards, including 20 of US News‘s top 22 schools. BusinessWeek

D) SCOTUS returns from winter break this week and their upcoming docket is jam-packed full of important cases. Time to put aside your cool new Frozen gear and get back to work, Scalia. Constitution Center

E) I hereby challenge Bradley Cooper to an air guitar contest. I await your response, Mr. Cooper. Vulture

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Reader Question: What To Do About Inconsistent Practice LSATs?

Here’s a common LSAT question from one of the preppers over at Top-Law-Schools:

I’m having difficulties scoring consistently in each section. What I mean by that is that my score for the overall test will remain in a steady range (166-169), but the score I get per section will fluctuate. For example, I usually get -5 or -7 per RC section but the PT I wrote today, I ended up with a -2. However, I ended up with a -7 on both LR sections today whereas I usually end up with -3. It seems that this PT may have been anomaly, but this trend has been occurring on a few of my PTs. Anyone have tips on how to stay more consistent?

This is one of the more frustrating issues that can arise when preparing for the LSAT.

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How Did You Do on the September LSAT?

Yesterday was the last major milestone in the circle of September LSAT prep (naaaaants ingonyama bagithi baba): score release day.

After weeks of anxiety, preppers got to experience just a little bit more — one final gift from LSAC — as scores rolled out painfully slowly, amid reports of crashes on the LSAC website. But hopefully the wait was worth it.

The September curve came in at -12 (that’s twelve wrong answers for a score of 170), slightly less generous than the previous two LSAT’s, but still more lenient than the historical average. This makes some amount of sense, as most of what we’ve heard suggests a fairly middle of the road exam: no outrageously difficult or surprising sections, but nothing that could be called a cakewalk, either.

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2014 September LSAT: The Morning Cometh

The September LSAT is over! Let’s take a moment to celebrate on behalf of everyone who conquered the LSAT beast.

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to take a closer look at the test. Those of us who didn’t tangle with the LSAT yesterday have been scouring the interwebs for the hot gossip on the test. While test-takers are forbidden by LSAC from discussing specifics, generalities are A-OK, so we can get a sense of the general consensus.

Just as in June, most of the buzz about this test seems to be focusing on the Logic Games section. Based on what we’ve heard, the games weren’t extraordinarily difficult, but they were more time-consuming than usual. There wasn’t necessarily a super-quick and relatively easy game, as there often is, which led in some cases to difficulty with finishing the section.

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2014 September LSAT Instant Recap

You did it. The September LSAT is over. Take a moment to celebrate.

Gif via USA Today

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… How did it go?

In the comments below, let us know your feelings about today’s LSAT. How difficult did you find it? Which section(s) tripped you up? Did anything crazy happen at your testing center? How awesome is that soccer coach GIF?

We want to hear your thoughts.

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LSAT Survey: Students Value Prestige Above All Else

Every year, we here at Blueprint – in partnership with Above The Law’s Career Center – survey our LSAT prep students to get an idea of how they feel about some aspect of their law school journey. In the past, we’ve gathered their thoughts on everything from their admissions chances to the prospect of an online LSAT administration.

This year’s survey was sent to the thousands of students currently enrolled in our summer course, who are in the midst of preparing for the September 27th LSAT. It focused on how they plan to choose their law school, and the effect they believe that choice will have on their career prospects.

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Maximizing the Last Month of LSAT Preparation

It’s the final countdown (until the September LSAT). With just one month of study time remaining as of today, now is a great time for students to take stock of their progress and evaluate the best ways to proceed with their studies.

Where You Should Be
When I took the LSAT, I carefully kept up with my Blueprint course and saw some improvements fairly early on, but I was never sure if I was improving quickly enough. In retrospect, here’s what I would’ve told myself one month out from the exam to calm my nerves:

First off, don’t worry too much about performances on practice tests. You should see your biggest improvements in the final two weeks before the exam. If you’re not where you want to be at this juncture, you can use that as motivation to study harder, but don’t let yourself panic.

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June 2012 Score Release Date is Here!

For those of you who weren’t already obsessively refreshing your LSAC account and GMail, scores are starting to be released for the June 2012 LSAT.

Initial reports are saying that a question was removed from scoring. This is the same as it never having been on the test at all – whether you got it right or wrong, it won’t affect your score in any way.