Tag Archive: september

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Oh crap. It’s September. I’m not ready.

Maybe you’ve been prepping for the September LSAT but your practice test scores are well below where you’d like them to be. Maybe you intended to take the September test, but time got away from you, and suddenly the registration deadline was long gone. Maybe you were planning on taking the December LSAT all along. Either way, fear not – taking the December LSAT is not the disadvantage many 0Ls seem to think it is.

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The 2014 LSAT Awards

With 2014 almost through, it’s time for us to hand out the LSATys – our annual awards recognizing things that stood out on this year’s LSATs. So put on your finest and get ready to walk the red carpet. We’ll award each of the following a golden #2 pencil. Or maybe just a regular #2 pencil.

Biggest WTF moment
Every LSAT has hard questions. It’s normal to leave the test center shaking your head at a few of them. But the fourth Logic Game on the June 2014 exam elicited the biggest collective freak-out in a while, possibly since the infamous mauve dinosaurs “dropped” in June 2009.  The game isn’t impossible, and LSAC has put out similar games in the past, but still: that game was weird.

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Number of LSAT Takers Drops to Historical Low

Four times a year, as regular as sunrise and sunset, LSAC releases the number of LSATs administered on the most recent test date. This year’s no different, as they’ve just released the numbers for the September LSAT. And guess what: they’re down. For those of us who have been following the LSAT over the last few years, this isn’t a surprise.

30,943 aspiring lawyers took the most recent exam. That’s down 8.1% from last year in the same time period. More significantly, it’s down a pretty insane 49.1% from the 60,746 who took the LSAT in October 2009. Think about that for a second. That’s a huge decline in only five years.

Even more astoundingly, it’s the fewest recorded September/October test-takers since LSAC began publishing results in 1987.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.24.14

Natural intelligence is not enough to score well on the LSAT. But what about Artificial Intelligence? PreLaw Magazine

Uh oh. Whittier Law School is questioning their own professors. Above The Law

The number of September LSAT takers was down again. Wall Street Journal

10 tips to maximize your experience at a law school fair. Ms. JD

If you’re only going to watch one movie about T-Rexes with laser beams on their heads this winter, I recommend this one. io9

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You Bombed the September LSAT… What Now?

We here at Most Strongly Supported hope that all of our readers awaiting a September LSAT score received good news this week. However, sometimes – for whatever reason – a score might fall short of your hopes and expectations. If you are in that unfortunate position, you may be trying to decide what your next steps should be.

This post is for you, my friend.

If your LSAT score wasn’t what you hoped, you may be considering whether to retake the test in December. Here are some factors to keep in mind as you make that decision:

1. When are you applying?

Let’s get one potential objection to retaking out of the way: the December LSAT will still allow you to apply during this admissions cycle.

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Study Tips for Retaking the December LSAT

You took the LSAT once. Now you need to take it again. It goes without saying that you’d like to do better this time. What about all that material you used the first time? Here’s how you can make the most of your old prep material, and plan your attack for the next test.

Your first step should be to make a quick inventory of the LSAT PrepTests you haven’t touched any of the questions from. Set aside a bunch of these, preferably the more recent ones, to use as timed practice tests. Since you haven’t seen these questions, they’ll be the best indication of where you’re really scoring. Then make a schedule and spread these tests out out between now and test day.

That leaves all the LSAT questions you’ve done already. You might think that you’ve spoiled these questions by doing them; that they’re devoid of the worth they once had. You’d be wrong.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.20.14

With September LSAT scores coming out sometime today, it’s time to evaluate whether you should re-take. US News & World Report

Learn how to love the absurdly unrealistic law school in How To Get Away With Murder. Above The Law

How to tackle the “Why X School” application essay. Wait… X School? Because you have mutant powers, obviously. The Girl’s Guide to Law School

An Oklahoma court ruled that Facebook is not a valid way to let people know you’re pregnant. But try telling that to my friends from high school. Wall Street Journal

The NYPD is no match for their own escaped horse. Gawker

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Logical Reasonings / 10.13.14

The benefits of law school for a public policy career. US News & World Report

If you’re anxiously awaiting your September LSAT score, check out this timetable for previous score release dates. Manhattan LSAT

A New York law professor talks about the Uniform Bar Exam. Above The Law

That’s enough, Pumpkin Spice! Wall Street Journal

The best school rankings list yet… Clickhole

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September LSAT Recap: Final Thoughts

As of now, all that’s left from the September LSAT is to wait for the scores. The test has been administered, and the deadline to cancel your score has come and gone.

Let’s then go through one last recap of the September LSAT before scores come out, and also discuss what the September LSAT means for those studying for December.

From the impressions I’ve been able to gather, the September LSAT seems to have been fairly unremarkable. There were hard questions, of course, but nothing that had everyone screaming on the way out of the test center, like, say, the fourth Logic Game on the June LSAT.

Over in Logic Games land, there seems to be a rough consensus that the hardest games weren’t all that horribly bad, and that none of the games were terribly unusual.

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Apply to Law School with a Poor LSAT Score or Wait Until the Next Exam?

So you didn’t get the score you wanted on the September LSAT, and you’re planning on retaking in December in the hope of improving your score.  You and lots and lots of other people! What’s the best move for your application timeline?  Should you submit now with your existing score, or hold off until you have your December score?

I recommend submitting your applications with your September score, even if you think you’ll be retaking the test. You could always hold off on submitting until the December score comes in, or you could submit with September but ask the schools to hold off on reviewing your file until then (which is effectively the same as not submitting until the score arrives).