Tag Archive: Tips

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LSAT Test Day: What to Eat

We’re less than one week away from ¡THE BIGGEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!, and one of the most important things to do is eat right on Monday. And this is coming from a guy who eats M&Ms for breakfast everyday (in a bowl with milk, with a spoon), so believe me, I’m serious. You’re about to get a three-hour long brain humping courtesy of the good people of Newtown, PA, and you need to be on your feet. So not eating breakfast is really not an option. You want something that is going to stick with you, so granola and yogurt is probably a better option than Cap’n Crunch. Eggs are probably a good idea, hash browns maybe not so much. Coffee is obviously important, but be careful to not drink too much or you’ll have to constantly pee. I have a sort of nutty student with a Capri Sun-sized bladder who developed a system of “tea shots,” where she brews 2 ounces of extra strong tea so that she gets the caffeine without the liquid. I had another who swore by those 5-Hour Energy shots that you get in gas stations. The important thing is that you’re fully alert and energized for when section one begins, so plan out your morning consumption in advance.

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Studying with Rod: Top Five Sacrifices Before the LSAT

Hello to all of you out there who are in the trenches of LSAT preparation. You have a week and a half before test day, and if you are taking the actual LSAT at Pepperdine on June 7th, then I will see you there. I will be the guy in the nose and mustache disguise in an attempt to throw off my tens of fans across the Southland. Imagine that one of your professors told you that an exam was still 11 days away. Plenty of time, right? Alas, as you have heard, the LSAT is not like other exams in college. They say you can’t cram for it, because it tests a skill and a specific way of thinking and not a set of facts or concepts. I tend to agree with this sentiment, but I also think that 11 days is an eternity. As Rubin tells Josh in Road Trip, “I can teach Japanese to a monkey in 46 hours.”

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How to Work Full Time and Take the LSAT

Growing up, I was just your average Korean girl. Great grades, piano and flute lessons, tutoring younger students, sports, and dreams of being a lawyer/doctor/something lucrative and socially impressive filled my life. I graduated from UCLA, had a brief stint at a “fun job”, and then got my first big girl job at a medical malpractice insurance company. After working there for a couple years, I decided that the next logical step in my big girl life was to get ready to go to law school.

Initially, I tried to prepare by buying a prep book from the bookstore and taking it to the beach to study. Three skip-and-go-nakeds and two tan shades darker, I realized that I needed something a bit more structured to prepare for this test. After furiously researching my options (i.e. asking a friend and doing no further research), I enrolled myself in Blueprint.

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Why You Should Take the LSAT Immediately, if not Sooner

Some people see the glass half-empty, while others see it half-full. I myself typically just chug the whole thing then fill it up again. Philosophical positions aside, a new wave of half-empty sensibilities has breached the legal community in recent weeks. The Wall Street Journal has recently published an article detailing the dire straits of employment among 2010 law grads. The next day the ABA journal presented basically the same piece but with comments enabled, which ended up being far more interesting and informative than the article itself. The shock value centerpiece was the story of Fabian Ronisky, a Norhwestern Law Graduate who, unable to procure any sort of legal position, has resorted to selling media online at his parents’ house. (I’m pretty sure I went to high school with the pariah in question, but like any righteously paranoid, self-protecting law student should, he doesn’t have a facebook account, so that pretty much exhausts my investigation on that matter).

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Three Weeks Until the LSAT: Time to get Serious

Yesterday was the last day to postpone your June LSAT date, so as of today you’re officially in it to win it. By this point (three weeks from the big day), you should have been studying a lot, and have hopefully seen some significant improvement. That’s awesome, but there’s no reason to think that the improvement is over. Three weeks is a lot of time, during which you can continue to raise and stabilize your score. A few things to keep in mind, though, as you head forward:

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Celebrating the End of 1L: a Discussion of Grades

For the second time in less than a month, I bring you a post about grades. However, as I’ve said before, the topic has been a pretty strong under current since starting.  So, as I wrap up my 1L experience, I share with you the two things I wish I knew before starting, and the one question we all still have.
Disclaimer: You will not believe a word of this post until after you have finished your first year.  Don’t worry, I wouldn’t have either.

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Studying with Rod: Starting to Freak Out about the LSAT?

You know it, I know it. We all know it. It is less than a month until the LSAT. What if I were to tell you that you could get an extra TWENTY DAYS of studying, in addition to seeing one of the most beautiful places on Earth? “I would be interested, Rod, verrrry interested.” There is a way. You have until midnight eastern time (that’s 6:00 PM for you Hawaiians out there) on May 16th to change your testing location. Now I’m not talking about switching your location from downtown LA to the Inland Empire (though that would be exciting, and scenic), I’m talking about packing up that suitcase with some flip flops and dingo repellent and heading to New Zealand to take your LSAT. And here are 5 undeniably awesome reasons why:

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What to Watch while the LSAT Makes your Brain Melt

As we’re getting into the last month before the LSAT, it’s time for some fairly intense studying. You should be doing your practice in long, uninterrupted chunks; gone are the days of half-assedly doing LR in front of the TV, just getting in a game or two on the bus, or doing reading comp high. Now is the time for focused marathons. But those marathons can tire you out, and you’ll still need breaks here and there. And what we all do, of course, is watch TV. Since I don’t have actual cable, I watch everything on Netflix Watch Instantly. Unless you’re reading this on paper, because someone printed it out for you (and I’m guessing there would be a good story behind that), then you’re probably a member of the 99% of people in the country who have Netflix and some device that streams it to your TV.


One Month until the LSAT: What to Do

With one month to go until the June 7th LSAT, we at MSS have decided to give you a to-do list for the remaining days.

1. Actually start studying reading comprehension.

For some reason, most students feel that reading comprehension is something that will come easily to them (the idea being, apparently, that if you know how to read, and have been reading and comprehending for most of your life, then reading comprehension should be within your wheelhouse). Unfortunately, this is largely not the case, and failing to study reading comprehension means putting yourself in a weaker position than is necessary. You can study and improve in reading comp. Get on it.

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Taking Your Second Practice LSAT

Taking your second practice exam while studying for the LSAT can be a daunting experience. Your first score can be laughed off as the result of not knowing a thing about the test, a sleepless night, a particularly bad episode of LOST (e.g. all of the last season’s episodes), or any other number of reasons.