Tag Archive: arguments

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If You’re Studying for the LSAT, Memorize this List

In an episode of Bob’s Burgers, Tina spends all night practicing a song and dance for her book report on Call of the Wild (which she didn’t read).”You’ll be fine,” says Tina’s mom. “Just remember all the steps … memorize all the lyrics … and don’t mess it up.” For the most part, memorizing for the LSAT has a lot in common with practicing for a report on a book you didn’t read. You’ll be a lot better off working through actual LSAT questions (or just doing the reading for your book report) than you will be trying to take shortcuts.

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The Typical Argument Types Typically Go Wrong on the LSAT

Describe questions (questions that ask of an argument’s “method of reasoning” or how the argument “proceeds”) have kind of a funny place on the LSAT. On the one hand, they’re not terribly common. You might see a couple on test day, or you might just as easily not see any at all. But the skill they test, describing reasoning with the subject matter abstracted out, is important to a lot of things on the LSAT.

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Breaking Down Arguments Like a Pro

Studying for the LSAT is a difficult and time-consuming pursuit. For one thing, it takes a long time to build familiarity with the way the test is set up. Furthermore, unlike most of the tests people have experienced their academic careers, the LSAT tests skills, not knowledge — so you can’t rote-memorize your way to a good LSAT score.

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The LSAT is all about analyzing arguments. Here are some shortcuts.

The folks at LSAC are very good at making a tricky test that (in combination with college GPA) correlates to some degree with first-year law school grades. But creative, they ain’t. As you continue studying for the LSAT, you’ll notice that the test uses the same argument structures over and over.

This is good news for you, the studious test-taker.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.20.15

A) Law School Lowdown continues their exploration of argument structures in LSAT Logical Reasoning. US News and World Report

B) You may think legal hiring is all about law school prestige these days, but it’s nothing compared to back in Don Draper’s day. Above The Law

C) A young JD offers firsthand advice on how to get a job on Capitol Hill before law school. If this were 1998, I’d make a Monica Lewinsky joke here. JDCOT

D) I hope I’m not the only one who finds the Silk Road trial fascinating. Because if I am, all you MSS readers are going to get awfully tired of me linking to stuff about it. Here’s a recap of the first week of the trial. TechCrunch

E) SNL is really upping the making-fun-of-Justin-Bieber game. Variety