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The Ins and Outs of LSAT Score Release

As if taking the LSAT isn’t stressful enough, LSAC has apparently endeavored to make the process of releasing LSAT scores as anxiety-producing and uncertain as possible. It’s as if the evil geniuses at LSAC realize they only have one more chance to toy with your emotions, and are taking full advantage of the opportunity. Here’s a run-down of what to expect (and not to expect) when you’re expecting an LSAT score.

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Cancel my LSAT score? Don’t? Help!

Congratulations on finishing the June LSAT! For some, completion of the test is a cathartic and happy experience. For others, it is accompanied by dread and anxiety. If you’re in the latter camp, you might be thinking about cancelling your score. This post is dedicated to helping you understand how to go about making that decision and, if necessary, how to cancel your 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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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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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.