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Changes to the LSAT Writing Sample, Coming in June

Ever since LSAC announced that it would switch-up the format of the LSAT from the staid, old, traditional pencil-and-paper exam to the gleaming, new digital LSAT, we’ve been covering — quite extensively, I’d say — the changes coming in 2019. But we haven’t yet given proper due to the changes coming for the writing sample, which will debut in June 2019.

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A Take-Home Writing Sample?!

Big news! Since the news came out that the LSAT is going computer-based next year, you might have wondered what’s going to happen to the writing sample. Well, we have news for you. It’s not for sure yet, but it might be an indication of what’s to come.

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Law Students of the World, Unite and Take Over

Recently, after law professors and law students brought to light that some firms make summer associates sign arbitration agreements for employment-related claims, including sexual harassment claims, law students banded together and got a bunch of law schools (including all of the T14 schools) to ask that firms participating in campus recruiting disclose such policies. Hearing about this story made me start thinking about what else the collective bargaining power of law students could accomplish.

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The Logical Rose-ning Section: Your Recap of The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All Special

Rachel Lindsay is a practicing attorney who once took the LSAT. And you, dear reader, are an aspiring attorney who will soon take the LSAT, Rachel Lindsay is also an aspiring married person, serving as the Bachelorette on this season of The Bachelorette, the love story these depraved times deserve. And you, dear reader, may also be an aspiring married person? Either way, you definitely have at least a few things in common with Rachel. So every Tuesday, we’re going to be tracking Rachel’s romantic journey on The Bachelorette, and see what we can learn about love, loss, and the LSAT. Welcome back to the Logical Rose-ning Section.

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The LSAT Writing Sample: What and Why

When I took the LSAT back in 10,000 BC, there was no writing sample. Just five sections of multiple choice fun, and then it was off to drink whiskey until my results came three weeks later. (Okay, I did things besides drink whiskey, but the evening after the LSAT was all whiskey.) Now, and since 2007, there is a sixth, written section to the LSAT.

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The LSAT Writing Sample

When I took the LSAT back in nineteen-dickety-two (actually, 2006), it consisted of five multiple choice sections of thirty-five minutes apiece: one section of Reading Comprehension, one of Logic Games, two of Logical Reasoning, and one Experimental section that constituted an extra unscored section of any one of the three section types. I and most of my LSAT contemporaries felt brutalized by each one of those five sections on test day, and we were glad when it was over.

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3 Things to be Grateful for on the LSAT

Many of you are probably stressed out about your imminent LSAT exam, and I understand. But rather than focus on the negative, I’m going to get in the Thanksgiving spirit and talk about the aspects of the LSAT for which I am grateful.

(I had a really difficult time cutting this list down, so bear with me if your favorite parts of the test aren’t included on here </sarcasm>.)

1. The Writing Sample
Including the writing sample at the end of the LSAT is downright sadistic. After what, for many, is the most intellectually grueling and stressful experiences of their lives, students are asked to spend an extra half hour handwriting an answer to a ridiculous prompt, which may or may not ever actually get read by admission officers.  (I know, I should tell you how I REALLY feel…)

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Logical Reasonings / 11.17.14

We give you the inside scoop on the LSAT writing sample over at Pen and Chisel.

A low GPA doesn’t have to derail your law school applications. US News & World Report

Boston University School of Law is threatening to report thefts from common room refrigerators to the Massachusetts Bar. Wow, the Dean must have really been looking forward to his leftovers. Above the Law

The lawyer who dressed like Thomas Jefferson while defending himself has been disbarred for “inexplicable incompetence.” Yowza. ABA Journal

New York is getting what looks to be frickin’ awesome park. Gothamist