I got a 150; Should I retake the LSAT?
I get angsty emails each December, as law school prospects decide whether to apply now or retake the LSAT, putting their applications off for another year. Here’s one, from Angela S., a student in my online class:
I got my LSAT score back a few months ago, and I got a disappointing 150. I had been testing between 153-156 steadily and my last test before the big test was a 157! (My starting point had been a 140.) I’ve been having a hard time with deciding to re-take or not. The LSAT bracket I am in is 149-153 for LSAC, and say I retook it and got a 155 or 156, I would only move up one more bracket…. I know there are some schools that I could do really well at, but they would never even look at my application because of my LSAT score.
Short answer: Hell yes, you should retake! Nobody wants to put off law school for another year, but you absolutely should not let one bad day determine the entire course of your professional and financial future.Read more
Yelp review of the week: Luke from Seattle, WA
Thanks so much to Luke Ryan in Seattle, who just posted a really great review on Yelp. Luke did the online course, then took the December 2013 LSAT. Sounds like he nailed it!
Luke’s review follows, but he’s also kindly offered to speak directly to anybody considering working with me. He’s at firstname.lastname@example.org and (703) 217-3487.Read more
Live from the December 2013 LSAT
I’m starting to get reports from today’s official LSAT. Short summary: Easy games and “bitch-ass RC.” I’ll share more as I learn more, but here’s what I’ve heard so far:Read more
Conquering the LSAT’s Logic Games, One Life at a Time
Think you suck at the LSAT’s logic games? I agree! I’m sure you do suck. But if it makes you feel any better, you also suck at tons of other things. I can hear you now: ”Nathan, you suck at blogging. Nice job insulting your reader, ass.”Read more
December 2013 LSAT jitters? You're not alone
Shitting bricks about the December 2013 LSAT? You shouldn’t be, if you’ve put in the weeks/months of practice time that most students need. And if you haven’t put in the time? Well, it’s too late anyway. Either way, there’s no point in defacating masonry. Here are a couple letters from students lined up to take this Saturday’s test, along with my advice.Read more
June 2001 (PT 34) Logic Game 4, Questions 19-24 (Souderton and Randsborough)
Here’s another game that appears on most lists of “Logic Games That Make Me Want to Kill Myself.” Many students get so perplexed by this one that they actually believe that there are errors in it. It’s a shame, because the same students that think the game contains a mistake are right on the brink of discovering the game’s biggest inference. Enjoy!
October 2013 LSAT — What I’ve heard so far
I had about 30 students sit for the test yesterday, and the reports are starting to trickle in. Below, I’ll post what I’ve heard so far. Keep in mind that I’ve been working with an exceptionally talented group these last three months… these people make my job easy, by being so bright and working so damn hard.
I’ll start with an amusing report from a student who I talked off the ledge a few days before the test… she was having a panic attack and ready to give up on the test entirely. I talked her into sitting for the exam, and it looks like she came through it pretty well.Read more
June 2003 (PT 40) Logic Game 3, Questions 11-17 (Zephyr Airlines)
This game shows up on most lists of “Top Ten Most Difficult Games of All Time, OMG, FML, etcetera,” but it’s simply not that hard as long as you improvise. Yes, if you attempt to force this game into a typical grouping game diagram you will get screwed… what you need is a map. Hope this helps!Read more
"Breaking the LSAT" audio interview (Part 3)
Here’s the third and final installment of my audio interview with Jacob Erez. I really enjoyed doing the interview… I hope you find it helpful.