Should I Retake the LSAT?

law school study group, lsat, retake the lsatShould I Retake the LSAT? Many LSAT takers, unhappy with their scores,  wonder if they should retake the LSAT.

The general rule is that a person cannot take the LSAT more than three times in a two year period (regardless of whether you cancel your scores or do not report them) but there are exceptions to this rule – a notable one being that if your prospective law school approves you retaking the test, you will be able to.  However, assuming you do not yet fall into that category, retaking the LSAT is not frowned upon nearly as much now as it used to be ten years ago. UPDATE: THIS HAS CHANGED! You are now allowed to take the LSAT as many times as you want. Continue reading Should I Retake the LSAT?

What to Do the Day Before the LSAT: Ten Tips to Maximize your LSAT score!

day before the LSATWhat to Do the Day Before the LSAT: Ten Tips to Maximize your LSAT score!

We know that it is not quite the day before the LSAT when we are writing this post, but we figured we’d write it a little early in case you are wondering how you should plan to spend your time the day before the LSAT.

In this post, we give you ten tips to maximize your LSAT score. It comes down to: not stressing out, and getting prepared–both physically and mentally–for the test day. Spending your time wisely the day before the LSAT can give you an extra boost in your LSAT score. Continue reading What to Do the Day Before the LSAT: Ten Tips to Maximize your LSAT score!

Pre-Law and 1L Tip: When to Avoid Using Passive Voice in Legal Writing

bar exam appealsThe Perils of Passive Voice in Legal Writing

As a first-year student in law school, (1L),  your schedule will include several required courses. One of the most important classes which you will take is Legal Writing. In Legal Writing, students learn how to conduct legal research, and how to write both objectively (i.e., legal memoranda) and, as an advocate (e.g., a trial brief or an appellate brief). (We will discuss writing objectively and as an advocate another time.) Continue reading Pre-Law and 1L Tip: When to Avoid Using Passive Voice in Legal Writing

What College Classes will Prepare me for Law School and the LSAT?

pre-law, law school prep, lsatWhat College Classes will prepare me for Law School?

If you are considering applying to law school, or taking the LSAT, you may be wondering what college courses you should take in order to prepare for these two. In order to appeal to admissions officers, you should display that you have challenged yourself with a thorough, comprehensive course of study–specifically, one that will help you meet the challenges of law school. Continue reading What College Classes will Prepare me for Law School and the LSAT?

The Summer Before Law School: Build Your Confidence

pre-law, lsat, summer before law schoolThere are many things you can do over the summer before law school to prepare for law school (and we will be going through some of these tips in our upcoming blog posts).

However, one of the hardest things about law school is that you are thrown into a different world. You will be speaking in public when you are called on, whether you like it or not. You will be expected to write, clearly, articulately, and well. You will need to keep your physical health up (exercise, sleep, and eat healthy) to maintain your mind. Basically, you will be challenged in some way and likely many ways! Continue reading The Summer Before Law School: Build Your Confidence

A Scholarship for Pre-Law Students and Law Students! Write for Money!

bar exam appealsA Scholarship for Pre-Law Students and Law Students! Write for Money!

Are you going to law school, or already in law school?  Do you like writing? The law firm, Goodwin & Scieszka, a personal injury firm in Birmingham, Michigan, is offering $2,000 in scholarships to pre-law students and law students. So if you are planning on going to law school, or if you are in law school, it is worth it to consider applying for this scholarship.  Applicants for the scholarship are judged both on their academic merits as well as their essays. Continue reading A Scholarship for Pre-Law Students and Law Students! Write for Money!

Overcoming Law School Test Anxiety and Bar Exam Anxiety —A New Tip that May Surprise You

bar exam anxietyOvercoming Law School Test Anxiety and Bar Exam Anxiety — A New Tip that May Surprise You. 

Whether you are taking the LSAT, law school final exams, or the bar exam, you may feel test anxiety. Some students feel debilitated by anxiety and panic, miss questions, and fail because of their anxiety or get a lower score than they otherwise would. Continue reading Overcoming Law School Test Anxiety and Bar Exam Anxiety —A New Tip that May Surprise You

When to Take the LSAT — JD Advising

clockThe  Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered four times a year: February, June, October (sometimes late September), and December. Keep in mind that although people spread rumors about one particular LSAT administration being easier or harder than others,  no one LSAT administration is consistently easier or harder. So do not base when you take the LSAT on rumors about the test! Continue reading When to Take the LSAT — JD Advising

Applying to Law School with a Low Undergraduate GPA? Here is what you should do!

bar examAre you applying to law school with a low undergraduate GPA? First, know that you are not alone. Several students apply to (and get into!) law school with a lower-than-they’d-like undergraduate GPA.  In fact, since there are fewer applications to law school now then there were, say, ten years ago, you are even more likely to get accepted at a decent school despite a lower GPA (and perhaps even get a scholarship at some law schools!).

(Note that it is important to be realistic. Some schools where the competition is super-stiff, like Harvard, Yale, etc., are unlikely to accept you without a near-perfect application. However, you still have a shot at very decent law schools, especially if you are applying when law school applications are down, like they are now!) Continue reading Applying to Law School with a Low Undergraduate GPA? Here is what you should do!

Why it is Worth it to Invest in an LSAT Tutor

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There are many parts to a law school application – GPA, LSAT score, personal statement, letters of reference, among others. However, the most important factors are, no doubt, your undergraduate GPA and your LSAT score.

Most law schools weigh your LSAT score and your undergraduate GPA approximately equally when deciding whether to admit you. This means, shockingly enough, that four years of undergrad is weighted the same as a four-hour exam.  Every hour of that exam is worth a year of undergrad. That is crazy. But that is the system. Continue reading Why it is Worth it to Invest in an LSAT Tutor

Figure Out Your Law School Goals: Make a Law School Bucket List

law school bucket listWritten by the #1 law student

When I went to law school my only goal was to graduate at the top of my class. I figured if I graduated as the #1 student in my class, I would have the maximum number of opportunities available to me. (Ironically, I was never interested with most of the opportunities that come with graduating at the top of your class—i.e. working at a big law firm. I didn’t even want to practice law after law school!).

I don’t regret making that a goal because I did find to be very worthwhile to achieve the top class ranking. (And to teach others how to follow suit, we developed this law school prep course that teaches students skills to graduate at the top of their class.)  However, there are plenty of other worthy law school goals to think about as you get ready for law school. We recommend you compile them into a law school bucket list—a list of things you may want to do when you are in law school. Continue reading Figure Out Your Law School Goals: Make a Law School Bucket List

How to Be Average in Law School

student-849822_640How to Be Average in Law School: If you are in law school or planning on going to law school, you may wonder, how can I be mediocre? What can I do to graduate smack-dab in the middle of my class, with a lot of debt, a crappy shot at passing the bar exam and not a lot of job opportunities? In this post, we tell you what you can do in law school to come out with an unimpressive GPA.
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