The LSAT is such an important test in determining not only admission into a law school but also whether you will receive a scholarship. Many law schools weight it either as being worth the same or more as your GPA when determining whether to admit you and if you’ll receive a scholarship. That means that one four-hour test is worth basically the same as four years of school! God knows you spend enough time trying to get impressive grades in school that it is worth it to spend the right amount of time studying for the LSAT. Continue reading How Long Should I Study for the LSAT for?
Students frequently ask us “Should I delay taking the LSAT?” Sometimes the answer is yes – and sometimes it is no! There is not a “right” answer to this question. Therefore, we always make a recommendation to students on a case-by-case basis.
If you are reading this post, you may be wondering whether you should delay taking the LSAT Below we list a variety of factors which we suggest you consider. If you do choose to delay taking the LSAT, we also have a few recommendations for how to spend your time wisely during the delay.
Should I hire an LSAT tutor?
Many students ask us, “Should I hire an LSAT tutor?” prior to taking the LSAT. Some are enrolled in a class. Others are studying privately and taking practice LSATs on their own.
The answer is not always a clear “yes” or “no.” It depends on the individual student. In this post, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of hiring an LSAT tutor as well as key questions to ask yourself when deciding whether private LSAT tutoring is right for you. Continue reading Should I Hire an LSAT Tutor?
Many students wonder how to choose an LSAT tutor. An LSAT tutor can be a great resource. A lot of students find LSAT tutors to be more helpful than LSAT classes. A tutor can keep you accountable, they can explain things in an easy-to-understand fashion in a one-on-one setting, and they can directly tailor their LSAT tutoring sessions to your specific needs.
However, not all LSAT tutors are equal! It is important to ask key questions not only to distinguish the “good” tutors from the “bad” tutors but also to find a tutor that fits your needs. All LSAT tutors should have basic qualifications – such as experience tutoring the LSAT, and a high LSAT score themselves. They should also be flexible enough to fit your schedule and tutor at a time and place that is convenient for you. However, you also need to consider what you need. Ask yourself what you are looking to get out of your LSAT tutoring sessions. Do you just want LSAT strategies explained? Or do you also want someone to help you with time management, accountability, and a study schedule? How do you learn? Does this match up with how the LSAT tutor teaches? Thus, even before asking your LSAT tutor the below questions, ask yourself what you are really looking for!
Many students have trouble tackling their first legal writing assignments. Your legal writing class will require you to think, write, and structure your assignments in a different way than you are used to. Many students have difficulty grasping this new way of writing. We recommend that you do your best to improve your legal writing right from the beginning of law school. Your efforts will shine through not only in your legal writing class but also in your other substantive law classes. Thus, below are five legal writing tips for students starting law school. Continue reading Five Legal Writing Tips for Students Starting Law School
Law school is competitive and the legal job market is even more competitive. This doesn’t mean you can’t carve out your own path in life and get a fulfilling job after law school. But it does mean that in order to do so you have to have a game plan from the beginning.
Your law school career counselor can be integral in assisting you to get a job after law school. The law school career counselor at the school I attended was one of the smartest and most caring people I have ever met. She helped current law students as well as already-graduated law students with their job search. She was full of invaluable insight that I never would have known had I not scheduled an appointment with her! Her insight and ideas led me directly to one of my first jobs after law school. Many of my colleagues said the same. Continue reading Law School Tip: Make an Appointment with your Law School Career Counselor ASAP!
Legal writing is by far one of the most important skills you will acquire in law school. Not only will your legal writing skills affect your grade in your legal writing class, but it will also affect your scores on all of your law school exams and the bar exam. Further, it is worth it to invest in your legal writing abilities as they will help you tremendously when you begin to practice law. Many of our students say that they feel confident when they begin their jobs as lawyers because they know how to research, properly cite cases, and write quality legal memorandums and briefs.
Our legal writing tutors will help you excel at legal writing even before law school begins! They are practicing attorneys who have been on law review, moot court, and have plenty of experience with legal writing. If you sign up for our legal writing prep course, you will learn: Continue reading Legal Writing Prep Course
Before Starting Law School: Legal Writing Tips
Being able to effectively articulate whatever it is you are trying to convey is arguably one of the most important skills a lawyer must possess. Whether you are trying to argue a specific position or merely informing the reader about a topic, being able to do so in an eloquent way is an expectation in the legal world. It is also an expectation in law school. If you struggle with legal writing, you may struggle to get high grades in not only your legal writing classes but also your other substantive law classes. Writing is a very important part of law school. Continue reading Before Starting Law School: Legal Writing Tips
We are excited to introduce our new legal writing tutoring packages for both pre-law students and law students! We have been helping students learn how to write and research effectively for quite a while now. We have been asked if there are any legal writing packages for students who want to consistently meet with a tutor to improve their skills. Several students have also wanted to meet with a legal writing tutor prior to even starting law school to get a head start on legal writing skills. We highly recommend this as Legal writing is one of the most important classes you will take in law school.
Not only will your legal writing skills affect your grade in your legal writing class, it will also affect your scores on all of your law school exams and the bar exam. Further, it is worth it to invest in your legal writing abilities as they will help you tremendously when you begin to practice law. Many of our students say that they feel confident when they begin their jobs as lawyers because they know how to research, properly cite cases, and write quality legal memorandums and briefs. Continue reading Our New Legal Writing Tutoring Options – for Law Students and Pre-Law Students
LSAT Reading Comprehension Tips
The reading comprehension portion of the LSAT will consist of four passages, each of which are followed by 5-8 questions. According to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the LSAT reading comprehension questions “measure the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law school.”
Are you having trouble increasing your score on the reading comprehension portion of the LSAT? You are not alone! Many students have trouble with the reading comprehension portion of the LSAT. Below are a few basic LSAT reading comprehension tips that have helped LSAT students to improve their score. Continue reading LSAT Reading Comprehension Tips – Four Ways to Improve your Score
How to Score High on the LSAT:
The LSAT is an extremely important test. Most law schools primarily look at your LSAT score and GPA when deciding whether to admit you to their law school. Think about what that means: That means that a four-hour test is worth the same amount as four years’ worth of undergraduate work. Thus, it is essential that you adequately prepare for the LSAT.
Not only can a high LSAT score help you maximize the chances of you getting into the law school of your choice; it may even also help you obtain a scholarship! The time, energy, and money you put into solid LSAT preparation now can truly save you time, energy, and money in the future. Continue reading How to Score High on the LSAT
“Should I go to law school?” is a difficult (and highly-debated) question as it is. With the dismal job market and an astronomical amount of debt that law students are in, most people think law school is simply a bad choice.
So the question “Should I go to law school if I do not want to practice law?” is often met with a resounding “no!!” This question is asked by only a small percentage of the population (I was part of that small percentage) and that small percentage will have to defend their decision tooth-and-nail if they truly do not plan on practicing law after law school. As someone who had no intent to practice law, I had to defend my decision all throughout law school and even now as someone who does not practice law full time. Continue reading Should I go to law school if I do not want to practice law?
Everyone will tell you something different about how to prepare for law school over the summer. There is one camp of people that think the best pre-law advice is “Don’t spend one second studying your summer before law school. Instead, relax, travel, spend time on your hobbies and goof off…because you won’t be able to at all during law school!” (This is an over-exaggeration by the way, I took one full day off every week and still graduated as the number one student out of over 200 students in my class…It is all about finding the right balance!) There is another camp of people that spends their entire summer reading every law-related book they get their hands on in hopes to get a head start on preparing for law school. Continue reading Tips for 0Ls: How to Prepare for Law School Over the Summer
Many students ask us what the best law school major is. Should you major in English or Philosophy? Spanish or Biology? The answer is: There is no one best law school major. There is not one path to law school – in fact, diversity is smiled upon by admissions committees. Generally, however, it is a good idea to major in a subject with the following criteria:
1. It should be a subject that you are passionate about.
Do not major in something just because you hope to go to law school. You should like the subject or your undergraduate years will be miserable and you may struggle to achieve a high GPA. It is also a good idea to major in a subject that has the potential to lead to non-legal job opportunities in case you decide not to go to law school. Continue reading What is the best law school major?
Want to get a basic overview of what the LSAT is like? This post will tell you what the LSAT is, what the LSAT tests, and when it is offered. If you are looking for private tutoring for the LSAT, please see our LSAT tutoring page.
What is the LSAT like?
LSAT stands for “Law School Admissions Test.” The LSAT is a standardized half-day test that is offered four times per year. The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). All law school applicants are expected to take the LSAT.