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
What is the best law school major?
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.
Your LSAT score is very important. Law schools primarily evaluate your undergraduate GPA as well as your LSAT score to determine whether you should be admitted to law school. Thus, it is crucial that you take the LSAT seriously and adequately prepare for it the first time you take it.
Before discussing when to start outlining in law school, let’s answer a more important question:
What is outlining?
Outlining is the process of condensing all of your class notes, cases, and everything you learn throughout the semester into something that is manageable and easy to learn. In law school, you will be expected to make an outline for each of your substantive law classes (such as Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Civil Procedure). The only course you will not be expected to make an outline for is any Legal Research or Writing class you may have. (For an in-depth guide to outlining, see this post.) Continue reading Pre-Law Tip for Success: When to start outlining in law school
The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is an extremely important test. Your LSAT score can make the difference between you getting into the law school of your dreams – or you going to your “Plan B” school.
Because the LSAT is such an important test, you want to maximize your chances of getting a high score on the LSAT the first time you take it!
There is a lot of pressure to do well on the LSAT. But the good news is, we provide one-on-one private, personalized LSAT tutoring for students looking to improve their LSAT scores. In our private LSAT tutoring sessions, we do all of the following: Continue reading Looking for LSAT Tutoring?
How to Write a Law School Diversity Statement
In general, is a good idea to write a diversity statement so long as you have the time to write a clear, well-thought-out and authentic statement. The main point of a diversity statement is to show how you can contribute to the diversity of the law school by adding a unique perspective to the class. However, you also want your statement to show that you are a likable, genuine, and interesting person who can write in a clear and effective manner.
Continue reading How to Write a Law School Diversity Statement
It can be challenging to write a good, unique law school personal statement. Sometimes the hardest part of writing a law school personal statement is figuring out where to begin.
These are some law school personal statement brainstorming ideas that may help you figure out what topics you should discuss in your personal statement as well as what themes should permeate it. Do not become too attached to any topic or idea right away. Instead, look at all of the questions below and pick a few to begin thinking seriously about.
Continue reading Law School Personal Statement Brainstorming Ideas
What are the differences between law school and college?
Understanding the primary differences between law school and college will help you in two ways:
- First, it will help you to familiarize yourself with law school and what will be expected of you in law school.
- Second, it will help you to understand that because law school is very different from college, you cannot use the exact same study strategies that you used in college to succeed in law school. Law school is a new game and you need a new skill set if you want to succeed.
Continue reading What are the differences between law school and college?
We recently published an article in the National Jurist titled, ‘What is the First Year of Law School Like?”
In the article, we detail the primary differences between law school and undergrad, including explaining the following differences: Continue reading What is the First Year of Law School Like?
Wondering if you should take time off before going to law school? Or if the K-JD path is the better option for you?
I was a K-JD student. I went straight through from undergrad to law school automatically without even thinking about taking time off in between. In the end, I think that was the right path for me. But looking back on my own law school experience – and hearing others talk about their own experiences – I’ve realized that taking time off between undergrad and law school provides a plethora of advantages that many undergrad students do not stop to consider.
Continue reading Should I take time off before going to law school?
Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI. This photograph is property of Wayne State University Law School.
This outline is a combination of the speeches given on 8/19/14 and 8/21/14 by Ashley Heidemann to the incoming law students at Wayne State University. It is posted for the convenience of the students who attended the speech, so that it can be referred back to at a later time. However, it can also serve as good advice to those who were not present at the orientation. Continue reading Cultivating Academic Success in Law School – Outline of Speech at WSU Law School
Are you wondering if you should schedule breaks in law school? Most competitive law students do not take time for regularly-scheduled breaks. This is not to say that they study 24/7 and never take any time off – they simply do not incorporate regular breaks into their schedules.
In law school, most of my friends were pretty competitive (like me) and because they wanted to succeed, they tried to work as many hours as they could seven days a week. Some even felt guilty any time they had a family function, outing, or illness that cut down on precious study time.
A few of my friends, however, made it a point to schedule some time off. One took Saturday mornings off. She would wake up late, take her time eating breakfast and drinking coffee, and not start studying until the afternoon. Another took every Thursday night off to go out to eat with his parents an have a drink with friends. Continue reading How I took One Full Day off a Week in Law School – and Why I Recommend Scheduling Breaks