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All I Want for Christmas is a Legal Education

After taking the December LSAT, the hardest part (I’m sure every test-taker will agree) is the seeming perpetual waiting for scores.

This year, the LSAC is not expected to release the December scores until January 4th. How does one wait a little over a month to know whether or not the scores are great- or good enough to get into prospective law schools?

I have seen on multiple LSAT memes that it is essential to “take a shot” every few minutes; however, regardless of how tempting this may sound, no one can do this all month. After burning the LSAT books, though, there may be ways to help get through the remainder of December.

I’ve tried to think of a list of things to do to take my mind off of my score; hopefully these work for all anxious LSAT-takers.

Finish the semester strong

  • GPA is a major part of acceptance to law school, so finish strong despite being mentally drained
  • Succeeding (or surviving) in the sea of papers, projects, and presentations will give a boost of confidence

Enjoy the break!

  • Most colleges have a few weeks off, a “Winter break” for students
  • It’s important to decompress and recharge for the next semester, as well as take a break after piling your brain with LSAT stress
  • Make the most of time with friends and family; this helps to relieve stress and add to overall well-being
  • Eat a little too much; it’s easy to get malnourished when studying all the time

Stay busy when necessary

  • Spend more time getting in shape (after eating too much)
  • Go Christmas shopping with friends for fun (or whatever your form of therapy is)
  • I’ll be busy planning my wedding that is scheduled 3 months from now- but I do not advise this for anyone hoping to remain sane

If you haven’t finished applying…

Luckily, the holidays offer a lot to do in order to keep busy. Focus on family, friends, food, and some fun, and every LSAT taker expecting scores should get through the month successfully. Enjoy life while you can… January, and all that it brings, is just around the corner.

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Well….Now I wait like everyone else for the scores to be released on January 4th. How do I feel? My feelings are mixed. I feel as if I did ok….but on the other hand, one of the sections through me off because I had RC back to back. That is one possibility that I did not practice with when studying. In any case, my applications are in early and being held pending my score. I am hoping that this will be a leg-up on the competition! I read many experts that said it’s ok in the cycle to submit in January, but I wanted to be safe. The weight off of my shoulders is HUGE. My next step is to visit some of the schools applied to in the Northeast. I am hoping that the school visits are not only productive, but also help seal the deal. Good luck to everyone…

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Hath not a lawyer eyes?

Musings of a reluctant Welsh twenty-something.

“A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies, and then keeps it for himself”. – Henry Peter Brougham

Telling people you’re in the process of becoming a lawyer is a bit like telling people that you are a serial killer with a few hundred victims under your belt. They are impressed by your ability and dedication, but still think you’re an arsehole at the end of the day. in both cases, you certainly dread the “what do you do?” part of any conversation at parties. Judging by some of the reactions I have had over the years, it would probably have been more socially acceptable to replace “I’m studying law” with “I murder people with a claw hammer and then use their skin to make fetching blazers like the one I’m wearing tonight”. For those of you upset by that last hypothetical statement, don’t worry…

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Last Minute LSAT Advice

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Last minute LSAT Advice

For those of you taking the LSAT this Saturday, I wanted to offer you best wishes as well as some last minute advice.

Cramming Does Not Work — there’s not much more that studying and/or practice can do at this point.  Instead, get your mind and body in shape. 

Get Plenty of Sleep —to help you fall asleep, try taking a relaxing bath, or turn on the radio to a classical music or oldies station. 

Eat Well — This is not the time to experiment with foods and risk upsetting your stomach.   Make sure to eat breakfast Saturday morning, and bring a snack for the break.  Don’t forget to drink enough water — this is a physical endurance event almost as much as a mental one and your body needs fluids.

Make sure you know exactly how to get to your testing center on Saturday and…

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Round 2: December LSAT

This Saturday I will be taking the LSAT for the second time. I feel much more confident now that I am familiar with the process and testing environment. Even though I am only working toward making a few points higher this time, the pressure still remains. For anyone who has taken the LSAT, the pressure may either lessen or grow with each attempt.

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A perfect score (which is extremely rarely accomplished) is a 180. The median score is around 152 each year; however, in order to be able to apply to more competitive universities, making a higher score is crucial.

Although I did well on the October LSAT, it it is important to at least take the test twice in order to show dedication to improving. Law schools appreciate perseverance and the willingness to stay with something. Considering how stressful and difficult the LSAT process is, I (like others) am hoping this might prove something.

As I stated in my previous post, I have been working hard, especially with the Princeton Review’s Cracking the LSAT book. It has helped greatly by including:

I would strongly recommend the Princeton Review guides for any standardized test prep.

The analytical games still remain the nemesis to most in the world of the LSAT, but I have found ways to get around them. I assumed going into the LSAT that the Reading Comprehension would be the easiest section; however, each question has five answer choices all of which are somewhat correct. The trick is to find the one that is the “most” correct. Talk about frustrating.

I hope to score the highest in the logical reasoning section, which has proven to be my most successful section of the test thus far. As long as I am thinking clearly on test day, I am going to put my greatest deal of effort there. No section of the LSAT is easy; it is most important to understand the way the test is written and go from there.

How Helpful are LSAT Handbooks?

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All students who take the LSAT usually prepare by purchasing several test-prep books. I have found though, that not all prep materials are created equal.

I assumed that the books administered by the LSAC would be the most beneficial when studying, considering that this is the organization that actually creates the test. Although everyone’s experience is different, I found that The Official LSAT Handbook, created by the LSAC, to be helpful yet tedious. When the handbook is nearly as superfluous and at times confusing as the test, is it worth the read?

The Princeton Review’s LSAT study aid: Cracking the LSAT proved to be the most worthwhile for me. I found that this particular edition (2012) more carefully explained the rules of arduous logic and analytical games and time-consuming reading comprehension questions.

The book also offers techniques and clever tricks to understand the ways in which the LSAT is constructed. The LSAC purposefully makes the test impossible to earn a perfect score given the allotted time; thus, one of the most useful methods is beating the time by looking for key words, the lack of certain phrases, or being able to make inferences given little information.

It is my understanding that Princeton review study guides are guaranteed to raise the scores of anyone taking tests such as the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, etc.; I would recommend Cracking the LSAT for those anticipating taking this difficult test.

Other helpful LSAT materials include: