CHAPTER FIVE 
LSAT 

 WEBSITES 

 

QUOTE ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF LSAT

   

Napoleon (1769-1821) said that
        God is on the side of the big battalions.
If Napoleon were applying to law school today, he would probably say  
       
God is on the side of the high LSAT scorers
If Napoleon knew English well, he may have said (the palendrome) 
        Able was I ere I saw Elba. 
Napoleon was exiled to Elba on May 4, 1814.  
  

PERFORM VERY WELL ON THE LSAT

                   

More than a few applicants opt to take a test preparation course. These courses are now up to, or over, the thousand-dollar range and do not guarantee better results than applicants who have studied on their own.

A conservative (moneysaving) first step should be to take an actual previously administered LSAT test under simulated test conditions. You can buy these previously administered tests online from the LSAT people. If you need some organized preparation, see if you have the discipline to follow the LSAT-SuperPrep manual. If you find you need the organized peer-pressure to systematically do the rather tedious drills, then there are a number of good (and costly!) prep courses which would be happy to take your money.



Begin LSAT preparation early (Perhaps as early as the summer before your junior year) and repeatedly test yourself using previously-givem LSATs..

If preparing for the LSAT on your own does not seem suffiicient, seriously consider taking an LSAT prep cours making sure that the LSAT couse you choose provides excellent material taught by an excellent instructor. Finding this may take some effort. Try to let neither money nor time interfere with your efforts to maximize your LSAT score. Ideally with the LSAT, the first time should be the last time.


SECTIONS OF THIS CHAPTER
*** INCOMPLETE***

                
  • LSAT RECOMMENTED WEBSITES 
  • IMPORTANCE OF THE LSAT AND GPA
  • COMMENTS 
  • SOME KEY LSAT FACTS
  • WHERE AN LSAT SCORE STANDS WITH RESPECT TO THE FIRST-YEAR CLASS 

 

 

TOPICS OF THIS CHAPTER (INCOMPLETE)

   

LSAT GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT LSAT. Dates, deadlines, fees, when to take, registration and information of value when preparing for the LSAT, prep material, and advice. 
 
WHEN TO TAKE THE LSAT? The June LSAT has its advantage but it is not for everyone. 

MAXIMIZING YOUR LSAT SCORE. Advice on adapting to LSAT time constraints and making use of rational guessing.
 
LSAT SCORING. Since an LSAT score depends only on the number correct, the only thing better than guessing an answer is knowing an answer. We shall show you how to guess for success.
 
LSAT IMPORTANCE. For various LSAT scores, we give a rough idea of the limitations that this LSAT score will impose on a law school applicant..
 
LSAT PREP TESTS are available from the LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL (LSAC) and others. 

LSAT PREPARATION should begin early and involve previously-given LSATS.
 
LSAT PREP COURSES. LSAT prep courses are not necessary for an applicant to do well, but a good prep course taught by a good instructor can be of great value to many.
  
NON-ACADEMIC LSAT PREPARATION. We give thirteen steps to follow so that on the day of the LSAT you only have to worry about at most one thing--the LSAT.
    
NO SHOW OR POOR SHOW ON THE LSAT. If you sign up for the LSAT and then decide not to take the LSAT on the scheduled day, see about a TEST DATE CHANGE OR REFUND.
     If you take the LSAT test and then decide not to have it count, there are two ways to cancel your score: complete the score-cancellation section on the LSAT answer sheet at the test center or send a written cancellation to LSAC; the written cancellation to LSAC  must be received by LSAC within nine calendar days of the test.
 
RETAKING THE LSAT.   
In summary we have
         If you did poorly on the LSAT, you have three choices: 
         Retake the LSAT, Try to explain your poor score, Go to plan B. 
 

 

 

 

SOME KEY LSAT FACTS

 

THE LSAT: A GREAT PREDICTOR OF LAW SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. "The LSAT is the only standardized measure that law schools have to predict law school performance. Every student's undergraduate record is different, even when students have the same major and attend the same undergraduate school. In fact, studies have shown that the LSAT is the best single predictor of first-year law school performance, while the best overall predictor of law school performance is a combination of the LSAT and undergraduate UGPA." University of Kentucky    
   

IMPORTANCE OF THE LSAT. A high LSAT score and a good UGPA will, at most law schools, give an applicant a greater chances of admission to law school than a good LSAT and a high UGPA. The same applies to most merit-based financial aid.

AN ADDED BENEFIT OF PREPARING FOR THE LSAT. The LSAT involves thinking logically. Because of this, whether you go to law school or not, the material learned in studying for the LSAT will serve you well in life.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE LSAT. The LSAT test is much more difficult and involves more logical thinking than the SAT, GRE, or GMAT. If you did not do well on a least one of SAT, GRE, or GMAT, you definitely must maximizing your effort on the LSAT. 

LSAT PRACTICE TESTS. Previously administered LSATs, all with an answer key, writing sample, and LSAT score-conversion table, are available from LSAC. Also available from LSAC is an online option, LSAT ItemWise, that not only gives the correct answers, but also provides  explanations as to why your answers are correct or incorrect; note that LSAT is a paper-and-pencil test. Publishers, other than LSAC, have LSAT practice tests or LSAT sample tests, some with solutions; these are readily available at book stores.

LSAT PREPARATION
. Since the LSAT does not test knowledge of a particular subject, the goal of studying for the LSAT is to become familiar with the LSAT test format and to develop methods to answer LSAT test questions with efficiency and accuracy. The best prepare for the LSAT is directly from going previous LSATs for which you have the answers and, ideally, the solutions  

HOW OFTEN SHOULD ONE TAKE THE LSAT? (AnswerIdeally exactly one time) With the LSAT, do not plan on doubling your pleasure. When you walk in to take the LSAT, you should have the expectation of a score that you can be proud of based on your performance on actual, previously administered LSATs. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, and the Great Gatsby demonstrated, There is no second act in American life. This is not quite true for the LSAT but unless your LSAT score is significantly below your score on actual, previously administered LSATs or you intend to change your way of studying, do not take the LSAT a second time. Nationally nearly one in five will take the LSAT a second time. Most law schools average multiple LSAT scores. Do not take the LSAT unless you are ready (No LSAT before its time).

LSAT SCORE AND PERCENTILE RANK REPORTED TO LAW SCHOOLS. "Along with your numerical score, Law Services also reports a percentile rank, reflecting the percentage of candidates scoring below your reported test score. 

TIME LIMITATION OF LSAT SCORES
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 "Law Services reports scores for five years. Scores for all LSAT exams taken in the five years prior to your application to law school will therefore be reported to the law schools you designate. Multiple scores will be averaged by Law Services in its report to law schools. Copies of your writing samples for those tests will be included, up to a maximum of three samples. Some law schools will not accept a score earned more than three years prior to an application (so, yes, you will have to take the exam again if [you apply to such a law school and] your score is more than three years old). Check the [law school] catalogs to determine if you need a more recent score." Notre Dame Prelaw 
 

http://www.lsac.org/lsacresources/Data/lsats-administered.asp

LSAT DATA
 
LSAT REPEATER DATA

 

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