« on: October 06, 2008, 11:19:05 AM »
I don't know how helpful an intro to philosophy course would be, although if it helped HYS then I'm sure it has the possibility of doing some good.
That being said, upper level philosophy courses do help to develop the reasoning skills that are tested on the LSAT. But I think that many people who are attracted to philosophy have an innate talent here, which might explain the higher average LSATs. If you aren't good at this kind of thing, it might help you to immerse yourself in it, but just be sure you don't do so at a sacrifice to your GPA.
I would take a diagnostic or two before deciding to pay for a prep course. And avoid using the Kaplan free diagnostic (the one they give to big groups of students a few times a year). That is a phony test, not a real LSAT, and not a good indicator of what your performance on a real test would be. Go into Kaplan and ask them for a *real* LSAT as a diagnostic, or buy one yourself and use that. If you are scoring in the mid-160s to start off, I don't think prep courses will do much good, unless you are completely hopeless at doing prep on your own time. In that case you might want to rethink law school to begin with!