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A test prep company has been ordered to pay more than $900,000 in legal fees and costs to plaintiffs who accused the company of violating District of Columbia consumer protection laws.

Three prospective law students who signed up for LSAT prep courses through Test Masters Educational Services Inc. (TES) sued the company in 2004, claiming they were deceived into thinking they were enrolling in TestMasters, a competitor.

Details:

http://www.nationallawjournal.com/legaltimes/home/id=1202676131553/LSAT-Prep-Company-Ordered-to-Pay-927K-in-Legal-Fees?mcode=1202615432600&curindex=0&back=NLJ&slreturn=20141014120855

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/11/13/victims-of-lsat-prep-fraud-nab-legal-fees.htm

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:01:07 AM »
Glad you enjoyed the first installment, NewlyMinted!

The next installment is up:

http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/should-diagram-lsat-logical-reasoning-question-writer-answers.html

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAC fourth take appeal
« on: August 17, 2014, 07:35:59 AM »
It's a relatively recent change on LSAC's part, so I haven't heard the concrete results of anyone who asked yet. (It used to be much easier - you could just ask a law school to grant an appeal.)

Best way to find out is to go ahead and appeal to LSAC - and let us know what you find!




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Studying for the LSAT / Re: What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: August 15, 2014, 12:54:03 PM »
Wow - a lot of questions there!

What do you mean by "prelaw type questions?"

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Studying for the LSAT / What would you ask a former LSAT testmaker?
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:10:09 PM »
I'll soon be interviewing a former writer of actual LSAT questions. Given this unique opportunity, I figured that starting a thread to solicit your questions would be fitting.

What question(s) would you pose to a writer of LSAT questions? What would you want to know? Please share honest (and serious) questions.

For reference, here's a link to our previous interviews.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Studying for the Logic Games on a budget
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:49:00 PM »
Great plan! However, in my experience as a tutor, taking a diagnostic is simply discouraging. Everyone needs to learn the same material anyway. If you're weaker in a particular area, you'll discover that going forward, and you'll spend more time on it. If you're stronger in a particular area, you'll learn that, too, and you'll spend less time on it.

Just wanted to mention another resource for Logic Games. I've made free video explanations for nearly 200 LSAT Logic Games, and they're all available for free on YouTube, forever.

Those of you who are studying, please let me know if you have any questions about how to master Logic Games. I'm happy to help however I can.

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Studying for the LSAT / Sleep as a Competitive Advantage
« on: June 30, 2014, 03:44:19 PM »
Just a quick PSA reminder that sleep is incredibly important, including during LSAT prep:

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/sleep-as-a-competitive-advantage/

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Too many of us continue to live by the durable myth that one less hour of sleep gives us one more hour of productivity. In reality, each hour less of sleep not only leaves us feeling more fatigued, but also takes a pernicious toll on our cognitive capacity. The more consecutive hours we are awake and the fewer we sleep at night, the less alert, focused and efficient we become, and the lower the quality of our work.

The research is overwhelming that the vast majority of us require seven to eight hours of sleep to feel fully rested, and only a small percentage require less than seven.

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What matters more than the company providing the course is the instructor you'll actually be working with.

You need someone who's knowledgeable, experienced, engaging, able to answer random questions on the fly, and go off-script to address the actual needs of the students.

You also need an instructor who can strike a balance between the needs of the "slower" and "quicker" students. Unfortunately, most classes contain students of all different ability levels (people shooting for simply 150+ and others shooting for 170+). In a class, you need an instructor who doesn't cater solely to one group or the other.

Ideally, if you take a course, you should be able to speak with the instructor before starting the class, get references, and sit in on a sample class actually taught by that instructor.

Good luck!

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