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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:

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.

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!

Law school professor defends the LSAT from those who suggest it's a form of racial discrimination.


From pages 385-386:

While we do need supplemental measures for prediction to get students who can make it through law school into the profession, we also need to know about those who cannot. Hard as it is to take in, there are apparently 150,000 law school graduates who have never passed the bar exam, and they deserved the law schools’ best judgment regarding their likely success as much as do those more likely to succeed. Ethical issues are not the only ones in play. Who is going to defend the law schools when these students sue, claiming that they were taken advantage of much like the borrowers in the housing debacle who succumbed to the blandishments of the mortgage brokers? The larger point is that law schools need to think harder about these students. Test critics, only somewhat understandably, completely ignore their existence.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 150% time for the LSAT
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:13:24 AM »
Have you successfully gotten anyone extra time on the LSAT? From what I've seen, LSAC sets the bar pretty high for granting accommodations. There have been lawsuits over it.

Studying for the LSAT / Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:21:50 PM »
From Excess of Democracy:

Of course, it's unclear whether majoring in a particular subject leads one to score better on the LSAT, or whether those who are already likely to do well on the LSAT choose certain majors. Perhaps a combination of the two.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Logic Games Explanation
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:20:37 PM »
I've also posted free video explanations for many LSAT Logic Games. They're available here:

From the National Association of Law Students With Disabilities: LINK

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Accommodations Guide (PDF)
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:02:04 AM »
Good overview of the process of applying for accommodations from students who've been through it.



Studying for the LSAT / Re: Tutor The People exceptional LSAT prep for less
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:50:25 PM »
I'm not a fan of either Kaplan or Princeton Review, but, to be fair, I believe they do offer one-on-one individualized tutoring in addition to their in-person courses.

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