I really don't understand what this post is about. Don't we all know that wealthy applicants have an advantage? Of course everyone should take a prep class. I really don't think money should be that much of a concern. And this is coming from someone who is as broke as they come and did not grow up in anything approaching wealth. But we have to make sacrifices today for our future. Period. $1200 is not a lot to spend to raise your score. If you think that's too much money, what are you gonna do about the money you need for LS? Put the class on a credit card. I had to. Make some sacrifices. The End.
“Don't we all know that wealthy applicants have an advantage?” I’m not clear on how you are using ‘advantage’ here. I don’t agree that wealthy applicants have an advantage regarding innate intelligence or ability to become exemplary 1Ls. They may, however, be able to gain an advantage in their numbers for law school applications as a result of their wealth. And, therein lies the reasons for this thread. 1) I want to hear from others whether they think an LSAT prep course or private tutor makes applicants better or smarter or just appear better or smarter to people who use the LSAT to measure things it, perhaps, doesn't measure well. 2) I also want to hear from others whether they think people who lack the resources (not the resourcefulness, lack of resourcefulness is a negative) to obtain the LSAT prep course or to devote hundreds of hours to LSAT prep should be helped to obtain those resources so law schools can get the best possible scores from all applicants and, then, compare all applicants in a near ceteris paribus (other things being equal) environment. I know a little about the history of the LSAT—when and why it was introduced, etc.—and trends since law schools began to use it. It is not a necessary tool. And, I'm not the only person who has inquired about its impact on our legal community. I’ll incorporate what I've learned of this history into this thread as the discussion moves forward. I may, of course, not get the opportunity, if others agree that you really did make the only valuable point that needs to be made.
koreanblaq: There are several very strong counterarguments I could submit to debunk some of points you asserted in your most recent reply. However, I’ll focus more on our agreements in this reply. I think the dialogue will move forward if I take this approach.Scholarships for prep classes was one of the possible solutions I had considered. I think scholarships could help. More mentorship-based programs that would encourage Black undergrads to begin to prep for the LSAT well in advance, make them aware of the resources at their disposal, promote study groups, or possibly provide hand-me-down test prep resources could also help. Student organizations, maybe BLSAs, could do stuff like this. Developing a non-profit organization that would provide the highest quality LSAT prep to any student based on his or her FAFSA criteria (some would get the course for free, others would have to pay full price) might work well also.A non-profit company could also put digital versions of self-study guides online and put videos of LSAT instructors teaching and reviewing test-taking tips that could be watched online. These would have to be developed, of course, as I doubt any of the prep course companies would allow us to distribute their intellectual property over the internet for free. If we could get these materials published and uploaded, then students would only be forced to pay for published LSAT exams. A fellow entrepreneur and I have been discussing the potential benefits of bringing together philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to raise several millions in order to develop these products and put them on the net. Such a move could be a great equalizer for our society and everyone would benefit from it. This move would also decrease test prep company revenues, decrease jobs in the test prep industry, and possibly bump average test scores up even higher.I would like participate in efforts to help Black undergraduates compete more effectively for some of our countries most precious economic resources (educations at premiere law schools) by removing as many of the economic barriers to them being able to do so as possible. The Black Community would benefit, and our nation would benefit, because more of our best and brightest would get what they deserve. Fewer would get shut out for ignoble reasons.Many are concerned that the LSAT (as well as some other standardized tests) gives some groups a significant unfair advantage. The consequences of such advantages could be very widespread and damaging. While we all probably agree that the LSAT probably does not do a good job at measuring intelligence, I hope we would also all agree that we want to best and brightest to get first dibs on our countries most coveted and limited educational resources. If the LSAT gives some groups significant unfair advantages over other groups, for reasons other than character or intelligence, then this should alarm us all. The LSAT is the first rite of passage for law school. Law school is, for so many, the first rite of passage for wielding various forms of power in our nation. Yes, the LSAT is a big deal and promoting equal access to quality prep for the LSAT could help to make our nation’s power battlefields a little nobler. Additionally, if those of us who are concerned about the ignoble impacts of the LSAT were to fund more extensive research on these impacts, then we might be able to use its results to encourage important reforms.I’m optimistic that several things could be done to make the LSAT game fairer.
I mean ... I just feel like all this dialogue is on some Jesse Jackson isht. I hope you spent at least this much time prepping for the test.