On July 11th I had a close encounter with the rare and elusive LSAT-Flex. Okay, it’s not really rare, and it’s not elusive, but it is fairly new. LSAC started offering the LSAT-Flex this past May as a temporary replacement for the standard, in-person LSAT. The June and July 2020 LSATs were given in LSAT-Flex form and the upcoming August exam will be, too.
When LSAC canceled the April LSAT, they also announced a new take-from-home LSAT, called the LSAT-Flex. The information about LSAT-Flex didn’t come out all at once, so we thought we’d collect all that information for you in one place (here!).
Read on to learn about when and how LSAT-Flex will be administered, and our best advice to estimate your score and prepare for this unprecedented 3-section LSAT!
Law schools consider several different factors when making admission decisions. Your academic record, work experience, personal statement, and recommendations will all play a role. A good LSAT score by itself won’t necessarily get you into your dream law school, but it is an important factor. All ABA-approved law schools accept the LSAT, and it carries more weight with most schools than your GPA does.
I know, I know — could I have made a more terribly generic title??? This is kind of the holy grail of test preparation: a one-stop, explain everything article that immediately gives all the answers to how to improve scores on test day!
And I wish I could write that post. I really, really do. But sadly, this won’t have all the answers.
It will, however, have some of the answers! As you read, I would imagine at least one of the answers will sound like a ‘common sense’ or ‘captain obvious’ recommendation. If you’re wondering why I still feel it’s worth writing here, just know that I speak here from too many observations of people severely hindering their progress when they neglect one or more of the following ideas.
So, “how do I improve my LSAT score?”
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Update 10/15: The North American January, February, and April LSAT exams will be administered as LSAT-Flex. The affected test dates are as follows: January 16-17, February 20-21, and April 10-11. Scores will likely be released on February 3, March 10, and April 28, respectively.
In the first week of March, 2020, LSAC launched a robust digital practice platform. Amidst all the turmoil of the last few weeks, the launch went largely unnoticed. To be frank, it’s not a great time to announce an exciting new product.
What it most certainly is a great time for, however, is more digital practice tests! With students worldwide extending their study by weeks or months, this is a welcome time for new digital material to go live. LSAC is now offering a $99 subscription service called “Official LSAT Prep Plus.” In this blog post, I’ll introduce you to this exciting resource.
If you adhere to the official “line”, the LSAT tests your initial aptitude for the types of tasks you will be graded on in law school. Essentially, it is intended to offer predictions on your likelihood to succeed (i.e., get good grades) in your law school classes.
And it does that fairly well—at least law school admissions offices seem to think so!
The number-one problem facing most of my LSAT students isn’t what you might think. It’s not nightmares about Logic Games with fifty rules or Reading Comprehension passages with teeth. It’s not learning inferences, Conditional Logic, or common flaws. It’s balancing LSAT study with their personal lives. Read more
If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already know how hard it can be to study for the LSAT. The three different sections cover vastly different subject matter (I’m looking at you, Logic Games), the test is about how you think, not what you know, and on top of all that, the stakes are incredibly high! Because of all this, when you’re studying for the LSAT, you need to be strategic. This article will explore how to study for the LSAT to get the most out of your practice.
Going to law school at 30 or above can be a daunting decision for a myriad of reasons:
- Social ostracization – no one is looking forward to being “the old person” in their class.
- Opportunity cost – you might be making a decent living by this point, so sacrificing that income while you spend three years in law school is a steep cost to factor in.
- Kids/mortgage – you might have way more obligations of time and money than you did in your 20s.
- Neural plasticity – you might worry that you’re becoming an “old dog who can’t learn new tricks.”
- The LSAT – some stupid test plays a huge role in your admissibility to top law school programs.
But there is good news: