“Prepare to Prevail” Do you have what it takes?
The (LSAT) exists for one reason, and one reason alone. LSAT scores are more predictive of a candidate’s eventual first year law school class rank than any other variable, including your GPA.
Your first year law school class rank will, in turn, correlate with the class rank you achieve upon graduation.
And the class rank you hold at graduation will correlate with the likelihood of Bar Exam passage.
The LSAT expects you to demonstrate the very same reasoning that you must exhibit to survive the law school experience. If you plan to rely on "tricks", "tips", and "short cuts" to succeed in law school, by all means, employ those tools on the LSAT. If however you expect to demonstrate the capacity to reason rigorously in law school, you must apply rigorous reason to the LSAT.
Here's how that happens:
LSAT = Psychometric/Situation Exam
The LSAT is NOT an academic test; it measures your capacity to “think”, that is to reason, like an attorney
There is no content on the LSAT, as a result the strategies used to produce success in college are ineffective for the purpose of LSAT preparation
In order to “think” like an attorney, you must first learn how to read like an attorney; you must also learn how to express those thoughts in writing, and thus you must learn to write like an attorney. Only then will you begin to “think”like an attorney.
Not everyone is destined to be a lawyer. There is no memorization involved. You must have the capacity to see what is not there
Every legal issue you tackle will require you to:
- Gather evidence; and
- Infer or deduce what advice to give; and
- Every question on the LSAT will require you to do exactly the same thing
Don't want to work your butt off? Don't become an attorney.
- Preparation, preparation, and more preparation, that's the practice of law
- Wake up and smell the flowers! There are no tricks or short cuts
- You must demonstrate an ability to prepare for the LSAT if you are to succeed on the LSAT
Tire easily? Don't want to concentrate on a single matter for a prolonged period of time? Try something else!
- Want to argue an appeal of a murder conviction on your client's behalf? You are facing deadlines and complicated legal issues; the client is facing a life sentence.
- You have to be able to handle the pressure, and work long hours
Want to represent a client without commitment? Just roll out of bed, don’t bother with preparation, and bring the case to trial. That will be a hit with your client and the jury!
- Commitment is not optional in the practice of law, if the other attorney has more drive, he/she will also be better prepared, and you will be in trouble
- imagine being driven to prepare for the LSAT! Let the others bring tips, tricks, and short cuts - crush them.
Commitment is guided by reason in law and not everyone is capable of reasoning well.
- Reason is what attorneys are paid to do
- The LSAT measures your ability to reason systematically
If you are not passionate about practicing law, do something else with your life.
- Commitment, guided by reason, and fueled by passion that's it!
- Imagine the advantage you will have with this philosophy guiding your LSAT preparation!
Try selling your client on the notion that sloppy, imprecise work produced by casual reasoning is the way to go!
- Successful lawyers must have the discipline to produce crisp, precise, well reasoned arguments
- You must develop a plan that works for you, test it out repeatedly, alter it when necessary, and execute it ruthlessly when you sit for the LSAT