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Law School Admissions: The Rising LSAT vs. GRE Debate

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions: The Rising LSAT vs. GRE Debate Q&A With Expert on Both, Mary RichterWe incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Here’s the situation: The University of Arizona College of Law recently started accepting GRE scores in addition to LSAT scores from applicants for admission. Last week, The Wall Street Journal covered the move and the LSAC’s subsequent threat to ban the school from membership. Then, just yesterday, news broke that 148 deans of LSAC member law schools sent a letter to the LSAC’s president in support of Arizona Law. The issue has raised many pertinent questions about the merits of each test relative to the other as barometers for law school fitness. We wanted answers, so we turned to Mary Richter, LSAT (175) and GRE (168V/166Q) instructor and graduate of Yale Law School. Here’s what she had to say: Read more

LSAT Scaffolding Part I: Logic Games

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Starting your LSAT prep can be a scary experience. Sure, you’ve thought before in your life, often logically (though that’s probably less frequent than you’d think!). You’ve played some games before. And you’ve certainly read.

However, the LSAT is testing a slightly different version of each of these tasks than the one that you’re used to. Because, in our day to day lives, we’re actually quite illogical. Read more

I Just Received My LSAT Score! What Next?

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Blog-NowWhatMany of you received your LSAT scores this week. You should have recovered from the celebration/lamentation by now, so it’s time to think about next steps. Here’s what you should do:  Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-EpisodeVIEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

Oh, Return of the Jedi, you had so much to live up to. A New Hope introduced the world to Star Wars. The Empire Strikes Back is, by almost everyone’s account, the best of the films. You had two tough acts to follow as the final chapter of this trilogy of movies. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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blog-episodeVEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

I say without hyperbole that The Empire Strikes Back is the single greatest film of all time. Both here and in a galaxy far, far away (though there it won a Space Oscar for best documentary instead of the Saturn Award for Best Sci-Fi film).

It has everything. Romance. Intrigue. Betrayal. Boba Fett. And a plot twist that almost defines plot twists. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-ANewHopeEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

I grew up in the suburbs of Jersey. My mom – one of the PTA regulars – always helped run our school’s Fun Fair – an afternoon of silly games that awarded tickets you could redeem for prizes. It was a fundraiser for the school, and my friends and I all anxiously awaited it. Me more than them, as my mom’s position afforded me the chance to see all the cool toys we could win ahead of time.

When I was eight or nine, I got really sick a few days before the Fun Fair. It was one of those early disappointments in life that will always stick with you – nothing too big, but big enough to a young Matt that I was in a bad mood. Read more

Stop studying for the LSAT right now. Seriously.

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Blog-STOPI know you’re studying right now. The test is this weekend.

Stop. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-EpisodeIII (1)Each week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

Finally. Finally we hit the final film of the prequel duology. After this, I will never watch them again. (Didn’t catch last week’s post on Episode II? Check it out here.) 

For this article, I could go into all of the plot holes left at the end of this film that create issues in the Original Trilogy. Why couldn’t Vader sense Luke on the same planet where he sensed his mother? What’s up with C-3PO’s memory? Can Jedi survive falls or not? What’s up with these Force ghosts? Etc…

But plenty of sites have discussed those.

Instead, let’s buy into the world for a minute. Palpatine had a plan, and it ended up working out. What logical fallacies did he induce in the Jedi to get away with it?

Well, there’s one main one. Read more

Here’s why winter is the best season for LSAT Prep

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Blog-LSATwinter (1)Winter might seem like the worst season to start your LSAT prep. It’s dark. It’s gloomy. It’s full of distractions. But it’s not the worst season to start your LSAT prep; it’s the best season. Read more

#MovieFailMondays: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (or, How Movies Can Teach You About Logical Fallacies and Help You Ace the LSAT)

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Blog-MFM-EpisodeIIEach week, we analyze a movie that illustrates a logical fallacy you’ll find on the LSAT. Who said Netflix can’t help you study? 🎥📖

A new millennium. A new Star Wars film. What could go wrong?

In short, so many things. Read more