Articles published in March 2011

If At First You Don’t Succeed..Take the LSAT Again?!


Don't Get Left Out of the Admissions Equation

Remember the good old days of the SAT exam, when there was no such thing as taking the test too many times?  Didn’t do so hot the first time?  No worries, you could buy books, prep courses, private tutoring and acupuncture until you were where you needed to be score wise. In terms of the LSAT, though, students often ask: “Should I take the LSAT more than once?”

In the LSAT world, the policies of admissions offices are not nearly so cut and dry.  Some schools will indeed take your highest score, while others will take the average of all the LSATs you’ve sat for.  Other admissions offices we called claim to take a “Holistic” approach to reviewing your application (my guess is that this involves lots of yoga and meditation, but perhaps there is a different interpretation!).

Check out today’s post on JD Mission’s blog for a list of the top 15 schools and what their policies are.  JDMission is a law school admissions counseling firm that offers end to end admissions consulting services from a team of accomplished legal professionals and law school experts.

The Most Recent LSATs (and a cheap way to study for the LSAT)


Apparently, everybody is writing a book these days. John Beer, our Chicago teacher-poet penned an award-winning collection of poems. And LSAC released another book of LSATs. These are the most current ones out there (I guess I could be referring to John’s poems, but I’m talking about the LSATs now). The nice thing about this is that all of these tests included a comparative passage in the reading comprehension section. It’s good to get more practice with this passage type. LSAC started using those in June 2007, so there aren’t  too many examples out there.

The other good news is that this is another way to study on the cheap! Since so many LSAT preppers are ramen-noodle fueled college students, let me outline a cheapo method for prepping for the LSAT on your own:

1. Buy some LSATs: 10 More… The Next 10… and, introducing…. 10 New Actual LSAT PrepTests w/Comparative Reading. (Only a lawyer could appreciate these gripping titles.) By the way, you can no doubt get most of these on Amazon for cheaper. Also, you can buy some pretty cool collections of questions from Cambridge LSAT – (if you go this route, you probably you won’t need the first book above, 10 More…)

2. Buy our guides. (And hey, go right ahead and save a few bucks and buy them on Amazon – let’s be real.)

3. Download our syllabus (you get free access to a syllabus and a bunch of online resources when you buy our books). Follow the directions. Stir frequently over medium-high flame.

All in all, this should cost you about $120. Then, if you need to, you can buy recordings of our classes for a couple of hundred. Boom, you’ve got quite an arsenal.

Anyway, congrats, LSAC! I will say that the covers are getting increasingly depressing, but let’s face it, this is the LSAT, not The Master and Margarita (my favorite book).

The Talented Mr. Beer


Tools of the Trade

At Manhattan LSAT we are constantly swelling with pride over the achievements of our instructors. If you’ve ever spoken with us about them, you’ve probably  noticed that we fancy them quite a bit! We’re lucky to have so many incredibly intelligent, talented, and downright fascinating individuals on our team.

A recent example of our collective Manhattan LSAT-instructor-coolness takes us deep in to the world of metaphor and rhyme. John Beer, a Manhattan LSAT teacher in Chicago, has recently been given the Norma Farber First Book Award for his book, The Waste Land And Other Poems, The Norma Farber Award is given annually to one exceptional poet who has published their first book of original American poetry.  John will be traveling to New York City in April to accept the award.

I’ve been treating myself to a healthy sized sample of these poems for the last week or so and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

There is even an entire section toward the end of the book called “Sonnets to Morpheus”.  Yep, that’s a Matrix reference!

We’re so incredibly proud of John. I would encourage any of you who are interested in poetry to check out his book, available on Amazon.

Harvard’s Stephen Burt has written a review of The Waste Land And Other Poems for (scroll down a little ways until you see John’s name in the subheading)

LSAT Study Groups (Stop Playing Games with Yourself)


Our last self-study group continue to do logic games together, years later.

Man is a social animal. And women are too, but more polite usually. And thus it makes sense that you might be hankering for a group to study with. Let’s face it: the LSAT might not make you feel so good about yourself, especially if it’s forcing you into a dark cave of untamed intellectual training. Have no fear. We’re psyched to put you in touch with some other LSAT geeks and let you get your prep on together.

We’re starting up a group in a weekend or two. You’ll all meet in an online classroom on Sundays (or more often if you like), work on assigned problems together, and one of our teachers will come and help out the group every few sessions.

This might be the motivation you’re looking for. (Or, perhaps this is how you’ll find your soul mate. And, if you do end up hooking up with someone in a serious way, bravo – you took LSAT prep to a whole new level – and you need to invite us to the wedding if you can get over your fear of commitment.) One of the benefits of this arrangement is that you end up having to explain ideas to other students (that’s a part of our classes as well).The other is that you are more likely to do the work if there’s a group that’s going to cheer you – or give you an awkward silence when you haven’t done squat.

We’ll assign you some HW, we’ll toss your group some surprise problems to work on, and we’ll mail out stickers (no, we won’t – grow up).

If you want to join up – shoot an e-mail to studentservices(@) and we’ll plug you in.

It’s going to be fun – and serious. And free to anyone who owns a shred of one of our books, self-study courses, or is a course student. Buckle up.

The LSAT and NFL Stardom


The NFL labor dispute, summed up in one simple drawing

What do you want to do with your J.D.?  That’s the $250,000 question for most of you. After all, there has to be an end game to all of this LSAT prep madness. The truth is, a legal education can take you many places that you may have thought previously unattainable.  See exhibit A: NFL stardom.

Unbeknownst to most National Football League fans around the country today, the most important players to the future of the NFL are not named Brady or Manning, and are not getting paid tens of millions of dollars to chase a ball around. The future of the NFL actually lies in the hands of several attorneys, mediators, and decision makers who – not unlike yourselves – were recently sweating through many an LSAT workout routine.

The NFL is in the midst of the most crucial labor disputes in the history of American sports.  The NFL Players Union and the NFL owner’s are intensely negotiating how they are going to split the 9 billion dollars in revenue that the league rakes in per year. Read more