Articles published in December 2011

Wednesday Musings


Here are a few links from across the web to catapult us through the stretch run of the Holiday season.

New York Times journalist David Segal has written another article about law school – although this time he abandons his familiar cautionary tone to point out some of the flaws in the current American Bar Association accreditation process that law schools must go through.

OnlineColleges.Net has a useful piece on dealing with the stress of law school. is debuting a new law school blog at // Here you can download 12 free guides to law school – they have guides for Harvard, Yale, Stanford, NYU, and Northwestern, among many others – totally free! has a fun and insightful piece about making the most of your winter break.

When Will the December 2011 LSAT Scores be Released?


In some ways, the wait for the December LSAT scores to be released by LSAC may be a little easier than the other three test implementations, given

The Art of the Sketchy Attorney Billboard - via Copyranter

the number of distractions that this time of year can provide. Try telling that to someone who has spent the last 8 months studying, however, and I’m sure they could convince you otherwise. When it does finally get released, be sure to join our Free December 2011 LSAT Review Session.

Regardless, I know most December 2011 LSAT takers are craving some sort analysis/advice as to when that crucial  email will hit inboxes. Past trends tell us that you can anticipate scores being released some time either shortly after Christmas, or shortly after New Year’s Day. Last year, scores were released on January 6th – but for SEVERAL years prior, scores were  released before the New Year.  It remains to be seen if last year’s January release date was an anomaly, or the start of a new trend of later December LSAT score releases.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for lawyer-ly things to pass your time, check out this hilarious blog entry from ‘copyranter’ depicting six hysterical roadside billboards advertising local attorneys. It’s worth a click- I promise!

While you are waiting for your Dec 2011 LSAT Scores


I thought I would pass on some words of encouragement and an interesting article I came across on the web today.  First, the encouragement:

If you took the December LSAT and are feeling pretty good about the way the test “felt” a few Saturday’s ago, congratulations! Be sure to come by our free Review the LSAT Workshop happening on January 10th.

You’ve made it this far and you ought to be commended – it’s a long and often stressful road to law school! Hopefully now you are seeing the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ right in front of you. You’re almost there!

Law Enforcement: Putting the 'Prudence' in Jurisprudence

Speaking of roads to law school, I came across this excellent article in The Harvard Crimson this weekend. This particular article speaks to how nontraditional some paths to law school can be, and uses the example of three Harvard Law students who were police officers before deciding to go back to school.

Last Minute LSAT Tips + LSAT Mug Shots


T-2 days until the December LSAT. For those of you who are going to take the plunge, we’ve got some last minute tips for you. There are many great nuggets of advice in that article, so definitely check it out if you’re wondering what the best use of your final hours might be.

This post, however, focuses on a very specific piece of advice for your LSAT day. We’ve written in the past about the relatively new LSAC policy which requires test takers to present photo ID upon entering their testing center.

Amazingly, LSAC has posted a litany of unintentionally hilarious photos on their website as example of what type of photo is NOT acceptable on test day. How is one to resist poking some fun at this?!

Here are my favorites of the unacceptable photos:

“Head too big” is the heading on this one. If only the LSAC really did deny test takers who suffered from an inflated ego – or people with mustaches.

Artistic types need not apply.

Phillies fans are out of luck..

The family portrait is frowned upon as well. Save it for the Holiday card!

All kidding aside, here’s the nitty gritty in terms of what you need to have with you on test day in terms of photo identification:

  • The photograph must be clear enough so there is no doubt about your identity.
  • It must be no larger than 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm) and no smaller than 1 x 1 inch (3 x 3 cm).
  • Your face in the photograph must show you as you look on the day of the test (for example, with or without a beard).

Good luck on Saturday!