Category Archives: Taking the LSAT

More on the Canada/U.S. #DualJD joint law program offered by @WindsorLaw and @DetroitMercyLaw

I have always been an advocate of joint law degree programs. Although I have not written about this topic for some time, I notice that the most recent edition of the University of Detroit Docket features a nice discussion of the Windsor Detroit Dual J.D. program. I last wrote a post discussing Canada’s Joint Law Degree Programs in 2015.

In any event, I highly recommend the recent article in the Docket which you will find here:


Although these programs are clearly not for everybody, I think that consideration of joint degree options (of any type) should be considered as part of your journey through the law school admissions process.

The following tweet features an article about a recent Dual J.D. student.

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Evidence that @Official_LSAT is making changes to better compete with #GRE

For some I have been arguing that the days of the “LSAT Monopoly” are coming to an end. Over the last decade there has been discussion about whether the LSAT should be required at all AND/OR whether the GRE should be used as a substitute for the LSAT. I have discussed this in numerous posts which include:

– “American Bar Association Considers Whether The LSAT Should Be Required

– “The GRE As A Possible Substitute For The LSAT

– “The GRE Joins The LSAT As An Objective and Reliable Admissions Test

– “The Revolution Is Beginning: Forget the #LSAT. This Law School Will Accept Your #GRE Scores.”

In any case, it appears that the Law School Admission Council has accepted that it will have to compete with the GRE.

The evidence includes:

For those who don’t believe in free markets and competition, this is your answer.

How would you have done @LSATpreparation on the 1959 #LSAT?

There are two kinds of LSAT Historians.

Type 1 – Those who must repeat and repeat the LSAT (the greater number).

Type 2 – “LSAT Scholars” who are fascinated by the LSAT (far fewer).

Every generation thinks it has it harder than the previous generation. Maybe yes. Maybe no.

How would you have performed on the 1959 version of the LSAT? Try some LSAT questions and find out.


Toronto Mastering The LSAT Preparation Courses

John Richardson – Mastering The LSAT  – Toronto, Canada – 416 410 7737

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Who: John Richardson – Author: Law School Bound and Mastering The LSAT (of the bar of Ontario)

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College

When: Multiple start dates – Courses starting on any of:  November 16, 23, 30

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Free #LSAT Preview Toronto – March 8 – 9:00 a.m. – Books included!


Who: John Richardson – Mastering The LSAT

When: Saturday March 8/14 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 103

Pre-registration is not necessary. Feel free to just appear.

Free books included: Logic Games Workbook and one free actual LSAT

Get started for the June 9, 2014 LSAT

Your LSAT teacher will “make or break” your LSAT course experience. Attend a sample LSAT class. Begin your LSAT preparation in an effective and intelligent way. Leave with some introductory LSAT material.


Registration for June, 9 2014 LSAT opens December 16

June is the best time of year to take the LSAT. Registration for the June LSAT opens on December 16, 2013. If the past is an indication of the future spaces for June will go quickly.




Sharp drop in #LSAT test takers suggests time to consider #lawschool

The above tweet references an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal law blog. The article is dated October 31, 2013. It includes:

The figures are the latest sign that the law-school bubble hasn’t stopped deflating. Law Blog reported in August that law-school applicants are down 12.3% and applications are down 17.9% compared to a year ago.

The number of test takers peaked four years ago and has been on the decline ever since. The total for June and October is down 38% from four years ago. And the October total alone is 45% below the 2009 peak.

Okay, but what I find most interesting is the fact that (at this moment) the article has attracted only 25 comments. A small number of comments does not suggest interest in this issue. Furthermore, a most of the comments seem to be for the purpose of venting about “evil lawyers”. Few comments attempt to address the reason for the decline. One comment that might as well be a “composite” for those that do address the question is:

The public is FINALLY beginning to understand that law school is a complete and utter rip-off for the vast majority of graduates. Many (if not most) grads make $40-60,000 salaries when they find jobs, which can take up to a year or more, and have debt levels ranging from $100-250,000. For the top 10% that get BigLaw jobs, the math works out but for the 90% not in the top 10%, they’re financially destroyed. Just by searching Google you can find hundreds, perhaps thousands, of stories about law school graduates who owe $200,000 in non-dischargeable debt, have very low paying jobs, and live at home with their parents.

Law degrees are not in demand. You’re a fool and a gambler if you’re going to law school and finance your legal education with debt.

Okay, that’s a legitimate consideration. The following tweet references one of my post popular posts – How much do lawyers earn?


My thoughts:

Education is an investment in your future. The most important rule in investing is:

Buy low and sell how.

The demand for a legal education is currently lower than it has been.

And by the way, the practise of law can be a very interesting career!




Law schools offer free LSAT prep

It’s funny. Years ago, I remember the law schools taking the position that LSAT prep courses were a waste of time. Looks like the LSAT prep industry has proved the law schools wrong. Some law schools are beginning to run their own LSAT courses.

Good news!  The law schools are now endorsing the value of LSAT prep. It will be interesting to see what effect this has. Will the law school endorsement of LSAT prep courses mean that almost all law school applicants will be taking LSAT courses? Time will tell.

In the interim …

This may be the beginning of a trend.



When it comes to the LSAT, time is NOT your allay!

Time is the currency of life. It is also  the currency of the LSAT.

timeYour LSAT test score is NOT a reflection of whether you can answer LSAT questions. It’s a reflection of effectively you answer questions relative to other test takers. Most  people can correctly answer most  LSAT questions if they have enough time time. Most  test takers do NOT have sufficient time to answer all LSAT questions in a meaningful way. That said, there is no penalty for putting the wrong answer on the LSAT. Make sure  you select an answer to every question.

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