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What Law Schools Look For in Your LSAT Writing Sample

Ah, the LSAT writing sample. You will never find a more wretched collection of half-formed arguments and poor writing. You should be careful.

Or not.

Because, in all honesty, it doesn’t matter very much.

The writing sample on the LSAT always evokes a feeling of dread from first-time LSAT test-takers. You’ve sat in a room for over three hours, nerves shot and caffeine headache pounding, with dozens of other students, many of whom haven’t showered in the past few days in order to maximize their study time. The last thing anyone wants to do is write an essay.

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LSAT Exam Day: What to Bring (And What Not to Bring)

June LSAT test day is almost upon us, and you should have everything you need for the LSAT ready in advance so that you don’t end up scrambling Monday morning. Be sure to check out LSAC’s page of regulations for LSAT test day; here are some highlights of what to bring and what not to bring.

Item #1 to Bring to LSAT Test Day: Yourself. If you decide you’re not ready for the June LSAT, visit the LSAC website before midnight ET Sunday and withdraw from the LSAT to avoid an absence on your record.

Item #2 to Bring to LSAT Test Day: Your admission ticket with photo attached. You can print the ticket from LSAC’s website. The photo is a relatively new requirement for the LSAT, but you should not overlook it. LSAC is extremely picky about your photo.

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So What’s the Deal With the LSAT Writing Sample?

The LSAT has six sections. The last of those sections is often ignored, but since you’ll have to deal with it on test day, we’re going to talk about it today.

The writing sample always comes at the end of the LSAT, after all five multiple-choice sections. The proctors will collect your test booklets and answer sheets, then pass out the writing sample topic and the sheet on which you’ll write your essay. You’ll have 35 minutes to plan your essay and write.

The writing sample isn’t scored, but law schools will see it. It isn’t likely that your writing sample will play a big role in whether you get in, as long as you follow directions. It would look really bad if you were to blow off the writing sample entirely, or doodle pictures instead. Writing Twilight fan fiction probably isn’t the best idea either.

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Avoid These Bad Habits When Studying for the LSAT

You’ve gotten a handle on the strategies for the LSAT. Now all that’s left for you to do is practice them. What habits should you avoid getting into so you can be at peak preparedness come test day?

Unrealistic test conditions
Taking the actual test is a high-pressure event, so you want to replicate those conditions as closely as possible.

Studying in Complete Silence or in Noisy Conditions
While it may make things easier for you to study in complete silence, this is not what’s going to happen on test day. Your neighbor will be tapping her pencil, fiddling with her collar, and playing with her hair (how does she have so many hands?!). You will be distracted—if you let yourself. That’s why you need to practice at not being distracted when there are distractions.

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The LSAT is Coming…dun dun dun

We’re just a few months away from the October LSAT, which means that our courses are ABOUT TO GO DOWN. If you’ve made the (right) decision to sign up with us, we’ve listed some tips to help you get the most out of your course and also some vital life-saving tips that’ll prevent you from totally sh*tting on yourself on that first day. We get it. It happens.

First, a bit about myself. Two years ago, I was gearing up to take an LSAT prep class with Blueprint. I was lucky enough to have Matt Riley as my instructor (he’s one of the founders of Blueprint—he is a fantastic teacher and a great guy). After completing the class and taking the LSAT, I landed a job as an instructor for Blueprint. I taught for a little while before accepting an offer of admission from Columbia. I am now gearing up to begin my second year there! All of that to say, I know the Blueprint course method from both the perspective of a student and the perspective of an instructor. Consider yourself a lucky reader.

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LSAT Got You Down? It Could Be Worse

The LSAT isn’t fun. Now, at Blueprint, we try to make the LSAT as enjoyable as possible – but at the end of the day, the LSAT is still a test that takes up half the day, matters a lot, and sometimes is less-than-fascinating.

But it could be – and was – worse! Lest you think I’m grossly exaggerating in the way your parents and/or grandparents do (“back in my day, I had to walk twenty miles through blinding blizzards – uphill, in my bare feet – to get to school”), the LSAT used to be a six-hour slog, with some seriously bizarre sections.

In this episode of Count Your Blessings, You Young Bucks #firstworldproblems, let’s go over some of the old sections that will make you grateful that you only have to deal with Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension (and your writing sample, technically).

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A Guide to Blueprint Area LSAT Testing Centers

As you know, the LSAT is a huge deal. It consists of nothing more than pencil and paper, but your performance on LSAT test day could very well determine your entire legal career. Therefore, there’s a lot of tension on these days. The last thing you need is some sort of distraction with the LSAT testing center room.

Scroll through the comments any of our LSAT blog’s past LSAT test day instant recaps, and you’ll find, unfortunately, that distractions are rampant in LSAT testing centers. Oftentimes it’s an annoying or inexperienced proctor. Sometimes it’s the chairs they put you in. Either way, it’s not uncommon for months of intense LSAT prep to go to waste because LSAC can’t consistently maintain their LSAT testing centers. And there are a lot of LSAT testing centers.

Allow us to help.

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How to Diagram Ornery “Only” Logical Reasoning Questions

If only the LSAT would stick with easy-to-diagram conditional statements like “if it’s a carrot, then it’s a vegetable”, or “if I get Mike Tyson’s tattoo, I’ll forever regret it.”

Alas, your Logical Reasoning section will rarely be quite so friendly. You’ll be nailed with parallel flaws, double negatives, “EXCEPT” questions and, most of all, lots of diagramming. So, to perfect your diagramming skills, we’re launching a series of articles that will cover some of the trickier elements of conditional statements.

Up first: “Only” Questions.

If memorization is your forte, then remember simply that “only” always introduces a necessary condition. As in “the only time you’ll see ‘only’ on LR is when it is introducing the proposition that is guaranteed by the sufficient condition.”

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Logical Reasonings / 7.18.14

A) Fewer June LSAT test-takers? That’s great news for those who took it. Above the Law.

B) If you’re facing a judge, maybe wear something besides a shirt with her face on it. ABA Journal.

C) The former dictator of Panama is suing over his appearance in a Call of Duty video game. Businessweek.

D) Coming soon to Boston University School of Law: the Lawyering Lab. National Jurist.

E) Happy Slothsgiving, everyone. BuzzFeed.

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3 More LSAT Prep Lessons Learned from the World Cup

This past weekend, Mario Goetze’s extra time goal propelled Germany to a 1-0 victory over Argentina and concluded one of the most memorable World Cups in history. Now that the tournament is over, there are a variety of LSAT-related lessons that can be gleaned by reflecting on the events of the tournament.

LSAT Prep Lesson #1 from the World Cup: Preparation is Key

Before Germany faced Argentina in the final, they thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal. It would be easy to attribute this result to an epic meltdown on the part of Brazil; however, the match is more indicative of Germany’s commitment to thorough preparation. From the start of the match, the German players put themselves in a position to deal with the speed and aggressiveness of Brazil’s individualized approach.