Today, many of you wake up to a bright morning and find your shiny October LSAT score sitting in your inbox. You may be wondering, now what? If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that we've discussed the recent decline in law school applications. Many law schools have declared that they are cutting class sizes in response to the huge drop in applications; schools ranging from Northwestern University, George Washington University, University of California Hastings, and so on. A survey taken last year showed that 51% of law schools across the nation have cut their admissions.
This is great news for you! Why? This means that you will be compared to less applicants and have a greater chance of getting financial aid! All you have to do is get that LSAT score up to the range of whatever law school you'd like to attend. If you got your score back today and had a huge grin on your face, then bravo! For the others of you who were a little less than happy with the numbers in your inbox, hopefully you didn't throw your hands up in the air in defeat. Raising your LSAT score is the easy part! Well, sure, it's not easy as in the amount of work you have to put in, but, it is easy as in it's pretty simple what you have to do to get the score you want.
Alright my LSAT hopefuls, gather round and I'll tell you a tale of how I, your LSAT Guru, not so long ago, was not scoring very high on this exam. I took my very first LSAT during the early spring of my senior year of undergrad. The trees were blooming, tank tops and short skirts were replacing thick coats and pants, birds were chirping, people started playing ultimate Frisbee again, and I decided to take my very first LSAT blind. I walked out of the building stunned. I had received a 145 on my test. How was I supposed to get into place-top-law-school-name-you-want-to-go-to-here if I was only scoring a 145! I scribbled and painted too much during college, I was depending on this score to get me in! But, I was determined. I'm very stubborn and once I feel challenged, I'm hard-pressed to give up until I reach whatever goal is set in front of me. Heck, last year I could barely run a half-mile and yesterday I ran my very first half marathon! So, I set my sights on a score I thought would work for the schools I wanted to get into, taking account my GPA. I studied for the exam for many months. I took the February LSAT and was not happy with my performance. I cancelled the score and continued studying until I took the test that June and received a 175. It was the hardest I'd ever worked.
The material you are studying is in no way difficult. You will soon see that the LSAT questions in front of you are all based on patterns and a specific way of thinking. But, even once you see through that, you have to practice nonstop. The LSAT is a test of endurance, not knowledge. Your greatest tools are simple strategy and relentless practice.
Another example of perseverance and utilization of these tools is LSATMax's very own student, Jackson Minasian. Here's Jackson's story straight from the horses mouth:
"I tried LSATMax after my attempt with the $950 Testmaster's online equivalent brought my score from a 154 to a 158. LSATMax was different in all the right ways. LSATMax used a simplistic approach in distinguishing question types and the lessons were delivered in a blackboard format that simulated an actual classroom…I ended up with a 167 on the actual test. Today I have been accepted at U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, and have a six-figure scholarship offer from another top 20 school. I worked hard, but the team at LSATMax put me in a position to succeed and I wouldn't be here without them."Not to toot our own horn, but LSATMax hands you with one of the only two tools you need: simple strategy. The other tool is up to you: practice. Each person is different. You might need x amount of hours on one section with only y amount in another. Once you've got the strategy down, self-study and practice are the keys. LSATMax lets you customize your LSAT prep to best fit your needs!
Now is the best time to score well on the LSAT and apply to law school. Remember, the LSAT is not hard; it's just hard work. Your LSAT score can get you very far. I had a mediocre GPA, but with my 175 I got accepted to many top tier schools. The only difference is, when I applied to law school, applications were still soaring in so I didn't receive any financial aid from any Top 20 school that accepted me. But, you could have your cake and eat it too!
If you used an LSAT prep course to prep for the exam, please contact LSATMax immediately. We're here to help you get the score you want. Depending on what course you took we can heavily subsidize our course, if not give it to you for free!
Keep you chin up! You've still got ample time to get studying for the December LSAT and have your applications in for law school this fall if you didn't like your score today. If you did, then a congrats is in order. So congrats!