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We want to help you study for the December LSAT. So, we're giving away a a pair of free LSAT courses. The contest is open until Midnight, October 19th.

Grand Prize: LSAT Premium course - $349 value

Runner-Up Prize: LSAT Complete Course - $179 value

These courses will teach you everything you need to get a good score in December.

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You get one entry just for signing up. But you can increase your chance to win by sharing....you like sharing, right? For every friend you get to enter, you get ten additional entries.

You can share via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or URL once you sign up.

Good luck in December! You can enter the contest here.

 

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The video is an excerpt from our online LSAT course. If you like the video, you'll like the course. If you want to give it a test run first, you can sign up for our free trial.

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Reading Comprehension might feel impossible to improve at. Either you read well, or you don't, right?

While a lot of students find it tough to get better at LSAT Reading Comprehension, don't let that stop you. There are ways to get better at RC.

The video above gives you an Introduction To Reading Comprehension. For more RC tips, check out the Memory Method for Reading Comprehension.

Material Covered In The Video

Active reading

  • New, unfamiliar, boring subject matter and vocabulary
    • Familiarity with subject matter matters
    • Be well read
  • Focus, Focus, Focus!
  • Ask questions
  • Piece information together as you read
  • Use your imagination
  • Anticipate the direction of the passage

How they lose you

  • You fall asleep
  • Referential phrasing
  • Modifiers/embedded clauses
  • Push back/connect the dots

Things they care about

  • Main point/conclusion
    • Factually accurate?
    • Correct emphasis?
  • Author’s attitude or tone
  • Facts, details
    • Can you clearly recall the facts with accuracy?
    • Can you push out inferences from these facts and details?
  • Passage structure
    • Relationship between the paragraphs
      • The flow of concepts/ideas
  • Different arguments, different view points
    • Clearly distinguish

Miscellany

  • So many words!
  • Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
  • Last passage packed w/questions – 7 or 8
  • Practice skipping questions for time
  • Focus spending time upfront on the passage
    • Wrong answers are time sinks

The video was an excerpt from our online LSAT course. If you liked the video, you'll like the course. If you want to give it a test run first, you can sign up for our free trial.


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LSAT proctors on test day are strict. They make you stop at 35 minutes, period. You get very little time between sections. You only get one break, after the third section.

Yet a lot of students practice with breaks between every section. They fill in answers past time. They give themselves liberties they won't get on test day.

When they write the actual LSAT, they're in for a shock. It's harder than the way they've been practicing.

Do yourself a favor, and take timed tests the right way, using official time. We've already made a virtual LSAT proctor which you can use for timed practice LSATs.

Now we've brought together a few more tools to help you practice accurately.

LSAT Proctor Instructions Video

Below you will hear us reading to you the official instructions given to LSAT proctors by the LSAC. This is what proctors use to run things on test day. Listen to these instructions being read aloud and you'll know exactly what is allowed and not allowed on test day. You might find it helpful to play them before taking a practice LSAT, and practice filling in the information on the scoresheet.

You don't need to do this every time, but doing it once will help give you a better idea what test day feels like.

For more useful tools, check out our free LSAT prep tools page.

Do you find it difficult to do LSATs under timed conditions on your own? Did you learn anything new in these LSAT proctor instructions? Let us know in the comments!

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2013-03-13 Update:
If you are enrolled in a full course you can use the Study Schedule Generator to make a study schedule customized to your needs.

Students often ask for LSAT study schedules, so we decided to release ours for free. It's based on problem sets and lessons from our online LSAT course.

This schedule is designed to be used 10 weeks before test day. This is the same schedule that our 7Sage Live! in person LSAT course uses. If you're studying with a bit more time or a bit less, don't worry. Just modify this schedule to go a bit faster or slower, and it will work just fine. There's considerable freedom with the 10 week schedule.  It's a guideline.  Many students skip around, focusing on just what they need to.  Others do everything in it and then some.  We want there to be flexibility with how you use this schedule so the curriculum is tailored to your needs specifically.  To that end, our private tutors are here to help you make those decisions.  Email J.Y. at jy@7sage.com to inquire more about private tutoring.

Start now with our 10 weeks day-by-day LSAT study schedule below!

Week 1

Monday, 9/24:
-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Introduction to Arguments." (1 hour 27 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Main Point & Main Conclusion Questions." (1 hour 03 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Grammar & Argument Part Questions." (1 hour 50 minutes)

-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch video explanations for questions from PrepTest 66 if you still don't understand after Blind ReviewTuesday, 9/25: 6pm-9pm
-Live! Class Meeting
-Complete Main Point & Main Conclusion Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Main Point & Main Conclusion Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.
-Complete Argument Part Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.

Wednesday, 9/26:
-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Most Strongly Supported Questions." (1 hour 11 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Introduction to Logic." (3 hour 40 minutes)

Thursday, 9/27: 6pm-9pm
-Live! Class Meeting

-Complete Most Strongly Supported Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Most Strongly Supported Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.
-Complete Most Strongly Supported Questions Problem Set 3 and check the answers.

Friday, 9/28:
-Online Lectures at Home
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Assumptions & Weakening Questions." (2 hour 19 minutes)
-Watch all lessons in the Class "Strengthening Questions." (1 hour 15 minutes)

Saturday, 9/29: 10am-4pm
-Live! Class Meeting

-Complete Weaken Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Weaken Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.
-Complete Weaken Questions Problem Set 3 and check the answers.
-Complete Strengthen Questions Problem Set 1 and check the answers.
-Complete Strengthen Questions Problem Set 2 and check the answers.

Sunday, 9/30: Rest!  Continue reading

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/29), Esha Bhandari!

Bio: Esha Bhandari is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. She holds a B.A., First Class Honours, from McGill University, where she received the Allen Oliver Gold Medal in political science, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and recipient of the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize in constitutional law and the Archie O. Dawson Prize for advocacy. During law school, Esha served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review, participated in the Human Rights Clinic, and completed an externship in the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit. She spent a summer working on refugee rights matters at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town. Esha holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Prior to joining the ACLU, Esha clerked for the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ask Esha your questions about public interest law:


If you’re curious about Esha’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 29th) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/22), Alexis Offen!

Bio: Alexis Offen is the general counsel and senior policy advisor in the Mayor's Office of Operations, where she oversees strategy, policy and implementation for major Mayoral initiatives.  Alexis' projects have covered a range of issues, from how to spend the City's federal stimulus dollars to streamlining real estate development projects to finding new efficiencies and cost-savings in human resources and labor relations . Alexis also oversees all City rulemaking to ensure operational efficiency and customer service.  Prior to working in the Mayor's Office, Alexis worked as a real estate and government affairs attorney at Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm based in New York, and was the Deputy Policy Director for Andrew Cuomo's successful Attorney General Campaign in 2006.  Alexis attended Harvard College and Fordham Law School and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Ask Alexis your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Alexis' experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 22nd) in the comments below.

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Free LSAT Prep Materials

Free LSAT materials from the LSAC!

The LSAC, the makers of the LSAT, have provided a lot of good, free LSAT practice materials. But they're buried amidst a lot of dull administrative information, so I made a list of what you should read.

First, the LSAC provides general information about the LSAC. The best part about that page is the 19-minute video “About the LSAC”. I highly recommend it. It’s a great overview of the test, and it covers things that even many experienced students are unaware of.

Free Sample LSAT Explanations And Practice LSAT

Next, the LSAC provides sample questions for every section, along with explanations. These are a great orientation to the test, and it’s one of the few places where the LSAC provides *official* explanations for LSAT questions.

Lastly, the LSAC provides a full LSAT, for free. You can download and print the June 2007 LSAT. This was the first LSAT that used comparative reading. It’s a recent LSAT, and you should definitely take it before test day.

That’s about it. The sample questions I linked to can all be found on the LSAC’s prep materials page. Ignore the html versions of the sample questions and June 2007 test - they don't follow the regular format for LSAT questions.

There’s one more page you should read in full: Day Of The Test

It’s long, and a bit dull, but it’s extremely important. It tells you exactly what to bring and what not to bring on test day. Some highlights: No cellphones in the test center(!), only use wooden pencils, no rulers, no digital watches. Read the whole thing.

That covers it for free LSAT practice materials from the LSAC. If you want more good, free LSAT info, you can check out our logic games videos. They explain every logic game from recent LSATs. Have a look....they're free!


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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/15), Marisa Cabrera!

Bio: Marisa Cabrera is a criminal defense attorney working as Appellate Counsel at the Center for Appellate Litigation. CAL is a not-for-profit law firm located in lower Manhattan, handling appeals and post-conviction proceedings on behalf of indigent criminal defendants in cases assigned by the Appellate Division, First Department. Marisa graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 2007 from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. In 2011, Marisa graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. where she worked as a teaching assistant for a first-year legal writing course. Prior to working at CAL, Marisa worked as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, a plaintiff-side employment discrimination law firm, and as a judicial intern for Hon. Ariel Belen at the Appellate Division, Second Department. Additionally, while in law school, Marisa worked as a student attorney at the DC Law Students in Court civil litigation clinical program where she represented low-income tenants in DC landlord-tenant and small claims courts.

Ask Marisa your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Marisa’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 15th) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/8), Nicole Hallett!

Bio: Nicole Hallett is a staff attorney and former Skadden Fellow at Community Development Project (CDP). Her work at CDP supports worker centers and community groups organizing low-wage workers in New York City, particularly domestic workers. Before joining CDP, Nicole clerked for the Honorables Mark R. Kravitz (D.Conn.) and Rosemary S. Pooler (2d Cir.). She is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, where she received the C. LaRue Munson Prize for excellence in a law school clinical program. A Truman and Luce Scholar, Nicole received her master’s degree from the University of Oxford’s School of Development Studies and a B.A. summa cum laude from DePauw University.

Ask Nicole your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Nicole’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 8th) in the comments below.

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