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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.
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.
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.
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.
We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/1), Natalie Orr!
Bio: Natalie Orr graduated from Columbia Law School in 2011 and is currently the Chadbourne & Parke fellow at The Door Legal Services, where she represents low-income young people in immigration matters. She has about 70 clients at a time, all aged 12-21, whom she helps
to obtain greencards and/or relief from removal through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, U visas, Prosecutorial Discretion, and now Deferred Action. After graduating from Harvard College in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature, Natalie spent two years as a paralegal at The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in the Bronx, where she assisted in both child abuse/neglect and juvenile delinquency litigation. During law school, she wrote for the Human Rights Law Review, served as an Articles Editor for the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, and interned at the ACLU National Prison Project. She also participated in externships at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She spent her second summer at Simpson Thacher in New York.
Ask Natalie your questions about public interest law:
If you’re curious about Natalie's experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 1st) in the comments below.
At 7Sage, we run an online LSAT video course. It's not like an in person class - Students love that they can watch lessons over and over again. With our course, you can stick with each concept until you master it.
One concern students have is about interactivity. With an in-person course, you can (sometimes) ask your instructor questions. People worry that if they sign up for our course, and don't understand, they have nowhere to turn.
But actually, our LSAT course is really interactive! Beneath each lesson, there are comment boards. You can post a question, and other students will answer it. You can answer other people's questions too. Teaching others is actually the best way to learn the LSAT.
We instructors monitor the boards too. So if no one answers the question, we jump in.
Requesting A Video Explanation
Sometimes, a comment isn't enough. If you need clarification on a tough question, you can post a request for a video. We'll make one just for you. Here's how.
Suppose you had a problem with Question 14, from PrepTest 33 (December 2000), Section 3. It's the second question in the "Argument Part Problem Set 1". This picture shows you how to get help, or you can read the guidelines below.
How To Ask For Help With An LSAT Question
1. Go to the Argument Part Questions Problem Set 1 Answers page in the course.
2. Post a comment along the lines of: "Request for video explanation for Question 14, from PrepTest 33 (December 2000), Section 3."
3. In the comment, say what you want explained.
4. Go make coffee, and come back to find an awesome video explanation! Well, not really - it'll take a day or so. But you should still go make a coffee - it's delicious!
Not signed up for one of our LSAT courses? They start at just $179. We could charge 3x as much, but we want to make LSAT education accessible for everyone.
We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/25), Komala Ramachandra!
Bio: Komala Ramachandra is an attorney at Accountability Counsel, a non-governmental organization that supports communities around the world affected by projects that negatively impact people's lives and environments. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2010, where she received the Holmes Public Interest Fellowship to support her first year working with Accountability Counsel. During law school, Komala participated in International Human Rights clinical, and worked at Greater Boston Legal Services through the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy clinical program. She was active in Harvard Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and the National Lawyers Guild. She has also interned with International Crisis Group in Nairobi, Kenya, researching land rights in post-conflict northern Uganda and with Paschim Banga Keth Mazoor Samiti, a grassroots farmers union in Calcutta, India, on issues of land security, eminent domain, and economic development.
Ask Komala your questions about public interest law:
If you’re curious about Komala’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 25th) in the comments below.
A four hour drive from Manhattan and an hour after losing reception, we saw a sign that informed us “Pavement Ends.” In the car, Amanda, Edison and I looked at each other, trying to understand what was happening when the prophecy came to pass that the pavement ended. A few minutes later, we found the lodge we would be staying in for the next four days. It was a quaint rustic thing nestled in the Adirondacks that looked equal parts family comedy and horror.
Thankfully, it would turn out to be the former for the PreProBono retreat.
We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/11), Cynthia Carlson!
If you are not a part of our Fellowship program but still would like to attend, please RSVP here.
Bio: After graduating George Mason University with honors, Cynthia left her southern roots for the much snowier New York. Cynthia attended Pace University School of Law. During her studies, she worked at Freshfields, Bruckhaus, and Deringer in Vienna, Austria, before leaving the private sector to enjoy the public interest field. After interning at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, she began working in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.
Ask Cynthia your questions about public interest law:
If you're curious about Cynthia's experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 11th) in the comments below.
We are excited to announce the winners of the LSAT Discussion Competition for July!
The winners are:
- Gold Medal: Amanda Weingarten ($50 Amazon gift certificate)
- Silver Medal: Dami Animashaun ($20 Amazon gift certificate)
- Bronze Medal: Monsura Sirajee ($10 Amazon gift certificate)
- Bronze Medal: Mayha Ghouri ($10 Amazon gift certificate)
- Bronze Medal: Justin Giles ($10 Amazon gift certificate)
We had gold, silver, and bronze medals made for the winners. They looked just like the picture above, but they were stolen by London to use in their "Olympic Games". I heard there isn't even a Logic Games event. Lame.
Congratulations to our winners! Don't forget to add to the discussion as you go through the course - learn by talking it out. Ask questions if you don't understand something. Answer questions and demonstrate your understanding. Remember what Aristotle said:
Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
If you are logged into 7Sage, even with the free trial, you can comment using your 7Sage account. You no longer need to login to our commenting system separately!
Didn't win this time? Get ready for round 2! Make the most (non-spam) comments in August and win an Amazon gift certificate. Be a winner.