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A Blog about the LSAT, Law School and Beyond

[Update July 16]
Thanks Kevin, for an inspiring talk! Thanks Sam, for moderating!


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Our students are telling us that they are starting to see logic games videos on YouTube that look like our videos. One student, Emilie Eisold, emailed us saying "Look what [you] did. [You are] inspiring all these others LSAT instructors to be like 7Sage!"

Wonderful.

When we first put these videos on YouTube for free over a year ago, we had no idea what would happen. All we knew was that we wanted to make our quality instructional videos accessible to everyone. But, in truth, we didn't know whether people would like our videos, if they'd even watch them, if they would help anyone learn. When you're doing something new, there's a huge chance that you're just plain crazy. We rolled the dice anyway. Continue reading

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You probably noticed that we revamped our commenting system.  Now you can login to comment using Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Disqus.  It takes just a few seconds.  This new system lets you discuss blog posts and lessons almost in real time, and has a ton of handy features like subscribing by email, social integration, and up/down voting of comments.  Most importantly, it is fast and easy.

So you might be thinking, "Okay cool, discussions on 7Sage are easy now.  What does that have to do with improving my LSAT score?"  Well, getting our students better LSAT scores was the exact motivation behind the new commenting system...

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On Monday, the Fellows read and discussed Martin Luther King, Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail. Below is an excerpt from an email we sent to them explaining the rationale behind the assignment:

The reason we ask you to read and discuss this letter is manifold. First, we want to remind you of those values of liberty, equality, and justice for which King gave his life. We want you to cultivate your moral fiber. Second, we want you to understand the power of a sharp intellect combined with effective rhetoric to persuade. Third, we want you to know that you have to be brave and to act to bring the change you want to see in the world. That combination of a strong moral core, a clarity of mind, and the bravery to act makes for a great human being.

It is only fitting that we post this today for today is the day that we celebrate America. We encourage everyone to pay homage to our country by reading and reflecting on King's immortal words which has so poignantly consecrated our founding values.

Happy Fourth of July.

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[Update July 9]
Thanks Angelo!

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We're happy to announce that we are adding more content to our LSAT Complete and LSAT Premium courses! Now, you will be able to download problems sets (as PDFs) straight from the course. These problem sets draw questions from LSAT PrepTests 20-35 (October 1996-October 2001). We've resorted and reorganized them according to category and type to help you recognize the patterns that recur across LSAT questions. That's key to getting a higher score!

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Every Saturday during our PreProBono Fellowship Program, we invite a Guest Speaker - a young lawyer or law student - to tell stories about law school and legal work with a public interest focus. The goal is to champion public interest law. Because it's awesome.

7Sagers, PreProBonors, and Pre-Law students everywhere, meet Francesca Butnick!


Francesca earned her B.A. from Columbia University in 2007 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010.

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7Sage is proud to run for a second year the PreProBono Fellowship, a 501(c)3 non-profit program.  PreProBono's mission is also to make high quality education more accessible.

The Fellowship Program provides in person LSAT classes to 10 pre-law students who come from minority or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Fellowship then moves onto essay editing and law school admissions consulting. We give the Fellows everything they need to earn acceptance to the top law schools in the country. Most importantly, we bring in a wide array of public interest guest speakers every Saturday evening to nurture our Fellows' strong interest in public interest law.

After the Fellows are successfully admitted to law school, the program comes full circle when they return to PreProBono & 7Sage to help nurture the next year's Fellows.

All of this is provided to the Fellows for free.

Alan and I are proud to have 7Sage donate our instructor's time, LSAT expertise, classroom, and the full content of all our courses to the PreProBono 2012 Fellows. We are pleased to introduce:

Amanda Weingarten
PreProBono Fellow, Fordham University 2012, Political Science

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You all asked for it, and now they're finally here!  Huzzah!

Take LSAT notes, logic notes, lesson notes, love notes, really any type of note that starts with "L"! You might be able to take notes that start with other letters too.  We haven't tested that yet. You can access the notes editor by clicking on the "Take Notes" button at the bottom of each lesson.  You can also see all the notes you have written by going to Course --> Notes in the menu. There's more!
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We received a thank you card from Kevin, one of our students studying in Germany. Kevin: you're awesome. We love getting cards in the mail! Probably more than that little boy is loving his ice cream cone. I'll just leave our mailing address here: 7Sage, 424 W. 54th St. New York, NY 10019, in case anyone else wants to send us a card or gold coins.

Kevin's agreed to let us share it with everyone!


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