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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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[Update July 1]: We are pleased to announce the winner of our give away: Congratulations Maggie H! We have a runner up prize for everyone who entered: A coupon for 10% off the price of LSAT Premium and LSAT Complete, which was emailed to everyone who entered. Thank you all for your participation! [End of update.]

For the first time in the history of mankind, 7Sage is giving away the LSAT Complete course to one lucky person. People are truly amazed. "It's so shiny, I want one!" gushed one person, who may have been J.Y. Ping.

News of this monumental event has spread around the globe. In India, another person said "Wow, you would have to be stupid not to enter this contest. Also, Alan is great!"

You even get extra entries for spreading the word. What are you wating for? Get your ticket to LSAT-studying-nirvana here:

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I used to love Mad Libs when I was little.  Kids would get a couple books of Mad Libs on their birthday, and then have to protect them from their friends who didn't have any of their own and wanted to use up their valuable Mad Lib books.  Friends like me ;).  Well now I can make my own using the interwebs, so I don't need friends anymore!

This is a special Mad Lib, it makes LSAT questions. Try it out here: LSAT Mad Lib Maker

Look below for the one I did myself.  I'm sure you can make a better one.  Not.

LSAT Mad Lib – Hell is not perfect, no fails on perfect land (by Alan)

People who say that Hell is perfect are clearly wrong. On perfect land, fails by water is not a problem. Consequently, farmers whose land is perfect do not build playpens to prevent fails. Yet I hear that the farms in Hell are dotted with playpens.

The author's conclusion in the passage depends on the assumption that

  • (A) the only cause of fails is water
  • (B) there are playpens on farmland in Hell which were build to prevent fails
  • (C) playpens of the kind found on farmland in Hell have been shown to prevent fails
  • (D) on perfect land there is no fails
  • (E) the only playpens in Hell are on farmland
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We have unbundled LSAT PrepTests 63 (June 2011), 64 (October 2011), and 65 (December 2011) along with their HD video explanations from our LSAT Premium course.

You can purchase the 3 preptest pack here for $79.

We received demand from the June students who didn't want to purchase our entire course, but did want to learn from those three most recent preptests. Smart. The Last Minute PrepTest Pack gives you those three preptests for instant download and printing. More importantly, you get access to HD video explanations for each of the 100 questions in those tests. The video explanations walk you through every question in its entirety including the stimulus, the passage, the question stem, the right answers (and why they are right), and the wrong answers (and why they are wrong and why people might mistakenly think they are right). Each video is short and to the point. They are in HD and can be played back at faster (1.3x, 1.7x) speeds. If you are taking the test in June, you really should take PrepTests 63, 64 and 65 if you haven't yet. You still have time. If you have taken them already, this is the perfect set of video explanations to check your thinking against.

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1. Chin up. You've been studying for a long time. You're ready for this. As a bonus, you still have three weeks to improve even more.

2. Take 1 to 2 LSATs a week. These LSATs ought to be very recent ones (50's and higher). Take them under simulated testing conditions with our LSAT Proctor and Timer.

3. Use the Fool Proof Method for Logic Games and the Blind Review Method for Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension to review your simulated LSATs.

4. Sleep, a lot. Otherwise, you forget everything you learned.


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Okay, we've been working our asses off here trying to get LSAT prep materials up here for you in time for the June LSAT. Time is ticking down! So... two super exciting announcements! (or do they just sound super exciting to me because I haven't been getting enough sleep?)

LSAT Premium is ready to go!

LSAT Premium has all the great curriculum from LSAT Complete, and adds 10 very recent LSAT PrepTests (56 to 65).  And of course, 7Sage's signature explanation videos for every single question, that's 1000 more questions explained in our HD videos.

LSAT Free - The free trial version of LSAT Complete is available

Okay, so this is old news for some of you 7Sagers.  But in case you haven't heard, we opened up the first four days of our LSAT Complete course for everyone to try for free, no strings attached.  You can register and start using LSAT Free in less than 60 seconds.

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[This is a lesson excerpt from our online course, for which we invite you to enroll.]

Thomas Edison said that genius is "1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." Rene Descartes said "You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing." Lucretius, the Roman philosopher, said "Constant dripping hollows out a stone." The point is that hard work counts a lot. Especially when it comes to the LSAT. Yes, how well you do on the LSAT does depend on your raw intellect too, but do not discount how large a role your work ethics will play.

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