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Thinking LSAT

By Nathan Fox and Ben Olson
Ben Olson and Nathan Fox started the Thinking LSAT Podcast to become better LSAT teachers and have some fun. Please 1) subscribe, 2) rate and review, and 3) send us questions: help@thinkinglsat.com. Don't pay for law school!

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Advice for International Applicants (Ep. 351)
The LSAT is first and foremost a test of English reading comprehension. Strong English reading and reasoning skills are essential because lawyers in the United States are gladiators of the English language. While the LSAT is learnable for everyone, non-native English speakers may face more of an uphill battle. Today on the show, Nathan and Ben offer advice to an international student who describes his lack of proficiency in English as a barrier to achieving his desired LSAT score. In keeping with the international theme, the guys answer another listener’s questions about law school scholarships for international applicants. They also discuss whether an applicant ought to write an addendum explaining an F on their transcript. But first, the guys revisit their analysis of the index formulas discussed in previous episodes. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 351 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 6.28.2022 — August LSAT registration deadline 6.30.2022 — June LSAT scores released 8.12.2022 — August LSAT begins 5:45 - Weight of LSAT vs. GPA in Admissions Formulas 43:17 - Prepping for the LSAT as an International Student 55:55 - Applying to Law School as an International Student 1:01:19 - An Addendum for an F? Read more on our website!
01:16:14
May 23, 2022
The LSAT Is Here to Stay (Ep. 350)
Law schools love the LSAT. Most weigh it far more heavily than any other application component—and with good reason: The LSAT is the single most accurate predictor of law school success. The ABA has recently announced a recommendation to allow “test optional” policies for law school admission. Ben and Nathan share their thoughts and explain why the LSAT isn’t going anywhere. Then, the guys pick apart a Pearls vs. Turds candidate and hear from a listener who successfully appealed LSAC’s three-tests-per-cycle rule. They wrap up with a Supported question from PrepTest 73. Be sure to check out LSAT Demon’s free class with Rachel Gezerseh, author of The Law Career Playbook. The class will be held on May 21 at 1:00 pm EDT. All you need is a Demon Free account to join. Go to lsat.link/rachel for more details and to register. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 350 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 6.28.2022 — August LSAT registration deadline 6.30.2022 — June LSAT scores released 8.12.2022 — August LSAT begins 8:02 - Is the ABA Eliminating the LSAT? 34:56 - Pearls vs Turds 41:40 - Test Taking Limits 46:57 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 12 Read more on our website!
01:03:45
May 16, 2022
LSAT Dwarfs GPA in Admissions Formulas (Ep. 349)
The LSAT is arguably the best predictor of your success in law school. It’s no wonder that law schools weigh the LSAT heavily in the admissions process. But just how much weight is an applicant’s LSAT score given relative to their UGPA? Nathan and Ben analyze the index formulas used by law schools and share a surprising realization. But first, the guys kick off the show with some stories of ProctorU mishaps from the April LSAT. They critique a listener’s study schedule and discuss the nature of 1L writing assignments. Finally, they respond to some questions that circulated after Derek Brainard’s appearance on episode 348. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 349 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 6.28.2022 — August LSAT registration deadline 6.30.2022 — June LSAT scores released 8.12.2022 — August LSAT begins 3:44 - ProctorU Mishaps 23:20 - LSAT Study Schedule 33:35 - Writing Consulting 37:40 - GPA vs. LSAT 1:02:56 - A Shout-Out to Demon Student Ryan 1:04:26 - Follow-Up Questions From Episode 348 Read more on our website!
01:22:35
May 09, 2022
Don’t Bank on Loan Forgiveness, with Derek Brainard (Ep. 348)
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—don’t pay for law school. Today on the show, Ben and Nathan are joined by financial advisor Derek Brainard to help educate students on the realities of law school debt and loan forgiveness programs. But before that, the guys roast a Pearls vs. Turds submission regarding the correlation-to-causation flaw. They also tackle another Logical Reasoning question from PrepTest 73 and denounce a law school “scammership.” As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 348 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 6.28.2022 — August LSAT registration deadline 6.30.2022 — June LSAT scores released 8.12.2022 — August LSAT begins 8:27 - Pearls vs. Turds 16:15 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 11 29:34 - Law School Scammership 51:47 - Getting Ahead of Expenses Read more on our website!
01:34:06
May 02, 2022
How You Study Matters More (Ep. 347)
Effective LSAT study requires more than just a time commitment. This week, Ben and Nathan emphasize that how you study for the LSAT matters more: More than the length of time you spend studying. More than the number of questions you cover. And more than any distracting analysis of whether the LSAT has gotten harder over the years (it hasn’t). The guys also answer listener questions about skipping answer choices to save time on the LSAT, making sense of law school scholarship variations, and more. Plus, they announce a Demon discount for university pre-law societies and roast a marketing email from a law school. Attention, day-1 listeners: The guys are interviewing Derek Brainard, the national director of financial education at AccessLex, tomorrow (April 26). Submit any questions you have about financing law school to help@thinkinglsat.com today. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 347 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 6:38 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 9 31:29 - Eliminating Wrong Answers 41:47 - Has RC Gotten Harder? 47:02 - Pre-Law Society Offer 48:17 - How You Study Matters More 57:20 - Scholarship Estimator and Law School Rankings 1:10:36 - Law School Advertisements Read more on our website!
01:16:41
April 25, 2022
Get Greedy with Your LSAT (Ep. 346)
If you want to go to law school for free, you have to start getting greedy with your LSAT. Tune in this week to hear Nathan and Ben respond to a bucketload of listener emails. As usual, their advice centers on one main theme—don’t pay for law school! The guys also discuss why it’s never a good idea to read the question first in Logical Reasoning. They critique an admissions dean’s comments on law school scholarships. Last but not least, they encourage a student with a 171 on record to get greedy and shoot for a higher score. Be sure to check out LSAT Demon’s free class with Rachel Gezerseh, author of The Law Career Playbook. The class will be held on May 21 at 1:00 pm EDT. All you need is a Demon Free account to join. Go to lsat.link/rachel for more details and to register. LSAT Demon is now in the App Store! Download the iPhone app and start practicing on the go. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 346 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 5:05 - Don’t Read the Question First 15:03 - Invest in Yourself 29:40 - Apply Early 54:34 - Negotiate Scholarships 1:06:25 - Get Greedy with Your LSAT Read more on our website!
01:12:12
April 18, 2022
Read Sentences, Not Passages (Ep. 345)
If you want to improve at LSAT Reading Comprehension, remember what your job is: Read the sentences, not the passage. On today’s episode, Ben and Nathan explain why focusing on one sentence at a time is the best way to understand and retain information in both Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning. Then, the guys help one listener decide whether to retake the LSAT—even though he has a 175 on record. Another listener shares an email from LSAC’s Office of Test Security, warning them about taking the official test too many times. The guys help a former Demon student choose which law school scholarship offer to accept. And finally, they discuss why the new law school rankings fail the “100% rule.” LSAT Demon is now in the App Store! Download the iPhone app and start practicing on the go. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 345 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 5:35 - LR Method to Madness 10:27 - Read Sentences, Not Passages 19:04 - Retaking After a 175? 22:50 - Official LSAT Limits 38:35 - Choosing Which Scholarship to Take 51:45 - New Rankings and a Letter from Dean Faigman 1:22:06 - Increasing Your GPA Read more on our website!
01:26:14
April 11, 2022
Find Your Niche with Judy the YouTube Lawyer (Ep. 344)
How does a new lawyer find their niche in the legal field? Specializing in an up-and-coming area of the law might sound appealing—space law, anyone?—but it might not be the most practical choice. Today on the show, special guest Judy the YouTube Lawyer sheds light on how and when to choose an area of law to practice in. But first, Ben and Nathan discuss a Logical Reasoning question from PrepTest 73. They respond to listener emails and comment on whether it’s worth going into debt for higher education. And they help a former student decide which law school to attend (hint: follow the money). LSAT Demon is now in the App Store! Download the iPhone app and start practicing on the go. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 344 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 1:54 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 8 13:25 - Higher Education vs. Entrepreneurship 32:53 - Choosing a Law School 36:32 - Judy the YouTube Lawyer Read more on our website!
01:03:49
April 04, 2022
How to Network Before Law School with Rachel Gezerseh (Ep. 343)
Finding a job after law school doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. Give yourself a leg up on the competition, and start networking now. Today on the show, special guest Rachel Gezerseh, author of The Law Career Playbook, offers aspiring lawyers her best tips on how to network before and during law school. Then, Nathan and Ben tackle another logical reasoning question from PrepTest 73. A student shares how she got her university to expunge an F from her transcript. And the guys check out a listener-recommended app for reading and listening to books for free. What do you want to know about law school, student loan debt, and lawyer salaries? Next week, Ben and Nathan interview Judy the Youtube Lawyer. Send your questions to help@thinkinglsat.com before March 29! LSAT Demon is now in the App Store! Download the iPhone app and start practicing on the go. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 343 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.30.2022 — March LSAT scores released 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 2:24 - Interview with Rachel Gezerseh 39:33 - Score Inconsistencies 55:45 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 7 1:07:29 - Expunging Low Grades 1:12:41 - Read More Books Read more on our website!
01:18:13
March 28, 2022
LSAC Acquires Law School Transparency (Ep. 342)
What does LSAC’s recent acquisition mean for the future of Law School Transparency? Tune in this week for an eye-opening interview with LST founder Kyle McEntee—now a senior director at LSAC. Plus, the guys declare LSAT Demon a contrapositive-free zone, explain how to transform a weakness in Logic Games into a strength, and encourage listeners to become their own boss. But first, a word about Wordle: Is this trending game anything like an LSAT logic game? Nathan and Ben comment.  What do you want to know about the legal market and how to get a job? Next week, Ben and Nathan interview Rachel Gezerseh, author of The Law Career Playbook. Send your questions to help@thinkinglsat.com before March 22. LSAT Demon is now in the App Store! Download the iPhone app and start practicing on the go. As always, if you like the show and want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 342 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.30.2022 — March LSAT scores released 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 6.10.2022 — June LSAT begins 3:44 - Wordle 9:28 - Interview with Kyle McEntee 47:53 - F*** Contrapositives 54:15 - A Weakness in Logic Games 1:06:19 - Waitlist Surveys and the Google Analytics Course Read more on our website!
01:26:59
March 21, 2022
High LSAT: The Solution to All Problems? (Ep. 341)
It might not solve all life’s problems, but a high LSAT score is the closest thing to a panacea for law school application troubles. It can overshadow a mediocre GPA and demonstrate your aptitude to succeed in law school. It can open doors at higher-ranked schools. And, most importantly, it can save you from taking on a lifetime of student debt. Tune in this week for a mixed-bag episode covering everything from LSAT strategies and score improvements to scholarships and URM status. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon iOS App LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 341 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.16.2022 — April LSAT registration deadline 3.30.2022 — March LSAT scores released 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 5.18.2022 — April LSAT scores released 7:30 - The Solution to All Problems? 13:26 - A 22-Point Improvement 32:03 - Advice from a Corporate Lawyer 37:15 - Running the Tables 40:25 - CTRL+F on the LSAT 47:00 - Cost-of-Living Loans 1:12:44 - Focus on What You Can Control 1:25:38 - The LSAT Is Easy 1:29:26 - URM Status Read more on our website!
01:48:45
March 14, 2022
Should You Go to Law School? (Ep. 340)
It takes a “special type of crazy” to really enjoy doing the work of a lawyer. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before deciding to embark on a three-year quest for a JD. This week’s episode is all about shedding light on what it takes to be successful as a lawyer. Ben and Nathan dive into the listener mailbag and answer questions about what personality type is best suited to a career in law, how to block out distractions and focus on the LSAT, whether a waitlisted applicant has a shot at earning a scholarship, and more! As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 340 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.11.2022 — March LSAT begins 3.16.2022 — April LSAT registration deadline 3.30.2022 — March LSAT scores released 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 3:40 - Be Careful Who You Take Admissions Advice From 31:14 - Yale Scholarships 38:40 - Judy, the YouTube Lawyer 1:00:45 - Scholarships Off the Waitlist 1:10:05 - LSAT Studying Amid World Chaos 1:32:33 - What Makes a Good Lawyer? Read more on our website!
01:44:49
March 08, 2022
GPA First, LSAT Second (Ep. 339)
If you’re an undergraduate student earning anything less than straight A’s, you don’t need to be thinking about the LSAT yet. Now is your opportunity to maximize your GPA. Tune in to hear Ben and Nathan discuss why undergraduate grades are so important to law school admissions—and why students should focus on acing their courses before anything else. The guys also discuss GPA addenda, law school scholarships, and GI benefits. They hear from a first-generation immigrant who used LSAT Demon to raise his score 27 points. And finally, they grind out an Evaluate question from PrepTest 73. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 339 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released 3.11.2022 — March LSAT begins 3.16.2022 — April LSAT registration deadline 3.30.2022 — March LSAT scores released 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 3:20 - Get Straight A’s Starting Today 26:45 - T-14 Dreams with a Bad GPA 42:00 - Recycling Cans in Law School 50:06 - A 27-Point Improvement and a Full Ride 55:40 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 5  Read more on our website!
01:11:22
March 03, 2022
Read Like a Lawyer (Ep. 338)
Ben and Nathan take another dive into the listener mailbag and answer questions about law school admissions. Tune in to hear about an update to the LSAT Demon Scholarship Estimator, GPA addendum advice, a critique of JFK’s Harvard application essay, and more! Then, the guys discuss an undergraduate scholarship program that offers pre-law experience to minorities. Finally, they demonstrate how to “read like a lawyer” while dissecting a logical reasoning question from PrepTest 73. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 338 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released 3.11.2022 — March LSAT begins 3.16.2022 — April LSAT registration deadline 3.30.2022 — March LSAT scores released 4.27.2022 — June LSAT registration deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT begins 13:04 - Scholarship Estimator Update 18:01 - A 24-Point Score Increase 31:09 - Admissions Questions from a Former Therapist 50:35 - Nathan Takes a Dig at the Team 55:35 - JFK’s Harvard Application Essay 1:00:09 - LSAC PLUS Program 1:08:07 - Test 73, Section 4, Question 5 Read more on our website!
01:27:17
February 21, 2022
Law School Finances with an Actual Economist (Ep. 337)
On this week’s episode, Ben and Nathan interview Harvard-trained economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff! But first, the guys answer a bucketload of listener emails about LSAT strategies, law school admissions, undergraduate majors, GPAs, and more. This episode is chock full of advice for students at any stage of the LSAT and law school application process. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 337 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released 3.11.2022 —  March LSAT begins 3.16.2022 — April LSAT Registration Deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT Begins 3:09 - Breaking 170 6:09 - Reading Comprehension Advice 12:07 - Logical Reasoning Strategy 17:56 - Live Classes 23:04 - Scholarship Correction Email 25:05 - Retake and Reapply? 34:34 - 173 by April? 45:54 - GPA Addendum 50:18 - Using All Your LSAT Attempts 53:23 - Choosing Your Major 1:00:16 - Interview with Economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff Read more on our website!
01:32:05
February 14, 2022
The LSAT and 1L Grades (Ep. 336)
Your LSAT score can be a strong indicator of your future success in law school. This week, Ben and Nathan discuss the relationship between the LSAT and 1L grades while dissecting some admissions advice from Dean Z of Michigan Law. They also respond to a bunch of emails from the listener mailbag. Then, they interview part-time criminal defense lawyer Michael Guingona. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 336 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released 3.11.2022 —  March LSAT begins 3.16.2022 — April LSAT Registration Deadline 4.29.2022 — April LSAT Begins 4:54 - ABA 509 Data & Dean Z 31:03 - LSAT Study Schedule 43:44 - Part-Time Legal Work 47:50 - Interview with a Part-Time Criminal Defense Lawyer Read more on our website!
01:22:56
February 07, 2022
Unconscious Competence in the LSAT (Ep. 335)
Today on the show, Ben and Nathan discuss the four phases of learning and why LSAT students should strive to achieve “unconscious competence” in the material. They also break down when and how many times applicants should plan to take the official LSAT and advise a listener who is debating whether to join the Fulbright program before law school. They wrap up with a snowboarding analogy and advice to a student who scores perfectly on Logical Reasoning but struggles with Reading Comprehension. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 335 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released 3:13 - 2022 LSAT Dates 18:48 - Fulbright Scholarship 35:47 - The Four Learning Phases 49:16 - Waitlisted at USC 56:12 - Overcoming Hardships as a Personal Statement Topic 1:05:16 - Podcast Reviews 1:12:26 - A Snowboarding Analogy 1:19:40 - Put in the Reps Read more on our website!
01:27:16
January 31, 2022
The LSAT Is a Mindset, Not a Strategy (Ep. 334)
The LSAT makes perfect sense. The best way to improve is to focus on understanding one question at a time. Ben and Nathan explain why study methods that overemphasize strategy—at the expense of understanding—are counterproductive. Then, they dive into the listener mailbag and talk about what types of information might negatively impact a law school résumé. They wrap up with some comments on applying to law school as a veteran and/or with a criminal record. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 334 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates Read more on our website!
01:27:34
January 24, 2022
The Only LSAT Affirmation You’ll Ever Need (Ep. 333)
Pearls vs. Turds, personal statement advice, and a bucketload of listener emails! Tune in this week to hear the lowdown on LSAT affirmations, law school scholarships, part-time lawyering (is that a thing?), personal statement topics, and more. The guys also announce some new features that are coming soon to the Demon. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 333 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
01:26:52
January 17, 2022
Burn Your Boats, and Focus on the Battle Ahead (Ep. 332)
On today’s episode, Ben and Nathan explain why it’s a good idea to “burn your boats” and go all in on your LSAT prep if you want to start your legal career on the right foot. They respond to listener emails, talk about the difference between US and Canadian law schools, and double down on their advice not to pay for law school in the US. Then, they wrap it up with a logical reasoning question and remind listeners that one word never makes an answer right—but frequently, one word makes an answer wrong. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 332 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 1.14.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
48:08
January 10, 2022
Build on a Solid Foundation (Ep. 331)
This week, Ben and Nathan drive home the importance of building a strong LSAT foundation. Even students who think they already have a decent understanding of the test can improve their performance by mastering the easier questions at a comfortable pace. Then, after reading a listener email about testing accommodations, the guys discuss what factors students ought to consider before seeking accommodations. They also share an update on the LSAT Demon Scholarship Estimator and wrap up the episode with another logical reasoning question from PrepTest 73. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 331 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 1.14.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
57:53
January 03, 2022
Build on a Solid Foundation (Ep. 331)
This week, Ben and Nathan drive home the importance of building a strong LSAT foundation. Even students who think they already have a decent understanding of the test can improve their performance by mastering the easier questions at a comfortable pace. Then, after reading a listener email about testing accommodations, the guys discuss what factors students ought to consider before seeking accommodations. They also share an update on the LSAT Demon Scholarship Estimator and wrap up the episode with another logical reasoning question from PrepTest 73. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 1.14.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
58:34
January 03, 2022
Law School Scammerships (Ep. 330)
Today’s episode is all about law school admissions. The guys reveal the telltale signs of law school “scammerships.” They also discuss cycle updates, application myths, addendums, and law schools averaging applicant LSAT scores. Plus, they crown a new winner of the Spotify Wrapped competition and kick around more ideas on how to “gamify” the LSAT. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 330 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 12.29.2021 — February LSAT registration deadline 1.15.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
01:16:27
December 27, 2021
A Space Force Sergeant and a Rabbi (Ep. 329)
On this week’s episode, the guys answer some burning questions from a Space Force staff sergeant—and explain why it’s not a good idea to set your LSAT goal at 180. Then, they critique Rabbi Ben’s personal statement. They wrap up with a Logical Reasoning question that illustrates why complete-the-argument questions aren’t actually a question type at all. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 329 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 12.29.2021 — February LSAT registration deadline 1.15.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
01:17:53
December 20, 2021
Harvard 2L Melissa Anderson—154 to 171 (Ep. 328)
Today on the show, the guys are joined by former LSAT Demon student and current Harvard 2L, Melissa Anderson. Tune in to hear Melissa chat about boosting her score by 17 points, applying to law school as a “splitter,” and adjusting to student life at Harvard. Plus, Ben and Nathan discuss the benefits of meditation and methods for improving productivity. They answer questions from a prospective Demon student—and debunk the need for cookie-cutter study schedules and timelines. Finally, they update the Spotify Wrapped leaderboard and award a gold medal to Thinking LSAT’s top fan of 2021. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 328 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 12.29.2021 — February LSAT registration deadline 1.15.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
01:37:33
December 13, 2021
Your Undergraduate Degree and the GRE (Ep. 327)
The ABA has recently given the GRE their stamp of approval for use in law school admissions. The guys discuss how this decision might impact future applicants. Then, they tackle some listeners’ concerns about undergraduate records and introduce a plan to “gamify” the LSAT Demon. They wrap up this episode with a Logical Reasoning Paradox question. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 327 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 12.29.2021 — February LSAT registration deadline 1.15.2022 — January LSAT begins 2.2.2022 — January LSAT scores released 2.3.2022 — March LSAT registration deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT begins 3.3.2022 — February LSAT scores released Read more on our website!
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December 06, 2021
Let Your Strengths Guide Your Future (Ep. 326)
After starting the show with a logical reasoning question, the guys jump into the mailbag to help some students decide when to apply to law school—and whether they should even go at all. Then, they tear apart another personal statement with some great content but a subpar approach. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 326 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 12.3.2021 — January LSAT Registration Deadline 12.29.2021 — February LSAT Registration Deadline 1.15.2022 — January LSAT 2.2.2022 — January LSAT Score Release 2.3.2022 — March LSAT Registration Deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT 3.3.2022 — February LSAT Score Release Read more on our website!
01:53:45
November 29, 2021
Pearl vs. Turd: First 10 Questions in 10 Minutes? (Ep. 325)
The guys kick off this week’s episode with a discussion of some apoplexy-inducing proctor issues that one November test taker reported. They let listeners know how to handle it when things don’t go perfectly as planned on test day. Then, they pick apart a Strengthen question and consider a Pearls vs Turds submission: Should students make it a goal to complete the first 10 questions in 10 minutes? Finally, they review some questions that every law school hopeful should ask themselves. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 325 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates Read more on our website!
01:02:25
November 22, 2021
Achieving “Flow” on the LSAT (Ep. 324)
On this week’s podcast, the guys take on some bad admissions advice and encourage two students to retake the LSAT and apply next cycle. After that, the guys discuss law school accelerated programs and read a personal statement from a critically acclaimed jazz guitarist. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 324 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 12.1.2021 — November LSAT Score Release 12.3.2021 — January LSAT Registration Deadline 12.29.2021 — February LSAT Registration Deadline 1.15.2022 — January LSAT 2.2.2022 — January LSAT Score Release 2.3.2022 — March LSAT Registration Deadline 2.12.2022 — February LSAT 3.3.2022 — February LSAT Score Release Read more on our website!
01:36:42
November 15, 2021
A Solid Patent Law Statement (Ep. 323)
On this week’s podcast, the guys break down a Must Be True question with a tricky wrong answer. Then, they evaluate an English professor’s tips for professional writing in a lengthy Pearls vs. Turds submission. They close the show with a solid personal statement from an engineer interested in patent law. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. LSAT Demon LSAT Demon Daily Watch Episode 323 on YouTube Thinking LSAT YouTube LSAT Demon YouTube Important Dates 11.12.2021 — November LSAT 12.3.2021 — January LSAT Registration Deadline Read more on our website!
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November 08, 2021
LR Elevator Pitches (Ep. 322)
In this episode, Ben and Nathan get down to the nitty gritty and break down basic strategies for every question type on LSAT Logical Reasoning. They follow with a few more listener-submitted questions about admissions and applications. Then, they give some advice on how to know if you should go to law school or not. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. Read more on our website! Watch Episode 322 on YouTube
01:27:07
November 01, 2021
Are Older Logic Games Harder? (Ep. 321)
More admissions questions have been rolling in, so Ben and Nathan kick off today’s show by diving into the mailbag. They answer questions about logic games and discuss how their difficulty has changed over the history of the test. They also offer some encouragement to low-GPA applicants. Later, they take on a Necessary Assumption question that they deem a true five-star question, and they announce the arrival of Demon dark mode. 2:55 - Are Older Logic Games Harder? Listener Shannon wants to know if the older logic games (specifically, those on tests 1–50) are harder than those on newer tests. Ben believes that the games became easier starting around test 40. They were more difficult on tests released before then. Nathan adds to this by discussing the newest logic games section to be released. All four games on test 92 were very easy. The guys encourage Shannon to practice games from all tests no matter when they were released, especially if she is not yet scoring 100% on the logic games. They remind listeners that if you do the work, you can learn to solve logic games and get that perfect score. 23:05 - Low GPAs Three listeners share their concerns about applying to law school with a less-than-stellar undergraduate GPA. Nathan starts by reading an email from Sean, who expresses frustration with how LSAC has calculated his cumulative GPA. He is wondering if he should apply early decision to boost his chance of being admitted. He also questions how much a GPA addendum would actually affect his application. Read more on our website! Watch Episode 321 on YouTube
01:12:26
October 25, 2021
Start With a Practice Test (Ep. 320)
Today on the show, Ben and Nathan discuss a turd regarding LSAT diagnostic tests. They explain why they advise new students to just start with a practice test. The guys also go over LSAC’s recently released data comparing August test scores from 2019 through 2021. Then, they answer a harder LR Weaken question and host the personal statement grand finale. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. Read more on our website! Watch Episode 320 on YouTube
02:31:53
October 18, 2021
The Flawed Argument Flaw and More Statements (Ep. 319)
Ben and Nathan continue the series of reading bad personal statements and calling out violations. But first, they tackle a Flaw question from PrepTest 73 and read emails from Demon students finding LSAT success. If you are still wondering what NOT to do on your personal statement, this episode is for you. As always, if you like the show and you want to get more from the Thinking LSAT community, check out the links below. You can connect with other folks studying for the LSAT, and get more useful resources from Nathan and Ben. Read more on our website! Watch Episode 319 on YouTube
02:05:31
October 11, 2021
A Good Personal Statement and a Frenzy of Violations (Ep. 318)
Watch Episode 318 on YouTube Ben and Nathan have read a lot of shoddy personal statements on the show in recent weeks. If you’re wondering what a really good one sounds like, you don’t want to miss today’s first submission—one that actually follows the guys’ advice. The best perso