Ep. 131: On Hind Teat

Well, dear listeners, they’ve finally done it. It turns out LSAC is being held in contempt of court. After LSAC lost their lawsuit regarding accommodations, they were tasked with establishing procedures to better handle requests for disability accommodations. Apparently they haven’t done so to the court’s satisfaction. This piece of news, of course, sparks conversation about accommodations at large. The guys also discuss MoviePass, their favorite books on the subject of writing, and your LSAT questions.

And, hey. Before we forget. Did you know there’s a Thinking LSAT Facebook group? It’s awesome. And it’s growing. And it’s a great way to connect with other folks who are studying for the LSAT around the country. You should check it out—it’s right here.

16:51 – Patreon call-in—Shea is one of our Patreon contributors (thanks, Shea!). And so this week she’s got a cameo on the show to ask a question about the test. Normally, Shea is -0 or -1 on LG, but when it comes to rule-substitution questions, she’s often stumped. The guys offer their strategies on how to tackle one of the toughest questions on the LSAT.

24:28 – Question 1—Anonymous writes in and implores Nathan to regale the audience with his “Ask an Atheist” story. Nathan complies. It involves canons. Meeting with strangers. Angry Christians. And a chance encounter with a very reasonable man.

30:41 – Nathan wants to know: what’s the deal with Bcc emails? C’mon folks. Get it together. Nathan and Ben rant about when it’s appropriate to Bcc someone. Here’s a clue: it’s almost never.

34:15 – The guys take a brief moment to share their favorite books on writing.

38:10 – Email 1—We’ve got an update, dear listeners. Remember Bug Guy Marco from episode 129? Well he’s writing in to let us know how he did on the LSAT and his plans for the coming school year. He improved his score from 156 to 160 between the December and February tests. And those four points have made a big financial difference. Instead of getting a one year conditional scholarship to his preferred school, he’s getting a three year unconditional full ride. That is bad ass. Marco’s not paying for law school based on a difference of four LSAT points. Great work, Bug Guy!

41:25 – Email 2—Dr. Anonymous, DDeSquire sends in a wall of text with a few questions for the guys. He’s a teacher with a growing family and is considering attending law school in the future. But he’s unwilling to uproot his family in pursuit of his lawyerly dreams. So he’s wondering if, based on his local choices, he can get a scholarship with a 3.2 GPA. But that’s not all. Dr. A usually kills it on the games. That’s the section the guys deem most improve-able. So he’s wondering—can he still improve on his weaker LR and RC sections before the June and July tests? The guys weigh in, and also discuss the benefits and shortcomings of part time programs.

58:11 – Email 3—Imagine not being able to sit down to take the LSAT due to excruciating pain. Not only do you have to deal with this mind fuck of an exam, but your body is in so much pain you can’t frickin’ sit to take it. Sadly, that’s the predicament Mark is in. After multiple back surgeries, he has trouble sitting for long periods of time. So LSAC has given Mark accommodations so he can take standing breaks. But now that he has time and a half, Mark is finding the test is too long and that his pain continues to get in the way. He asks the guys what they think he should do. Ben and Nathan give Mark some advice, and discuss accommodations in general.

1:13:51 – Email 4—Listener Matt writes in with his recollection of a survey he received from LSAC. Based on the questions, it sounds like LSAC is still debating if, how, and when to deliver digital tests. The guys get fired up about this fairly simple idea and share what they think the answer should be.  

1:20:21 – Email 5—Megan is pumped. It’s clear that her accuracy is improving. She’s been taking Thinking LSAT advice to heart and consistently studying every day. It’s also raised her level of comfort with the test. So much so that she finds herself laughing at questions and answer choices, making her feel way more confident about the outcome of the section. Now she just has to try and not burst out laughing during test day. This is awesome news, Megan! Nathan and Ben talk about the benefits of consistent practice and let you know the smallest amount of time you could study each day and still see a benefit. Tune in to hear their advice.

2 Comments


  1. Hi ThinkingLSAT,

    A couple of times you and other commenters have talked about having a less “complicated” approach to LR than the big LSAT companies (Kaplan in particular) and how this can help people who are already pretty good at LR. Can you elaborate on what this means? What specific concepts or techniques are too complicated and worth not using?
    (Is this about conditional diagramming? I find that this technique is actually quite simple and very useful…not too complicated for me. What other techniques are potentially too complicated?)

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    1. Bottom line: Let go of tricks or methods when you first read the passage. Just slow down and try to understsand it on your own terms. As you read it, argue with the author. Engage. If you do that, you’re much more likely to understand what is going on and succeed. Only after you understand the passage, do you want to worry about the various strategies that you might use to answer the question. But even then, we usually only have one or three things to say about each question type.

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